OUR ARTISTS OF INDEMINI FESTIVAL 2019

Laure- Catherine Bayers

Mezzo - Soprano

 

The Belgian mezzo soprano Laure-Catherine Beyers recently finished her bachelor degree at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where she worked with Ewa Wolak, Thomas Quasthoff, Wolfram Rieger and Julia Varady. Currently Laure-Catherine is continuing her studies as a graduate student at the Haute École de Musique in Lausanne, where she studies with Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet. Laure-Catherine’s recently performed roles include Concepcíon (L’Heure Espagnole), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel). Laure-Catherine is also very passionate about the art song repertoire. In 2015, she was selected to participate in the Udo Reinemann International Lied Masterclass, where she worked with world renowned artists such as Julius Drake and Anne Sofie von Otter. In the spring of 2019 Laure-Catherine was awarded with the Gerard Souzay prize for French Melodie at the Joy In Singing International Art Song competition in New York City. She was also a finalist in the 2019 Opera at Florham competition. For the summer of 2019, Laure-Catherine was invited to participate in the professional program of Songfest at Colburn.

 

Luise Breyer-Aiton 

Lyric-Dramatic Soprano

 

The British/German soprano was a young artist at the Greek Opera Studio in 2017 and made her Donn’Anna debut at the Aegean Festival in Greece. She recently sung at Welsh National Opera, and  dang her debut as Rosalinde at the 2016 Trentino Music Festival, being a Young Artist with the Opera Performance Studio of the Music Academy International and gave her role debut as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos in Berlin.

 

This follows a successful season at Grange Park Opera covering Ellen Orford, in Jeremy Sams’s production of Britten’s Peter Grimes, conducted by Stephen Barlow. Also for Grange Park Opera, she sang in Anthony McDonald’s production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades, conducted by Gianluca Marciano.

 

Luise recently changed from lyric mezzo to soprano and is now working with the American dramatic Soprano Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, in the past with the British mezzo-soprano Anne-Marie Owens, as well as Peter Nilsson, Phillip Thomas, Michael Pollock and Jonathan Ware and Barbara Bonney in Salzburg.


Prior, she covered & sang the roles of Flora and Annina in a Jonathan Miller production of Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by Phillip Thomas, at Dorset Opera Festival. Luise gave her solo debut as Lay sister in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the same company, and she made her Berlin debut, singing the role of Junge Robbe in the world premiere of Susanne Stelzenbach’s contemporary opera Die UnterwasserOper. 

 

Her heartfelt passion for performances has led to regular concert appearances in opera, oratorio and Lied across the UK and Germany. Luise has sung in master classes with, amongst others, Rosalinde Plowright, Barbara Bonney, Sir Jonathan Miller, Diana Montague, David Rendall, Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet, Anne-Marie Owens, Rosa Mannion, Gerd Uecker, John Streets, Ian Partridge, Linda Esther Gray.  She has a bachelor degree in Music (voice performance) and Modern Languages  from Cardiff University, Wales.

 

 qualified massage therapies, she created and established the VoiceRelease Massage and regularly works with some of the world’s leading opera singers.

 

Luise is the founder, General & Artistic director of Indemini Festival, which as been a childhood dream of her, now in its 4th year! Dreaming big! More to come!

 

 

www.LuiseBreyerAiton.com

 

Tom Birch 

Lyric Tenor

 

British/Australian tenor Thomas Birch sets himself apart with his dynamic performances and commanding stage presence.  Praised by Bachtrack as “throwing powerful high notes to the audience,” Birch has wowed audiences all over the world in dramatic repertory.

 

Upcoming debuts this season (2019) for Thomas include; Pinkerton in Puccini’s/Opera Loki’s Madam Butterfly and Macduff in Verdi’s Macbeth, as well as numerous concert performances throughout Europe.

 

In August of 2018, Thomas performed in the Czech Republic two concert performances of “Don Jose” in Bizet’s Carmen. The role was performed under the personal guidance of renowned soprano Gabriela Benackova. In November 2018, Thomas debuted the role of “Kasper” in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors at the acclaimed Teatru Manuel in Malta. 

 

In 2015, Thomas joined the ‘Junges Ensemble’ at the Theatre an der Wien, performing a significant amount of roles at the Kammer Oper. Aside from making his debut as “Don Jose” in Bizet’s Carmen, he also made role debuts including “Die Knusper Hexe” in Humperdink’s Hansel und Gretel and “Creonte” in Traetta’s Antigone. Thomas also debuted roles on the main stage of the Theater an der Wien which included “Der erste gefangener” in Beethoven’s Fidelio, “Diener” in Richard Strauss’ Capriccio and a career highlight was performing along side Maestro Jose Carreras in Christian Kolonovits’ El Juez. 

 

In 2012 Thomas joined the International singing sensation “The Tenor Tenors”. During his time with the group, Thomas performed worldwide, appearing in some of the world’s most prestigious theatres and on international radio and television networks. Highlights include performances on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and “Good Day LA”.

 

Thomas earned a Post Graduate Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2012. 

 

 

Anna-Louise Costello

Lyric Mezzo-Soprano 

 

Irish mezzo-soprano Anna-Louise Costello studied at the DIT Conservatory of Music, Dublin and the Royal Academy of Music, London. After graduating with First Class Honours and the CliftonPrize for Best Recital, Anna-Louise made her professional opera debut as ZIRPHILE/LA FÉE in the premiere British staging of RAMEAU/Achante et Céphise, directed by Christopher Cowell at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London. Further roles in the UK include DINAH/Trouble in Tahiti, conducted by Christopher White, VENUS/Orphée aux Enfers with Opera’r Ddraig, ANNA KENNEDY/Maria Stuarda, INES/Il trovatore, and SMETON/Anna Bolena with Opera Seria.


Since relocating to Germany, and commencing private studies with Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Anna-Louise has debuted the roles of DORABELLA/Così fan tutte, conducted by Chrisopher Larken and directed by David Gately at the Mezzano Music Festival, CHERUBINO/Le nozze di Figaro and DER KOMPONIST/Ariadne auf Naxos at the Pfefferberg Theater Berlin, HÄNSEL/Hänsel und Gretel in three different productions, at the Sonnentor Theaterfestival,

at Alltagsoper Berlin, and conducted by Anton Zapf at North West Opera, Ireland, and as a Lidal North IOS Artist performed Dorothée and covered the title role of Lucette CENDRILLON directed by Sébastian Dutrieux at Den Norske Oper & Ballett, Oslo. Anna-Louise looks forward to making her Deutsche Oper mainstage debut in November 2019 as Mezzo #2 in the world premiere of CHAYA CZERNOWIN/Heart Chamber, directed by Claus Guth.


Anna-Louise is an experienced concert soloist and recitalist. Her repertoire spans from Downland’s renaissance lute songs to world premieres of modern compositions such as STEPHEN CROWE/Honeyvoiced Mythweaver – Sappho Songs. She has sung BEETHOVEN at Der Große Aula, Munich, BACH at the Johanneskirche Schlachtensee, THOMAS MOORE at the National Concert Hall, Dublin and the St. Petersburg Academy of the Arts, Russia, RAMEAU at St. George’s Hannover Square, MOZART at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and HÄNDEL at the Spitalfields Festival, conducted by Lawrence Cummings. Most recent recitals include STRAUSS and POULENC at The Mall, Sligo, and the LISZT and PHILIP MARTIN at the Kulturwerkstatt, Hamburg. Anna-Louise is a returning Indeminyte.


www.annalouisecostello.com

 

 

Maria Ferrer

Soprano

 

Maria (Lulu) Ferrer is a classically trained soprano living in Brooklyn, New York. 

She recently graduated from her undergraduate studies in Skidmore College and is now pursuing classical voice and acting. She has been in the productions of L’enfant et les sortilèges (Maurice Ravel) with the Music Academy International Summer Opera program, Xerxes (G.F. Handel) with the Skidmore College Opera Workshop, among others. 

 

She is very excited to be a part of the Indemini Festival and to work with wonderful teachers and passionate artists. Many thanks to the faculty for this amazing opportunity to be part of this community and festival!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Harris

Lyric Tenor

 

A native of the mountains of Colorado, tenor Brian Harris has been praised for his „heart-felt expression.” 

Mr. Harris is frequently seen in concert and on the operatic stage. 

 

Past credits include Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Liberto in Monteverdi's L 'incoronazione di Poppea, and Alfred in Die Fledermaus by Johan Strauss. 

Past favorite roles include Alfredo in La Traviata, Rodolfo in La Boheme, Lt. B.F. Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly, and Harold „Mitch" Mitchell in Andre Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire. 

 

Mr. Harris attended the Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Maitland Peters for his Master of Music in vocal performance. He currently studies with Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet.

 

Stephanie Hollenberg

Soprano

 

Last season Stephanie Hollenberg performed the role of Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) at the Music Academy International Trentino Festival in Italy, as well appearing as Leonora (The Beautiful Bridegroom, MassOpera), the step-sister Marguelonne (Cendrillon, Cambridge Chamber Ensemble), and as the understudy of Zerlina (Don Giovanni, NEMPAC).  She was also a finalist of the 2018 MassOpera Vocal Competition.  Previously, Ms. Hollenberg has sung the role of Holly (Rapture, Boston Opera Collaborative), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte, MAI Trentino Festival), an Esprit (Cendrillon, MAI Trentino Festival), Tibrino (Orontea, Haymarket Summer Opera Course), Sandman (Hansel & Gretel, Longy School of Music), Eva (An Embarrassing Position, Longy), and Dido (Dido & Aeneas, Goshen College).  She has sung under the direction of David Gately, Anne Azéma, Greg Smucker, Ophelia Wolf, and with conductors Neil Goren, and Christopher Larkin.

Along with her beautiful voice and sensitive musicality, Ms. Hollenberg brings a gentle and captivating presence informed by her passion for religion and spirituality, and her upbringing in a pacifist tradition. Having received a B.A. in Bible & Religion, she has a keen interest in ecumenism and has spent significant time with the Taizé Community (France) and the Iona Community (Scotland).  Along with teaching and performing, leading worship and music has become a significant part of Ms. Hollenberg’s work in Boston, and she works with several churches regularly, incorporating liturgy and song from both Iona and Taizé into those services.  Her interest in other faith traditions has also taken her to Colombia, Morocco, and Cambodia.

 

Tyler Holt

Coloratura - Soprano 

 

Tyler holt is a soprano from freehold New Jersey. Miss. Holt graduated from Montclair State University in 2018 with her bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy.

While at Montclair State, she was a member of the audition-based choir, Montclair State University singers, as well as Prima Voce, and had the pleasure of working with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.

Miss Holt has performed the role of The Dew Fairy in Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. She has also performed in scenes from L’elisir d’amore, Roberto Devereux, Transformations, and Don Giovanni. In the summer of 2018. 

Miss Holt attended Music Academy International in Fiera di Primiero Italy. She is currently studying with Kelley Hijleh at Montclair State University.

 

Emma Moore

Lyric Soprano

 

Australian Soprano Emma Moore has a broad range of experience as a performer, with a repertoire spanning across Opera, Oratorio and Art Song. In the 2018/19 season she joined the Ensemble of the Deutsches National Theater Weimar. Her current and future roles here include Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Antonia (Tales of Hoffmann), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) and Marzelline (Fidelio).

 

Other performed roles include Sophie Scholl in Udo Zimmerman’s chamber opera Weisse Rose at the Theatre Gera,

the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Opera Festival Schloss Weikersheim and Susanna at the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Aldeburgh.

 

Alongside her operatic engagements, Emma is a sought after recitalist, performing regularly together with pianist Klara Hornig. She was a member of the Lied Akademie at the Heidelberg Spring Festival led by Thomas Hampson in 2016, and has appeared in recital at the Eppan Summer Festival and Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 

Last summer she made her Swiss debut at the Boswil Summer Festival with renown pianist Julius Drake.

 

Emma is the First Prize and Audience Prize winner of the Australian Singing Competition and the winner of the Richard Strauss Voice Competition Munich.

 

Peter Nilsson

 

is a vocal coach and Head of Musical Studies at Dutch National Opera Academy (Den Haag/Amsterdam), and a regular guest with the Broadcast Choir and the Netherlands Opera. He has worked closely with Yves Abel, Marc Albrecht, Daniele Callegari, Paolo Carignani, Riccardo Frizza, Hartmut Haenchen, Ingo Metzmacher, Yannick Nézet- Séguin, Julian Reynolds, Carlo Rizzi, and Mark Wigglesworth. 

Peter is also an active accompanist for vocal master-classes, including Roberta Alexander, Elly Ameling, Diane Forlano, Hartmut Haenchen, Jard van Nes, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Charlotte Margiono, Nelly Miricioiu, and both series of Masterclasses given by Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh. Peter is also an active accompanist for vocal master-classes, including Roberta Alexander, Elly Ameling, Diane Forlano, Hartmut Haenchen, Jard van Nes, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Charlotte Margiono, Nelly Miricioiu, & both series of Masterclasses given by Dame Joan Sutherland & Richard Bonynge at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh. 

Ireene Ollino

Mezzo - Soprano

 

Estonian mezzo-soprano Ireene Ollino (born 1996) is currently a student at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin, Germany (Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin) with Prof Martin Bruns. She has also done a year abroad at the John J. Cali School of Music in USA to study with Prof Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet. Roles she has performed on stage in various productions in- and outside of the academy include Andronico (Tamerlano), Rinaldo and Goffredo (Rinaldo), La Périchole (La Périchole), Sorceress and Second Witch (Dido and Aeneas) and Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos). She has also covered alto solos in Händel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The young mezzo has won 3rd prize at the 5th International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition in Germany and 2nd prize at the International Singing Competition “Triomphe de l’Art” in Belgium. She has been awarded with the DAAD-Prize, John J. Cali Young Artist Award and offered Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival. She has participated in masterclasses and worked with Janet Williams, Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet, Júlia Várady, Claudia Visca and Jeffrey Gall.

 

Cristina Pharo

Light  Lyric Coloratura Soprano

 

Cristina is a British born soprano with a scientific background in pharmaceuticals;

specialising particularly in the areas of antiretroviral research, multiple sclerosis and Class III

Medical Devices.

Cristina started singing approximately 13 years ago and is a (light) lyric coloratura. She

currently studies with Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet as well as at the In OperaStudio in Milan,

under the instruction of Nicola Martinucci. In the last few years Cristina has been the main

soprano soloist with the Gavina Philarmonic in Voghera and undertaken various roles such

as Anna from Nabucco (Verdi) at Teatro di Garlasco and Santuzza from Cavelleria Rusticana

(Mascagni) (au plein air Voghera piazza) along with various Oratorio performances and

other concerts. This year she was invited to sing at Casa Verdi which was an enormous

privilege and is shortly due to perform Donna Anna from Don Giovanni (Mozart) September

2019 at the Teatro Giordano di Foggia in the South of Italy. Cristina annually participates in

the Indemini Festival and has attended this outstanding course from the very first year. 

 

 

 

Erin Persick

Lyric Soprano

 

Erin is an emerging young American soprano from Iowa. This past season Ms. Persick made her professional debut as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with the Lyric Opera of the North and her international debut at the Indemini Music Festival in Switzerland. Recently featured in concerts with Opera Theater Montclair and The Montclair Music Club, she was also a 2018 Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater where she covered the role of Liù (Turandot). Erin was a touring Young Artist with the Lyric Opera of the North in their 2017 and 2018 seasons, where she sang the roles of Rusalka (Rusalka) and Harp (Orpheus Returns) in the Opera for the Young’s adaptations. Other roles include Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Nanetta (Falstaff) and Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld). Ms. Persick is an alumna of Luther College and the University of North Texas, and recently completed a Performance Certificate at Montclair State University where she studied with Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet. She is also a returning Indeminyte.

 

www.erinpersick.com

 

 

Jon Pugsley

Heldentenor

 

Jon Valender has taken lead roles in the UK for English Touring Opera, Scottish Opera, Opera North and the Ryedale Festival. Further afield he has regularly worked for Bangkok Opera as well as the international Festivals of Luxembourg, Batignano and the Montepulciano Cantiere.

 

Roles have included Mozart’s Idomeneo, Handel’s Bajazet (Tamerlano) and acts 1 & 4 of the title  role of Otello all for Forestbird Productions, Purcell’s Aeneas and Erik (Der fliegende Höllander) for Dorset Opera (Cover) and for Focus Opera. He has also covered the roles of Florestan (Fidelio) and Melot (Tristan und Isolde) for Longborough Festival Opera. For the Berliner Wagner Gruppe Jon has performed Loge in Das Rheingold.

 

A regular performer of contemporary works, Jon has performed in such world premieres as Detlev Glanert’s Enigma and Far from the Madding Crowd by Andrew Downes who also wrote the cycle Finished Fields for him. He was aslo in the European premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning Silent Night by Kevin Putts.

 

Mary Rice 

Mezzo - Soprano

 

Mary Rice is an American mezzo-soprano born and raised in the Wild West, currently residing in New York City. As a singer, she has received praise for her flexible range and her outstanding facility as a physical actress; she’s donned trousers for L’enfant in L’enfant et les sortiléges with Music Academy International, Cherubino in scenes from Le nozze di Figaro at NYU, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel with the Classical Voice Collective and MAI, and Jean in Massenet’s Le portrait de Manon with the CVC. Her cross-gender performances cross genres as well: her theatrical roles include Puck in Shakespeare’sA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macduff in Macbeth, and years of childhood violin lessons were put to the test as the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof.

More lady-like engagements include Un ballo in maschera (Amore Opera), L’elisir d’amore (City Lyric Opera), Mary Buccelli in the premiere of The Triangle Fire (Puffin Foundation), Edith in The Pirates of Penzance, Mrs. Nolan in The Medium, and Sr. St. Charles in Dialogues of the Carmelites. She’s appeared as Millie in 7 Brides for 7 Brothers, Mrs. Pearce in My Fair Lady – and even tap-danced her way through the Hot Box in Guys and Dolls at NYU. 

Her solo concert work includes alto soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria with NYU O2, premiering songs cut from Something Rotten! at Symphony Space inBroadway Premieres, Wall-to-Wall Stephen Schwartz (Symphony Space), Maury Yeston’s December Songs in recital with T.C. Kincer, and she presented the New York premiere of "Six Encounters of Mistrust and Coffee" for mezzo, cello, and harp with Dynamic Music Festival. 

 

She is a two-time semifinalist in the New York Lyric Opera Theatre vocal competition and Mary Trueman Art Song Competition, an alumna of the inaugural Crossover Camp with Alexandra Schoeny and Janine DiVita, and a 2018 Music Academy International young artist. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Vocal Performance and a post-master's certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University, where she is on faculty as a voice instructor.  

 

www.mary-rice.com

 

 

 

Jane Robinson 

 

is Head of Vocal Coaching and Development for the Harewood Artist Programme at English National Opera (ENO), an Associate Artist with Graham Vick at the Birmingham Opera Company, on the Faculty of the Music Academy International, Trentino, and part of Michelle Wegwart’s Training Programme with Voice Choice in Nottingham.

 

Jane has coached at Glyndebourne for many years and has been part of the music staff at the Opera Houses of La Monnaie, Teatro Massimo Palermo, Opera Lyon and Opera Nancy. She has coached young singers at the Vienna Hochschule Sommer Akademie, in Lenk with Sena Jurinac, at the Lyon Atelier, and at L’Abbaye de Royaumont with teachers from the Juilliard School. In England, she has coached at Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, the Royal College, the Royal Academy, the Royal

Scottish Academy, and for Sony International.

Roisín  Walsh

Lyric Soprano

 

Roisín Walsh began her vocal training with Olive Cowpar in Limerick. She furthered her studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London where she completed a MMus in Vocal Performance, Advanced Certificate in Opera Studies and an Artist Diploma. She completed further training at the National Opera Studio in London. Roisín also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Limerick. Roisín is a recipient of the Plunkett Greene Cup for Interpretation and the Cait Lanigan- Cooper Bursary Lieder Prize at Feis Ceoil Dublin. She was the 2015 winner of the Bernadette Greevy Bursary. 

 

Operatic experience includes Tatyana (Cover) Eugene Onegin, Tina (Cover) Flight with Scottish Opera, Miss Wingrave Owen Wingrave with Opera Collective Ireland, Tatyana Eugene Onegin Rhosygilwen Wales, Countess Le Nozze di Figaro Opera Vera, Soprano Opera Highlights Tour with Scottish Opera, Micaëla Carmen (Cover) with Scottish Opera,  Micaëla Carmen Opera UpClose, Glyndebourne Festival Chorus including Soprano 2 Frühlingszyklus a new composition for the festival by Luke Styles, Miss Wingrave Owen Wingrave Banff Centre for Performing Arts, Canada and the Guildhall School, The Witch Hansel and Gretel Sinfonia d'Amici, Marcellina Le Nozze di Figaro, Anita La Navarraise (Massenet) and Souer Mathilde Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc) all at the The Guildhall School.

 

Future engagements include First Bridesmaid, Barbarina (cover) and Chorus in Le Nozze di Figaro and Falstaff with The Grange Festival, Hampshire and First Lady in The Magic Flute with the Waterperry Opera Festival, Oxford.

 

 

David Wishart 

Pianost & Conductor 

 

David is a freelance musician from Glasgow, Scotland, currently based in Berlin, Germany.  He works with numerous ensembles and artists as a collaborative pianist, conductor, and composer.  David has performed across the world in the USA, UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Czechia, and China with a wide range of ensembles and artists.  He has developed a particular focus on performing in unconventional and intimate venues, including a repurposed customs office in Hamburg, Mackintosh’s House for an Art Lover in Glasgow, Edinburgh Castle, bars, youth hostels, retirement homes, churches, and living rooms.  David’s compositions have been performed in Germany, the UK and the USA by ensembles such as Psappha, Sounds of the Engine House, Classical Evolution Manchester, and Vaganza as well as in the New Music Northwest festival.  He personally conducted the premiere of his chamber opera, Absolved Passions, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014.  

 

Trio Frizzante interprets songs from their new program,

Melodies and dances from Italy and France, but also one

Mazurka from the Engadin and a tango from Argentina. 

The Trio creates an airy-lüpfiges sound during the performance,

but also melancholy and thoughtful tones

have their place. 

 

Fritz Keller: vocals, guitar

Fritz Gloor: clarinets

Andreas Pantli: accordion, e-piano

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