Elena is of Russian-Ukrainian descent who has long since become Swiss. She loves her new home and has close ties with Indemini. "The Ticino mountain village inspires me again and again".
Elena has held a teaching position for piano at the Zurich Conservatory Music School for over 25 years. She has conducted the Mönchaltorf women's choir for 10 years as well as the men's choir community at Greifensee in the Zurich Oberland. She was organist in Gossau ZH for over 10 years.
Lyric Dramatic 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.
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.
A 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 5th year! Dreaming big! More to come!
Kristin Patterson Brehm
Dramatic Mezzo Soprano
American dramatic Mezzo-soprano Kristin Patterson Brehm has been described by critics as “brilliant” with “rich contralto singing”, a “charismatic presence” who “sings and acts exceptionally”.
Ms. Patterson Brehm most recently sang with Den Norske Opera in Oslo, Norway. Her other recent international performances include Grimgerde in Die Walküre, 2nd Norn in Götterdämmerung, Erda in Das Rheingold, the title role in Carmen, Madame de Croissy in Dialogues des Carmelites, Antonia's mother in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Herodias in Salome. In 2019 she made her Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus debuts singing the role of Marie Aegyptiaca in Mahler's 8th Symphony. In the US she has sung with many companies including Opera in the Heights, Des Moines Metro Opera, Nevada Opera, Castleton Festival with Maestro Lorin Maazel, and Central Florida Lyric Opera. In 2011 she made her Carnegie Hall debut and critics noted her "powerful alto voice". Kristin also starred in the premiere of Christian McCleer's Ruby on RTB Theater TV in New York City. Ms. Patterson Brehm has toured extensively in Europe, Israel and the United States, including the world premiere of Bill Doherty's Requiem, a tour in Italy singing the Pergolesi Stabat Mater, on two different tours to the Vatican singing the solo in Mozart's Vesperae Solemnes for Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, and a concert tour with La Scala artist Andrea Elena.
Jeanne-Michèle has established herself as a leading force in the German and contemporary repertoires. Having begun her singing Italian and ‘spinto’ Russian roles, she has naturally progressed into the more dramatic German soprano – and more recently ‘Zwischenfach’ – repertoire. Her intense stage presence has been widely praised by critics, with the New York Times proclaiming her a ‘spine-chillingly powerful’ performer. Recent career highlights include the 2012 release as the title role in Strauss’ Elektra with the London Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Valery Gergiev; Isolde in Geneva (on DVD), Madrid, Teatro San Carlo, Naples, and Dallas; the title role of Ariane et Barbe-bleue in Barcelona (on DVD) and Dijon; Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle for Nantes, Angers, and Paris; Leonore in Fidelio at the Teatro San Carlo; Katerina Izmailova in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for the Florence May Festival (on DVD) and Teatro Municipal de Santiago; Goneril in King Lear for Frankfurt, Elektra for Deutsche Oper Berlin, Edinburgh International Festival, and LSO under Maestro Valery Gergiev; and Cassandre in Les Troyens for Opéra National de Paris. In Europe, Charbonnet has appeared at major opera houses including the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona; La Monnaie, Brussels; Opéra National de Paris; Teatro Real, Madrid; Oper Frankfurt; Opéra National de Bordeaux; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Teatro Comunale di Firenze; Teatro La Fenice, Teatro San Carlo; Opéra National du Rhin; Bregenz Festival. Her major roles include Ortrud in Lohengrin (Frankfurt, Dallas Opera, and Teatro Municipal de Santiago); Kundry in Parsifal (Opéra National du Rhin, Zatertag Matinée, Amsterdam); Venus in Tannhäuser (Grand Théâtre de Genève, Théâtre du Capitole deToulouse); Sieglinde in Die Walküre (Metropolitan Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, and Dallas Opera); Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen (Opéra National du Rhin, Teatro Real, Madrid), Kostelnicka in Jenufa (La Monnaie, Brussels), Senta in Der Fleigende Holländer (Teatro Comunale, Bologna, San Francisco Opera, Ópera Colorado, La Fenice). Her portrayal of Isolde was described in Opera magazine as ‘every inch the passionate Irish princess, at first a bundle of fury, then wholly possessed by the love potion. Her soprano smouldered hotly below, blazed thrillingly on high.’ In total Ms. Charbonnet has performed well over 75 lead roles. Charbonnet’s concert repertoire includes Schoenberg’s Erwartung with Jukka-Pekka Saraste in Cologne(CD), Royal BBC Orchestra Scotland with Matthias Pintscher, in Holland with Susanna Mälkki, and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass with Pierre Boulez at the BBC Proms.
The Cypriot lyric tenor and choral conductor Stelios Chatziktoris was born in Lemesos in 1990. His love and enthusiasm for singing has accompanied him since early childhood. He gained his first stage experience at the age of fifteen in the operas ,,Cavalleria Rusticana`` and ,,Pagliacci`` under the direction of Dejan Savić singing in the opera choir in a production of the National Theatre Belgrade in Cyprus. Chatziktoris was introduced to classical music by the pianists and teachers Zbynek Marushka and Nefen Michaelides. He also received pianistic inspiration from master classes given by Elfrun Gabriel, Detlef Kaiser and Ria Kaiser. In 2008 he was a finalist at the 13th International Steinway Piano Competition in Cyprus.
In 2011, in the first year of his choral conducting studies at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in the class of Prof. Jörg-Peter Weigle, he founded the Ήxos Chor Berlin, which he has since led to various competition successes as conductor and choral director. Through a two- year scholarship at the Dirigentenforum des Deutschen Musikrates (2013- 2015), Chatziktoris was able to gain further experience with the choirs of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and the Vienna State Opera, as well as the radio choirs in Leipzig (MDR) and Hamburg (NDR). Particularly fascinating and instructive for him was the pedagogical work with the Basic choir and Junior choir of the Berlin Girls' Choir (2015-2019). Here he received decisive impulses with regard to the careful development of the voice. The intensive vocal and tonal work with his choirs sparked Chatziktoris' own singing ambitions. Therefore, in April 2014, he began his vocal training at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music with Prof. Anneliese Fried and Stephan Rügamer. Since 2019 he has been working with the tenor Franco Farina.
He received further inspiration from Joel Prieto, Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, Janet Williams and Michael Trimble. In June 2015, Stelios sang with the Cyprus State Orchestra in a masterclass conducted by Julius Kalmar and in August of the same year at three concerts of the ,,Opera Verona'' with excerpts from the operas ,,Le nozze di Figaro'' (as Don Basilio) and ,,Il barbiere di Siviglia'' (as Conte Almaviva). In two special projects with the Ήxos Chor Berlin, Chatziktoris was able to combine his conducting and singing passions in a particularly happy way: In the production of the opera "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at the Hochschule "Hanns Eisler" in May 2016, Chatziktoris rehearsed the choral parts with his chamber choir and took on the role of Junker Spärlich himself. In December 2016, he appeared on stage with the Ήxos Choir as soloist in the oratorio "Saint Nicholas" by Benjamin Britten. In December 2016, he made his debut in his homeland, Cyprus with a programme of classical and romantic arias. In the international competition of the Kammeroper Rheinsberg in June 2018, Chatziktoris took on the role of Johannes in the world premiere ,,A Bad Man ś Life'' by Marc-Aurel Floros and received good reviews. " ...the lyrical tenor Stelios Chatziktoris delights as the dying child with vocal and acting charm..." (Der Tagesspiegel, 30/06/2018). In July 2019, Chatziktoris debuted as Tamino, in ,,Die Zauberflöte'' with nine successful performances as part of the Opera Oder - Spree Festival.
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. She is hoping to continue her studies of opera performance in Berlin soon and is looking forward to attending the Indemini Festival this summer for the 2nd time.
Soumaya Hallak is a young dramatic soprano. She has studied singing at the conservatory of her native city, Geneva, then in Venice and in Brussels at the Queen Elisabeth Musical Chapel and at the opera Studio of the Copenhagen Opera. Soumaya has worked with José Van Dam, Helmut Deutsch, Mikael Eliasen, Jocelyne Dienst, Waltraud Meier, Rachel Andrist, Felicity Palmer, Gabriel Garrido, Sandra Porter, Susanna Eken, Mikaela von Gegerfelt, Tom Krause and Udo Reinemann. She has performed as part of the Copenhagen opera studio in roles such as Miss Jessel (Turn of the screw), La Maréchale (Rosenkavalier) and La Sorcière (Hänsel und Gretel). In addition, she has participated in numerous concerts for young soloists in places such as the Fenice in Venice, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi, Flagey, the Théatre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and Tour et Taxis always in Brussels. She made her Zürich debut with Agata in A. Cagnoni’s Don Bucefalo and has sung under the direction of conductors such as Paul Goodwin, Julian Reynolds, C.W. Green, Marc Soustrot, Walter Weller and Jean Paul Pruna.
Soumaya took part in the adaptation for the theatre of Oeuvre au Noir by Mr.Yourcenar directed by Christine Delmotte at the Théâtre des Martyrs in Brussels.
She created the duo VO'CELLO with Suzanne Vermeyen, cellist and the duo LUX VOCIS with the mezzo-soprano Anne-Fleur Inizan. The two singers work with pianist Margot Welleman and actor Pietro Pizzuti for their show Passions:6. She performs in recital with pianists David Levi and Ouri Bronchti.
In 2018, Soumaya took part in Zemlinski’s Florentine Tragedy at the TNB in Rennes, directed by Arthur Nauzyciel. In parallel to her singing activities, she created project 1, 2, 3 HOPE, LOVE, LIFE for PEACE for Syrian children victims of war. She was crowned with the Woman of Peace 2018 in the Belgian Senate.
Her first year as a master soloist was at the HEM in Geneva in the class of Nathalie Stutzmann. In 2020 she received her Master (high distinction) in the class of Jeanne Michèle Charbonnet at L'HEMU in Lausanne. Let’s note the role-taking in September 2019 of Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret at the Galpon theatre in Geneva and a tribute to Christa Ludwig in her presence with Wagner’s Wesendoncklieder for the opening of the Léman Lyriques festival in Geneva.
She sings with Laure-Catherine Beyers since 2020 : it is the duo BEYERS-HALLAK, who will perform together here at the Festival this summer.
Among her projects in 2021 is: the show Aleppo Falls by Myriam Demierre on tour from March 2021 in Switzerland and the world premiere of Jean-Paul Dessy written for her Ave Eva Salve broadcasted on March 5, 2021 on Musiq'3 and on CD in 2023. She sings regularly with him for sacred music concerts.
Synthesizer & pianist
Sound experiments for lyrical voice and synthesizers
Synth and vocal experiments on sacred pieces, naïve secular songs from the baroque repertoire and traditional folk songs. FOULES lies there. After a night where all things seem possible. In the collision of two oscillations, one powerfully organic, the other perfectly analog. Somewhere between the ethereal naivety of secular chants flying far above the stubborn bass and the grace of mathematical modulations distorting sacred arias. In sound waves that cross, unite or struggle over a diffuse yet unstoppable beat. When the distended harmonies sound like a new day or in this synaptic gap where the additive sound synthesis glitches the traditional song of Instabul's muezzins.
In an arpeggiated wave that races after the singer’s vocalizations. Or when the low-pass filter opens on an ambiguous truth. Always at the end of the night, where contemplation is finally possible. Impatiente aurore.
Mezzo Soprano, synthesizer
Synth and vocal experiments on sacred pieces, naïve secular songs from the baroque repertoire and traditional folk songs.
FOULES lies there. After a night where all things seem possible. In the collision of two oscillations, one powerfully organic, the other perfectly analog. Somewhere between the ethereal naivety of secular chants flying far above the stubborn bass and the grace of mathematical modulations distorting sacred arias. In sound waves that cross, unite or struggle over a diffuse yet unstoppable beat. When the distended harmonies sound like a new day or in this synaptic gap where the additive sound synthesis glitches the traditional song of Instabul's muezzins. In an arpeggiated wave that races after the singer’s vocalizations. Or when the low-pass filter opens on an ambiguous truth. Always at the end of the night, where contemplation is finally possible. Impatiente aurore.
The Korean pianist was born in Seoul and is based in Switzerland. After preliminary studies in her home country, she came to France to undertake her education at the Lyon Conservatory of Music under Philippe Soler.
In 2016 she moved to Switzerland, where, three years later, she obtained a Bachelor diploma at Geneva University of Music in Neuchâtel studying under the guidance of Paul Coker.
In 2021 she graduated with a Master degree in accompagnement from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne, where she was guided by Marc Pantillon, Todd Camburn and Béatrice Richoz.
We are delighted to have her on the team, playing and supporting our artists and singers and be part of IF 21.
The French and Italian mezzo-Soprano Beatrice Nani was born in Milan. She studied at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne from 2014 to 2019 with Brigitte Balleys. In 2019 she obtained her Master’s degree. Since then, she has been working with Marie-Ange Todorovitch and Jeanne- Michele Charbonnet. Passionate about theater, she has worked with Gaëlle Bourgeois and Fiona Chauvin in Paris as well as with Thierry Pillon and Jean-Yves Ruf.
She performed in Bouche à Bouche (Maurice Yvain) at the Théâtre Déjazet in Paris, and sang the Bottesini’s requiem at the Victoria Hall in Geneva. She created the role of Ella Maillart in the contemporary opera le Ruisseau Noir written by Guy-François Leuenberger at the Grütli Theater in Geneva, and in 2017 played Loïs in Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate. Since 2017 she has performed various roles at the Opera de Lausanne: Cricri in Le chanteur de Mexico (Lopez) in 2017, Armelinde in Cendrillon (Pauline Viardot) in 2018, the Duchesse Totoche in Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde (Hervé) in 2019. In 2020 she should have been Paquette in Candide (Bernstein) and she should have made her debut at the festival Opus Opera as la Marquise de Berkenfield in La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti), both productions were postponed due to the Pandemic situation. In 2021, she will be Odette in Henri Christiné’s Operetta, Dédé in Switzerland.
She also performs regularly as the duo « Battements d’Elles » with Swiss pianist Emilie Roulet. They give various concerts and work on mediation projects with numerous institutions in France and Switzerland.
French Lyric Soprano, Sara Notarnicola started singing and music with choral singing at the age of 5 and joining the "Maîtrise du Pays de Montbéliard". She received her lyrical singing
diploma at the age of 18 with high honors at the same time with her highschool diploma in theatre as a specialty. She then takes singing classes in Strasbourg and then Paris. She sang in
France, China, Algeria, as a soloist as well as a chorist. Sara was the soloist for the "Éclats lyriques" recital at the "Alba Music Festival" in Italy and sand in modern music projects
such as "Different Voices" with the singer MESPARROW. She also is the soloist for the creation of Nicolas JACQUOT composition "7 electric Poems" at the "GNEM de Marseille". Her roles in opera are
those of the great heroes of the repertoire such as : Mimi, Rusalka, Liù, Suor Angelica, the countess Almaviva or even Marguerite of Gounod...
In 2018, she entered the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in the class of Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet. In 2019, she was the prize winner of the "Fondation Colette Mosetti" and in 2020 she receivedthe "Le Prix de la Vocation" from "Fondation de la Vocation Marcel Bleustein Blanchet". Sara graduated from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in June 2021 with congratulations from the jury and received "Encouragements du Jury" at the Léopold Bellan International Music Competition.
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.
The mezzo-soprano Lydia Opilik, who grew up in Schwyz, first studied violin at the hslu Lucerne, where she graduated with a teaching diploma in 2007. She then studied singing at the zhdk Zurich with Lena Hauser and Lina Akerlund. In summer 2009 she finished her studies with a concert diploma. Afterwards Lydia Opilik studied in the class of Sasja Hunnego at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and was a member of the DNOA Basisklas. Lydia Opilik has already attended many renowned master classes, such as the IVAI Tel Aviv programme. She has had courses with Margreet Honig (Amsterdam), Ira Siff (New York), Emma Kirkby (GB), Mainard Kraak (Utrecht), Jeff Cohen (Paris), Rudolf Jansen (Amsterdam) and Bodil Gumoes (Copenhagen), among others. Lydia Opilik works as a freelance soprano and appears regularly as a soloist in secular and sacred concerts, operas and recitals. She is a member of various chamber music formations and forms a permanent song duo with the pianist Anna Bertogna. Furthermore, this year she is the winner of the Atelier Scholarship in New York of the cantons of Central Switzerland. In 2012 she was a finalist of the Grachtenfestivalconcours Amsterdam and in 2009 she was a laureate of the Förderpreis of the Friedl-Wald-Stiftung (Basel).
Lydia Opilik is a prize-winner of the "International Othmar Schoeck Competition for Lied Duo" in Brunnen.
Canadian-Australian soprano Rachel Pines is carving a unique path as an operatic, concert, and music theater performer. She has performed for Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Musica Viva, Gertrude Opera, and Brisbane City Opera as well as many other ensembles throughout Canada, Australia, and Europe.
Notable roles include Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte, Zerbinetta/Ariadne auf Naxos (Simone Young AM and Ensemble Q), Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute, Dafne/Apollo e Dafne, Frasquita/Carmen (Alondra de la Parra and Queensland Symphony Orchestra), Tytania/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Despina/Così fan tutte, First Lady, Second Lady and Papagena/The Magic Flute. In 2019 Rachel was a soloist for Opera Queensland’s NOW festival, singing the world premiere of A Church made of Glass by Eliot Gyger.
In concert, Ms. Pines has appeared with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra singing the arias of Adele/Die Fledermaus, Olympia/Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Queen of the Night/The Magic Flute. She was the soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah with Queensland Baroque in 2018, and has performed extensively with many orchestras and ensembles throughout Australia.
Rachel Pines is the recipient of the Elizabeth Muir Memorial Prize, Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition, and second prize winner of the New Zealand Aria Competition. She is the co-founder of Project Lieder, an ensemble that produces online song concerts. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, Rachel looks forward to singing for An Opera Odyssey in 2022.
Trio Frizzante interprets songs from their new program,
Melodies and dances from Italy, France, Spain and tango from Argentina.
The Trio creates an airy-lüpfiges sound during the performance,
but also melancholy and thoughtful tones have their place.
Fritz Gloor clarinets
Fritz Keller vocals, guitar
Andreas Pantli accordion, e-piano