Lyric Dramatic Soprano
The young Belgian dramatic soprano Laure-Catherine Beyers started her singing studies in Belgium, where she studied with the Dutch mezzo soprano Jard van Nes. Simultaneously, Laure-Catherine studied at the Koninklijk Conservatorium of Antwerp with Stephanie Friede, where she obtained her bachelor degree in September 2016. In the summer of 2018, Laure-Catherine graduated from 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 in the prestigious Master Soliste programme at the Haute École de Musique Lausanne, in the studio of Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.
Laure-Catherine has been invited to numerous international competitions. She was a finalist in the Helmut Deutsch International Art Song Competition, the Concours Mahler in Geneva, the Opera at Florham competition in New Jersey, and was awarded with the Gérard Souzay prize for French Mélodie at the Joy In Singing International Art Song competition in New York City.
Besides her love for opera, Laure-Catherine is also very passionate about the Art Song repertoire. She has participated in numerous masterclasses where she has worked with some of the most prominent artists in the business, such as Christa Ludwig, John Fiore, Anne Sophie von Otter, Julius Drake, and Christoph Prégardien. In past summers, Laure-Catherine was a vocal fellow at Songfest at Colburn in Los Angeles (2019) at the online edition of Music Academy of the West (2020), and she was an Artist in Residence at the Indemini Festival in Indemini, Switzerland (2021).
In November 2020, Laure-Catherine made her Vienna debut with PlusOpera Wien in das OFF Theater, where she sang the roles of the Mother and the Witch in E. Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. In early 2021, Laure-Catherine had her personal recital project I‘m a Stranger Here Myself …entre deux mondes broadcasted on RTS Espace 2, the national Radio Station of Suisse Romande. In the fall of 2021 she had the opportunity to sing in concert with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, led by Missak Baghboudarian at the Damascus Opera House. Later that fall she also made her debut with the Societé de Musique Contemporaine Lausanne, where she sang M. Pintscher‘s A Twilight‘s Song and M. Lanza‘s Mare with the Ensemble Contemporaine de l‘HEMU under the baton of William Blank and Luca Antignani. In March 2022 Laure-Catherine sang in concert with Renaud Capuçon at the BCV Concert Hall in Lausanne as part of the 2022 Master Soliste Showcase of the HEMU Lausanne.
Aurélie did her studies in France : Reims, Paris, Avignon, then she studied at HEMU (Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne) in Switzerland where she has just finished her Master with Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.
She won the Second price in the Concours International Bellan (France) and 3rd price and Public price in the Concours International de Béziers (France).
She already had the opportunity to sing rolse such as: Philomèle in « Le roi l’a dit » by Delibes at the Opéra of Avignon, The Princesse Laoula in « L’étoile » by Chabrier at the Opéra of Avignon, Susanna in « Le Nozze di Figaro » by Mozart at the Théâtre of Pézenas and Despina in « Cosi fan tutte » by Mozart at the Opéra of Lausanne. Next October, she will be again be performing on the stage at the Opéra of Lausanne, singing Giannetta in « L’Elisir d’amore » by Donizetti.
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.
Next season, Luise will make her debut in Geneva at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in Nabucco and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
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 6th year! Dreaming big! More to come!
At the age of eight, Bertrand Bochud started taking piano, singing and organ lessons at the organ at the Conservatoire de Fribourg. After obtaining his teaching diploma in 2004, for which he received the prize of the Max and Axelle Koch Foundation of Lucerne, he completed his training with a virtuosity diploma - excellent mention with congratulations from the jury - with Michel Brodard at the Musikhochschule in Lucerne. After his with Tiny Westendorp, he worked with the Italian tenor Mirko Guadagnini in Milan. Guadagnini in Milan. In the field of oratorio he sang Haydn's Creation, Mozart's Requiem Mozart's Requiem, Hermann Suter's Laudi, Dvorak's Requiem, Donizetti's Requiem and several and several Bach Passions. He is also very fond of recitals: his repertoire repertoire includes several German romantic song cycles: Schubert's Die Schöne Müllerin by Schubert or Dichterliebe by Schumann. In opera he has performed the role of Rodolphe in Puccini's La Bohème for the Association and Don Ottavio in Mozart's Don Juan in the Opéra des Champs-Elysées production of the Opéra des Champs, recently he played the role of Balested in La Dame de La Mer by René Falquet.
Since the beginning of the 2010 academic year, he has been teaching singing at the Conservatoire de Lausanne. Passionate teaching, he was called in January 2014 to a new position as a voice voice pedagogue at the Haute Ecole de Théâtre de Suisse romande, "La Manufacture".
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.
Hugo Kampschreur is a 26 year old tenor studying at the Dutch National Opera Academy. He recently started working with Jeanne-Michéle as his voice teacher after studying with Selma Harkink during his Bachelor at the Utrecht Conservatory. Hugo has enjoyed Masterclasses from among others Margreet Honig, Rebecca Rota, Floris Visser, Peter Kooij and Kirsten Schötteldreier.
In the 2022/2023 season Hugo will be seen as Belfiore in Finta Gardiniera from Mozart and Gernando in L’isola disabitata from Haydn both at the DNOA. In September 2023 Hugo will make his debut with the Nederlandse Reisopera as der Junge Mensch in Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane. Prior to starting at the conservatory Hugo was a competitive athlete spending more then 20 hours a week on the tenniscourt. Hugo is also certified sportsmasseur and personal trainer.
Agathe Labadie’s journey with music started at the age of five, when she joined the Dijon Cathedral Choir in her French hometown. After completing her Master’s degree in Cultural Policy, she turned towards a full-time vocal training with Caroline Pelon at the Paris Regional Conservatory, from which she graduated with honours in 2021. Now a Bachelor student at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, she studies with Jeanne-Michèle Charbonnet.
Agathe’s love for languages and musical curiosity led her to take part in international masterclasses with Yvonne Kenny, Sara Mingardo, Regina Werner, Chantal Santon-Jeffery and Ira Siff. Roles she performed on stage include Cupidon in Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. In 2019, she won the second prize of the Clefs d’Or Competition in Paris. A multifaceted artist, Agathe enjoys singing opera and oratorio as well as art song, and she has developed a particular interest for contemporary music.
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.
Cristina Pharo 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 15 years ago and is a lyric coloratura soprano. She currently studies with Jeanne-Michele Charbonnet as well as at the In Opera Academy in Milan. Like many singers Cristina has not been able to perform during the Covid-19 pandemic, however, before that Cristina was the main soprano soloist with the Gavina Philarmonic in Voghera and had undertaken various roles such as Annina from La Traviata (Verdi) and Anna from Nabucco (Verdi) both at Teatro di Garlasco and Santuzza from Cavelleria Rusticana (Mascagni) (au plein air in Voghera) along with various Oratorio performances and other concerts. Cristina annually participates in the Indemini Festival and has attended this outstanding course from the first year it was introduced.
Cornelia Zink studied at the Mozarteum Salzburg, was subsequently engaged in the ensemble of the Cottbus State Theatre and since 2014 has been a repeated freelance guest at the Hamburg State Opera, the Gärtnerplatztheater Munich, Hanover State Opera, Braunschweig State Theatre, Komische Oper Berlin and Mannheim National Theatre, among others. Since the 21/22 season she has been engaged at the Mecklenburg State Theatre in Schwerin, where she will sing Agathe and Duchess in the coming season.
Important roles of her career so far are Lucia di Lammermoor, Gretel, Musetta, Cunegonde (Candide), Schöne Helena, Antonia(Hoffmann), Helmwige, Woglinde, Wellgunde and Violetta (Traviata). In addition to the classical repertoire, Cornelia Zink has already sung several world premieres, including the second opera by female composers: "Liliom" by Johanna Doderer at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich in 2016 and "Wölfe" by Helena Tulve at the Staatstheater Schwerin in 2022.
In addition to her concert activities, the complete CD recordings of Ziehrer's "Die drei Wünsche" (2008) and Zeller's "Der Obersteiger" (2009) were made at the Schönbrunn Palace Theatre in Vienna and a CD and DVD of "Der Bettelstudent" at the Mörbisch Lake Festival in 2013 and the DVD of "Der Vogelhändler" with Cornelia Zink in the leading female roles in 2017.
Lydia Spyra studied at the Hauté Ecole de Musique in Lausanne, where she completed a Master’s degree in classical singing.
She was engaged as a soloist for the „Atélier pour le Jeune Public“, a program for children at the Opera of Lausanne (2019-2021). There, she also sang the role of “Irene la de Pinto” in “Doña Francisquita” (2020) and the role of the “Mère” in the world premiere of „Le petit Chaperon Rouge“(2021).
Apart from opera, the young soprano is interested in the genre of lied and songs. In May 2018 she won the Lied competition “Concours Mahler. Furthermore, she was to be heard on the radio (RTS) with the program “The Truth about Love”. With her sister, she founded a guitar and singing duo and performed a program called “Canciones Espanolas”.
Lydia is regularly engaged as a soloist and has performed at different occasions in churches.
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 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 accompaniment 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 22.
Malaysian born Danish Mubin is currently studying Masters Interpretation Concert at the Haute École de Musique Lausanne under the tutelage of Vinciane Béranger. His previous teachers include Lionel Tan, Dr. Andrew Filmer and Jiri Heger. An aspiring violist who is always refining his artistry, Danish has been participating music festivals across Europe and Asia, notably the Tibor Varga Music Academy in Switzerland, Pablo Casals Festival in France and Chofu International Music Festival in Japan. Besides that, he also has a strong interest in orchestra playing, being selected to participate in numerous festivals such as the Lucerne Festival Academy, Pacific Music Festival and the Asian Youth Orchestra. He also frequently performs as a substitute musician with Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.