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Recently appointed Music Director of Den Norske Opera & Ballett in Oslo, the German conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens is recognised as a conductor of great distinction in both operatic and symphonic worlds.

Currently Music Director of the Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz in Ludwigshafen, under his leadership the orchestra has been honoured with many accolades such as the ECHO award for Best Orchestra in 2015 for their recording of works by B.A. Zimmermann; in 2016/17 they were nominated prizewinners of the Best Concert Programme of the Season by the Deutsche Musikverlegerverband, the German Music Publishers’ Association.  Undertaking substantial surveys of repertoire with his orchestra, he is presently engaged in a Bruckner symphony cycle programmed across several seasons.

Steffens is also in great demand as a guest conductor. In recent seasons he has worked with ensembles such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Philharmonia, Stockholm Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony and Zurich Tonhalle Orchestras.  He has additionally visited the City of Birmingham Symphony, Bournemouth Symphony, and Hallé Orchestras in the UK and the Radio Symphony Orchestras of Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig and Stuttgart. The 2015/16 season saw debuts in Torino and Lisbon as well as with the orchestra of Maggio Musicale in Florence and reinvitations to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and that of Monte Carlo, while this season he returns to the Berlin Radio Symphony and the Dresden, Helsinki and Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestras.  He is a frequent visitor to the Philharmonia in London; over this season and the next, he conducts the cycle of Brahms Symphonies and the Requiem with them.

Equally at home in the opera house, Steffens assumed the musical leadership of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet at the beginning of the 2016/17 season, during which he conducts productions including Cosi fan Tutte, Fidelio, Pelléas et Mélisande and Tosca. He has appeared several times at the Teatro alla Scala leading performances of Cosi fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, and Götterdämmerung and is invited regularly to the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, most recently in 2015/16 with Ariadne auf Naxos, as well as making his Zurich Opera debut last season with Cosi fan Tutte.

Prior to his conducting career, Steffens was a highly respected solo clarinettist who also held several orchestral positions culminating in the successive posts of Principal Clarinet with the Bavarian Radio and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras.

Artist Website: www.karlheinzsteffens.com

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A multifaceted musician, Masato Suzuki appears on the concert platform in the capacity of conductor, organist, harpsichordist and composer.

On the conducting podium Masato Suzuki works with such orchestras as the Hiroshima Symphony, Kyushu Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras and held the position of Principal Conductor with the Yokohama Sinfonietta during 2013 – 2015. With repertoire ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Schnittke, this season Suzuki debuts with Ensemble Kanazawa, the Sendai Philharmonic and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestras as well as making return visits to the Hiroshima Symphony and Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestras.  In his role as Music Director of Ensemble Genesis, he presents ambitious programmes of baroque and contemporary music in imaginative combinations.

As organist and harpsichordist Suzuki’s relationship with Bach Collegium Japan has taken him to major concert venues and festivals across Europe and the USA, and next season he makes his official subscription series debut as conductor with the ensemble. Other festival appearances as recitalist and chamber musician include the Chofu Music Festival (of which he is one of the Artistic Directors), Musikfest Bremen and the Musica Antiqua Festival in Bruges, performing with ensembles such as Sette Voci and Vox Luminis.

On disc, Suzuki is represented on the BIS label by his numerous recordings with Bach Collegium Japan which include the complete set of Sacred Cantatas and J.S. Bach’s Concertos for Two Harpsichords which features his own arrangement of Orchestral Suite no.1. He participated as organist in the recording of Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien with Vox Luminis for the Ricercar label which was awarded the Gramophone Magazine Recording of the Year in 2012.

Suzuki’s composition portfolio includes works for both instrumental ensembles and choir; his work is published by Schott Japan and he has received recent commissions from Sette Voci, Tokyo Musik Kreis and Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall among others.  Suzuki’s reconstruction of lost movements of J.S. Bach’s Cantata BWV190 (Carus) and his completion and revision of Mozart’s Requiem have been highly praised.

Now based in the Netherlands, Masato Suzuki studied Composition and Early Music at the Tokyo University for Fine Arts and Music before studying Organ and Improvisation at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

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In the autumn of 2012 Alexander Liebreich began his first season as chief conductor and artistic director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the first foreign conductor to hold this position. In autumn 2014 he inaugurated the new Philharmonic Hall in Katowice, the orchestra’s home, with a performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No1 with Krystian Zimerman, Beethoven Choral Symphony and works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki and Gorecki following a critically acclaimed tour of Europe visiting Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Liebreich has a very strong affinity with Polish music and his new collaboration with the orchestra and Accentus will feature five recordings of pieces by Lutoslawski alongside other great Polish works – the first recording of Lutowlaski/Szymanowski garnering excellent reviews. In May 2015 he led as Artistic Director the new Festival Katowice Kultura Natura where in addition to NOSPR resident artists include RIAS Kammerchor, London Sinfonietta, Andras Schiff and Miklos Perenyi.

He held the position of artistic director and principal conductor of the Munich Chamber Orchestra from 2006 – 2016. Their first collaborative CD, featuring works by Joseph Haydn and Isang Yun, was released to great critical acclaim by the label ECM in January 2008, and was followed in 2009 by the launch of a Bach CD with Hilary Hahn, Christine Schäfer and Matthias Goerne, by Deutsche Grammophon. His recording featuring Rossini overtures, was released in 2011 and was named CD of the month by Fono Forum.
As one of Germany’s foremost conductors Alexander Liebreich’s extensive career takes him around the world. As guest conductor he has worked with many prestigious orchestras including the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre National de Belgique, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Dresden Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Osaka Philharmonic and NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Recent and future engagements include debuts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Aalborg Symphony, Akademie für Alte Musik and Staatsorchester Stuttgart.

He has performed with distinguished soloists such as Lisa Batiashvili, Krystian Zimerman, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Leila Josefowicz,  and Maxim Vengerov.

Alongside his concerts and opera productions, Liebreich has established a reputation for producing innovative projects. In 2002 he visited North and South Korea with the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie where they gave the first Korean performances of Bruckner Symphony No. 8. In 2011 he became the first European artistic director of the Tongyeong International Music Festival (TIMF) in South Korea, one of the biggest and most important festivals in Asia. With the goal of encouraging intercultural encounters, he implemented the “east-west-residence-programme”, inviting guest artists like Heiner Goebbels, Unsuk Chin, Martin Grubinger, Toshio Hosokawa and Beat Furrer to South Korea.

Alexander Liebreich, was born in Regensburg and studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Salzburg Mozarteum and gained much of his early artistic experience with both Claudio Abbado and Michael Gielen. After he was awarded the Kirill Kondraschin Conducting Competition Prize b Alexander Liebreich was appointed assistant to Edo de Waart at the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Paul Goodwin is well known for his creative and dynamic programming and incorporating period style within the traditional orchestral world. He has achieved acclaim for delivering fresh, exciting and original accounts of mainstream repertoire as well as his historically informed interpretations. His extensive repertoire spans from the fourteenth century to the present day.

Paul is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival and Principal Guest Conductor of Cappella Aquileia. He has conducted orchestras throughout the world including the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, Minnesota Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra Washington, New World Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony Orchestra the Rotterdam, Auckland, Helsinki and Royal Stockholm Philharmonics and radio orchestras in Munich, Frankfurt, Hannover and Leipzig.

In opera, Paul’s successes have included Gluck’s Iphigenie en Tauride at the Komische Oper Berlin, Britten’s Rape of Lucretia at the Teatro Real Madrid, Handel’s Orlando at Scottish Opera and Opera Australia, Handel’s Jephtha at Welsh National Opera and Handel’s Riccardo Primo at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe.

Recent and future highlights include Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Les Violons du Roy, Utah Symphony, National Taiwan Symphony the New World Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.

For 11 years Paul was the Associate Conductor of the Academy of Ancient Music with whom he toured extensively and made recordings of Schutz choral music, Mozart’s singspiel ‘Zaide’ and two discs of music by John Tavener, commissioned for the AAM.  Three of these CDs were nominated for Grammy (USA) and Gramophone (UK) awards. He was Principal Guest Conductor of the English Chamber Orchestra for 6 years, collaborating with artists such as Kiri Te Kanawa, Joshua Bell, Maria João Pires, Mstislav Rostropovich and Magdalena Kozena.  Elsewhere, he has recorded CDs of Strauss, Hartmann, Handel’s Riccardo Primo and Athalia, and a highly acclaimed CD of Elgar’s Nursery Suite for Harmonia Mundi.  With the Münchner Rundfunkorchester he has recorded two CDs for Sony: one that includes Prokovief Peter and the Wolf and the other, “under the stars”, in collaboration with violinist Charlie Siem.

Paul’s dedication to educational projects has led him to work with National Youth Orchestras in Spain and Holland, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonic, the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana, as well as the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the orchestras of the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, London. For many years he was a regular visiting conductor for the Queen Elisabeth Competition Brussels.  In 2007, Paul Goodwin was awarded the Handel Honorary Prize of the City of Halle (Saale) in recognition of his extraordinary services to performances of works by George Frideric Handel.

Artist Website: paulgoodwinconductor.com

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Anna Tilbrook has collaborated with many leading singers and instrumentalists including James Gilchrist, Ian Bostridge, Lucy Crowe, Sarah Tynan, Barbara Hannigan, Emma Bell, Nick Daniel, Natalie Clein, Philip Dukes and Guy Johnston, as well as the Fitzwilliam, Carducci, Sacconi, Elias, Navarra and Barbirolli String Quartets. Since her debut at the Wigmore Hall in 1999 she has become a regular artist at all the leading concert halls and festivals. She has also accompanied Jose Carreras, Angela Georghiu and Bryn Terfel in televised concerts. Anna regularly coaches the Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, and for the past ten years has been coach and accompanist for Les Azuriales Opera Festival in Nice.

Recent performances include her Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut with Lucy Crowe, recitals at Carnegie Hall New York, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, Wigmore Hall and  King’s Place. She curated three weekend festivals at St John’s Smith Square: a Schubertiade, the songs and chamber music of Schumann and Mendelssohn, and “Vaughan Williams and friends”. She has also given a series of recitals with violist Philip Dukes and performed at the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Oxford Lieder, Lammermuir and West Cork Chamber Music festivals, and at DeSingel (Antwerp), Alte Oper (Frankfurt), Anima Mundi (Pisa), Wroclaw Cantans, Perth Schubertiade, and Lyon.

In 2017 Anna and James Gilchrist will celebrate 20 years of their duo partnership. They have made a series of acclaimed recordings of English song for Linn and Chandos records featuring the composers Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Finzi, Lennox Berkeley and Benjamin Britten. They have recorded Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, (Editor’s Choice in Gramophone) Schwanengesang with Beethoven’s An die Ferne Geliebte, Winterreise (BBC Music Magazine 2011 Christmas disc of the month). Recently released are the Schumann Song Cycles.

Anna studied at the University of York and the Royal Academy of Music where she was made an Associate in 2009.

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Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in chamber music and song accompaniment. In addition to a busy performance schedule and a fast-growing discography, he is the founder and director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, the UK’s most renowned song festival, which recently won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

In recent years he has appeared at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Berliner Konzerthaus, the Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore, the Opéra de Lille, St John’s Smith Square, Bridgewater Hall, the Purcell Room and many other venues and Festivals around the UK and in Austria, Colombia, Germany, Sweden and Romania. He has performed with singers including Sophie Daneman, Robert Holl, James Gilchrist, Dietrich Henschel, Katarina Karnéus, Wolfgang Holzmair, Jonathan Lemalu, Stephan Loges, Daniel Norman, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal, Mark Stone, Birgid Steinberger, Anna Stéphany, Kitty Whately and Roderick Williams, amongst many others.

Recording projects include an ongoing series of the complete songs of Hugo Wolf, recorded live at the Oxford Lieder Festival. Gramophone Magazine wrote of the first volume: “The team of four singers is first-rate, responsive in every way, and if anything even more remarkable is the work of their pianist, Sholto Kynoch, displaying an exceptional expressive range, not only ideally agile but with the most subtle range of tone and dynamic.” The eight volumes released so far, of a projected eleven, have been similarly acclaimed. He is also recording the complete songs of John Ireland and Havergal Brian with baritone Mark Stone, with whom he appears regularly in recital. Other CDs include Beethoven trios with the Phoenix Piano Trio and discs of Schumann and Schubert Lieder.

Sholto is the pianist of the Phoenix Piano Trio, with violinist Jonathan Stone and cellist Christian Elliott. The Trio has given several recitals at Wigmore Hall, has been in residence at the Happy Days Festival in Enniskillen, N. Ireland,and has performed at many venues and Festivals including the Ryedale and Leicester festivals, and the London Chamber Music Society at Kings Place.

From November 2013 to January 2014, Sholto curated a series of concerts and lecture-recitals at the National Gallery as part of their exhibition of Viennese portraiture; “Facing the Modern”. In 2015 he curated two lecture-recitals at the British Museum for their “Germany” exhibition, and in 2016 he returned to the National Gallery for their “Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art”.

Sholto read Music at Worcester College, Oxford, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was awarded scholarships to all three institutions and upon graduation from the GSMD was appointed a Junior Fellow there. His teachers included Michael Dussek, Graham Johnson, Vanessa Latarche, Malcolm Martineau and Ronan O’Hora. Following a Leverhulme-funded residency, he was appointed an Honorary Research Fellow of Bangor University in 2009. In 2010, Sholto was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Artist Website: http://www.sholtokynoch.com/

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Maltese Tenor Nico Darmanin is quickly making a name for himself in the Rossini and Bel Canto repertoires, having already made his debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He studied with soprano Gillian Zammit, before moving to London to study at the Royal College of Music with Rosa Mannion and finally at the National Opera Studio.

Nico appeared in two productions at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, as Daniéli in Les Vêpres siciliennes (the Olivier-Award winning production directed by Stefan Herheim and conducted by Pappano) and as the Der Jüngling Die Frau ohne Schatten under Semyon Bychkov (in Claus Guth award winning production).  Nico also sang the Italian Tenor Der Rosenkavalier in Christoph Waltz’s first opera production for De Vlaamse Opera, returning to Antwerp as Don Ottavio Don Giovanni, Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola for Scottish Opera and a critically acclaimed Almaviva Il barbiere di Siviglia at Opera Holland Park. Nico also studied on the Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro with Maestro Zedda, after which he was invited to sing Belfiore in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival.

The 2015/2016 season saw Nico make his debut for Wexford Festival Opera as Mérgy in Le pré aux clercs, as well as his house debut as Count Almaviva in the Barber of Seville for Welsh National Opera and a return to Opera Holland Park as Ramiro Cenerentola.

In concert, Nico’s repertoire includes Romantic song and operas by Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Tosti, Fauré and Debussy. He has recently recorded a world premiere of Massenet songs with Richard Bonynge and, also under his baton, the tenor in Sullivan’s Shore and Sea for Victorian Opera. Further concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah at the Royal Festival Hall and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 at the Barbican Hall.

Nico is a Samling Artist and he has participated in masterclasses with Juan Diego Florez (in Pesaro) and Joyce DiDonato (at the Royal Opera House). He has also worked with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Thomas Allen on the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto and with Mirella Freni as part of the Cubec masterclasses in Modena.

Engagements in 2016/2017 include Don Ottavio for Nederlandse Reisopera and a series of recitals in the US under the auspices of the Maltese Arts Council.

Nico is a Royal Overseas League Competition Finalist, Overseas Prize Winner and most recently a BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Finalist 2015.

Artist Website: www.nicodarmanin.com

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Artists
  • Nathalie Joachim, flutes
  • Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets
  • Yvonne Lam, violin & viola
  • Nicholas Photinos, cello
  • Matthew Duvall, percussion
  • Lisa Kaplan, piano

 

Over the course of two decades, Eighth Blackbird has commissioned and premiered hundreds of works by dozens of composers including David Lang, David T. Little, Steven Mackey, Missy Mazzoli, and Steve Reich, whose commissioned work, Double Sextet, went on to win the Pulitzer Prize (2009).  A long-term relationship with Chicago’s Cedille Records has produced seven acclaimed recordings (most recently, Hand Eye) and four impressive GRAMMY Awards for Best Small Ensemble/Chamber Music Performance: for strange imaginary animals (2008), Lonely Motel: Music from Slide (2011), Meanwhile (2012), and Filament (2015).

 

Eighth Blackbird kicked off its 20th anniversary auspiciously in 2016, quickly garnering its fourth GRAMMY Award as well as the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Anniversary celebrations continue throughout the 2016-17 season. The group tours hybrid programs from its two most recent and broadly-acclaimed albums: Filament (2015), the most recent GRAMMY-winner, centred around a live recording of Philip Glass’s Two Pages, with world premiere recordings of works by Bryce Dessner (Murder Ballades) and Nico Muhly (Doublespeak) alongside two remixes by Son Lux – and Hand Eye, a “diverse, eclectic and colorful” (New York Times) concert-length suite that pairs Eighth Blackbird with the starry young composer sextet Sleeping Giant (Timo Andres, Andrew Norman, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein).

 

Beyond the album tours, highlights of the 2016-17 season include keystone performances as part of Steve Reich’s 80th birthday celebrations (in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony and beyond), a debut performance on Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner’s (The National) Eaux Claires festival, a fresh round of raucous shows with “Appalachian post-punk solipsist” (The Wanderer) Will Oldham aka Bonnie Prince Billy, and world premieres by Holly Harrison, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, and Ned McGowan.  The 20th anniversary also brings significant expansion of the group’s international terrain, with debuts in Paris (Paris Philharmonie, Mona Bismarck), through multiple cities in Amsterdam, and through multiple cities in Australia.

 

Eighth Blackbird’s mission – to move music forward through innovative performance, advocacy for new music by living composers, and a legacy of guiding an emerging generation of musicians – extends beyond recording and touring to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival (2009), enjoyed a three year residency at the Curtis Institute of Music, and holds ongoing Ensemble-in- Residence positions at the University of Richmond and the University of Chicago. The 2015-16 season featured a lively, pioneering residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, serving as a living installation with open rehearsals, performances, and public talks.

 

Eighth Blackbird’s members hail from the Great Lakes, Keystone, Golden, Empire and Bay states. The name “Eighth Blackbird” derives from the eighth stanza of Wallace Stevens’s evocative, aphoristic poem, Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird (1917).

 

Nathalie Joachim is a Burkart Flutes & Piccolos artist, Michael J. Maccaferri is a D’Addario Woodwinds Artist.  Matthew Duvall proudly endorses Pearl Drums and Adams Musical Instruments, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Zildjian Cymbals, and Black Swamp Percussion Accessories. Lisa Kaplan is a Steinway Artist

 

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British soprano Claire Booth has become internationally renowned both for her commitment to an extraordinary breadth of repertoire, and for the vitality and musicianship that she brings to the operatic stage and concert platform. In the 2015-16 season alone her diverse schedule has included Poulenc’s La Voix Humaine for WNO in conjunction with Cardiff’s Festival of The Voice, La Comtesse in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory with the Chelsea Opera Group, Haas’ Atthis in her latest collaboration with Netia Jones at the Royal Opera House, Luigi Rossi’s Oratorio per la Settimana Santa with Christian Curnyn, works by Wigglesworth and Knussen with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Rosina in Welsh National Opera’s new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Ravel chamber works with the Nash Ensemble at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Other operatic highlights include Elcia in Rossini’s Mose in Egitto and Pakati in Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream (Welsh National Opera), the title role in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen (Garsington Opera), which met with widespread critical acclaim, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Dorinda in Handel’s Orlando (Scottish Opera) and Nora in Vaughan Williams’ Riders to the Sea (English National Opera).

Her numerous concert appearances have resulted in close associations with the BBCSO and Proms, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Ensemble InterContemporain, the Aldeburgh and Holland Festivals and other recent debut appearances with the Berlin Deutsche Symphonie, Boston Symphony Orchestra and London Philharmonic Orchestra. For more than a decade she has collaborated with video director Netia Jones to produce a series of critically acclaimed productions. These include her performances of Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments (ROH), Max in Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are and Rhoda in Higglety, Pigglety, Pop, which toured from the Aldeburgh Festival, via The Los Angeles Philharmonic and a further debut under Gustavo Dudamel, to the Barbican’s own 60th birthday celebrations for the composer.

Claire’s most recent CD release features diverse works by Ryan Wigglesworth and the Hallé Orchestra, including his Augenlieder of which she sang the world premiere. Others recordings include Lucia in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia (EMI), Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream, John Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris and works by Oliver Knussen, Jonathan Dove and Charlotte Bray.

Upcoming highlights include concerts in Tokyo and Stockholm, a return to the Wigmore Hall with the Nash Ensemble to perform works by Berg and Schonberg, concert performances with the Early Opera Company at Spitalfields Festival and Wigmore Hall and a further return to the Aldeburgh Festival with the BCMG and Oliver Knussen.  Her debut solo disc of Grainger folk music, with pianist Christopher Glynn is set for release in Spring 2017 through the Avie Label.

Artist website: www.claire-booth.com

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London-based coloratura soprano Sarah Labiner recently trained with the English National Opera’s Opera Works programme. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music and was a Watson Scholar at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She is currently performing her debut role of Jano in Jenufa with the English National Opera and will return to ENO in the autumn of 2016 as 15-year-old Girl in the new William Kentridge production of Lulu.

Recent scenes performances include Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos (standard version and original 1912 version), Sophie Der Rosenkavalier, and Poppea Agrippina with ENO Opera Works. Sarah has sung Adina L’elisir d’amore, Clarice Il mondo della luna, and Graduation Girl Street Scene with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, Gasparina La canterina with the North Carolina School of the Arts, made appearances with Piedmont Opera, and covered the role of Sophie Werther at the Grimeborn Festival in London. Other scenes performances include Amore Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Despina Così fan tutte, and Flora The Turn of the Screw with the Royal College of Music, and Asteria Tamerlano, and Ilia Idomeneo with Canta in Italia. Performance venues include the London Coliseum, Bloomsbury Theatre, The Travellers Club, The Stevens Center, Fletcher Opera Theatre, and the Britten Theatre.

As a concert soloist in the USA and UK, Sarah has performed the Brahms Requiem, Schubert Mass in G, Vivaldi Gloria, Fauré Requiem, Bernstein Mass, Mozart Exsultate Jubilate, Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Handel Messiah, and Mozart Great Mass in C minor. Song repertoire in recital has included works by Strauss, Debussy, Fauré, Poulenc, Schubert, Wolf, Pasatieri, Argento, Rorem, and Meirion Williams.

Having grown up in the theatre, Sarah has a strong foundation in ballet and dramatic training. Also a keen linguist, she has studied German, Italian, and French, and is currently working to gain further proficiency in Welsh. Sarah takes a particular interest in vocal pedagogy, having written her Master of Music thesis on methods of breath management and support and also having researched and taught workshops on harmonic overtone singing. With a great enthusiasm for musical outreach, Sarah has worked with English National Opera’s Baylis programme as well as helping run workshops at the Royal College of Music and other London events.

Sarah has won multiple awards at the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition and was awarded a Dean’s Discretionary Grant through the North Carolina School of the Arts to study in Italy with the Canta in Italia programme. Her training with English National Opera’s Opera Works was generously supported by an anonymous sponsor.

Artist website: www.saralabiner.co.uk

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