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ALESSANDRO MISCIASCI

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Alessandro Misciasci was born in Catania, Italy, and studied piano at the Conservatory „A. Steffani“ in Castelfranco Veneto. In 1985, during the International Summer Academy in Salzburg, he met Prof. Paul Schilhawsky who invited him to join the faculty of the Universität Mozarteum as a Lied accompanist.  Mr. Misciasci has been a member of the coaching staff at the Mozarteum since that time.  In 1986, he won the third prize at the first International Competition for Lied Accompaniment in Den Haag.  He has accompanied  numerous master classes with renowned opera singers including Josef Greindl and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and his work as an accompanist has taken him throughout Europe and Asia.  Mr. Misciasci has served as musical assistant for several productions in the Salzburger Festspiele, including  a.o. “La clemenza di Tito” with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2003), “Die Zauberflöte” (2005), “Otello” (2008) and “Macbeth” (2011) with Riccardo Muti, “Falstaff” (2013) with Zubin Mehta, ”Il Trovatore” (2014/15) with Daniele Gatti and Gianandrea Noseda.

Alessandro Misciasci wurde in Catania (Italien) geboren. Er studierte Klavier am Konservatorium „A.Steffani“ in Castelfranco Veneto. 1985 lernte er im Rahmen der Sommerakademie in Salzburg Paul Schilhawsky kennen, der ihn als Liedbegleiter an die Universität Mozarteum brachte. Seitdem ist er dort als Korrepetitor tätig. 1986 gewann er den dritten Preis beim ersten internationalen Wettbewerb für Liedbegleitung in Den Haag. Er hat zahlreiche Kurse bekannter Opernsänger begleitet, darunter Josef Greindl und Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Seine Tätigkeit als Liedbegleiter hat ihn in viele Länder Europas und Asiens geführt. Darüber hinaus hat er als musikalischer Assistent bei mehreren Produktionen der Salzburger Festspiele mitgewirkt, u.a. „La clemenza di Tito“ unter Nikolaus Harnoncourt (2003), „Die Zauberflöte“(2005), „Otello“ (2008) , “Macbeth” (2011)   unter Riccardo Muti und „Falstaff“(2013)  unter Zubin Mehta.

 

DARIAN ANDERSON

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Darian Anderson Worrell is an American operatic baritone. He has performed extensively in the Americas and Europe, including the stages of the Alice Tully Hall and the Carnegie Hall in New York City and Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

Mr. Worrell hails from Speightstown, Barbados. At the age of eleven he relocated to Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts he made his Alice Tully Hall debut in New York under John Page and later his Carnegie Hall debut under conductor Benjamin Zander. Further studies lead him to the New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music. He completed his undergraduate studies in vocal performance at Lehman College, Bronx, New York under the tutelage of Osceola Davis-Smith and Dr. Diana Mittler-Battipaglia. In 2009, while presenting recitals throughout Germany, the newspaper Die Stimme praised Worrell’s “smooth, characteristic style”, calling him a “master of his instrument in all facets”.

In February 2015, Mr. Worrell  performed Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte at the Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium as a member of the Con Brio Ensemble. In June 2015, he was seen in a performance of Harry Lawrence Freeman’s Harlem Renaissance opera Voodoo (its first since 1928) in the role of Ephraham at the Columbia University in New York.

Mr. Worrell continues to pursue his graduate studies at the Universität Mozarteum as a student of Prof. Michele Crider, where he has graced the stage as Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus in the fall of 2015. In January 2017, he sang the title role in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and in June of this year he is set to undertake the title role in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.

 

ESTEFANIA AVILÉS

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Born Mexico City, she started her musical studies at the University of Guadalajara, Bachelor in Classical singing at the Conservatory of Castilla y León (Spain), Liszt Academy, with Andrea Melath and Katalin Alter (Hungary) and at the Accademia d’Arte Lirica di Osimo (Italy). She has performed with the Liszt Ferenc Symphonic Orchestra (Hungary), “Mikkeli City Orchestra (Finland), Classical Orchestra of Asturias (Spain) Symphonic Orchestra of Aguascalientes, Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco, Symphonic Orchestra Zapopan, Chamber Orchestra Blas Galindo, (Mexico) and conducted by the Conductors: György Vashegy, Hector Guzman, Francisco Orozco, Michael Meisner, Gerardo Rabago, Rodrigo Macias, Guillermo Salvador, Johannes Wildner, Daniel Sánchez Velasco, Ruben Diez. She has performed in the Gala concert Mozart Course and as Fiordiligi in the W.A.Mozart´s Opera “Cosí fan Tutte” with the Liszt Ferenc Symphonic Orchestra at Nagy tere in Budapest and played the role Giacinta in the opera Orontea for the Spring Festival Budapest. She impersonated Lota in the Zarzuela La Corte del Faraón with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Jalisco (Mexico), La Roldán in the Zarzuela “El Barbero de Sevilla” at the opera workshop at the Conservatory of Salamanca (Spain) and “Erste Dame” in W.A. Mozart’s Magic Flute Opera at the Accademia d’Arte lirica di Osimo (Italy). In Mexico she has participated in the Operas “Carmen” (Frasquita), “Fidelio”, “Frida”, “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly”. Moreover, she performed in the cycle music and opera at the Theater Degollado in Guadalajara, Gala concert in Avilés (Spain) and at the New year´s eve concert with the Classical Orchestra of Asturias Gijon (Spain). As a concert soloist she has performed Bachianas Brasileiras with the Mikkely City Orchestra (Finland) Carmina Burana Aguascalientes Symphonic Orchestra (Mexico), Magnificat J.S. Bach, Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra (Mexico) and Exsultate Jubilate Zapopan Symphonic Orchestra.

She has been instructed by the following singers: Melath Andrea, Raina Kabayvanska, William Matteuzzi, Lella Cuberli, Abenauara Graffigna, Alter Katalin, Paola Molinari; Masterclass with: Alberto Zedda, Cristina Muti, Anna Körondi, Adrea Rost and Teresa Berganza.

She has been awarded: stipendium hungaricum (2016) “scholarship program for Study Abroad“ FONCA-CONACYT (2011&2012), University of Guadalajara Foundation and Secretary of Culture Scholarship (2008), Incentives for creation and artistic development PECDA Jalisco (2010), University of Guadalajara Outstanding Students Scholarship (2005).

 

KISSJUDIT ANNA

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Budapesten született, 1996-ban. Tanulmányait Szilágyi Olgánál kezdte.

Számos énekverseny díjazottja: a Nemzetközi Simándy József Énekverseny Wagner-különdíjasa (2013), az Országos Gregor József Énekverseny I. díjasa (2014), és az Andor Éva Énekverseny III. helyezettje (2016).

Jelenleg a Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Egyetem alapszakos hallgatója, tanára Halmai Katalin.

2016-ban résztvevője volt a Budapesti Tavaszi Fesztiválnak, ahol A. Cesti: Orontea c. operájában Aristea szerepét alakította.

2017 áprilisában eredményesen szerepel Thomas Quasthoff berlini mesterkurzusán.

 

MARIYA TANIGUCHI

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Kagoshima and studied in Uwe Heilmann´s singing class. In March 2011 she sang Japanese national anthem at Spring Baseball for high school students. Since 2016 October she is in the Master of Opera and Music Theater program at the Universität Mozarteum as a student of Kroline Gruber and Kai Rörig and as  a voice  student of BarbaraBonney.

 

MELISSA ZGOURIDI

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Brazilian-American mezzo-soprano Melissa Zgouridi (b. 1992) is a second year Masters student at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg (Austria), where she studies with Michèle Crider, Thérèse Lindquist, and Dr. Josef Wallnig. In May 2015, Melissa received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (USA), where she studied with Dr. Robert McIver.

Melissa is the winner of various awards including the 2015-2016 Fulbright Grant, First Place in the Cerritos Performing Arts Center’s Friends of Arts Award, the 2015 Bev Sellars Memorial Voice Scholarship, First Place and the Lynne Clarke Vocal Prize in the 2014 Friends of Eastman Opera Vocal Competition, Second Place in the Shirley Winston Rabb National Voice Scholarship Competition, the Bellini Award in the 2015 Orpheus Vocal Competition, and the Young Talent Award at the Immling Festivals’s 2016  International Lions Vocal Competition.

In summer of 2013, Melissa was a Young Artist with the Janiec Opera Company at the Brevard Music Center, where she sang the role of Dame Quickly in Falstaff (Verdi) and created the role of Kaylee the Dating Coordinator in the world premiere of Michael Ching’s black box opera, Speed Dating Tonight!. Melissa returned to the Janiec Opera Company in 2015 to perform the role of Augusta Tabor in The Ballad of Baby Doe (Moore).

Melissa’s other operatic roles include Olga in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Bastien in Bastien und Bastienne (Mozart), Maddalena in Rigoletto (Verdi), Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief (Menotti), Mère Jeanne in Dialogues des Carmélites (Poulenc), Amastre in Serse (Handel), and Nursemaid in Street Scene (Weill). In addition to operatic performances, Melissa has been heard as a soloist in both oratorio and concert performances, including MatthäusPassion (Bach), Paukenmesse (Haydn), Magnificat (Vivaldi), Mass in C Major“Piccolomini” (Mozart), Chichester Psalms (Bernstein). She has also been the  featured soloist in both Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” and Symphony No. 3. In 2016, Melissa made her Herkulessaal hall debut in Munich, Germany as the Alto Soloist in Messiah (Händel).

 

NUTTHAPORN THAMMATHI

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Nutthaporn Thammati was born in 1988. He was considered to be a Scholarship Student from Mahidol University, Thailand to study at Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria with Univ.Prof. Mario Antonio Diaz Varas.

In October 2010, he had a concert with friends in Fukuoka, Japan which organized and accompanied by Yoshimi Sato. He also won the First Prize in Voice, University Category in the 11th Osaka International Music Competition, Osaka, Japan in October 2010.

In November 2010, he performed as Camille in Franz Lehár famous opera “Die lustige Witwe” at College of Music, Mahidol University, Thailand.

October 2011 until June 2011, he had finished the Scholarship to study Opera Singing at Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria with Univ.Prof. Mario Antonio Diaz Varas under Thai- Austrian Student Scholarships of ASEAN-UNINET. In June 2013, he had his debut as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Bohème. He has been invited to sing with Oper im Berg Festival (under the patronage of Grace Bumbry) in many concerts in Austria and Germany including a concert with Grace Bumbry in November, 2013.

In July 2012, after his scholarship study Nutthaporn has won the First Prize, Public Prize Puccini Role Prize and 3 Tenors Prize in the Grandi Voci Voice Competition, Salzburg, Austria which also the purposes of the competition is to audition for the roles of the company’s yearly productions, in July 2013 he performed as Roldolfo in La Bohème and in August 2013, he performed as Alfredo Germont in La Traviata. Lately in October 2013, He performed as Don José  in the concert Carmencita at Mozarteum University.

In January 2014, he had his debut in the newyear concert with Bläserphilharmonie Mozarteum Salzburg at Großes Festspielhaus.

In March 2014 he performed as Tito in La Clemenza di Tito by Mozart at Mozarteum  University and in July 2014 at Fiesole, Italy. In May 2014, as Faust in Faust by Gounod at Mozarteum University. In July 2014, as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini with Bergen Summer Opera in Bergen, Norway.
In February 2015 he performed as Nerone in L’incoronazione di Poppea by Monteverdi at Mozarteum University.

In April 2015 he had his highly successful debut as Assad in Die Königin von Saba by Karl Goldmark at Theater Freiburg, Germany.  In June 2015 he performed as Don José in Carmen by Bizet at Mozarteum University. In July and October 2015, he sang Assad in Die Königin von Saba by K.Goldmark at the Budapest Opera House.  In November 2015 he gave his debut as Nemorino in L’elisir D’amore by Donizetti at Theater Freiburg.

In July 2015 he was one of the quarterfinalists of Operalia 2015 The World Opera Competition, founded by Plácido Domingo.

YOON-HEE KIM

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At the age of five, Yoon-Hee Kim made her first orchestral debut in 1996 with the Savaria Orchestra of Hungary, after beginning to play the violin at the age of three.

Within a year she had already given public concerts. She was admitted to the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts at the age of four as the youngest student ever, where she studied with Prof. Eugenia & Juri Polatschek, Prof. Gerhard Schulz and Prof. Elisabeth Kropfitsch.

She was a regular participant in the masterclass of Prof. Jakhar Bron, a Russian violinist and violin pedagogue.

Born on the South-Korean island of Jeju, Yoon-Hee Kim is an honorary ambassador of Jeju which was selected as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”. She is the youngest person to ever to receive the prize as ”Young Artist of the Year 2011” from the ministry of culture in Korea.

As an Austrian-Korean violinist and as the youngest soloist in history, she has performed in regular concert series with world-wide renowned orchestras, among them, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic (at the age of 15), Monte Carlo Philharmonic (at the age of 16), Norway Trondheim Symphony Orchestra (at the age of 13), and Spain Radio Television Orchestra RTVE (15), Prague Philharmonia, George Enesco Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic, Bayer Philharmonic, Praha Radio Philharmonic, Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra, National Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Dohnanyi Symphony Orchestra, Transylvanian Orchestra, Catalonia Orchestra, Katowice Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra ot Rumania, Salzburg Kammerphilharmonie, as well as the Korea-Austria Philharmonic which was founded by UN general secretary Ban Ki-moon.

In Korea, she has performed with Seoul Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Korean Symphonic, Eurasian Philharmonic, Busan, Daejeon, Daegu, Gwangju, Jeonju and Jeju Symphonic Orchestras.

She has collaborated with outstanding conductors like Walter Weller, Music Director of Belgium National Orchestra, Roman Kopfmann, Claus Peter Flor, Cristian Mandeal, Berry Wordsworth, Philippe Auguin, Petr Altrichter, Leos Svarovsky, Erwin Aadland, Heiko Mathias Foerster, Othmar Maga, Keiko Mitsuhashi, Damian Iorio and others.

Yoon-Hee Kim has won first prize at numerous national and international competitions including Andrea Postacchini International Competition in Fermo, Italy, Prima la Musica competition in Austria, “Concorsi International Di Musica” in Stresa, Italy, Rovere d’Oro Bartolomeo al Mare, Italy, Fidelio Competition in Austria, special prize and scholarship from the Herbert von Karajan Foundation and Robert and Lina Thyli-Duerr Foundation of Switzerland as well as the Benjamin Prize in Austria.
She has given concerts in world-wide renowned concert halls like Musikverein´s Golden Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Berliner Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall in LA (where she appeared with 16-time Grammy-nominated R&B artist Brian McKnight ), Cadogan Hall in London, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, and in auditoriums like Rainier III Hall in Monte Carlo, Smetana Hall and Rudolfinum in Praha, the International Palace of Arts in Budapest, Atheneum in Bucharest, RTVE Teatro Hall in Madrid, Odd-Fellow Palace in Copenhagen, Olavshallen in Trondheim and Seoul Art Center.

She was invited to give recitals as part of the 35th Belgrade Music Festival (BEMUS) ,”Rising Star” Concerts in Cologne, Wiltz Festival in Luxembourg, “New Year´s Concert” in Trondheim , Norway, Samobor Festival in Croatia, Seoul Art Center Orchestra Festival and KBS New Year´s Concert.
Yoon-Hee Kim plays on several exquisite instruments, notably two Stradivarius, the “The Red Diamond” 1732 and the “Da Vinci” 1725 and presently, a Bergonzi Violin (Cremona 1734).
She has upcoming recitals at Carnegie Hall and at Mozarthaus Vienna and orchestra concerts with Czech National Philharmonic and Slovak Philharmonic in 2107.

In addition to CNN’s special introduction of Yoon-Hee Kim as a violinist of genius, TF1 TV has also featured her as L’Enfant Prodigie in their special series, One of the 30 Most Mysterious Stories (Les 30 Histoires les plus Mysterieuses). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jxvkv-WNsA