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Katarina Bradić was born in Prokuplje, Serbia, and trained as a singer at Novi Sad Music Academy and the Vienna Conservatoire. She first rose to international fame during the 2009/2010 season as a member of the ensemble at der Vlaamse Opera, where her roles included Olga in «Eugene Onegin», Suzuki in «Madame Butterfly» and Medea in Cavalli’s «Giasone». In the summer of 2010 she made her debut as Carmen – now one of her most important roles and one she has performed in Tallinn, Erfurt, at the Komische Oper Berlin and in Oslo. Katarina Bradić is also sought after the world over for the baroque repertoire and has been heard in the title role of Francesco Pistocchi’s «Il Narciso» in Cologne, as Amastre in Handel’s «Xerxes» at the Komische Oper Berlin, the Bergen Festival, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and at Graz Opera. In the summer of 2015 she made her debut as Bradamante in «Alcina» at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence.
In the 2106/2017 season at Theater Basel Katarina Bradić appears as Bradamante in Handel’s «Alcina».
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After training as a singer, the tenor Karl-Heinz Brandt was initially engaged by Stadttheater Aachen and the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen before becoming a company member at Theater Basel in 1998. Guest performances have taken him to the state theatres in Karlsruhe, Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Nuremburg and Hanover as well as to the Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin and the Opéra de la Bastille in Paris. Karl-Heinz Brandt has worked with directors including Herbert Wernicke, Christoph Nel, Peter Konwitschny, Philipp Stölzl and Calixto Bieito. In Christoph Marthaler’s hit production «Meine faire Dame» he has performed at the Théâtre National de L’Odéon and both the Avignon and Edinburgh Festivals. He is a sought-after concert and oratorio singer who has sung at the Alte Oper Frankfurt with the baroque orchestra «La Stagione Frankfurt» under Michael Schneider, at the Tonhalle in both Zurich and Düsseldorf, at the Philharmonie in both Cologne and Berlin, at the Palais de la Musique in Strasbourg with the Stuttgart Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra under Frieder Bernius, in Bamberg both with the Bamberger Symphoniker under Hans Zender and in Mozart’s «Requiem» as a memorial concert for the conductor Sinopoli who died in 2001. At Theater Basel Karl-Heinz Brandt has appeared in productions including: «Don Carlos», «L'Orfeo», «Sekretärinnen», «Lulu», «From the House of the Dead», «Carmina Burana», «Wozzeck» and «Katja Kabanova». He was seen most recently in the world premiere «Anschlag» by Michael Wertmüller (director: Georges Delnon), a co-production with the Lucerne Festival, which was also invited to the MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin.
The Bolivian bass began training as a singer with Katia Escalera in Bolivia and Charles Roe in Arizona, USA. Since 2012 he has been a student of Marcel Boone at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. José Coca Loza has completed masterclasses with Silvana Bazzoni Bartoli as part of the Menuhin Festival. He was the winner of the Quest For The Best competition for young singers in Tucson, Arizona in 2011 and won third prize in the Oper Schloss Hallwyl competition in Switzerland in 2014.
He has already made numerous opera appearances in the USA and Bolivia, with parts including Laeka («Incallajta» by Atiliano Auza Leon), Mr Kofner (Menotti’s «Consul»), Betto (Puccini’s «Gianni Schicchi») and Balthazar (Menotti’s «Amahl and the Night Visitors»). José Coca Loza made his operatic debut in Switzerland in 2013 as Sparafucile in «Rigoletto» in Haldenstein and at the Tonhalle, Zurich. Subsequent roles have included Fauteuil in Ravel’s «L’enfant et les sortilèges» and in Boieldieu’s «La dame blanche». In 2015 he performed with the festival orchestra in the closing concert of the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and also sang at the Tiroler Festspiele’s Christmas Gala conducted by Gustav Kuhn.
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Before training as a singer, Tasmanian-born Bryony Dwyer served for several years with the Royal Australian Navy, appearing during this time as a singer with the Navy Band at military memorial events in many Australian states and in Europe. While studying singing at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music the soprano sung roles including the Governess in Britten’s «The Turn of the Screw» and played the Vixen in Janáček’s «The Cunning Little Vixen» for the Sydney Chamber Opera. Bryony Dwyer also gave regular concerts with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. At home in Tasmania, she has worked with the Tasmanian Chamber Orchestra, singing Belinda in Purcell’s «Dido and Aeneas». On completing her training, the soprano went straight to the Vienna State Opera, first with a scholarship for winning Opera Foundation Australia's «Vienna State Opera Award 2012» and then from the 2013/2014 season as a member of the company. Here Bryony Dwyer could be seen in roles including Giannetta in «L'elisir d'amore», Barbarina in «Le nozze di Figaro», Papagena in «Die Zauberflöte» and Jouvenot in «Adriana Lecouvreur». Bryony Dwyer made her debut at Cologne Opera in 2015 as Ännchen in «Der Freischütz». The soprano became a member of the opera studio OperAvenir at Theater Basel in the 2015/2016 season.
Young Israeli soprano Hila Fahima is an ensemble member at Wiener Staatsoper, where she has appeared as Gilda/«Rigoletto», Princesse Eudoxie/«La Juive», Oscar/ «Un Ballo in Maschera», Pousette/«Manon», Frasquita/«Carmen», Clorinda/«La Cenerentola», Waldvogel/«Siegfried», Sophie/«Werther», Servilia/«La clemenza di Tito», Fiakermilli/«Arabella», Najade and Zerbinetta/ «Ariadne auf Naxos», Nanetta/«Falstaff» and Sidonie in Gluck’s «Armide», conducted by Marc Minkowski.
Recent highlights include a house debut at the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse as Blondchen/«Die Entführung aus dem Serail», La Pastourelle/«L'Enfant et les Sortilèges» at Glyndebourne Festival, Poulenc’s Gloria at the Prague Spring Festival, her debut at Oper Graz as Die Königin der Nacht/«Die Zauberflöte», a role she has also performed at the Waldbühne in Berlin, the Deutsche Oper Berli and the Aalto Theater Essen, «Ein junger Hirt» in a concert performance of «Tannhäuser» at the BBC Proms with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, concerts with the NDR Radiophilharmonie in their «Podium der Jungen» series, Amore in «Orfeo et Euridice», Oscar/«Un Ballo in Maschera and Gilda/«Rigoletto», all at The New Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.
The 2017/18 season includes the Faure Requiem with the French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Mikko Franck, Handels «Arodiante» on a tour with Les Arts Florissants and a return to Deutsche Opera Berlin as Gilda/«Rigoletto».
The tenor Dmitry Golovnin did not discover singing until the age of 27. He had previously studied the trumpet in his home city of St. Petersburg and been engaged as a trumpeter by the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg’s Glink Chapel and the brass section of the Mariinsky Theatre. After studying as a vocalist with S. K. Burejew he moved on to William Workman at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. Dmitry Golovnin also received further musical inspiration from Franz Grundheber, Elena Obraztsova and Badri Maysuradze. After his first roles at the opera houses of Hamburg and Lübeck, the tenor made his debut in Seville and Lübeck in 2003/2004 in the role of Don José in «Carmen». Dmitry Golovnin has been a company member of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg since 2007, where he sings roles including Alfredo in «La Traviata», Tsarevich in «Boris Godunov», the Prince in «Rusalka», Cavaradossi in «Tosca», Vaudémont in «Iolanta», Gustavo in «Un ballo in Maschera», Turiddu in «Cavalleria Rusticana» and Pinkerton in «Madame Butterfly». Dmitry Golovnin was nominated for the coveted Golden Mask Award in the category «Best Opera Singer» for Erik in «The Flying Dutchman».
Guest engagements have taken him to stages such as the Komische Oper Berlin, the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg and the Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. He has also been seen as Prince Myshkin in the world premiere of «The Idiot» at Nationaltheater Mannheim, the Painter in Olga Neuwirth’s «American Lulu» at the Theater an der Wien, Andrei Khovansky in «Khovanshchina» at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and as Dante in «Francesca da Rimini» at the Opera La Monnaie in Brussels.
Canadian tenor Nathan Haller trained as a singer at the Juilliard School in New York with Edith Wiens and is the winner of the Novick Career Advancement Grant. His repertoire includes Tamino («Die Zauberflöte») and Albazar («Il Turco in Italia»); and he has been heard recently in both roles in Italy.
In recent years Nathan Haller has worked with several distinguished conductors from the field of ancient music: William Christie («La Resurrezione» by Handel and «Actéon» by Charpentier), Gary Thor Widow («St. Matthew Passion»), Richard Egarr («Hail to St. Cecilia» by Purcell) and Helmuth Rilling («Mass in B-minor»). He has sung in numerous concerts with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Michael Hofstetter. Other concert engagements have included the New York Festival of Song at Carnegie Hall, the Alice Tully Hall and the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Nathan Haller has taken part in the International Meistersinger Academy, where he gave concerts with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under Paul Hostetter and others. In the summer of 2014 he sang with Juri Gilbo and the Russian Chamber Philharmonic of St. Petersburg at the Schaffhauser Opera Gala and toured as a solist with Masaaki Suzuki performing Bach cantatas in Boston, New York, Leipzig and London.
Eve-Maud Hubeaux was born in Geneva in 1988. She studied singing at Lausanne Conservatoire and was trained as an opera singer at the «Atelier Scénique». She was subsequently engaged by Lausanne Opera and by the opera studio at the Opéra national du Rhin. Since then the multi-award-winning mezzo soprano has performed at numerous opera houses at home and abroad. She made her debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels as the High Priestess in 2015 in the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s «Penthesilea», sang Waltraute («Die Walküre») at Frankfurt Opera, Carmen in Klagenfurt and Mary («Der Fliegende Holländer») at Opéra de Lyon. The young mezzo soprano has also made guest performances at the Festival in Aix-en-Provence and the Opéra national de Paris.
In the 2016/2017 season at Theater Basel, Eve-Maud Hubeaux appears as Brigitta in Korngold’s «Die tote Stadt».
The bass baritone Andrew Murphy comes from Dublin, where he also trained as a singer. Andrew Murphy has been a company member at Theater Basel since 2001 and was most recently heard in «Così fan tutte» as Don Alfonso (directed by Calixto Bieito).
From 1986 to 1989 he was a member of the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera. During this time he continued his training with Hans Hotter and Sena Jurinac. He was subsequently with the Vienna Chamber Opera from 1989 to 1992 and taught by Austrian baritone Walter Berry. Andrew Murphy returned to Germany in 1992, staying with the Stadttheater Ulm until 1995. He was subsequently engaged as a company member at Staatstheater Saarbrücken from 1995 to 2001, before finally moving to Theater Basel, whose company he has belonged to ever since. His extensive operatic and concert repertoire includes: Buonfede («Il mondo della luna»), Figaro and Doctor Bartolo («Le nozze di Figaro»), Leporello («Don Giovanni»), Don Magnifico («La Cenerentola»), Doctor Bartolo («Il barbiere di Siviglia»), Mustafa («L’Italiana in Algeri»), Dulcamara («L’elisir d’amore»), Don Pasquale («Don Pasquale»), Schaunard («La Bohème»), Sixtus Beckmesser («Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg»), Golaud («Pelléas et Mélisande»), Méphistophéles («La damnation de Faust»), Don Alfonso («Così fan tutte») and many more.
Finnish-born tenor Jussi Myllys started his international career in 2005, singing Don Ottavio in Turku and at the Komische Oper Berlin.
From 2006-2009 Myllys was a member of the ensemble of Oper Frankfurt performing in productions such as «Die Zauberflöte», «Billy Budd», «Fidelio», «La Finta Giardiniera» and «Don Giovanni». Guest engagements included «Don Giovanni» in Berlin, «Die Zauberflöte» in Dresden, «Der Fliegende Holländer» in Savonlinna, «Salome» in Geneva and «Falstaff» in Helsinki.
In 2009 he joined the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein performing the main roles of the Mozart repertoire and broadening his repertoire towards Verdi and Strauss. In March 2010 he gave his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich in Peter Eötvös‘ «Tragedy of the Devil», returning in the following seasons as Jacquino/«Fidelio» and Tammu in the world premiere of Widmann‘s «Babylon». As a guest he performed at the Opéra Bastille, Frankfurt Opera, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Komische Oper Berlin.
Recent highlights include «Der fliegende Holländer»/Steuermann in Munich, «Zauberflöte» at Teatro Liceu Barcelona, «Eugene Onegin»/Lenski in Helsinki as well as a concertante performance of «Babylon»/Tammu at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
At this year’s festival in Savonlinna, Myllys will be performing as Belmonte/«Die Entführung aus dem Serail» as well as in the world premiere of Sallinen’s «Castle in the Water».
Projects in the season 2017/18 include the title role in Lucio Silla at Theater Basel as well as other important roles of his «fach» such as Rinuccio/«Gianni Schicchi», Tamino/«Zauberflöte» and Italian Singer/«Der Rosenkavalier» at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf.
Sofia Pavone (mezzo-soprano) began studying at the Musikhochschule in Cologne under Mechthild Georg and completed her Master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt with Hedwig Fassbender with distinction in July 2014. She is now taking the postgraduate course there with an examination concert. She has taken masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Helmut Deutsch, Axel Bauni and Ulrich Eisenlohr. She has been awarded a scholarship by the Frankfurter Bachkonzerte and in 2013 received a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association in Cologne to attend the Bayreuth Festival. Sofia Pavone’s concert repertoire extends from Bach via Rossini to contemporary music. Visiting opera performances took her to the Städtische Bühnen Münster and Theater Aachen at an early stage. Sofia Pavone made her debut as The Curious Old Lady in Prokofiev’s «The Gambler» in January 2013. The same year she appeared as the young Chinese Wu in the German premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’s opera «Kommilitonen!» at the Stadttheater Giessen, where she was also recently seen as Pierotto in «Linda di Chamounix» by Gaetano Donizetti. She also sang the role of Zita in Giacomo Puccini’s «Gianni Schicchi» at LAB Frankfurt.
Rolf Romei studied in Winterthur and Karlsruhe and has won several national and international competitions and prizes for emerging artists. In 1999 he was awarded the Swiss Cultural Prize. An important source of inspiration as a singer were private lessons with Nicolai Gedda. He has been engaged as a lyric tenor in companies at St. Gallen and Augsburg as well as Staatstheater Oldenburg. Guest appeareances have taken him to the opera houses in Stuttgart, Darmstadt, Berne, Aachen, Wuppertal, Würzburg, Düsseldorf, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Edinburgh Festival and the Teatro Real in Madrid.
Rolf Romei has been a company member at Theater Basel since the summer of 2006. Here he has been able to work on the great tenor parts of his metier. He has recently enjoyed great success as the titular hero in «Lohengrin», «Parsifal», «Idomeneo», «Faust» (Gounod and Berlioz) and «Hoffmann», as well as Don José, Lenski and Leukippos in «Daphne». He was also heard as Jimmy/Young Man/ in «American Lulu» by Olga Neuwirth at the Theater an der Wien.
He had previously aroused considerable attention as the Prince in Prokofiev’s «Love of Three Oranges», Sou Chong in «Das Land des Lächelns», the Painter in Berg’s «Lulu», Skuratov in Janáĉek’s «From the House of the Dead», the Prince in Dvorak’s «Rusalka» and the tenor part in the staged version of Britten’s «War Requiem».
Alongside his stage work, he pursues an active concert career. Thanks to his extensive repertoire, he is equally in demand as a performer of contemporary music and as a soloist for great oratorios and chamber music. So he has appeared at the Lucerne Festival in Mozart’s «David de Penitente» and as the Evangelist in Bach’s «St. John Passion», in the Zurich Tonhalle in Britten’s «War Requiem», in the Berlin Philharmonie with Martin’s «Golgotha» and in Lisbon with Dvorak’s «Stabat Mater». Under Helmuth Rilling he has sung in Penderecki’s «Credo», Bach’s «Mass in B-minor» and Haydn’s «Creation» and has also recorded Mozart’ s «Great Mass in C-minor» with Michel Corboz for Swiss radio.
In the 2015/2016 season he can be heard in the Swiss premiere of «Donnerstag aus LICHT» by Karlheinz Stockhausen and in the role of Andrey Khovansky in «Khovanshchina» by Modest Mussorgsky – conducted by Kirill Karabits and directed by Vasily Barkhatov.
The soprano Kate Royal was born in London and trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the National Opera Studio in London. The multi-award-winning soprano has performed with numerous prestigious orchestras and conductors including; the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the Bach Academy Stuttgart and National Symphony Orchestra (Washington) under Helmut Rilling, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Alan Gilbert and Cleveland Orchestra conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. On the operatic stage Kate Royal has been seen in many roles including; Marschallin («Der Rosenkavalier»), Pamina («The Magic Flute»), Micaela («Carmen»), Donna Elvira («Don Giovanni») and Countess Almaviva («Le nozze di Figaro»). Kate Royal has made guest performances at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Festival in Aix-en-Provence and the Lucerne Festival. She has also appeared at the Royal Opera House, London, the Teatro Real, Madrid, and the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Since October 2006 the soprano has been contracted exclusively to EMI Classics, which has released three solo CDs of her work.
In the 2016/2017 season Kate Royal appears in the title role in Handel’s «Alcina».