The freelance soprano from Vienna is a sought-after concert and opera singer with a varied repertoire.
From the age of 12, Cornelia Horak studied recorder at the Vienna Conservatory with Ernst Kölz and with Hans Maria Kneihs at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. The singer completed her singing studies with KS Hilde Rössel-Majdan at the Goethean Conservatory in Vienna. Baroque singing courses with Cristina Miatello in Padua complemented her musical training. During her permanent engagements from 1993 to 2007 at the Tiroler Landestheater, the Vienna Volksoper and the Theater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, she developed over 50 roles.
The soprano was the winner of the international song competition in s'Hertogenbosch and was nominated twice for the Merkur Theater Prize in Munich. Guest performances and concerts have taken the singer to numerous festivals, including the Salzburg Festival, the Ultrasound Festival 2014 Berlin, the Carinthian Summer, the Musica Viva Festival of the Bavarian Radio, the Styriarte Graz, the Bregenz Festival, the Budapest Spring Festival and the L'Arte Festival salva L'Arte in Rome.
In the concert area, Cornelia Horak works regularly with René Clemencic, the Wiener Singakademie under the direction of Heinz Ferlesch, as well as various chamber music formations and can be heard at numerous high offices and concerts in the field of sacred music.
The soprano was and is a guest at numerous European opera houses, including the Theater an der Wien (in W. Egks “Peer Gynt” and in “The Visit of the Old Lady” - Gottfried von Eine), at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice on Nationaltheater Weimar, at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, at the musical comedy in Leipzig and at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, sang under conductors such as Ulf Schirmer, Christian Thielemann, Sir Neville Marriner, Franz Bauer-Theussl, Adam Fischer, Ivor Bolton and Friedrich Cerha and worked with directors such as Claus Guth, Robert Carsen, Michael Sturminger, Brigitte Fassbaender, Helmuth Matiasek and Josef E. Köpplinger.
In the coming season the program includes: Concerts at the Musikverein Wien, in Graz with “recreation - GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ” and at the Laxenburg Palace Theater - Large Mass in C minor by WA Mozart. At the Operette Langenlois the artist can be seen in Johann Strauss' operetta “Die Fledermaus”.
Photo: Barbara Pálffy
Erwin Belakowitsch was a soloist with the Vienna Boys' Choir and studied singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He has appeared as an actor in more than sixty roles from opera, operetta and musicals at the state theaters Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich, Schwerin, Braunschweig and Kassel, at the theaters in Regensburg, Münster, Lucerne, Magdeburg, at the Tiroler Landestheater, at the Vorarlberger Landestheater and the United Theaters in Bozen , the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, the Schauspielhaus Wien, the Bregenz Festival and the Mörbisch Seefestspiele.
For several years he was a member of the ensemble at the Ulm Theater and at the Meiningen State Theater. In addition to many other prizes, he won the International Joseph Suder Song Competition and the International Johannes Brahms Competition, in which he was most recently a member of the jury. Recitals and opera productions have taken him to Japan, Korea, South America and Australia, where he also worked as a singing lecturer at the Sydney University of Music. His discography includes "Die Schöne Müllerin" and "Drang into die Ferne" (Gramola records), complete recordings of "Der Bettelstudent" and "Anatevka "(oehmsclassics)," Belakowitsch sings Jurman "(orlando records) and" Mein Herz lässt dich grüßen”(Preiser Records). Since 1999 he has been involved in thirteen festival summers in Langenlois.
Born in Vienna, 1989 graduation as Mag. Phil. (Musicology, romance studies, political science). 1989-1992 general secretary of the Friends of the Vienna State Opera, 1993-96 press chief of the Vienna State and Volksoper, 1996-2001 chief dramaturge, 2001-03 guest dramaturge of the Vienna State Opera, here introductory matinees in the successor of Marcel Prawy. Wagner-Trenkwitz took over the artistic direction of the Operette Langenlois in autumn 2019.
Since 2003 member of the management of the Volksoper Vienna, since 2009 its chief dramaturge. Moderator on national and international stages (including opening of the Wiener Festwochen on the Vienna Rathausplatz, matinees at the Gärtnerplatz-Theater in Munich, at the Salzburg Easter Festival and concert moderation at the festival in Grafenegg), on the radio (including Pasticcio, Anklang and since 2009 Live Broadcast of the Vienna New Year's Concert) and on television (since 2001 Vienna Opera Ball). 2013-2016 director of the Hague Theater Summer.
Numerous books, most recently “The orchestra that never sleeps. The Vienna Philharmonic "(2017).
Performances as actors 2017-2019 / 2020 (selection): Pelikan ("The Circus Princess") at the Graz Opera, Njegus ("The Merry Widow") at the Operette Langenlois, Kaunitz ("The Empress") and Dragotin ("Gypsy Love" ) at Bühne Baden, the title role in "The Magician of Oz" at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt as well as annual participation in the cabaret program in the "Hell" at the Theater an der Wien (2019 "The Burning Divan"). From March 2020 Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz as "Frosch" ("Die Fledermaus") on the stage of the Bonn Theater.
Photo: Peter Strobl