Cornelia Horak

Rosalinde

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”.

 

www.corneliahorak.at

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Erwin Belakowitsch

Herr von Eisenstein

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.

 

www.erwin-belakowitsch.com

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Hedwig Ritter

Adele

The young soprano Hedwig Ritter was born in 1995 in southern Burgenland.

She began taking trumpet lessons at an early age and then studied the instrument from 2005-2011 at the Kunstuni Graz (Expositur Oberschützen) with Hans-Peter Schuh in preparation.

 

After graduating from the Oberschützen high school, she completed a bachelor's degree in solo singing at the MUK (Music and Art Private University of the City of Vienna) with Uta Schwabe; She spent one year of that time abroad at the HfMT Cologne in Kai Wessel's class.

 

After her first freelance engagements (First Witch in Dido and Aeneas by Purcell at the Theater Aachen, Adele in Die Fledermaus by Strauss at the Vienna Metropol, Oberto in Alcina by Handel at the MuTh Vienna, etc.) she has now been in the 2020/21 season Upper Austrian opera studio of the Linz State Theater engaged. There they can expect roles such as Hannerl in the Dreimäderlhaus by Berté / Schubert / Rudner and Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto by Cimarosa.

 

In addition to opera / operetta, particular interest is devoted to church music (St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, Martin's Cathedral in Eisenstadt, etc.) and new music (e.g. the premiere of Aria mortale. Vogler's high trapeze act as part of eight bridges in the WDR broadcasting hall in Cologne).

 

www.hedwigritter.com

Photo: Theresa Wey

 

Martin Achrainer

Dr. Falke

"His warm, lyrical voice is easy to listen to" (The "New York Times" on Achrainer, for the American premiere of the opera Kepler by Philip Glass)

The Austrian baritone completed an acting training at the renowned Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna before he began his classical singing studies with Rotraud Hansmann at the MDW Vienna. Further formative teachers were Brigitte Fassbaender, Robert Holl, Charles Spencer and Irina Gavrilovici. From 2004 to 2006 he was engaged at the Tiroler Landestheater, 2006 to 2008 at the Opéra National de Bordeaux (F), since 2008/09 he has been one of the pillars of the opera ensemble at the Landestheater Linz. The baritone was the winner of international singing competitions, including the Robert Schumann Competition, Hugo Wolf Prize, Gradus ad Parnassum and Hilde Zadek Competition. In 2014 Achrainer was the first ever to be awarded the Richard Tauber Medal.

 

Due to his extensive concert activities, which regularly took him to major concert halls in Europe, the USA, Korea and Japan, he sang over 90 roles in opera and oratorio, among others under Franz Welser-Möst, Dennis Russel Davies, Kurt Masur, Marc Minkowski, Markus Poschner, James Gaffigan, Ralf Weikert, Brigitte Fassbaender, Harry Kupfer, Sir David Pountney, Bob Wilson and La Fura dels Baus.

The Oscar-nominated composer Philip Glass dedicated the title role of his opera "Kepler" to Martin Achrainer, as well as the orchestral song cycle "Songs of Milarepa". Other composers such as Kurt Schwertsik, Alexander Balanescu, Ernst L. Leitner, Ingo Ingensand and Rudolf Kelterborn wrote works for the singer. Numerous international CD and DVD publications as well as radio and television recordings document his musical work.

 

In the 2019/20 season Achrainer can be heard as Amfortas in Richard Wagner's Parsifal at the Musiktheater Linz and will be Orest in Richard Strauss Elektra at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt.

 

www.martinachrainer.com

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Roman Sadnik

Orlofsky

Roman Sadnik, born in Vienna, has developed a broad international repertoire in recent years (including Tristan, Tannhäuser, Siegmund, Bacchus, Herodes, Max, Florestan, Laca, Gregor, Gherman, Canio, Otello, Radames, Cyrano de Bergerac , Dead City- Paul) made a name. His engagements have taken him to the most important opera and concert halls in Europe such as the Vienna State Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Scala Milan, Bastille Paris, Theater an der Wien, Catania, Amsterdam, Lyon, Volksoper Vienna, the Salzburg - Munich - Athens Opera Festival, the Aix en Provence and Schwetzingen Festival, the Wiener Festwochen, the Wiener Musikverein, the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He worked with conductors such as Zubin Metha, Georges Prêtre, Claudio Abbado, Kyrill Petrenko, Ingo Metzmacher, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Fabio Luisi, Jun Märkl, Mark Albrecht, Michel Plasson, Michael Boder, Stefan Soltesz, Udo Zimmermann.

 

www.sadnik.at

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Stephen Chaundy

Alfred

The London-born tenor Stephen Chaundy studied singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and the Accademia Chigiana in Siena. His teachers include Antonio Carangelo, Umberto Grilli, John Mitchinson, Nicholas Powell and Ks. Wicus Slabbert. He was a member of the ensemble at the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck (1997–1999) and at the Vienna Volksoper (1999–2006). International engagements led him among others. to the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the Scottish Opera, the Vest Norgens Opera in Bergen, the Landestheater Linz, the Theater an der Wien, the Klosterneuburg Festival and the Langenlois Castle Festival. Stephen Chaundy sang in concert performances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. He has performed with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Hilversum, the Hallé Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Tonkünstler-Orchester Wien and has worked with William Boughton, Edo de Waart, Sian Edwards, Claus Peter Flor, Julia Jones, Karen Kamensek and David, among others Parry, Donald Runnicles and Alberto Zedda.


Stephan Chaundy was able to develop a broad repertoire in the fields of opera, operetta and musicals. He sang the title role of "Candide" (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Volksoper Wien), Paris (Tippett's "King Priam"), Gerald ("Lakmé"), Malcolm (Bloch's "Macbeth"), Alfred ("Die Fledermaus"), Don Ottavio ("Don Giovanni"), Joseph Cable ("South Pacific"), Camille de Rosillon ("The Merry Widow"), Edwin ("Die Csárdásfürstin"), Don Ottavio ("Don Giovanni") and John Triptolemus in the World premiere of Orlando Gough's "The Finnish Prisoner" with the company "The Paddock" in Lewes. In 2017 he sang the title role in the world premiere of Šimon Voseček's opera “Biedermann und die Brandstifter” for the Neue Oper Wien and the Teatro Communale Bolzano. Between 2011 and 2015 he took on all three leading roles in Britten's three-part opera “Church Parables” for the Retz Festival (Madwoman in “Curlew River”, Nebuchadnezzar in “The Burning Fiery Furnace”, Tempter / Abbot in “Prodigal Son”). In 2015 he performed as Professor Higgins (“My Fair Lady”) at the Cologne Opera and also made a guest appearance with this production at the Royal Opera House in Muscat / Oman. After his debut at the Magdeburg Theater as Robbespierre in Gottfried von Einem's “Dantons Tod” in the 2017/2018 season, he has been performing as Count Tassilo in the Kálmán operetta “Gräfin Mariza” since last season.

 

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Horst Lamnek

Gefängnisdirektor Frank

After studying singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the Viennese bass baritone was a member of the International Opera Studio in Zurich, as well as in the ensemble of the Ulm Theater and the Komische Oper Berlin. He has also made guest appearances at the Leipzig Opera, in Chemnitz, Bonn, Wiesbaden, Essen, at the New Music Theater Linz, at the Theater an der Wien, at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole, as well as at the Teatro Verdi Trieste, the Teatro Regio Turin, Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari) or at the New National Theater in Tokyo.
Horst Lamnek's broad repertoire includes bass buffo roles such as Leporello (Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), in the operetta field Frank (Die Fledermaus), Baron Gondremark (Parisian Leben), Baron Weps (The Bird Trader), or dramatic roles such as La Roche (Capriccio) or Klingsor (Parsifal).


He performs at renowned festivals and concerts at the Grafenegg Music Festival, the St. Margarethen Opera Festival, the Festival de Pâques (Aix en Provence), Daegu Opera Festival (South Korea), Auckland Festival (New Zealand), Adelaide and Perth Festival (Australia), in the Wiener Konzerthaus, in the Berlin Philharmonie, in the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), in the Bremer Glocke or in the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid). With particular devotion he devotes himself to the songs of Hugo Wolf. In 2017, Coviello Classics released his first solo CD
with the title "The cheerful wolf".

 

www.lamnek.at

Photo: Vanessa Maas

 
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Mila Schmidt

Ida

After studying singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, the Viennese bass baritone was a member of the International Opera Studio in Zurich, as well as in the ensemble of the Ulm Theater and the Komische Oper Berlin. He has also made guest appearances at the Leipzig Opera, in Chemnitz, Bonn, Wiesbaden, Essen, at the New Music Theater Linz, at the Theater an der Wien, at the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz Métropole, as well as at the Teatro Verdi Trieste, the Teatro Regio Turin, Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari) or at the New National Theater in Tokyo.
Horst Lamnek's broad repertoire includes bass buffo roles such as Leporello (Don Giovanni), Don Alfonso (Cosi fan tutte), Bartolo (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola), in the operetta field Frank (Die Fledermaus), Baron Gondremark (Parisian Leben), Baron Weps (The Bird Trader), or dramatic roles such as La Roche (Capriccio) or Klingsor (Parsifal).


He performs at renowned festivals and concerts at the Grafenegg Music Festival, the St. Margarethen Opera Festival, the Festival de Pâques (Aix en Provence), Daegu Opera Festival (South Korea), Auckland Festival (New Zealand), Adelaide and Perth Festival (Australia), in the Wiener Konzerthaus, in the Berlin Philharmonie, in the Laeiszhalle (Hamburg), in the Bremer Glocke or in the Auditorio Nacional (Madrid). With particular devotion he devotes himself to the songs of Hugo Wolf. In 2017, Coviello Classics released his first solo CD
with the title "The cheerful wolf".

 

www.lamnek.at

Photo: Vanessa Maas

 

Stefan Fleischhacker 

Dr. Blind / Eleonore von Pfiff

Born in Kufstein / Tyrol

Vocal training in Wörgl / Tyrol, Milan (conservatory) and Vienna.

1986 Foundation of a free opera company in Vienna. Head of various opera projects as a singer and director.

1993 founding of the LEO association, last enjoyable opera theater. Guest performances with contemporary Italian operas: Marco Pontini, L'Invito, L'Orso, Il fumo fa male, Carlo Pedini: Il Miracolo, at the Festivalterme Bagni di Lucca and Festival di Perugia.

1994 - 1996 Operetta tours through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Holland with Buffopartien: Boni (Csardasfürstin), Toni (circus princess), Brissard (The Count of Luxembourg)

Work for Austria's advertising with operetta guest performances in the USA, Japan, Germany and Austria.

1996 Foundation and management of his own theater in Vienna: Theater LEO Ungargasse 18, 1030 Vienna. www.theaterleo.at

Guest performances and collaborations with the Theater an der Wien, Estate Romano, Festival di Perugia, Festivalterme Bagni di Lucca, among others.

Numerous appearances with parts of the lyric and youthful dramatic tenor, such as Hoffmann, Turridu, Canio, Don Carlos, Cavaradossi, Florestan and Tannhauser.

 

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Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz

Frosch

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.

 

www.wagnertrenkwitz.at

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