Meet the soloists
Krystian Adam (tenor)
Much in demand for the 17th and 18th century repertoire, the Polish tenor regularly works with many of the most important conductors of the ‘historically informed practice’, such as John Eliot Gardiner, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Teodor Currentzis, Stefano Montanari, Andreas Spering, Werner Ehrhardt, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Vaclav Luks, Fabio Biondi, Fabio Bonizzoni, among others. After attending the first Accademia Monteverdiana in Castiglioncello, Krystian Adam starred as Orfeo in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Vespers under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner on a US and European tour. Amongst his other recent engagements, it is worth mentioning: Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor in Toulouse and Bordeaux with Raphaël Pichon; Le Nozze di Figaro at the Covent Garden under Ivor Bolton; Idomeneo at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice under Jeffrey Tate; Die Zauberflöte in Liège under the baton of Paolo Arrivabeni; Bach’s Magnificat in Berlin with Rinaldo Alessandrini and Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (Joe) at Teatro la Scala in Milan under Riccardo Chailly. Plans include: Le Nozze di Figaro (Basilio) at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam; Adriana Lecouvreur (Abate di Chazeuil) at the Covent Garden in London and the Monteverdi’s Trilogy: L’Orfeo (title role), Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria (Telemaco) under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner on tour in Europe and US.
Francesca Biliotti (contralto)
Francesca Biliotti, contralto, was born in Venice. In 2004 she graduated from the Università L.Bocconi in Milan. During her final year at University she was awarded a Level I Music Diploma from the Conservatorio G.Cantelli in Novara, achieving the highest mark possible, under the supervision of Silvana Manga. She has received various prizes, including: First prize at the Camera Barocco section of the Opera Rinta singing competition in 2009, she was also a finalist at the 5th Ravello città della musica international singing competition. In 2012 she was the winner at the Francesco Albanese competition, and a finalist in the la Citta Sonora competition in Milan. Also in 2012 she was the winner of “Best Mezzo-Soprano” at the Franca Mattiucci competition in Asti. In 2013 she took second place at the 67th European Community competition for young singers in Spoleto, where from May to September she took part in a training program, under the guidance of Lella Cuberli and Renato Bruson. On this course she performed in several concerts and sung the lead role in the contemporary opera Euridice by G.M. Scappucci. Recent performances include: a recital of Cantatas by Vivaldi and Benedetto Marcello (Tuscia Opera Festival); Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto (Brescia); soloist in Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus with the Soloists of Moscow, conductor Yuri Bashmet (Yaroslavl Festival); Isabella in Rossini’s L’italiana in Alegri and Angelina in La Cenerentola (Teatro Nuova Turin); Gluck’s Orfeo, title role (Teatro Olimpico, Vincenza). She has also performed as a soloist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.
Hana Blažíková (soprano)
Born in Prague, as a child Hana Blažíková sung in childrens choir Radost Praha and played violin. Later she turned to solo singing. In 2002 she graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of Jiří Kotouč and later she undertook further study with Poppy Holden, Peter Kooij, Monika Mauch and Howard Crook. Today Hana specializes in the interpretation of baroque, rennaisance and medieval music, performing with ensembles and orchestras around the world, including Collegium Vocale Gent, Bach Collegium Japan, Sette Voci, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, L’Arpeggiata, Gli Angeli Genève, La Fenice, Nederlandse Bachvereniging, Tafelmusik, Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum, Musica Florea, L’Armonia Sonora among others. Hana Blažíková has performed at many world festivals, including Edinburgh International festival, Oude Muziek Utrecht, Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Resonanzen, Festival de Sablé, Festival de la Chaise-Dieu, Arts Festival Hong-Kong, Chopin i jego Europa, Bachfest Leipzig, Concentus Moraviae, Summer Festivities of Early Music, Festival de Saintes. In 2010 and 2013 she took part in a worldly highly praised tour of St Matthew Passion under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe and in 2011 she made her debut in Carnegie Hall with Masaaki Suzuki´s Bach Collegium Japan. She also sang a soprano part in St John Passion with Boston Symphony Orchestra during the Easter period of 2011. In November 2014 she participated in the stage production “Orfeo chaman” with L’Arpeggiata in Bogota. Hana appears on more than 30 CDs, including the well known series of Bach´s cantatas with Bach Collegium Japan. Hana also plays gothic and romanesque harp and presents concerts in which she accompanies herself on this instrument. She is also a member of Tiburtina Ensemble, which specializes in the Gregorian chant and early medieval polyphony.
Francesca Boncompagni (soprano)
Born in Arezzo in 1984, Francesca Boncompagni graduated in violin with distinction in 2005 from the “R. Franci” Conservatoire in Siena. In the same year she began her formal vocal training with Donatella Debolini. She also studied with Lia Serafini, Jill Feldman, Sara Mingardo and Alessio Tosi. In 2007 she attended William Christie's Academy “Le Jardin des Voix”, and took part in the documentary “Baroque Académie” produced and broadcast by Channel France 3. She is now attending the AVES (Advanced Vocal Ensemble Studies) with Evelyn Tubb and Anthony Rooley at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. In 2008 she won first prize in the baroque singing competition “F. Provenzale” in Naples. She works with prestigious baroque ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Collegium Vocale Gent, Modo Antiquo, La Venexiana, Accademia Bizantina, De Labyrintho and Cappella della Pietà dei Turchini, and with conductors including Claudio Cavina, Federico Sardelli, Walter Testolin, Antonio Florio, Ottavio Dantone, Paul Agnew, William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe and Frans Brűggen. She has been a permanent member of the young ensemble RossoPorpora since 2013. She has sung in some of the most important concert halls in the world, such as Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice, Tonhalle in Zurich, Salle Pleyel, Cité de la Musique and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Bunka Kaikan and Opera City in Tokyo, Philarmonie in Berlin, Lincoln Center in New York. She has recorded for Pentatone, Phi, Virgin Classics, Brilliant Classics, France Musique, Stradivarius and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. Among her recent engagements we underline a production of l'Orfeo and Il Vespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi conducted by J. E. Gardiner with performances in U.S.A., London and Versailles.
Gianluca Buratto (bass)
A noble and round voice, Gianluca Buratto is rapidly establishing himself as one of most versatile basses of his generation. His recent engagements include: Bach’s Mass in B minor with Savall in Madrid and Barcelona, both Mozart and Jommelli’s Betulia liberata with Riccardo Muti in Salzburg, Ravenna and in Wroclaw under Rovaris; Bach’s St John Passion with Lopez-Banzo in Spain and Germany; Macbeth at the Salzburg Festival, Rome and Chicago with Riccardo Muti then at La Scala in Milan; Le Nozze di Figaro in Barcelona with Rousset; La Bohème (with Riccardo Chailly) and I Due Foscari in Valencia; Rota’s Mysterium at the Vatican City, in Naples, Bari and in Milan (concert and recording) with La Verdi Orchestra; Rigoletto in Genoa under Luisi and in Bogotà; Händel’s Rinaldo and Admeto in Wien; Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques in Nancy and Paris; La Bohème in Rome, Palermo and Amsterdam; I Puritani in Florence; Rigoletto at the Sferisterio Opera Festival in Macerata; Le Duc d’Albe in London for Opera Rara; Verdi’s Requiem in Manchester under Mark Elder. He had just starred in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Vespers on US tour, at the Wigmore Hall in London and in Versailles under the baton of Sir John Eliot Gardiner; Guglielmo Ratcliff at the Wexford Festival Opera, Francesco Cilluffo conducting; Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte in Liège under the baton of Paolo Arrivabeni; a solo recital at the Wigmore Hall in London. Plans include: I Due Foscari in Amsterdam; Faccio’s Amleto and Turandot at the Bregenzer Festspiele; Semiramide in London for Opera Rara; La Bohème at the Opera in Florence; Berlioz’ Roméo et Juliette in Beirut; Le Nozze di Figaro in Zurich; Don Giovanni in Bilbao.
Robert Burt (tenor)
Robert Burt studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His career has taken him to opera houses and concert halls around the world. He is most associated with the role of Iro in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria which he has sung for Chicago Opera Theater‚ Opera North‚ Deutsche Oper am Rhein‚ Geneva Opera‚ Teatro Real de Madrid, Aix-en-Provence, New York and on DVD‚ conducted by William Christie, with whom he has also worked on Cesti’s Il Tito (Strasbourg) and Purcell’s Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne). Recent and future plans include Dancing Master Manon Lescaut (Royal Opera House)‚ Pirelli Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre‚ London)‚ Mopsa & Flute The Fairy Queen (Glyndebourne under Laurence Cummings)‚ Arnalta L’incoronazione di Poppea (Montpellier)‚ Evangelist St John Passion and Beadle Sweeney Todd (Reisopera)‚ Red Queen Alice in Wonderland‚ Dr Blind Die Fledermaus, Goro Madama Butterfly and Biaso I Gioielli della Madonna (Opera Holland Park), Goro (RTE Concert Orchestra) and Mr Fiorentino Street Scene (London‚ Paris and Barcelona). Further engagements include Pirelli (Chichester Festival Theatre)‚ Evangelist in a staged St John Passion (Reisopera)‚ Kittywake/ Landlord Ludd & Isis (Royal Opera House)‚ Arnalta in Madrid‚ Mopsa/Flute The Fairy Queen (Paris‚ Caen and New York with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants)‚ King Bobeche Bluebeard (Grange Park)‚ Snout A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ENO)‚ L’Incredibile Andrea Chenier‚ Fiorello Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Hadji Lakme (Opera Holland Park)‚ and the world premieres of both Family Matters for Tête à Tête Opera and Stephen Barlow’s King - a Cathedral Opera‚ as Henry II‚ in Canterbury Cathedral.
Michal Czerniawski (countertenor)
Polish countertenor Michal Czerniawski studied singing at the Music Academy in Gdansk and Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Michal worked extensively with William Christie (Jardin des Voix world tour, 30th Anniversary of Les Arts Florissants at Opera Comique), Masaaki Suzuki and Mark Padmore (Aldeburgh Music). His concert repertoire includes Handel's oratorios like Messiah and Solomon (Solomon's Knot) as well as Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (Cracow Chamber Opera), Salve Regina (London Handel Festival), Scarlatti's Il Primio Omicidio (Wratislavia Cantans). Opera work has included Corrindo in L'Orontea by P.A. Cesti (Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Music and Wigmore Hall with David Bates and La Nuova Musica), Purcell's The Fairy Queen (Teatr Wielki w Poznaniu, Opera na Zamku w Szczecinie), Handel's Acis & Galatea and L'Opera Seria by F. Gassmann with New European Opera, J. Peri's Euridice with BYO, Orlando Generoso by Steffani at Barber Institute of FIne Arts in Birmingham, and The Fairy Queen, Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, Jason by Cavalli and Handel's Agrippina with English Touring Opera. Future engagements include performances at Göttingen International Handel Festival and Bachfest in Leipzig.
Anna Dennis (soprano)
Anna Dennis studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Noelle Barker. Her Concert performances have included Britten's War Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie, Thomas Ades' Life Story accompanied by the composer at the Lincoln Centre's White Light Festival in New York, a programme of Russian operatic arias with Philharmonia Baroque in San Francisco, Orff's Carmina Burana with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Sydney Opera House, and Haydn's Schöpfung with Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan. Her BBC Proms appearances include performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Recent operatic roles include: Paride/Gluck's Paride ed Elena (Nuremberg Opera House), Katherine Dee/Damon Albarn's Dr Dee (English National Opera), Emira/Handel’s Siroe (with Laurence Cummings, Göttingen Händel Festspiele), Bersi/Andrea Chenier (Opera North) and Ilia/Mozart’s Idomeneo directed by Graham Vick (Birmingham Opera Company). A keen interpreter of contemporary music, Anna has created roles in premieres of Francisco Coll's Cafe Kafka (Royal Opera House/Opera North), Jonathan Dove's The Walk From The Garden (Salisbury Festival), Edward Rushton’s The Shops (Bregenz Festspiele), Will Tuckett's Pleasure's Progress (Royal Opera House), and Yannis Kyriakides’ An Ocean of Rain (Aldeburgh Festival). Her recordings include Rameau's Anacreon of 1754 with the Orchestra of the Age Enlightenment, Handel's Siroe and Joshua with Laurence Cummings and Festspiel Orchester Göttingen, and a CD of Russian composer Elena Langer's chamber works, Landscape with Three People on the Harmonia Mundi label. Performances in 2016 include Rosmene/Handel's Imeneo at the Göttingen Festspiele, Despina at the Lichfield Festival, Iphigenie en Tauride at the International Gluck Festspiele in Nuremberg and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater with the Orquestra Gulbenkian in Lisbon.
Francisco Fernández-Rueda (tenor)
Born in Sevilla, Francisco Fernández-Rueda holds a degree in French studies from the University of Sevilla and studied singing in ESMUC (Barcelona). He has taken part in the V edition of Jardin des Voix (2011) and has alredy worked with conductors such a Sir J.E. Gardiner, W. Christie, J. Savall. F. Biondi, E. Onofri, R. Pichon, K. Junghänel, A. Kossenko, W. Katschner, A.Quarta, Ryan Brown … and orchestras as Les Arts Florissants, Concerto Köln, Europa Galante, Concertgebouw Kamerorkest, Les Ambassadeurs, Capella Reial de Catalunya, Ensemble Pygmalion, Philarmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, Concerto Romano, Lautten Compagney Berlin; in several venues such a Opéra Comique de Paris, Cité de la Musique, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Opéra de Bordeaux, Rokokotheater in Schwetzingen, Theater Winterthur, Baden-Baden’s Festspielhaus, Brooklyn Academy in New York, or Kennedy Center in Washington. In the operatic field, He has performed Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bajazet in Handel’s Tamerlano, Orfeo in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Narete in Hasse’s Leucippo, Toante in Traetta’s Ifigenia in Tauride, Clotarco in Haydn’s Armida, and Sir Hervey in Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. He has taken part of the legendary recreation of Lully’s Atys, with Mr. Christie & Les Arts Florissants. In the oratorio field, he has sung Mozart’s Requiem and Krönungsmesse, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St John & St Matthew Passions, Mass in B minor and Christmas Oratorio; Monteverdi’s Vespers and C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat. He has recently recorded for labels such Fra Musica, Accent, Naxos, Naxos USA, Christophorus, and radios such WDR, BR Klassik, RNE, BBC radio, Mercury, France Musique or Catalunya Música.
Silvia Frigato (soprano)
Winner of the “Francesco Provenzale” International Baroque singing competition in Naples (2007), she now performs at numerous prestigious concert venues and festivals, collaborating with such artists as Rinaldo Alessandrini, Fabio Biondi, Gianluca Capuano, Claudio Cavina, Ottavio Dantone, Antonio Florio, John Eliot Gardiner, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Philippe Herreweghe, Sigiswald Kuijken, Stefano Montanari, Federico Maria Sardelli. She recently starred in Monteverdi’s Vespers with the Monteverdi Choir and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and in Jommelli’s L’Isola Disabitata at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, both under Rinaldo Alessandrini. After her debut at the Maggio Musicale in Florence with Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice (2014) she returned as Yniold in Daniele Abbado’s new production of Pélleas et Mélisande under the baton of Daniele Gatti (2015). Silvia Frigato was chosen by Sir John Eliot Gardiner for the first and the second edition of Accademia Monteverdiana in Sarteano, performing in the opening concert of the Incontri in Terra di Siena Festival. Ms. Frigato sang the opening concert at the Trigonale Festival in Austria with La Risonanza and Fabio Bonizzoni, Monteverdi’s Vespers in Prague and Dresden with Collegium 1704 and Václav Luks; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Venice and Milano (with I Pomeriggi Musicali) and a concert with music by Anton Webern for Bologna Festival. Silvia Frigato sang and recorded for Brilliant Classic unpublished music by Manna and Feo with the Fondazione Pietà de’ Turchini in Naples. Future plans: Juditha Triumphans (Vagaus) at the Teatro Comunale in Ferrara; Monteverdi’s Vespers with Ensemble Matheus and Jean-Christophe Spinosi on tour in France; Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis in Salzburg with Collegium 1704 and Václav Luks; Martinů’s Mirandolina (title role) and La Sonnambula (Lisa) at La Fenice in Venice. Silvia Frigato has been selected for the 2017 Monteverdi project conducted by John Eliot Gardiner and will take part in the worldwide tour of Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria and L’incoronazione di Poppea.
Kangmin Justin Kim (countertenor)
Korean-American countertenor Kangmin Justin Kim's recent engagements include his Paris debut as Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus at Opéra Comique conducted by Marc Minkowsi, Oreste in La Belle Hélène at Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, Sesto in La clemenza di Tito in Montpellier, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro and the title role in the world premiere of Pym in Heidelberg, Idamante in Idomeneo in Giessen, Sesto in Giulio Cesare at the Oak Park Handel Festival, Menelao in Cavalli's Elena in Montpellier, Angers, Nantes, and Rennes, Enea in Vinci's Didone abbandonata and his solo recital Gelosia at the Rococo Theatre Schwetzingen, and a Handel concert at Styriarte in Graz. Upcoming engagements include Nerone in L'incoronazione di Poppea and Speranza in L'Orfeo in Barcelona, Leipzig, Edinburgh, Luzern, Berlin, and New York conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Giulio Cesare in Glyndebourne under the musical direction of William Christie, Arsilda in Bratislava, Caen, Lille, Luxembourg, Versailles and Dijon, Speranza in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in Dijon and Romeo in Zingarelli's Giulietta e Romeo in Schwetzingen. Kangmin Justin Kim was born in South Korea and grew up in Chicago. He studied voice, opera, and musical theater at Northwestern University in Evanston and the Royal Academy of Music, London. Justin is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Les Azuriales Prize, the International Innsbruck Singing Competition for Baroque Opera, the Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform, the Michael Head Song Prize, the Prix Mermod, and the Stuart Burrows International Voice Award.
Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo-soprano)
Marianna made her debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with Il Viaggio a Reims, becoming a reference performer for the main Rossini roles, as well as for Baroque and eighteenth century’s repertoire. She regularly sings in the most prestigious theaters and festivals in the world as Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Opéra National de Paris, Nikikai Opera Theatre in Tokyo, Sante Fè Opera Festival, Belcanto Opera Festival in Wildbad, Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Massimo in Palermo working with conductors such as Bruno Campanella, Daniele Gatti, Riccardo Muti, Antonio Pappano, Alberto Zedda just to name a few. Marianna has recorded for Emi, Virgin Classics, Dynamic, Naïve/Opus 111, Naxos, Opera Rara. Future plans include: Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and in Wroclaw (concert and recording) with Kammerorchester Basel under with Giovanni Antonini; Tancredi in Bremen (concert version) with Accademia Bizantina and Ottavio Dantone; Rossini's Stabat Mater in Edinburgh with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano and at the Tanglewood Festival with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit; Chausson’s Poème de l'amour et de la mer with the Bremen Philharmoniker in Bremen; Il Viaggio a Reims at Bolshoi Theatre; La Donna del Lago in Liège, Michele Mariotti conducting; Falstaff in Madrid; recitals in Rouen. In future season Marianna will make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York singing Hedwige in Guillaume Tell.
Lucille Richardot (mezzo-soprano)
Lucille started singing at 11 in a childrens choir in the East of France, she worked first as a journalist until she was 27. Graduated in 2008 from the Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris and in 2011 on Early Music from CRR de Paris, she attended teachings of Margreet Hoenig, Noëlle Barker, Paul Esswood, Howard Crook, Jan van Elsacker, Martin Isepp, François Le Roux, Monique Zanetti, Jill Feldman... In 2012, she founded her own Ensemble, named Tictactus, with two friends lutenists… also multi-instrumentalists! She works in early music as in contemporary répertoire, on stage as in concerts, with Les Solistes XXI (conductor Rachid Safir), Correspondances (Sébastien Daucé), Pygmalion (Raphaël Pichon), Le Poème Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre) and since 2012 with Les Arts Florissants for full implementation of Madrigals Books of Monteverdi, conducted by Paul Agnew. He even invited her to perform in Bach St John Passion, with the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2009, she created the role of the first Aunt in the Philippe Boesmans’ opera, Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne, held in Paris Opera Garnier and in the Theater an der Wien. End of 2014, she’s invited by french Ensemble Intercomporain, for Omaggio a Kurtag of Luigi Nono, in Festival d’Automne in Paris, and by the viola player Christophe Desjardins with composer Gérard Pesson. She’s also delighted in designing some recitals with keyboard players, viols consort or string quartet. In 2017 she will play Lisea in the Vivaldi’s Opera Arsilda performed in Czech Republic and the whole of Europe with Collegium 1704 (Vaclav Luks).
Gareth Treseder (tenor)
After graduating from both the University of Bristol and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Welsh tenor Gareth Treseder became an Apprentice for Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Monteverdi Choir. Solo engagements during his Apprenticeship included Bach’s Cantata 61 and Cantata 70 in Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Berlin’s Philharmonie and London’s Cadogan Hall. He has since performed as a consort soloist in the following Soli Deo Gloria recordings: Live at Milton Court: Handel Bach Scarlatti and JS Bach: Motets. He performed the role of “The Shepherd” in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex alongside the London Symphony Orchestra at The Barbican and for the LSO’s CD release. Recent solo performances include Handel’s Dixit Dominus for HRH The Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace; Monteverdi’s Vespers in New York’s Carnegie Hall, King’s College Cambridge, and Château de Versailles; Mozart’s Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall; Handel’s Messiah in the Colston Hall; Mendelssohn’s Elijah in London’s St John’s Smith Square; Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri as the “Jüngling” in Leipzig’s Gewandhaus; Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater in Cologne’s Philharmonie and Vienna’s Konzerthaus; Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Trinity College Cambridge; Bach’s Cantata No. 198, Trauerode in Pisa Duomo; Orff’s Carmina Burana in Gloucester Cathedral. Gareth also composes sacred choral works, which have been performed and recorded across the UK, America and Australia. A Song Was Heard at Christmas and Blessed be that Maid Marie were recently recorded by the BBC Singers, and several works have since been published by Boosey and Hawkes.
Carlo Vistoli (countertenor)
After studying classical guitar and piano, Carlo Vistoli began his vocal training as countertenor in 2005, with William Matteuzzi and Sonia Prina. He graduated at Ferrara Conservatorio (Renaissance and Baroque Singing) and at Bologna Alma Mater University (Cultural Heritage). In 2012 - 2013 Carlo Vistoli made his stage debut as Sorceress in Henry Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas in Cesena and Ravenna and later appeared in Bologna Teatro Comunale as Licida in Josef Mysliveček’s L’Olimpiade. Les Ambassadeurs and Alexis Kossenko invited him in Poitiers and Warsaw, where he made his debut in the title role of Handel’s Tamerlano. In Rome and Bologna he sang Purcell’s King Arthur. He sang Piritoo in Elena by Cavalli, conductor Garcia Alarcon, in Rennes and Nantes (Aix en Provence Festival production). In Shanghai sang Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare first performance in China with Opera Fuoco conducted by David Stern. From 2015 Carlo Vistoli is a member of the Ensemble Le Jardin des Voix conducted by William Christie, with whom he toured France, Australia, China and Far East, with concerts in Paris, Moscow, New York Lincoln Center and Lucerne Festival. In June 2015 he took part to the world premiere of L'Amore che move il sole by Adriano Guarnieri at the Ravenna Festival, a piece to be revived in 2016 Spoleto Festival. He was Febo in Dafne by Caldara in Venice, with Teatro La Fenice Orchestra and Giovanni Montanari, Spirit in Dido and Aeneas in Turin, Teatro Regio, conductor Federico Maria Sardelli, and in April 2016 he sang Ottone in Handel’s Agrippina at Brisbane Baroque Festival. In 2016-17 season he will appear in concerts in the Far East with Le Jardin des Voix; he will also take part to Monteverdi L'Orfeo with Les Arts Florissants and will make his debut at Aix en Provence Festival with Cavalli’s Erismena. Carlo Vistoli won several important awards in international competitions such as 4th International Competition Città di Bologna 2012, 5th Renata Tebaldi International Competition 2013 – Baroque Repertoire (San Marino)
John Taylor Ward (baritone)
Zachary Wilder (tenor)
American tenor, Zachary Wilder was a member of Le Jardin des Voix with William Christie and has since performed widely all over Europe and throughout the US with groups such as Les Arts Florissants, Boston Early Music Festival, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, San Antonio Symphony, Cappella Mediterranea, American Bach Soloists, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence, Early Opera Company and Early Music Vancouver. A keen performer of Baroque repertoire, Zachary’s performance highlights include Un Sylphe Zaïs in France and Amsterdam with Les Talens Lyriques (CD released under the label Aparté), Tirsi in Gagliano’s La Dafne in Bruges with L. Alarcon and Cappella Mediterranea, and St John Passion (Brussels, Barcelona, Seville) with Herreweghe. He has also performed Damon in Acis and Galatea in California with The American Bach Soloists, Septimus in Theodora with Early Music Vancouver (USA and Canada), Haydn’s Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze in Paris with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris under the baton of Mo Alarcón, B minor Mass with the Grand Rapids Symphony, and Lucano in L’incoronazione di Poppea and Telemaco in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria both for Boston Early Music Festival. More recently, Zachary has performed Mozart’s Requiem in St Paul’s Cathedral under John Rutter, performances and a recording of Bach’s Magnificat with Arion Baroque in Montreal, Messiah with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Trasimede/ l’Interesse in Cavalli’s l’Oristeo in Marseille, Euryale in Persée by Lully in Paris and Versailles (also recorded), Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Mercury Orchestra (Houston), and Zadok in Handel’s Solomon in Hannover. Future engagements include Zachary’s début with the San Francisco Symphony for performances of Messiah and Everardo in Zingarelli’s Giulietta e Romeo with Theater und Orchester Heidelberg.
Furio Zanasi (baritone)
Furio Zanasi began his musical activity devoting himself to Early Music, with a repertoire spanning from the madrigal to cantatas, from oratorio to Baroque opera. He appears in the most prestigious festivals in Italy as well as all over Europe, USA and Japan, singing under conductors such as Rinaldo Alessandrini, René Jacobs, Jordi Savall, Alan Curtis, Gabriel Garrido, Ivor Bolton, Reinhard Goebel, Alessandro De Marchi, Ottavio Dantone, Andrea Marcon, Philippe Herrewege, Thomas Hengelbrock, Riccardo Chailly. He sings in main Opera Houses all over the world such as: Wiener Konzerthaus, Salzburg Festival, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Teatro alla Scala, Opera of Rome, Massimo of Palermo, Maggio Fiorentino in Florence, La Fenice in Venice, Teatro Regio Torino, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Dresder Semper Oper, Liceu in Barcelona, Zarzuela in Madrid, Theater Basel, Staatsoper Munchen, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Operas of Lyon and Bordeaux, La Monnaie in Bruxelles, Opera Garnier Paris. He has sung Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo/Orfeo, recorded by Naive, on tour as well as in a new production at Den Norske Opera in Oslo. He was Ulisse/Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria at Scala in Milan, where he took part to the Monteverdi Trilogy as well with Rinaldo Alessandrini, directed by Robert Wilson. Furio Zanasi has recorded for the main European Radios and more than 60 CDs for different labels.