Italian mezzo soprano Anna Bonitatibus made her debut at La Scala, Milan in 1999. After winning several international competitions, she turned her attention to the study of the Baroque and Bel Canto repertoire and the appropriate vocal techniques. Her interpretations of the most important operas of Mozart, Handel, and Rossini have led to invitations to perform on Europe’s most prestigious stages as well as in the most important concert halls worldwide. Anna Bonitatibus has participated in many CD recordings, her most recent being Semiramide – La Signora Regale with rare operatic arias and scenes from the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Sheffield born Deborah York is a distinguished figure in the world of baroque and classical music. She forged her early career performing regularly with the finest historically informed ensembles in concert halls and opera houses around the world and singing Mozart and Donizetti at Covent Garden.
She went on to create the role of Mirror in Harrison Birtwistle’s Second Mrs Kong at Glyndebourne and was a regular guest at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin in operas by Mozart, Gluck, Handel, Britten, Monteverdi and Purcell. The recording of Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with John Eliot Gardiner and the London Symphony Orchestra for Deutsche Grammophon, in which Deborah sang the role of Anne Truelove, won a Grammy Award for best opera category. She subsequently performed the role at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, in Tel Aviv and at the Semperoper in Dresden.
In 2013 Claudio Abbado invited her to sing in Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Midsummer Night's Dream for his very last concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra in the Philharmonie, Berlin. This season she will sing Mahler’s 4 in Niigata, Japan, Mozart’s C minor Mass with Louis Langree and the Salzburg Camerata and Mozart’s Requiem with Josep Domenech and the Staatskapelle Halle.
Her most recent operatic engagements include Aci in Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo and Tulia in Vivaldi’s Ottone in Villa for the Copenhagen Opera festival with Concerto Copenhagen and Euridice in Gluck’s Orphee with Musica Viva in Moscow.
Deborah has performed as soprano soloist in over 60 cantatas by J.S.Bach. Some of these were recorded with Philippe Herreweghe for Harmonia Mundi and Ton Koopman for Erato.
She also sang first soprano in the pioneering recorded solo version of Matthäus Passion for Deutsche Grammophon with the Gabrieli Consort. A passionate exponent of vocal chamber music, she regularly collaborates on solo programmes. Her winter solstice programme with organist Jeremy Joseph An evening hymn Old English tunes for a long winter’s eve was premiered in the Radialsystem in Berlin to great critical acclaim.
Violinist Anne Katharina Schreiber has been a partner of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, with whom she can also be heard as concertmaster and soloist in concerts and on CD recordings, since 1988. She frequently performs with ensemble recherche, Akademie für Alte Musik, Kammerorchester Basel und Collegium Vocale, Ghent. She has been a member of the Trio Vivente for more than 20 years as well as playing in various chamber music formations. Anne Katharina Schreiber teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Freiburg and at the Ensemble-Akademie, Freiburg.
In addition to his cello studies in Hanover and Detmold, Guido Larisch started playing the Baroque cello in 1977. In the following years he played with many ensembles like Ensemble Musica Alta Ripa or the Apponyi Quartet. More recently he has been invited as section leader and continuo specialist by various opera houses like Hamburgische Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, and Teatro Liceu, Barcelona. Guido Larisch has been a member of the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra since 1989. Several of his CD recordings have won international prizes.
Harpsichord Kristian Nyquist studies with Christine Daxelhofer in Karlsruhe (Diploma) and Huguette Dreyfus in Paris (Prix de Virtuosité) as well as at master classes with Colin Tilney, Bob van Asperen and Gustav Leonhardt. He held scholarships from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Académie musicale de Villcroze, France. Prize and honourable mention at the Concours musical d’Île-de-France and the International Prague Spring contest.
He teaches Harpsichord, Fortepiano, Figured-Bass-Practice and Chamber Music at the University of Music in Karlsruhe since 2006. Also he sought after teacher for master classes and workshops at various institutions, such as the amj, Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz, Landesmusikakademie Nordrhein-Westfalen, International Brazilian-German Festival of Music, as well as at other music universities at Weimar, Mannheim, Leipzig, Novosibirsk, Rio de Janeiro among others.
His intensive involvement in the music of the 20th century and of today is characterized by personal contact and exchange with composers such as Violeta Dinescu, John Patrick Thomas, Roderik de Man, Hans Werner Henze, Sidney Corbett and many others and, moreover, reflected by world premieres.
As both soloist and chamber-musician Kristian Nyquist concertizes worldwide with a wide-spanned repertoire ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Numerous recordings are to his credit (e.g. Goldberg Variations, the album Origins of Romantic Piano Music), some of them having been graded as „reference recording“. The production of oboe and bassoon sonatas by F. Devienne together with Ingo Goritzki and Sergio Azzolini received an „ECHO Klassik“ award, given by the German Phono-Akademie in 2013.
Three participants of the vocal courses will be offered the opportunity to participate in a unique master class with Vivica Genaux.
The Alaska-born mezzo-soprano is internationally one of the leading interpreters of Baroque and Bel Canto repertoires. She has won many prizes, including Pittsburgh Opera’s 2008 Maecenas Award, the Christopher Keene Award and the 1997 ARIA Award. Since her debut in 1994 in the Florentine Opera/Milwaukee she has sang in many of the leading opera houses worldwide, like Wiener Staatsoper, Opéra de Paris and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Her recording of Farinelli arias with the Akademie für Alte Musik, Berlin, conducted by René Jacobs, topped the classic charts for seven weeks in 2002.
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with Anna Bonitatibus, Anne Katharina Schreiber, Guido Larisch
27.2. 19.30 Christuskirche
5.3. 17.00 Hochschule für Musik, Veltesaal
28.2. 14.00 Hochschule für Musik, Veltesaal
4.3. 13.00 Hochschule für Musik, Veltesaal
with Prof. Dr. Anselm Gerhard, Prof. Dr. Thomas Seedorf
2.3. 15.00 Hochschule für Musik, Hörsaal
3.3. 20.00 STAATSTHEATER KARLSRUHE, STUDIO