Richard Egarr brings a joyful sense of adventure and a keen, enquiring mind to all his music-making – whether conducting, directing from the keyboard, giving recitals, playing chamber-music, and indeed talking about music at every opportunity.
Egarr joined the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale as Music Director in August 2020, having been Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music for 15 years. He is also Principal Guest of the Residentie Orkest and Artistic Partner of the St Paul Chamber and was Associate Artist with the Scottish Chamber 2011-2017.
Born in Spain and trained in singing and piano, Mireia Pintó studied in Spain and later completed her vocal studies in France and Italy. She was rewarded with the most important prizes in several singing competitions in Spain and in Italy. Her wide repertoire, ranging from baroque to contemporary music, includes the genres Opera, Oratorio and Lied. She has taken part in several opera performances, music festivals and concert cycles in Italy, Russia, Holland, Germany, Greece, Andorra, France, Monaco, Japan, Czech Republic, Colombia and Spain. She has worked with conductors such as L. Maazel, G. Dudamel, P. Maag, R. Bonynge, H. Rilling, P. Goodwin, E. Ericson, A. Zedda, J.C. Malgoire, O. Dantone, M. Armiliato, R. Frizza, M. Benini, and many others.
Since 1992 she performs as a duo with pianist Vladislav Bronevetzky, carrying out a substantial performing activity which has brought them to several countries.
Mireia is Professor of Singing at the ESMuC (High Music School of Catalonia-Spain), Vocal Advisor at the International Opera Academy in Ghent and in many mastercourses in several countries (Japan, Colombia, Portugal, Denmark…). She is the founder and artistic director of the International Music Festival in St Fruitós de Bages-Spain, which has already celebrated 29 editions. She has been awarded by different Spanish cultural institutions for her contribution to music and culture.
Born in Flensburg, Germany, Dorothea Röschmann was a member of the Ensemble at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin where in 2017, having sung over 20 roles at the theatre, she was awarded the title of Kammersängerin. She has been a frequent guest at the Salzburg Festival since her debut in 1995 singing Susanna with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
At the Wiener Staatsoper, she has appeared as Countess Almaviva, Donna Elvira, Susanna, Marschallin and Jenufa. Her many roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich include Zerlina, Susanna, Ännchen, Marzelline, Anne Trulove, Elvira, Rodelinda and, in 2019, her role debut as Alceste. Elsewhere in Europe she has appeared at La Monnaie, Brussels, the Opéra Bastille Paris, and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Pamina, Fiordiligi, Countess and Donna Elvira. At Teatro alla Scala Milan she has sung Countess Almaviva, Florinda/Fierrabras, and Donna Elvira on tour with the company to the Bolshoi Theatre with Daniel Barenboim. In the U.S. she has appeared many times at the Metropolitan Opera, New York as Susanna, Pamina, Elvira and Ilia, and sang the title roles of G.F. Händel’s Theodora and H. Purcell’s Dido at Carnegie Hall. She has appeared frequently in concerts in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Cincinnati and San Diego. Adding to her extensive operatic repertoire, recent role debuts include Elisabeth/Tannhäuser at the Semperoper Dresden and at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Ariadne at the Edinburgh International Festival and at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, and Isolde in R. Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Opéra National de Lorraine, Nancy.
A prolific concert artist, she has recently sung Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Rafael Payare/Montréal Symphony Orchestra and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Isolde in Act III in a concert performance of Tristan und Isolde with Robin Ticciati/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Wesendonck Lieder with Kristiina Poska/Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. She will sing Isolde in Act II in concert with Robin Ticciati/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in 2023/24 as well as Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder (Tove) with Sir Simon Rattle/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and his Erwartung with Patrick Hahn/Wiener Symphoniker. Other concert highlights include R. Schumann’s Faustszenen and Marie in A. Berg’s Wozzeck with Daniel Harding/Berliner Philharmoniker and R. Mahler’s Symphony No.4 on tour in Europe with Mariss Jansons/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. She has performed Strauss’s Vier letzte Lieder with Daniel Barenboim in Berlin, Daniel Harding in Milan, Antonio Pappano in Rome, Yannick Nézet Séguin in Rotterdam and Zubin Mehta in Valencia.
She is a renowned recitalist, and her recent appearances include London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Het Concertgebouw, the Wiener Konzerthaus and in Antwerp, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Cologne, Brussels, Oslo, Stockholm, Oxford, and at the Edinburgh, Munich, and Schwarzenberg Festivals. She has sung in recital with Daniel Barenboim at the Schiller Theater and Boulez Saal in Berlin. With Mitsuko Uchida she has performed at the Lucerne Festival, Wigmore Hall and on tour in the U.S. culminating in a recital at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The live recording from Wigmore Hall won the Best Solo Vocal Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Other recordings include Ariadne with Lothar Koenigs; Countess Almaviva with Harnoncourt; Pamina and Nannetta with Abbado; R. Strauss’ Vier letze Lieder with Nézet-Séguin; J. Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with Rattle (winner of a Grammy and Gramophone Award); R. Mahler’s Symphony No.4 with Harding; G.F. Händel’s Neun Deutsche Arien with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; G.F. Händel’s Messiah with McCreesh; G.B. Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with David Daniels and Fabio Biondi and a disc of Schumann songs with Ian Bostridge and Graham Johnson. She has released two acclaimed CDs on the Sony Classical label; in 2014, her debut recital album ‘Portraits’ with Malcolm Martineau, and in 2015, a greatly anticipated Mozart arias disc with Daniel Harding and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
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Martin Wölfel was born in Potsdam, where he also grew up, received his first musical training and had his first experiences on stage and in front of the camera.
After his initial desire to become an actor (he had an admission to the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch Berlin for 1990), he was drawn to music after all and began studying singing in Dresden in 1990, finishing under Margret Trappe-Wiel.
After unsuccessful attempts at tenor singing, he found his destiny as a countertenor in 1993. Since then his career has taken him to the State Operas of Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Opéra National de Paris, the Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, the Korean National Opera Seoul, the Welsh National Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Norske Opera Oslo, the Theater Basel and the Oper Frankfurt, to which he has been a guest since 2006.
As a concert singer, he has toured with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, among others, and has performed in Tokyo, Osaka, Toulouse, Cairo, Athens, Barcelona, Valencia and Amsterdam.
Numerous radio, television and CD recordings document his work.
Since 2007 he has taught at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, where he was appointed to a professorship in 2017, and shares his experience in workshops and masterclasses (Kronenburg Classes, Conservatoire de Lille, Conservatorio Superior de Música da Coruña, International Opera Studio Frankfurt).
In 2020 and 2021 he was a lecturer at the “Gesangspädagogisches Zertifikat” (GPZ) of the Bundesverband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen (BDG).
Since 2020 he has been Vocal Adviser at the International Opera Academy Ghent.