Russian Soprano Julia Novikova
Julia Novikova studied opera singing at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in her native city, St. Petersburg, and made her first stage experience during her study, singing Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Serpina in La Serva Padrona, and Marfa in The Tsar's Bride.
Julia Novikova celebrated a great success as Gilda in the television production of Rigoletto (directed by Marco Bellocchio), which was filmed in the original locations and transmitted live to 148 countries. The opera was conducted by Zubin Mehta and the cast also included Placido Domingo as Rigoletto, Ruggero Raimondi as Sparafucile and Vittorio Grigolo as Duca di Mantova.
In July 2011 she was highly acclaimed in Bonn for her performance of the title role in Bellini’sLa Sonnambula and in August 2011 for the title role in Stravinsky’s Le Rossignol at the Quebec Opera Festival and at the Salzburg Festival.
The engagements during the season 2011-2012 include the roles of Königin der Nacht, Oscar, Fiakermilli (Arabella) in Vienna State Opera, Gilda in Teatro Verdi (Trieste), the roles of Amour/Roxane/Zima (Les Indes galantes) in Théâtre du Capitole (Toulouse), Königin der Nacht (Das Labyrinth) at the Salzburg Festival.
Julia Novikova gave many concerts and recitals perfoming at the Muziekdriedaagse Festival in the Hague, Grachten Festival in Amsterdam, Bordeaux, Nancy and Paris (Champs-Elysées), New York (Carnegie Hall) and Budapest National Opera.
Swiss Soprano Regula Mühlemann
The soprano singer gained her first opera onstage experiences as Maturina (Don Giovanni/G. Gazzaniga), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Papagena (The Magic Flute) and as Doralice in Il Trionfo dell’ Onore by A. Scarlatti at the Lucerne Theatre. Recently she sang Giannetta in L' Elisir d'amore (Donizetti) at the Zurich Opera House and at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden and a Despina in "Così fan tutte" at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice.
A particular highlight is her part as Ännchen in the feature film Hunter’s Bride (Der Freischütz, C.M. von Weber), in which Regula Mühlemann appears for the first time on the silver screen. The movie was directed by Jens Neubert; Daniel Harding conducted the London Symphony Orchestra.
American Soprano Barbara Bonney
Barbara Bonney is one oft the leading lyric sopranos of her generation. With over 100 recordings to her name, her artistry has been documented for generations of singers to come. Her "Sophie" (Rosenkavalier) is legendary the world over, as her Mozart roles of "Susanna" (Figaro) and "Pamina" (Zauberflöte). Miss Bonney devoted much of her 30 year career to Lieder, and continues to sing Lied-Recitals and Orchestral-Concerts. She is a devoted mentor of the new-generation-singer, and is currently Professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, as well as Guest Professor of the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Romanian-American Soprano Laura Tatulescu
Romanian-American soprano Laura Tatulescu has gained recognition for her beauty of voice and her exciting portrayals on the operatic stage. She has performed under the batons of such eminent conductors as Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Philippe Jordan, Adam Fischer, James Conlon, Marco Armiliato, Sebastian Weigle, Danielle Gatti, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Peter Schneider, Constantinos Carydis, Juraj Valcuha and Ivor Bolton.