Nomeda Kazlaus, Lithuania, chairperson
NOMEDA KAZLAUS, international opera diva, one of the most outstanding Lithuanian opera sopranos of the contemporary generation of singers; laureate of four international singing competitions; TV host; vocal professor; jury chair and member of many international competitions, winner of the Lithuanian Ministery of Culture Young Artist 2007 award. She is author and host of the „Skambantys pasauliai su Nomeda Kazlaus” (The Ringing Worlds with Nomeda Kazlaus) talk show series at the Lithuanian National TV where she interviews world-famous music personalities like Montserrat Caballe, Christoph Eschenbach, Sarah Brightman, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Sasha Walz etc. N.Kazlaus is a chair of Eurovision National Jury in Lithuania (2016); chair of Lithuanian national singers‘ competition named after V. Jonuskaite-Zauniene; chair of „Music Talent League” (2016); jury member of the „Golden Voice“. She is a founder of the international annual vocal and stage acting
masterclasses in Lithuania Nomeda Kazlaus’ Summer Academy of Vocal and Acting Techniques (the project started as PALANGA SUMMER ACADEMY - ’PALANGOS VASAROS AKADEMIJA’); author of singing master classes at the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy (2014). N.Kazlaus is as frequent a guest on some of the most prestigious European theatre and concert stages, international festivals as she stars in international productions. She has been performing along a 20th century opera legend Montserrat Caballe since 2000. International reviewers describe the singer as being gifted with an impressive and powerful voice of rich and vibrant color, vast range, exceptional musicality, perfect pitch on every register, emotional precision, enchanting acting and personal charm.
Tadeusz Pszonka, Poland
Graduated from the Vocal and Acting Faculty at Karol Lipiński Music Academy in Wrocław.
Was a soloist at the State Opera in Wrocław, the Grand Theatre - National Opera in Warsaw, the Roma Music Theatre in Warsaw and the Vienna Chamber Opera. Has won awards at many vocal competitions.
Has performed at such theatres as: Operhaus in Leipzig, Grand Theatre and Musical Theatre in Łódź, Musical Theatre in Wrocław; has also performed on such renowned stages as: Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Munich Philharmonic, Vienna Konzert Haus, Vienna Hofburg, Tonhalle in Zurich, Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Brno Philharmonic, National Philharmonic in Warsaw and others. Has travelled to Switzerland, Austria, Australia, Belgium, former Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Holland, Japan, France, Italy, Russia and Norway.
Has made recordings for Polish Television, Polish Radio, Austrian Television ORFF. Has recorded albums in Austria (Wiener Konzert Haus - Recital), France (Requiem by W. A. Mozart, Requiem by H. Berlioz), Poland (Opera Arias and Songs, Liturgia Domestica Op. 79 by A. T. Gretchaninov) and Germany
(Die Grosse Johann Strauss Gala).
Was the Chief and Artistic Director of the Karkonosze Music Festival in Karpacz, the "Szprotawskie Divertimenta" Vocal Festival and Workshops in Szprotowa. Currently, Artistic Director of the International Jan Kiepura Vocal Competition in Krynica-Zdrój, Chief and Artistic Director of Halina HalskaFijałkowska International Vocal Competition in Wrocław and the Festival of Vienna Music in Szczawno-Zdrój, Artistic Director of the National Vocal Competition in Mława, as well as Artistic Director of Jan Kiepura Festival in
Krynica-Zdrój. Conducts many courses and vocal workshops, academic seminars, among others in Wrocław and Kraków. Member of many vocal competition juries in Poland and abroad.
Participant of international programmes (e.g. Norway 2017, 2018 / Trondheim University).
Three-times recipient of the Austrian Government’s scholarship at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, the University of Vienna (1996/97, 1997/98) and Universität für Musik in Vienna (1998/99).
Awarded the title of Professor of Art pursuant to a decision of the President of the Republic of Poland of 17.02.2015.
Additionally, completed post-graduate studies at the Wrocław School of Banking at the Faculty of Corporate Finance Management, and completed opera studies in Bolzano (Italy). In 2017, was awarded by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda with a silver medal for his multi-annual service, and received a golden badge for his work for the development of the city of Wrocław from the Society of
Wrocław Friends. In September 2018, received a prestigious award – "Merito de Wratislavia - Meritorious for Wrocław" commemorative medal.
Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewski, Poland/Germany
Sylwia Burnicka–Kalischewski, soprano, graduated from the State School of Music of Feliks Nowowiejski in Szczecin in the solo singing class of Andrzej Kwiczała. She graduated from the Faculty of Russian Language and Applied Linguistics at Warsaw University (1996). In 1997 she graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music of Frederic Chopin in Warsaw in the solo singing class of prof. Urszula Trawińska-Moroz. In 2002 she completed her doctoral studies at the Faculty of Applied Linguistics and East Slavonic Philology at Warsaw University and she received the academic degree of Doctor of Humanities. In 2012 she received the academic degree of Doctor of Arts of Music in the Arts "Vokalistik" and 2016 the academic degree of Doctor habilitatus at the Academy of Music of Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz in Łódź. She participated in master classes conducted by Ryszard Karczykowski, Maria Fołtyn, Bożena Betley. The first stage experience she gained during numerous tour with the Polish Music Theatre in Warsaw. The most frequently performed roles in a stage andas a concert are: I, II, Lady of "Magic Flute", Donna Elvira in the opera „Don Giovanni”, Countess Almaviva in „The Marriage of Figaro” by W.A . Mozart, Rosalinda in „Die Fledermaus” by J. Strauss, Maggie and Gertrude in „Hänsel and Gretel” by E. Humperdinck, Leonora in „Il Trovatore”, Amelia in „Masquerade ball” by G. Verdi. She has performed as soloist at the Polish stages: the National Theatre in Warsaw, Theatre „Na Woli” in Warsaw, the Grand Theatre in Poznan, Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz, as well as on the stages of opera houses in Germany: Bremen, Hannover, Hamburg, Erlangen, Saarbrücken, Stuttgart , Wuppertal, Kiel, Münster, Mannheim, Regensburg, Dortmund, Hamm, Osnabrück, Schwedt, Lübeck, and many other cities. In 1997-2004 she worked as a soloist in the Powszechny Theatre of Zygmunt Hübner in Warsaw. She played a role of Sophie de Palma, a pupil of Maria Callas, in the „Maria Callas- masterclass” of Terrence McNally. At the same time she was also a soloist in the Warsaw Philharmonic with which she toured throughout Poland. The artist was invited to participate in many important festivals. She had guest performances at the XXXVII Festival of Stanislaw Moniuszko in Kudowa-Zdrój, V Opera Festival in Bydgoszcz, II Opera Meeting in Grudziądz, VII and VIII Festival of Peace in Jawor and Usedomer Musikfestival. She has performed in Poland, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, and France (Paris), Austria (Vienna) and the U.S.A. (Chicago). Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewski made many recordings for radio and television. Since 2002 she has been teaching solo singing at a music school Kreismusikschule Uecker-Randow in Ueckermünde. In 2004-2005 she collaborated as a teacher of solo singing with a music school Musikschulzweckverband „Kon.centus” in Neubrandenburg. Her students have won German local and international vocal competitions in Germany, Poland, Italy, Estonia, Greece, Finland, Great Britain, Serbia, Portugal, Russia, France, Japan, Latvia, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Turkey, Australia, Brazil, Hungary, Swiss, Canada and U.S.A. In 2010-2021, she was artistic director of the International Singing Competition of Giulio Perotti in Seebad Ueckermünde. Since October 2013, Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewski has have a solo singing class at the Academy of Art in Szczecin, and since September 2017 she has been an associate professor at this university. In January 2014, she was honored with the highest distinction of Ueckermünde - Honorary Diploma and Cultural Award - statuette of "UECKERICH für den Bereich Kultur 2013" for outstanding artistic achievements for the city and the region. Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewski is the authoress of several monographs and many scientific articles in the field of singing, theory of music and linguistics. Since 2021 she is artistic director of the International BEL CANTO Singing Competition online.
Tatyana Rudneva, Kazakhstan
Tatyana Rudneva (soprano) she graduated from Kurmangazy Alma-Ata State Conservatory on class of solo signing in 1985. She got the second higher education on specialty “Psychology” in 2007. She graduated from fellowship of Magnitogorsk State Conservatory (Academy) named after M.I. Glinka (Russia) on specialty “Academic Signing”. Term of pedagogical employment is more than thirty years. At the present time she is docent of department “Vocal Art and Conducting” of the Kazakh National University of Arts (Astana. Kazakhstan).
T.N. Rudneva works with all signing voices, conducts class of solo signing and chamber class, reads lecture courses on methods and history of vocal art. Students of T.N. Rudneva class a lot of times were laureates of international and republican contests. Alumni of her class successfully continue professional activity as soloists of opera theatres, philharmonias in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Russia, Germany, and also as pedagogues of academic and variety vocal in musical colleges and higher educational institutions. Scientific and pedagogic activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by writing of scientific articles and monographs on issues of history of establishment and development of Kazakhstan’s vocal art.
Concert and performance activity of T.N. Rudneva is represented by solo concerts, creative contests, master classes, recordings on television. She sang solemn “Mass” during the official visit of head of the Roman-Catholic Church Pope John Paul the II in Kazakhstan in 2001. She sang solo concert “Ave Maria” dedicated to victims of terror of the XX century for religious confessions of the CIS countries and abroad in 2002. Ten musical and thematic programs were recorded on the republican television: “A.S. Pushkin and Music”, “A. Akhmatova in Music”, “Musical Heritage of Abai Kunanbayev”, “Romances of P.I. Tchaikovsky”, “Russian Romance of the XVIII-XIX Centuries”, “Evening of Classical Operetta” and others. Foundation recordings “Russian Folk Songs” and “Kazakh Folk Songs” were executed on all-Union radio.
Tatyana Rudneva is laureate of international contests, Honoured Worker of Education of the RK.
Juliette Galstian, Switzerland
Winner of the Viotti International Singing Competition in Italy, and a Laureate of Maria Calla Grand Prix (Greece) and Julian Gayarre (Spain) international competitions, Juliette Galstian makes her debut in 1996 at the Teatro Regio di Torino as Mimi in Puccini’s La Bohème.
Since 1996 she has performed more than 25 opera roles at the ROH Covent Garden, Opera Bastille, La Fenice, La Scala, Zurich Opera, Geneva Opera, Torino’s Teatro Reggio, New National Opera of Tokyo, Bergen Opera, Salzburg Festival, Prague’s National Theatre, Opera de Marseille, Teatro Galdos of Las Palmas, and others.
She collaborates with symphonic and chamber orchestras all over the world and sings at New-York’s BAM, London’s Barbican, Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Bergen’s Grieg Halle, St Petersburg’s Great Philharmonic Hall, Budapest’s National Philharmonic Hall, Moscow’s International House of Music, Brussel’s Palais des Arts, Paris’ Chatêlet and Salle Gaveau, Colmar Festival, Festivals of Beaune and Ambroney.
Juliette sang under the baton of James Conlon, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, William Christie, Michel Plasson, Armin Jordan, Adam Fisher, Evelino Pido, Zoltan Kocsis, Vladimir Spivakov and others.
Juliette Galstian sang recitals and concerts with a large selection of songs in nine languages in Montreal, Zurich, Dubrovnik, Vienna, Paris, Innsbruck, Prague, Brno, Köln, Geneva, Nantes, Antwerpen, Stuttgart, Moscow, Tbilisi, Yerevan etc.
Music critics of Le Figaro, Le Monde, The International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, and numerous other newspapers, as well as of International Opera Magazines, have acclaimed Juliette Galstian’s magnificent, warm and beautiful voice, flawless technique, inborn sense of style, perfect diction, strong acting skills and stage presence.
Her discography includes DVDs of “Iphigénie en Tauride” of Gluck, “Nina” of Paisiello (both from Zurich Opera), CDs of “Theodora” of Handel (under William Christie) and “Juliette Galstian Artist Portrait”.
Since 2014, Juliette Galstian teaches at the Geneva Conservatoire, and since 2018 she is Head of the Voice Department.
She is regularly invited to give masterclasses in Europe, Russia and Armenia, and was a jury member at international singing competitions in Norway and Russia.
Laima Domikaite, Vilnius, Lithuania
Laima Domikaite is an opera soloist(mezzosoprano) from the Lithuanian, a vocal teacher. She trained at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow for two years withs prof. E. Obraztsova, and three years in Graz(Austria) at the conservatory with Prof.L.Sukis.
The soloist had the pleasure of singing under the direction ofconductor Lord Menuhin in Valencia(G.F.Handel, s oratorio “Samson“),and in Austria under the conductor J.Franz.
Laima Domikaite performed at concerts in the NATIONAL opera houses of Latvia,Estonia,,the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow....concerts in Spain, Greece, Germany, Poland, USA, France, Sweeden...
There are 120records in the archives of the Lithuanian Radio and Television. She is currently vocal teacher-expert,head of the Vocal Section. Her students are winners of the respublican, international vocal contest in Rome, Tokyo, Paris, Madrid....The teacher is a freguent member on committes of vocal contests, she delivers lectures at international and republican conferences, published methodological works, delivers open lectures.
Aida Gainanova, Russia
Aida Arslanovna Gainanova known teacher, singer, performing works by Russian, Western, preferably composers of the Baroque and modern composers. Associate Professor of Opera singing of the Russian State Specialized Academy of Arts and the teacher of the State musical College named. Music work experience of about 40 years. A great connoisseur of music by composers of Baroque and Early Classicism. Very carefully working on all the strokes, featuring the instrumental and vocal voices, the subtlety of good breathing jet. She's a musicologist in his first specialty, Laureate of International competitions, has trained a large number of performers, UkrOliya theatres and concert halls of Russia and Abroad. Aida Arslanovna has the title of Honored worker of culture of the Republic of Tyva. Awarded honorary diplomas of Ministry of Culture of Russia, signed by Vladimir Medinsky. Many of them are Laureates of International and all-Union competitions, have honorary titles of National and Honored artists of Russia and the Republics.
Simone Maria Marziali, Italy
Born in 1975 he had his classic studies with high achievement in pianoforte at the Music School of Fiesole, ancient music at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana and Conducting of Lyric Opera at the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna.
M° Marziali has received first prizes in many national and international piano competitions, among these “ J. S. Bach” in Sestri Levante and “Città di Stresa International Piano Competition”.
For more than12 years principal prompter, repetitor and assistant conductor at the Puccini Festival of Torre del Lago and around the world (Verdi Theatre of Pisa, Goldoni of Livorno, Giglio of Lucca, Donizetti of Bergamo, Avignone's Opera in France, Opera Australia in Melbourne, NHK in Tokyo, “Luciano Pavarotti” in Modena, Palma de Maiorca's Opera, Teatro Campoamor of Oviedo etc etc)
M° Marziali has collaborated with the most famous singers such as Placido Domingo, Raina Kabaivanska, Katia Ricciarelli, Daniela Dessì and Fabio Armiliato, Nicola Martinucci, Patrizia Ciofi, Norma Fantini, Stefania Bonfadelli etc. etc.
He was also assistant conductor of Alberto Veronesi, Kery Lynn Wilson, Roberto Tolomelli, Antonio Pirolli, Massimo de Bernart, Andrea Licata.
Due to his very broad experience he is one of the most appreciated accompanists and vocal coaches for lyric singers coming from all of the world to study with him .
He organizes and teaches in lots of Masterclasses with famous singers and artistic directors (like Stefania Bonfadelli, Cristina Park and Marco Balderi, Franco Trinca, Gundula Hintz etc etc).
Some of his masterclasses were at the Music School Ariadimusica in Roma with Stefania Bonfadelli, at the PLFM Contest in Tallinn, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, in Roma, Lucca, Gubbio and Andria with Cristina Park and M° Marco Balderi, at the Rahmaninov School in St. Petersburg, in Helikon Opera and Lemeshev School in Moscow etc etc
He conducted Tosca at the Verdi Theatre in Firenze, various lyric recitals in Tuscany and around Italy and La Boheme at the historical Rinnovati Theatre in Siena.
In the summer 2013 he conducted Traviata in Monteriggioni (Siena) at the Openair Summer Festival “La Lirica al Castello”, his very successful and innovative productions, with the direction of Alberto Paloscia (artistic director of the Goldoni Theatre of Livorno).
In november 2014 he conducted Aida in tournèe in the most important theaters of Netherlands in a very prestigious production with the direction of Francesco Bellotto (artistic director of the Donizetti Theatre of Bergamo).
Between his recent successes he conducted Boheme at the Openair Festival of Casole d'Elsa and Butterfly at the Verdi Theater of Casciana Terme (Pisa) with great rewies in the most important Opera Magazines (Opera, Operaclick, etc etc)
Due to his important experience he founded the Lyric Agency Musikos, one of the most successful new realities of the International Lyric Management with contracts and artists in all of the world.
M° Marziali is often in the judging panels of some of the most important italian International
Competitions like “Martinelli Pertile” in Montagnana (Padova), “Marcella Pobbe” in Vicenza, “Federico II” in Andria (Bari), “La Fenice Competition” in Seravezza (Lucca), “Martinelli-Pertile's Prize” in Vicenza, International Competition “Citta’ di Lanciano”, “Rahmaninov Competition” in St. Petersburg, “PLMF Contest” in Tallin, “International Competition T.O.S.C.A.” in Andora (Savona), International Competition Hebrew University in Jerusalem, “Citta’ di Firenze”, “Giovan Battista Rubini” in Romano di Lombardia (Bergamo) etc etc
In 2020/2021 during the pandemic period he partecipated in the online Jury of the Competitions Lemeshev from Moscow and Olga Sosvnoskaya from Krosnadar in Russia conducting also very succesfull online masterclasses.
Gocha Datusani, Georgia
Education: 1990-1995 Tbilisi D. Arakishvili Musical School Choral Conduct Faculty;
1995-2001 Tbilisi State Conservatoire Vocal Faculty;
Since 2020 Tbilisi V. Srajishvili conservatoire-vocal teacher
Since 2011 Kutaisi M. Balanchivadze Opera Theatre soloist;
Since 2002 Tbilisi V. Srajishvili conservatoire opera studio soloist;
Since 1998 Tbilisi Z. Faliahsvili Opera and Ballet Theatre soloist;
1998-2000 Batumi Opera and Ballet Theatre soloist;
P. Burchuladze. B. Maisuradze. V. Brendeli. L. Baumani. F. Havlata.
Languages: Russian; (excellent) German; (good) English; (good) Georgian; (Native)
Additional (Other, Extra) Information:
Took an active part: at Academic and Government Concerts (more than 150)
Opera performances (more than 200);
International Festivals as in Georgia as abroad;
“Autumn Tbilisi” Georgia
“Gut imling” Munchen, Germany
“Rishion Lecion” Israel
“Israel Musical Festival”
F. Shaliapini 26th International Festival
Batumi Musical Festival
Telaviv-Israeli Opera –first performance of DJ.Verdi”Macbett”(banquo)2016
On tour was in: Russia. Israel, Switzerland, Baltic States;
He has taken part in the first World Opera Staging (performance) in the first premiere 13 J. Peri, Ephridike- “Euridice Pluton”
He took part in the charitable play “Aida” with the world famous mezzo-soprano Dolora Zakij; in February 26,28 2015 – With Carmen Giannatassio,Arturo Chacon Cruz , Nino Surguladze and maestro Gianluca Marciano in Beiruth All Bustan music festival sang Oroveso in Norma
Was a partner of such grandees as P. Buchuladze, B. Maisuradze, L. Ataneli, G. Gagnidze, N. Machaidze, A.Rachvelishvili, Mikraideri, K. Giannatassio, Arturo Chacon-Cruz, Nino Surguladze, Lucio Gallo, Maria Piscitelli, Gaston Rivero, Ricardo Zanelatto.
Worked with conductors: J. Kakhidze, G. Marciano. Z. Azmaifarashvili, G. Chichinadze, R. M. Boemi, S. okacu,
Peri - “L Euridice” pluton
J.S. Bach - Cantata BWV 82, “Ich habe genug”
F.I. Hayoln - Oratorum “jahreszeiten” basso
W.A.Mozart - “Requem” Basso, “Die Zauberflote” Sarastro, “Bastien und Bastienne” Colas,
“Le nozze di Figaro” Don Bartolo, “Don Giovanni” Mazetto, Leporello, If Comendatore.
G.Donizetti -“L’elisir d’amore” Dulcamara, “Lucia di Lammermoor” Raimondo Bidebant, “Don Pasquale” Don Pasquale
O. Nicolai - “Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor” Falstaf
G. Rossini - “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” Don Basilio, “Stabat Mather” Bass
C. Orff -“Die kluge” Peasant
G.Gounod -“Faust” mefistofel
A.Boito - “Mefistofele” mefistofel
G.Verdi - Requem Basso, “Nabucco” Zaccaria, “Ernani “ Conte di Silva, “Attila” Attila, “Luisa Miller” Walter, “Macbeth” Banquo, “Rigoletto” Monterone, Sparafucile,“Il Trovatore” Ferando, “Un ballo in maschera” Tom, Silvano,“La forza del destino” padre Guardiano,calatrava, “Don Carlo” Filippo, Il Grande Inquisitore,”Aida”- Ramfis, Faraon
G.Puccini – “Tosca” IL Sacrestano, “Madama Butterfly” bonzo, “Gianni Schicchi” Betto, Simone
V. Bellini -“Norma” Oroveso,
P.I. Tchaikovsky, “Eugeni Onegin” Gremin, “Iolanta” King Rene
S. Rachmaninoff – “Aleko” Aleko, Old Gipsy
Z. Paliashvili - “Abesalom and Eteri ” King Abio, “Daisi” Tsangala, “Latavra” King Engicher”
V. Dolidze -“Keto and Kote” - Makari
Tatyana Smelkova, Russia
Professor, Honored Worker of Culture of Russia, Honorary Worker of Higher Professional Education of Russia. Since 2004 - Head of the Department of Solo Singing of the Russian State Pedagogical University named after Alexander Herzen. Member of the jury of a number of international competitions, head of the largest in Russia (over 200 participants) International Boris Shtokolov vocal competition. Her students successfully perform on the stages of the countries of Europe, Asia and America, she has brought up more than twenty laureates of international vocal competitions.
Josephine Polim, Indonesia
Josephine Polim is an Indonesian-born Soprano. She holds Master of Music Degrees in Voice Performance and Collaborative Piano from The University of Akron in Ohio, United States.
She earned her Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Music, majoring in Piano Performance from the UCSI University in Kuala Lumpur. She has won several competitions, such as the Sixth Annual James Tannenbaum Memorial Scholarship Competition, Tuesday Musical Scholarship Competition, and Malaysian Youth Orchestra Festival Diploma Voice Category. As an active performer, she has appeared and performed in several countries such as the United States, Australia, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and has performed wide range of music from baroque to contemporary literature.
Josephine has taught at Malone University and also served as Staff Accompanist at Malone University and Malone Opera Theater, The University of Akron Opera Lyric Theater, and Nordonia High School. In addition, she worked with the Vocal Arts Program at Interlochen Center for the Arts in as a Vocal Coach and Collaborative Pianist. Currently, she serves as the head of voice area at Universitas Pelita Harapan and the president/initiator of Indonesian Voice Association, a non-profit organization for the voice user community in Indonesia. She actively gives masterclasses and workshops to raise the awareness of vocal health in the
Igor Borko, Ukraine
Igor Borko is a Ukrainian opera singer (lyric tenor), People's Artist of Ukraine, laureate of international competitions, since 2001 - the leading soloist of the Taras Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine.
He graduated from the Kiev Pedagogical Institute. A.M. Gorky (Faculty of Music 1982), later graduated from the State Conservatory named. P. Tchaikovsky (class of the People's Artist of the USSR and Ukraine K.D. Ognev in 1998). Has taken part in master classes by Renata Faltin (Berlin School of Music [de]) and Fiorella Kramen-Forte (soloist of La Scala Theater).
The singer is a laureate of numerous international competitions: 2nd prize and a special prize of the Czech Radio in the competition named after. E. Destinova (Czech Republic - 1996), Special Diploma of the Competition. F. Vinyasa (Spain - 1997), special prize among tenors at the competition of opera singers in the city of Marmande (France, Aquitaine - 1997), 2nd prize and a concert at Carnegie Hall (USA) at the prestigious competition. In Bellini (Italy, Ragusa - 1999) Grand Prix of the Grand International Tenors Tournament (Poland - 2003) Laureate of the O.Bilash Art Prize (2017)
He began his operatic career at the Odessa Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. He sang on stages: Boston Opera (USA), Wichita Grand Opera (USA), Hebe Concert (Netherlands), Luxor Theater (Rotterdam) , National Opera of Japan (Tokyo), "State Opera Prague" (Czech Republic), National Opera of Romania (Bucharest), "Opera Cluj" (Romania), Theater "El Jardi" (Spain), Palace of Congresses de Huesca (Spain), Opera ba Zamku (Szczecin, Poland), Naples Philharmonic (USA), St. Petersburg State Philharmonic named after D. Shostakovich, theaters in Russia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, etc.
In the repertoire of Igor Borko, the roles of: Nemorino ("Love Potion" by G. Donizetti) Duke ("Rigoletto" by G. Verdi) Faust ("Faust" by C. Gounod) Rudolph ("La Bohème" by G. Puccini) by the Italian singer ("Chevalier of Roses" , R. Strauss) Nadir (“Pearl Seekers” by J. Bizet) Lensky (“Eugene Onegin” by P. Tchaikovsky) Berendey (“Snow Maiden by M. Rimsky Korsakov),“ Requiem ”by J. Verdi, Requiem by V. A. Mozart, "Te Deum" G. Berlioz, Symphony 9 and Meca Solemnis by L. Van Beethoven, "Stabat Mater" A. Dvorak, "Bells" by Rachmaninoff and others.
He took part in well-known international music festivals and state events, spoke to the delegates of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, where, together with the official delegation, he represented Ukraine (1995, in Strasbourg), the days of Ukrainian culture in Russia, China.
Igor Borko has performed in the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Germany, France, Denmark, Italy, Japan, China, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan.
Polina Lapteva, Russia
Polina Lapteva. Soprano.
Was born in Leningrad (USSR).
Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (graduated as a violinist, Prof.E.Grach, 2008).
Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (post-graduate studies, Prof.E.Grach, 2011).
Saint-Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory (opera singnig, Prof.S.Gorenkova, 2017).
III Prize winner and Special prize winner “For the Best Interpretation of Russian
Music” of “Musica Classica” International Competition (Ruza, 2014).
III Prize winner of “Spring Romance” International Competition (Saint- Petersburg, 2014).
Diploma winner of “New Opera World” International Opera Competition (Moscow, 2015).
Diploma winner and Special prize winner “For the Best Interpretation of
S.Prokofiev” of “3th International Singing Competition by M. Maksakova”(Astrakhan, 2016).
Works as a soloist-singer in Saint-Petersburg Musical theatre.
Has a wide range of concerts performing the music of different styles.
Permanent participant of Saint-Petersburg Philarmony concerts.
Solo recital in Mariinsky concert hall (2019).
Vocal Master-Classes in Guangxi Arts University (Nanning, China 2019).
Since 2019 Polina Lapteva is a professor of Saint-Petersburg State Conservatory (Vocal Department).
Valeriia Tulis, Ukraine
Valeriia Tulis, soprano.
Honored artist of Ukraine(2019).
Soloist at the Kyiv National Academic Operetta Theatre.
Vocal teacher at the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music.
Laureate of all-Ukrainian and international singing competitions. Winner of the international award in the music cinema "Debut".
Continuous cooperation and records to the fund of the Ukrainian TV and Radio Company
Constant collaboration with Ukrainian and European composers.
Regular cooperation with KyivMusicFest, Musical Premiere Season, O-Fest, Doc star, Golden Opless of Bukovyna, Masterpieces , Pearls of the World Opera, Carpathian Space, Siverski Musical Vechori, Khmelnytsky Chamber Fest and others
Active member of the forum «OperaEuropa 2017».
Tours: Ukraine, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia, Austria, Kazakhstan, Finland, Algeria, Poland
Angelina Shvachka, Ukraine
Graduated from the P. I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (1997; class of Professor Tuftina, National Artist of the USSR).
Since 1993, she has been a soloist with the National Opera of Ukraine.
Angelina Shvachka has a beautiful, strong and flexible mezzo-soprano with a wide range and a light, transparent timbre. She has shown outstanding musicianship. While on stage, Angelina uses all the vocal and artistic means to bring a maximum believability to her roles. She performs her parts with great dramatic expressiveness.
She has participated in Shaliapin Opera Festival in Kazan (Russia, 1998-2001), Malmö Opera Festival (Sweden, 2003), Montreal Opera Festival (Canada, 2003). She has also taken part in Hector Berlioz Festival, St. Malo, and in the Festival of Sacred Music at la Chaise-Dieu (France, 2004). She appeared as Catherine the Great in a filmZaporizhia Cossack Beyond Danube (based on Hulak-Artemovsky's opera of the same name, 2006; producer Mykola Zaseev-Rudenko). She has appeared on stage at the Concerts Halls of Switzerland, Holland, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and other countries.
She has toured in the Canada, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France, Poland, Belgium, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Turkey, Japanand other countries.
Germany: Köln, Frankfurt on Oder, Führt, München, Stuttgart, Nürnberg.
Switzerland: Luzern, Laussane, Geneve, Zürich, Winterthur and others city.
She has worked with such famous conductors: Vladimir Ashkenazi, Vladimir Vedernikov, Serge Fournier, Yuriy Timerkanov, Arvo Volmer, Eri Klas, Gintaras Rinkevichus, Modestas Pitrenas, Sharles Rouband, John Nelson.
A prize-winner at the Klaudia Taev International Competition for Young Opera Singers (Estonia, 2005).
Laureate of the Claudia Tajev International Contest of Young Singers in Estonia (2004, 2nd prize).
Diploma and special prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Russia (2001).
Laureate of Ivan Alchevsky International Competition in Ukraine (2001, 2nd prize).
Laureate of Biul-Biul Ogly International Contest in Azerbaijan (2000, 3rd prize).
Grand-Prix at the International Vocal Workshop in Burg Beeskow, Germany (1997).
David Serero, USA / France
David Serero is a critically acclaimed and awards-winner opera singer, actor, director, and producer. He has performed more than 2,500 performances in more than 45 countries, directed and produced nearly 100 theatrical productions, starred in over 100 films and TV series, recorded and produced over 100 albums and, played more than 50 lead and title roles (in several languages) from the opera, theatre, and musical repertoire. In New York, he starred Off-Broadway as iconic roles such as Shylock, Cyrano, Othello, Barabas, Yiddish King Lear, Don Giovanni, Figaro, Romeo, Nabucco, as well as new works such as Napoleon by Kubrick, Queen Esther, Anne Frank a Musical, among others. In his native Paris, he also starred as Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha) and Happy Mac (Beggar's Holiday by Duke Ellington). He entered the prestigious Who's Who America for demonstrating outstanding achievements in the entertainment world and for the betterment of contemporary society. In 2019, he received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the Morocco Day Distinguished Achievement Award, the Trophy of the Culture of Morocco, and named among the fifteen most influential Moroccans worldwide by Morocco's airline Royal Air Maroc. David is a member of the Recording Academy and the Television Academy and a voting member of both the Grammys and Emmys. In 2020, David Serero received the Award for Diversity by the UNESCO in Paris and became an Honorary Member of the United Nations of Arts and Science. He won the 2020 BroadwayWorld Awards for Best Performer of the decade, Best Producer of a Musical of the decade, Best Producer of a Play of the decade. www.davidserero.com
Leonardo Sagliocca, Italy
Leonardo Sagliocca is an italian bass-baritone. In May 2015 has been invited for masterclasses on opera repertoire for soloists in China in very important institutions like Peking University (PKU), Central Conservatory of Music (CCOM) in Beijing and Xi’an Conservatory of Music (XACOM). Last June 2016 he has been invited to give masterclasses in China in important institutions such as: East China Normal University, Shanghai International Studies University, Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, Zhongshan University, South China Normal Unive. “resumé” of the entire career of Leonardo Sagliocca: He began the soloist career in 1993 in Italy and all over the world, in the fields of symphonic, oratorial, operatic music and from the middle age music to the contemporary. He performed as soloist with the following Associations and Musical Institutions: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (Florence main theatre and one of the oldest Festivals of the world), Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto (Umbria), Sagra Musicale Umbra (Perugia), Festival Puccini di Torre del Lago (where Giacomo Puccini composed many of his masterpieces), Ravenna Festival (organized by the wife of the great italian conductor Riccardo Muti), Nuova Cappella di Palazzo (Lucca), Associazione Musicale Lucchese (Lucca), Amici della Musica Firenze (Florence), Centro Busoni (Empoli), Festival Internazionale di San Gimignano (San Gimignano,Siena), Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina (Florence), Centro Internazionale di Musica Antica (CIMA,Rome), Tuscia Opera Festival (Viterbo, Italy), Orchestra della Toscana (ORT,Florence), Estate Regina (Montecatini Terme), South Bank Centre (London Philharmonic Orchestra Festival, London), Jeszienny Salon Muszyczny, Szceczin (Poland), Musiksommer Loisachtal (Germany). He performed together with world famous artists like: Gino Bechi, Rolando Panerai, Leo Nucci, Luis Alva, Gennaro Sica, Susanna Rigacci, Victor Micallef, Giorgio Casciarri, Duccio Dal Monte, Marina Comparato, Barbara Di Castri, Filippo Adami, Leonardo De Lisi, Alfie Boe etc. He performed with the following conductors: Salvatore Accardo, Claudio Scimone, Alberto Veronesi, Lu Jia, James Lockhart, Massimo De Bernart, Jeffrey Tate, Vinko Globokar, Claudio Desderi, Filippo Maria Bressan, Herbert Handt, Alessandro Pinzauti, Marco Balderi, Jonathan Brandani, Elisabetta Maschio, Riccardo Cirri, Giuseppe Lanzetta, Federico Bardazzi, Fabio Neri, Riccardo Martinini, Federico Sardelli, Sergio Siminovich, Marco Severi, Augusto Vismara, Giovan Battista Varoli, Piero Papini, Carlo Moreno Volpini, Franz Schottky etc. He performed with the following directors: Paolo Miccichè, Luciano Alberti, Aldo Tarabella, Luca Ferraris, Riccardo Diana, Gennaro Sica, Graziella Sciutti etc. He sang for the first time in the world works by Ennio Morricone, Luca Lombardi, Franco Mannino, Fabio Cifariello Ciardi, Riccardo Riccardi always in front of the composers and under their supervision. He has also performed many recitals with piano players, small vocal groups, small orchestras and big orchestras in cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Munchen, Frankfurt, Koln, Kassel, Sczeczin, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Zurich, Lugano, New Zealand, Australia and regularly in Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Niigata). He is permanent member of high level Ensembles like the “Ensemble San Felice” of Florence,Italy, the “Nuova Cappella di Palazzo” of Lucca,Italy and the “Cappella Musicale di Santo Stefano” of Prato, Italy. He is co-founder of the “Ensemble San Felice”, a vocal and instrumental group specialized in early music, with original instruments. With the Ensemble he performed, among others, “Vespro della Beata Vergine” of C. Monteverdi, Haendel’s “Messiah” and “The Fairy Queen” by H. Purcell. He cooperated as talent scout, teacher and soloist singer with the “Maggio Fiorentino Formazione”, the formation agency of the main theater in Florence and one of the more historical and important festivals in Italy, the “Maggio Musicale Fiorentino”. He recorded actually 8 cd’s published and sold all over the world for the following labels (Tactus, Bongiovanni, Kicco Classic, Clavis, Brilliant Classics).
He is also co-founder of the “Florence International Choir Festival” and invited as member of the jury in important Festivals like The Singing World in Saint Petersburg, the Choral Festivals in Bratislava, the Credo Festival in Tallinn, the Nederlands Koor Festival in Haarlem, the Mozart Festival in Prague, the Juozas Naujalis and Kaunas Cantat Festivals in Kaunas, the Monteverdi Choral Competition in Venice, the Mundus Cantat Festival in Sopot, the Silver Bells Festival in Daugavpils. He is also regularly invited as member of committee in official auditions. He was invited, in August 2014, as lecturer in the 10th World Symposium on Choral Music in Seoul, South Korea.
Galina Boyko, Russia
Russian soprano Galina Boyko was born in Moscow in the family of musicians.
Galina was a student of Moscow Academy of Music named after Gnessyns (vocal singing – class professor Sheveliova) when she began to sing in opera.
At present Galina Boyko was a soloist of the MOSCOW MUSICAL THEATRE named after STANISLAVSKY and NEMIROVICH-DANCHENKO from 1987 to 2009. She performed in this theatre all leading parts for coloratura soprano. Rosina (IL Barbiere di Siviglia), Iolanta (Iolanta), Ludmila (Ruslan and Ludmila), Arsena (Zigeunerbaron), Konstanza (Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail). From 1997-1999 Galina Boyko worked with Moscow Academic Satz’s Children Musical Theatre. She performed KONIGEN DER NACHT (Zauberflote).
Galina Boyko had a contract with BOLSHOI THEATRE in Moscow from 1994 to 2005. She performed ROSINA (IL Barbiere di Siviglia), QUEEN OF SHEMAKHA (Golden Cockerel), ANTONIDA (Ivan Susanin). She released solo CD with Music Director and Chief Conductor Bolshoi Theatre Alexander Vedernikov.
In 2009, September – signed contract with Moscow Philarmonia.
In May (1998, 1999) Galina Boyko sang concerts in Hague on Birthday of Queen Netherlands. In January 2005 Galina Boyko with delegation from Russia with Vladimir Putin (President of Russia) at the head took part in Days of Russian Culture in Kazakhstan. She sang 2 parts in Opera Theater in Alma-Ata – Rosina (“Il Barbiere di Siviglia”) and Gilda (“Rigoletto”). After these performances she took part in concert in Days Russian and Byelorussian Culture in Moscow. Vladimir Putin (President of Russia) and Alexander Lukashenko (President of Belarus) were on this concert.
Galina has many performances and spectacles at Opera Theatres and Festivals in Russia and abroad. Festival of Modern Music in FRANKFURT, International Music Festival in ST. PETERSBURG, FESTIVAL RADIO FRANCE, “31st MAY OPERA EVENINGS” (Macedonia), “EL JEM” (Tunis), “Larnaca Festival of Classical Music” (Cyprus), “OCHRID SUMMER FESTIVAL” (Macedonia) and other different International Music Festivals.She performed leading parts: ROSINA (IL Barbiere di Siviglia), VIOLETTA (Traviata), GILDA (Rigoletto), MICAELA (Carmen), and others
Galina Boyko sang main female part PAK CHOU HI in first Russian – Korean opera “LI SUN SIN” by Vladislav Agafonnikov. 2003,2004.
Galina Boyko works with TV and Radio.
She released 6 CD: the DECCA RECORD COMPANY LIMITED, CHANT DU MONDE, PHILIPS, CITADEL RECORDS CORPORATION, RUSSIAN DISK
Galina Boyko works with famous conductors such as V. ASHKENAZY, E. SVETLANOV, P. BIANKALANA, A. ELSAEDI, M. ERMLIER, S. STADLER, M. GORENSTEIN, R. HAYRABEDIAN, J. JUDD, A. KAZ, M. MAI, J. PANULA, G. RINKYAVICHUS, V. SINAISKY, P. SOROKIN, M. UROVSKY, A. VEDERNIKOV, D. VOLOSNIKOV and others.
G. Boyko worked with B. POKROVSKY, K. MULLER
Kamalia Ali-zadeh, Azerbaijan
Kamalia Ali-zadeh (1978) - Composer/Pianist
Was born in 19.07.1978 in Baku (Azerbaijan) Began to take piano lessons and wrote her first pieces at the age of 4. Graduated from the prestigious school of Music named after Bul-Bul. In 1996 entered to the Baku Music Academy both as a pianist and composer. She got bachelor, master degree as well as post graduate student from Baku Music Academy, as a composer in class of Prof. Arif Melikov, as pianist in class of Prof. E. Safarova. In 2006 she won a scholarship and got an invitation to continue her education as a composer in Italy in class of Prof. Antonio Giacometti at Orazio Vecchi-Tonelli conservatory of Modena. She is a laureate of different competitions, author of symphonic, chamber music. Symphony, Concert for piano and orchestra, Suite ’’Dante in Venice “ The loset paradice” ‘’Quarantesimo parallelo’’ vocal music for voice and orchestra ‘’O Patria mia’’, ‘’Speranza’’,’’Cantico per Corbetta’’,’’ Nesimi Gezel’’, ‘’Nizami 880’’... Her music had been performed in Holland, Italy, Japan, USA, China, New Zealand, Norway. Since 2007 she is a Member of Composers Union of Azerbaijan. She worked as artistic director composer and pianist for different festivals between her country Azerbaijan and Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Israel, Holland, Italy such as Dialogue between Dante and Fuzuli, Concert for the 25th Anniversary of Relations between Italy and Azerbaijan and Barocco-Mugam.
Stefano Muscaritolo, Italy
Stefano Muscaritolo (b. 1980) - Composer
Was born in 1980 in Modena (Italy). He graduated in composition at the Modena Conservatory "Vecchi-Tonelli" and got a Music Master Degree in Composition for Opera and Theater at the Opera Academy of Verona (Italy). He studied with Antonio Giacometti, Fabio Vacchi, Joel Hoffman, James MacMillan and received his Jazz Master Diploma from CDM academy in Milan in 2002 with Luciano Zadro and Filippo Dacco’. He has been working as artistic director for several international festivals and projects such as 40 Years Without Callas, Soundwave Etnofestival, Futurismo Ora and Barocco-Mugam “Water and Fire Concert” and composed symphonic, chamber and vocal music for several ensembles, orchestras such as Azerbaijan State Symphonic Orchestra, Baku State Opera, Prazak String Quartet, AltreVoci Ensemble, Piccola Orchestra Novecento, Jade String Quartet, G. Garayev Chamber Orchestra. He received commissions by important international institutions such as the Embassy of Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel, Portugal, Brazil, the International Red Cross, the Delegation of European Union in Baku and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. His music has been performed in Italy, Croatia, Israel, New-Zealand, Australia and Azerbaijan.
Maria Aria, Russia
Maria Aria is a well-known chamber music singer. She has an amazingly beautiful voice with a silvery timbre and sonority.
At the famous opera stages of Moscow, the singer sang Tatiana's parts (P. I. Tchaikovsky
"Eugene Onegin"), Rosina (G. Rossini "The Barber of Seville"), Mimi (G. Puccini
"Bohemia"). She toured with a great success in the leading opera houses (incl.
Staatsoper in Berlin) and festivals in Latvia, Germany, Belgium, France, Austria,
Spain; successfully collaborates with famous conductors and chamber orchestras from
Russia and Europe (Justus Franz, Harry Curtis).
The singer was awarded several prestigious awards and diplomas at international competitions. In
1986 at the contest of authentic music in Ireland (Cork) she was awarded with a diploma of the Laureate of the II degree with the awarding of the title "Silver soprano".
In 1993 she became the laureate of the II degree of the International Competition in France (Dinan).
In 2008, Maria Aria, along with organist Alexei Shmitov, had recorded her first
solo disc with spiritual works of Russian and French masters.
In 2015, Maria Aria successfully performed in St. Paul's Basilica of San-
Paolo-fuori-le-Mura (Vatican) with the orchestra and the Philharmonic of Nations choir (conductor Justus Franz, 2nd symphony by H. Mahler).
Alongside with her concert activity, Maria Aria - Associate Professor of the academic vocal department
at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Moscow).