Lucy Schaufer 'occupies an undefinable space in the 'who's who' of classical music' (Gramophone).
She has been described as the 'go-to gal' for contemporary opera, a lauded performer of composers as diverse as Adams, Birtwistle, Knussen, Corigliano, Wallace and Heggie. In concert, previous seasons have included the world premiere of Simon Bainbridge’s The Garden of Earthly Delights with BCMG at the BBC Proms, George Benjamin’s Upon Silence with the London Sinfonietta at MITO and Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Three Songs with BCMG (its US debut) and Oliver Knussen at the Library of Congress, Washington DC.
Most recently, she gave the US premiere performance of Simon Holt’s Canciones at the Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, NY. Her goal is to commission 25 new works in the coming years with hopes of supporting living composers and enabling new artistic collaborations.
Born in Hungary, Katalin Károlyi studied singing with Noëlle Barker and Julia Hamari. She went on to set up Studio Versailles Opéra with Rachel Yakar and René Jacobs. Other conductors she has worked with include Yehudi Menuhin, William Christie, Phillip Herreweghe and David Robertson.
Opera productions include performances at the Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Wiener Festwochen, Almeida Opera and the Festival d’Aix en Provence. She has also appeared at Ravinia Festival Chicago, Salzburg Festival, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Barbican Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hall, BBC Proms and Cité de la Musique. She frequently appears with ensembles including Ictus, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Amadinda, Asko-Schoenberg, Musikfabrik, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group and Seoul Philharmonic.
She has had numerous works composed for her including Ligeti’s Sippal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel, which she has performed frequently.
Anglo-French mezzo-soprano Anna Stéphany was born in the North East of England, studying at King’s College London and the National Opera Studio. She is a Guildhall Gold Medal recipient, represented England at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and is winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award.
She joined Zürich Opera House in 2012/13 where she made her debut as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte. Future roles in Zürich include Siebel in Gounod’s Faust, Nicklausse in Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffmann, Minerva in Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and Komponist in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. One of her most coveted roles is Octavian in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier; she made her role debut to critical acclaim at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2011. She made her opera recording debut in 2013 in the title role of Handel’s Serse, with Christian Curnyn and Early Opera Company.
On the concert stage she has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras. 2013 saw her perform Handel in New York, London and Paris with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/William Christie in a tribute to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson; she is also noted for her interpretations of modern music, most recently in Luciano Berio’s O King at the BBC Proms, where she has performed on many occasions.
Anne Howells made two notable debuts as a mezzo-soprano while still in her mid-20s: as Erisbe in Cavalli’s L’Ormindo at Glyndebourne, and as Flora in the Visconti/Guilini Traviata at the Royal Opera House. She continued to sing regularly at both of these houses throughout a career which took her to almost every major opera house and concert hall in the world. These include the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Opera houses of both San Francisco and Los Angeles, the four Parisian opera houses, the Grand Opera of Geneva, the Salburger Festspiele, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Carnegie Hall and the Musikverein of Vienna.
Directors with whom she worked include Peter Hall, Nicholas Hytner, John Schlesinger, Jean-Pierre Ponelle, Gunther Rennert and John Copley. Conductors included Colin Davis, James Levine, Georg Solti, Silvio Varviso and Andre Previn.
She accompanied the Royal Opera on three tours: As Ascanius in Berlioz’ Benvenuto Cellini and Annius in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito at La Scala Milan, and Despina in Così fan tutte in Japan. She sang Helen in Tippett’s King Priam in the Royal Opera’s tour to the Herod Atticus Theatre in Athens. Anne also took part in many other contemporary operas: Cathleen in Nicholas Maw’s Rising of The Moon at Glyndebourne, at the Royal Opera as Lena in Richard Rodney Bennett’s Victory, Ophelia in Searle’s Hamlet, Thea in Michael Tippett’s Knot Garden, and Lady de Hautdesert in Harrison Birtwistle’s Gawain.
Sarah Walker is an artist of international standing both on the opera stage and on the concert platform world-wide. Having initially studied violin at the Royal College of Music, London, she subsequently began taking vocal lessons with the celebrated Hungarian teacher, Madame Vera Rozsa, with whom she built an extraordinarily wide repertoire ranging from Bach and the Baroque to twentieth century composers, such as Berio, Boulez, Cage, Henze, Ligeti, Copland and Ives, and is now commissioning new works from exciting, young, twenty-first century composers.
Since her debut at Glyndebourne she has sung in opera houses all over the world including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna Staatsoper, Le Châtelet in Paris, and many others. Among more than sixty roles in her repertoire are Didon, Maria Stuarda, Fricka, Klytämnestra, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Katisha, Mistress Quickly, numerous Handel and Monteverdi heroines and the title role in Britten’s Gloriana.
Sarah Walker has perhaps achieved her greatest critical acclaim on the recital platform for her interpretation of the Lied, Mélodie and Song repertoire. The overwhelming success of her Wigmore Hall debut established her as a recitalist of supreme excellence and this is reflected in more than fifty recordings reflecting her wide repertoire and artistry. She was made a C.B.E in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Catherine Wyn-Rogers appears with the major British orchestras and at the Three Choirs, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh Festivals and at the BBC Proms. She appears regularly on the opera stage and has worked with Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, English National Opera, the Salzburg Festival, Netherlands Opera, Bordeaux Opera and the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and is a regular guest with the Royal Opera and Bavarian State Opera.
She has appeared in Gotterdammerung at the Royal Opera House, as Filipyevna in ENO's Eugene Onegin, and in Peter Grimes for the Royal Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, the New National Theatre Tokyo, and in her debut with La Scala, Milan.
Alison Wells was born in Yorkshire and originally trained as a pianist. She read Mathematics and Music at London University and then spent a year at the Royal Academy of Music, after which she began her vocal studies. She made her South Bank debut in the Park Lane Group's January Series, and in the same year sang the Governess in the Turn of the Screw and took part in Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's Masterclasses at the Wigmore Hall. Since then she has appeared in all the major London concert halls and in many festivals both at home and abroad.