Basel International Online Vocal Competition 2024


KS Vesselina Kasarova    mezzosoprano
Vesselina Kasarova from Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) is one of the most important mezzo-sopranos of our time. She received her first piano lessons at the age of four. After receiving her concert diploma, she studied singing with Ressa Koleva at the Sofia Academy of Music and performed major roles at the local National Opera while still a student. In 1989 she won the first prize at the international singing competition "Neue Stimmen" in Gütersloh and became a member of the ensemble at the Opernhaus Zürich, where she quickly became an audience favorite and was celebrated by the press as a discovery. Her debuts as Annio (LA CLEMENZA DI TITO) at the 1991 Salzburg Festival under Sir Colin Davis and shortly thereafter as Rosina (IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA) under Donald Runnicles at the Wiener Staatsoper opened the way to an international career.

Since her debut, she has made guest appearances in wide range of roles, by Mozart (Dorabella in COSÌ FAN TUTTE, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI, Idamante in IDOMENEO, Sesto in LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Farnace in MITRIDATE, RE DI PONTO), by Handel (Ruggiero in ALCINA, Ariodante in ARIODANTE, Agrippina in AGRIPPINA), by the bel canto composers (Rosina in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Angelina in LA CENERENTOLA, Isabella in L'ITALIANA IN ALGERI, Romeo in I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI, Giovanna Seymour in ANNA BOLENA) and of the French repertoire (Charlotte in WERTHER, Marguerite in LA DAMNATION DE FAUST, Léonor de Guzman in LA FAVORITE, Dalila in SAMSON ET DALILA, Carmen in CARMEN) at all major stages and festivals worldwide, among others; at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, an der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Bayerischen Staatsoper München, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala Mailand, Wiener Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera New York, San Francisco Opera, Oper Zürich, Het Muziektheater Amsterdam, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Hamburg, Teatro Real Madrid, Oper Köln und bei den Salzburger Festspielen, beim Maggio Musicale Fiorentino und Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro.
Her engagements have taken her with renowned conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Colin Davis, Pinchas Steinberg, Donald Runnicles, Daniel Barenboim, Fabio Luisi, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Roger Norrington, Ivor Bolton, Semyon Bychkov, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Franz Welser-Möst, Zubin Mehta, Rossen Milanov, Harry Bicket, Antonio Pappano, Andris Nelsons, Vladimir Fedoseev, Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Mark Minkowski.
She gives concerts and recitals throughout Europe and Japan.
Her CD recordings, including complete opera recordings of LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, DOM SÉBASTIEN and ALCINA, as well as numerous solo recitals were released on numerous occasions. In 2005, she was awarded the title of Bavarian Kammersängerin, and in 2010 the title of Austrian Kammersängerin. Vesselina Kasarova / Mezzo soprano

KS Liang Li 李晓良 Bass

The bass Liang Li has become a most sought-after singer for both opera and concert with performances at all important international companies and festivals. He sings all main roles of his Fach, which includes German as well as Italian and French repertoire. He has got a regular collaboration with conductors like Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Myung-Whun Chung, Donald Runnicles, Tomás Netopil, Sylvain Cambreling, Jonathan Nott, Manfred Honeck, just to name a few.

Highlights of previous seasons include e.g.concert performances of "Turandot"/ Timur with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Zubin Mehta) in Tel Aviv, "Tristan and Isolde"/ Marke at the National Center of the Performing Arts in Beijing (Shao-Chia Lu; Mariusz Trelinski), Beethoven’s "Symphony no. 9" with the Orchestra of La Scala di Milano (Zubin Mehta), Dvorak’s "Stabat Mater" in the Palace of the Arts in Budapest (Riccardo Frizza).
He had a huge success with concert performances of "Don Giovanni"/ Commendatore with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Jonathan Nott) in Kawasaki, as Hunding /"Die Walküre" at the Hamburgische Staatsoper as well as Filippo /"Don Carlo" (Keri-Lynn Wilson) at Bolshoi Theatre Moscow. He subsequently received the 'BraVo Award' at Bolshoi.
He furthermore portrayed Fiesco in a new production of "Simone Boccanegra" (Paolo Carignani; David Hermann) at the Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Filippo /"Don Carlo" (Axel Kober) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Zaccharia /"Nabucco" at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Marke /"Tristan and Isolde" and Daland /"The Flying Dutchman" at the Wagner Festival in Budapest and Sarastro in a Japan Tournée of Barrie Kosky’s production of "The Magic Flute". He sang a concert of Beethoven’s "Symphony no. 9" under the baton of Manfred Honeck with the Danish Radio in Copenhagen. As Arkel /"Pélleas et Mélisande" he appeared at the Wiener Festwochen and the Edinburgh Festival.

Liang Li is a regular guest at the Festival Baden-Baden with e.g. "Die Walküre"/ Hunding (Jonathan Nott) and a production of "Manon Lescaut"/ Geronte de Ravoir (Richard Eyre/Sir Simon Rattle), at the Opéra de Paris with "Il Trovatore"/ Ferrando (Daniele Rustioni; Alex Ollé) and "Don Giovanni"/ Commendatore (Alain Altinoglu), at the Deutsche Oper Berlin with "Nabucco"/ Zaccharia, Gurnemanz /"Parsifal" (Donald Runnicles) and "Tristan and Isolde"/ Marke, at the Semperoper Dresden with "Macbeth"/ Banco and ”La juive”/ Cardinal de Brogni, in Caen and Luxemburg with "Der Fliegende Holländer"/ Daland (Francois-Xavier Roth), at the Opera Festival Beijing (NCPA) with "Nabucco"/ Zaccharia aside Placido Domingo, at the Palau de les Arts Valencia with "Il Trovatore"/ Ferrando and "Tristan and Isolde"/ Marke (Zubin Mehta).

With his distinguished concert repertoire, Liang Li also appears internationally on all important concert stages, as with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (Mozart "c-moll Mass"; Andrew Manze), with Dvorak’s "Stabat Mater" with the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mariss Jansons in Munich and Lucerne, with Rossini’s "Stabat Mater" both at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia (Nicola Luisotti) and at the Palace of the Arts in Budapest (Carlo Montanaro) and with Mahler’s "Symphony no. 8" with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Kawasaki (Jonathan Nott), with Mozart’s "Requiem" and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Manfred Honeck) at Carnegie Hall in New York, at Vienna Musikverein as well as in Pittsburgh, with Verdi’s "Requiem" at the Philharmonie Essen (Tomás Netopil) and at the Palau de les Arts (Carlo Rizzi), with Schumann's "Faust Szenen"/ Pater Profundus, Böser Geist under the baton of Sebastian Weigle at the Frankfurt Museumskonzerte, with Mahler’s "Symphony no. 8" (Shao-chia Lü) in Taiwan, with Dvorak’s "Stabat Mater" at the Mozarteum Salzburg – just to name a few.

Liang Li was born in China and studied voice in Tianjin and in Peking. He won numerous prizes at International Voice Competitions, e.g. the 'International ARD Music Competition' in Munich, 'Neue Stimmen' of the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the 'International Opera-Competition in Shizuoka' in Japan.

For his outstanding credits for the Staatsoper Stuttgart where Liang Li was a member for ten years and where he sings all important roles of his Fach, he has been honored with the title 'Kammersänger of the Staatsoper Stuttgart' in November 2016.

Future projects include his return to the Théâtre de Genève,include his return to the Théâtre de Genève and Hamburgische Staatsoper, to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as his debut with Dallas Symphony Orchestra .

Prof. Dr. Dr. Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewski  Soprano
Dr. Dr. habil. Sylwia Burnicka - Kalischewska graduated from the State School of Music of Feliks Nowowiejski in Szczecin in the solo singing class of prof. 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" at the Academy of Music of Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz in Łódź. She participated in master classes conducted by prof. Ryszard Karczykowski, Maestra Maria Fołtyn, prof. 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, III 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 given concerts with many orchestras f.e. Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Academy of Music in Warsaw, Budapest National Philharmonic Orchestra. She sang under the baton of Henryk Czyż, prof. Ryszard Dudek, Andrzej Knapp, Wojciech Szaliński, Zbigniew Powolny, Bogdan Hoffmann, Eugeniusz Kus, Antal Barnas, Friedmar Bellmann, Włodzimierz Porczyński and other conductors. 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, Osnabruck, 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 (with Krystyna Janda and Cezary Zak). 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 (Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris), Austria (Konzerthaus, Vienna) and the U.S.A. (Copernicus Center in Chicago). Sylwia Burnicka - Kalischewska 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.
Prof. Susanne Kelling   mezzo-soprano

Susanne Kelling studierte zunächst Violoncello an der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln und, nach ihrem Violoncello-Examen, bei Prof. Klesie Kelly aus den USA Gesang.

Ihre Gesangsausbildung vervollständigte sie an der „Accademia di Santa Cecilia“ in Rom. Sie debütierte in den Rollen der „Dorabella“ in „Così fan tutte“ und „Rosina“ in „Il barbiere di Siviglia“.

Bereits während dieser Zeit wurde die Bayerische Staatsoper in München auf Susanne Kelling aufmerksam und verpflichtete die Mezzosopranistin im „Jungen Ensemble“.

Seit diesem Engagement führen sie immer wieder Gastspiele an die Opernhäuser in Köln, Düsseldorf, Tokyo, an das Opernhaus San Carlo in Neapel, G. Verdi in Trieste, Carlo Felice in Genua, Teatro Regio in Turin, Fondazione dell`Arena di Verona, Teatro La Fenice in Venedig und an das Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in München, wo die Sängerin in verschiedenen Rollen ein gern gesehener Gast ist.

Prof. Susanne Kelling ist aufgrund ihrer Verdienste im Bereich interkultureller deutsch-italienischer Beziehungen, sowie ihrer Erfolge in italienischen Opernhäusern Trägerin des italienischen Bundesverdienstkreuzes und wurde mit dem “Ordine della stella della solidarietà italiana“ zum Ritter geschlagen.

Ein weiterer Höhepunkt ihrer Karriere war der Wunsch des Papstes Benedikt XVI, anlässlich seines Namenstages gemeinsam mit dem Henschel-Quartett „Die sieben letzten Worte“ von J. Haydn in einer Version für Streichquartett und Mezzosopran im Vatikan zu singen. Das Konzert wurde live von der Eurovision gesendet, die dazugehörige CD erschien als Weltersteinspielung.

Die in München wohnhafte Mezzosopranistin wurde 2014 als ordentliche Professorin für das künstlerische Hauptfach Gesang an die Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg berufen. Des Weiteren gibt sie regelmäßig Meisterkurse im Rahmen der Holzhauser Musiktage am Starnberger See, an der Europäischen Akademie für Musik in Montepulciano, dem Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venedig und am Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florenz.

Susanne Kelling initially studied violoncello at the Conservatory in Cologne, and subsequently voice with Professor Klesie Kelly, from the USA.

She continued her vocal studies for a further three years with Sesto Bruscantini at the “Accademia di Santa Cecilia” in Rome, and had her opera debut there in the roles of Dorabella in “Cosi fan tutte”, as well as of Rosina in “Barbiere di Siviglia”. Subsequently, Susanne Kelling graduated with excellence from the Conservatory in Cologne, where she earned the rare honour of being invited to sing her final soloist concert examination.

By this time, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich had already noticed Susanne Kelling and engaged the mezzo-soprano in the “Young Ensemble”.

Since this engagement, she has made numerous guest appearances at the opera houses of Cologne, Dusseldorf, Tokyo, San Carlo in Naples, Guiseppe Verdi in Trieste, Carlo Felice in Genoa, Teatro Regio in Turin, Fondazione dell`Arena di Verona, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and the State Theatre at the Gärtnerplatz in Munich, where she has continued to be a welcome guest in various roles over the last years.

In 2010, thanks to her achievements in fostering German-Italian intercultural relations, as well as her success in Italian opera houses, Susanne Kelling was awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, and knighted with the “Ordine della stella della solidarietà italiana”.

A further highlight of her career was the request of Pope Benedict XVI, on the occasion of his name day, that Susanne Kelling perform at the Vatican, together with the Henschel Quartet, Joseph Haydn’s “The Seven Last Words”, in a version for string quartet and mezzo-soprano. The concert was broadcast live on the Eurovision channel, the accompanying CD was released, the first recording of this work.

The mezzo-soprano, Susanne Kelling, resident in Munich, was appointed a full Professor of Voice (performance) at the Conservatory in Nuremberg, where she helps voice students from all over the world to achieve artistic perfection. Additionally, she regularly gives master courses at the European Academy of Music in Montepulciano, the Conservatory Benedetto Marcello in Venice, the Holzhauser Musiktage with concert locations in various villas on the shore of Lake Starnberg (Munich) and the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini in Florence.

Susanne Kelling estudió violonchelo en la Escuela Superior de Música de Colonia y posteriormente estudiaría canto con la profesora estadounidense Klesie Kelly. Continuó perfeccionando sus estudios de canto en la Accademia di Santa Cecilia en Roma.

Debutó en la ópera en el papel de Dorabella de “Così fan tutte”. Un año más tarde interpretó el papel de Rosina de “El Barbero de Sevilla”. Se graduó con honores en la Escuela Superior de Música de Colonia y fi nalizó sus estudios con el examen de concertista.

En este tiempo la Ópera Estatal de Baviera en Munich la contrató para su programa de jóvenes artistas - el ópera estudio. Desde entonces es invitada habitualmente por los teatros de ópera de Colonia, Düsseldorf, Tokio, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz de Munich, Ópera de San Carlo de Nápoles, G. Verdi de Trieste, Carlo Felice de Genova, Teatro Regio de Turín, la Fundación dell`Arena de Verona y “La Fenice” de Venecia.

En paralelo a su actividad en la ópera realiza una carrera importante en el ámbito del recital de Lied y de concierto. Susanne Kelling fue condecorada con la Orden al Mérito de Italia y galardonada con el “Ordine della Stella della Solidarietà Italiana” debido a sus logros en las relaciones interculturales italo-alemanas, así como por sus éxitos en las casas de Opera italianas.

Otro punto culminante de su carrera fue el deseo del Papa Benedicto XVI por motivo de su Santo, que cantara en el Vaticano junto al cuarteto Henschel „Die sieben letzten Worte“ de J. Haydn en una versión del afamado compositor español de la Casa Real, J. Peris, para cuarteto de cuerdas y mezzosoprano. El concierto fue transmitido en vivo por Eurovisión, el CD de dicha presentación fue presentado como primicia mundial.

Actualmente es profesora de canto en la Escuela Superior de Música de Núremberg y ayuda a jóvenes cantantes de todo el mundo a perfeccionarse. Ofrece regularmente clases magistrales en el Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini en Florencia, Holzhauser Musiktagen en Villen en el Lago de Starnberg (Munich), el conservatorio Benedetto Marcello en Venecia y en la Academia Europea de Música de Montepulciano.

Susanne Kelling étudia le violoncelle au Conservatoire de Cologne ainsi que le chant lyrique auprès du professeur américain Klesie Kelly.

Puis elle se rendit à Rome où elle intégra « L`Accademia di Santa Cecilia ». Au cours de son séjour, elle interpréta des premiers rôles dont celui de Dorabella dans « Così fan tutte », puis Rosina dans « Le Barbier de Séville ». Titulaire d`un 1er Prix en chant, elle bénéficia d`une bourse offerte par la Fondation Richard Wagner. La mezzo-soprano exécuta des rôles de soliste lors de nombreux festivals internationaux. Elle se consacra également à l` « Ensemble moderne » de Francfort dont le répertoire comporte des œuvres contemporaines.

C´est en tant que soliste qu´elle collabora avec l´Orchestre national de Bavière, l` Orchestre Radiophonique de Munich, l` Orchestre Radiophonique du SWR, les Orchestres Symphoniques de Hambourg, de Stuttgart, de Berlin et de Prague. Enfin, elle reste très sollicitée pour des enregistrements pour la radio, la télévision et les CD. À cette époque Susanne Kelling attira l´attention de la Bayeriche Staatsoper qui engagea la mezzo-soprano dans l´Opera Studio.

Depuis elle fit des représentations à l´Opera de Cologne, Düsseldorf, Tokyo, San Carlo à Naples, G. Verdi à Trieste, Carlo Felice à Genua, Teatro Regio à Turin, Fondazione dell`Arena di Verona, Teatro La Fenice à Venice et au Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz à Munich.

Prof. Susanne Kelling a été décorée de la Croix Féderale du Mérite dans le cadre des relations interculturelles germano-italienne. Du fait de son succès dans les Operas italiens., elle a été adoubé comme chevalier de l´“Ordine della stella della solidariete italiana ».

Un autre point culminant de sa carrière fut le souhait qu´émit le Pape Benoit XVI de l´entendre chanter lors de la fête de la Saint Benoit, avec le quatuor Henschel « les sept derniers mots » de J. Haydn dans la version pour quator à cordes et mezzo sopran au Vatican. Le concert fut retransmit en direct par Eurovivion, le CD est depuis commercialisé en exclusivité mondiale.

La mezzo soprano réside à Munich. En 2014 elle fut nommée professeur de chant à l´université de musique à Nürnberg. En outre dans le cadre du festival musical de Holzhausen au bord du lac de Starnberg (Munich), elle donne régulièrement des classes de maître internationaux à l´académie européenne de musique de Montepulciano, au conservatoire Benedetto Marcello à Venise ainsi qu´au conservatoire Luigi Cherubini à Florence.

Susanne Kelling si diploma come concertista di violoncello al Conservatorio di Colonia, dove prosegue gli studi con il soprano americano Prof. Klesie Kelly, ottenendo il diploma di canto lirico con il massimo dei voti.

Si impadronisce poi del repertorio lirico italiano sotto la guida del baritono Sesto Bruscantini all' Accademia di Santa Cecilia di Roma. Nella capitale italiana è protagonista della "Cenerentola" al "Valle" e debutta nei ruoli di Dorabella nella "Cosí fan tutte" di e Rosina nel "Barbiere di Siviglia".

Dopo la vincita di una borsa di studio della fondazione "Richard Wagner", partecipa da solista a numerosi festival internazionali, fra cui "Settembre Musica" a Torino, "Emilia Romagna Festival", "Chants sacrés en Méditéranée" a Marsiglia, "Arts baroques en Provence" ad Avignone, "Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci", "Musiktriennale" a Colonia ed altri.

Realizza importanti collaborazioni con l' Ensembl

Capucine Chiaudani   dramatic soprano

Born in Genoa, the Italian daramatic Soprano Capucine Chiaudani studied singing at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello in Venice and at the Conservatorio G.B.Martini in Bologna. She went on to further vocal training at the Opernstudio in Zurich, with the Soprano Gabriella Tucci and the conductor Maestro Paolo Vaglieri.
She participated to masterclasses with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Dalton Baldwin, Giusy Devinu and Maestro Leone Magiera.
Professor for Classical Singing at the Kalaidos University in Zürich, Capucine gave Masterclasses as guest-professor at the HKB University of the Arts in Bern, the Swiss Opera Studio in Biel, the Operastudio Netherland Amsterdam, the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar, the Berlin Opera Academy, the Accademia Europea di Musica in Erba (Italy), the Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy New York, the Conservatori Superior de musica del Liceu in Barcelona, the M Institut for the Arts Washington, the Mosf Mediterranean Opera Studio Festival.
She performed in world-renowned opera houses and festivals mainly Soprano and Mezzosoprano roles, such as Medea, Tosca, Fedra, Desdemona, Leonora (Forza del destino, Mim', Fiordiligi and Despina (Cosi’fan tutte), Donna Elvira, Alice Ford, Nedda, Flora (Traviata), Gertrude (Hänsel e Gretel), Berta (Barbiere di Siviglia), Laura (Luisa Miller), Maria de Buenos Aires (Piazzolla) and others.
She sang the main role in the world-Premiere recording of the opera Fedra of Johann Simon Mayr for the label Oehms Classics, avaiable also on Amazon.
Nowadays her biggest passion is to pass her stage experience and know-how on to younger generations of singers and to make known the technique of the Italian Belcanto worldwide, in presence and online.

Edit Siegfried-Szabo Soprano

Soprano, diploma in voice in 1990 at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. The Supraleitung Methode was developed during her long years of teaching and research. Her first book “Supraleitung: der Wer zur Mitte” was published in 2017 by

Das Schauspiel des Lebens' is her second book, which was published in 2018. ( book was also musicalized in crossover style, and was published as 'Das Schauspiel des Lebens' in February 2020.

Her third book, 'Bewusstes Singen,' is a professional vocal instruction book.

She regularly posts videos on YouTube about her method. 

Her charisma and leadership have attracted more and more attention from the world.

Shoko Fukuda 福田 祥子  dramatic soprano

Shoko Fukuda (dramatic soprano) graduated from Osaka College of Music with a major in piano. Graduated from Osaka National University of Fine Arts and Music, majoring in voice. She won the second prize at the 6th Osaka International Music Competition. She completed her studies at the top of her class at the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Training Institute, where she was awarded the Prize for Excellence. She has appeared in leading roles in “Die Walküre” , ”Siegfried”, “Götterdämmerung”, ”Tristan and Isolde”, ”The Dutchman, ”Tannhäuser”, ”La Traviata”, ”Don Carlo”, ”Il Trovatore”, “Otello”, “Madame Butterfly”, ‘Turandot”, “Tosca”, “Iris”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Pagliacci”, and others. She has a strong and vivid voice and presence. The magazine "Ongaku Gendai" commented that Shoko Fukus is “a natural Brünnhilde, - has overwhelming vocal volume and superbly trained control”, "Is this the birth of a full-fledged opera singer who is truly world-class in Japan?!” -.
She has trained at both the Vienna and Bavarian State Opera houses, and appeared frequently at the Stara Zagora State Opera (Bulgaria) and the Košice State Opera (Slovakia), where she has received rave reviews. In May 2021, she performed the title role and directed the Japanese premiere of the French opera "Okiku-san", which was set in Nagasaki, and the first revival in the world in about a century, to a successful performance, which was referred to as "a performance that will remain in the history of Japanese opera," in the Ongaku no Tomo and other media.
A member of the Tokyo Nikikai and Kansai Nikikai, the chairman of the General Incorporated Association Nihonbashi Opera.


Tatsuya Takahashi 高橋 達也   Tenor

He was born in Japan, in Ehime, in 1987; he graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2012.
In 2012, he began his career debuting in the role of Alfredo in La Traviata in Ehime, Japan; in the
same year, he debuted in the role of tenor soloist in Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven in Japan.
In 2013, he made his debut at the Circuito of Trentino Alto Adige in the role of Manrico in Il
In 2014, he won at the International Opera Competition T.O.S.C.A.
In 2016 saw him perform at the Teatro Lirico in Cagliari during the opening of the opera season in
the role of the Fauno in "La Campana Sommersa" by O. Respighi, the first Italian stage performance,
conducted by Donato Renzetti.
In the Season 2016 of Luglio Musicale Trapanese he debuted as Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor and
in the role of Gonzalve in L'Heure Espagnole by Maurice Ravel.
In September 2017 he debuted Cassio in Otello by Giuseppe Verdi at Tokyo with the Tokyo
Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Battistoni. In October 2017 he debuted Nick in La
fanciulla del West al Teatro Lirico of Cagliari, conducted by Donato Renzetti.
In the Season 2018 He debuted Ismaele in Nabucco at the Teatro Coccia of Novara, and he debuted
Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore at Teatro Goldoni of Livorno and the Teatro Sociale of Rovigo.
In 2019, he debuted Faust at Slovene National Theatre Maribor, and he returned to Luglio Musicale
Trapanese for Cassio in Otello by Giuseppe Verdi and for Beppe in Pagliacci. At Georgian National
Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi he debuted Werther and Alfredo in the role of La Traviata.
In 2020 he debuted solista of Requiem di Mozart for the victims of the COVID-19 at Trapani.
In 2022 he debuted Don Riccardo in Ernani at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari with Marco Berti and
Roberto Scandiuzzi.
In 2023 he debuted il Principe in Rusalka at Osaka. At MACAO CULTURAL CENTRE he
performed in the role of tenor solist in Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven.
in 2024 he will debut at Teatro Verdi di Trieste.
He has participated in masterclasses by Bruna Baglioni, Mariella Devia and Carlo Bergonzi.
He moved to Italy in 2013 and is currently furthering the study of opera repertoire with Fabrizio
Cassi and Elena Rizzo, and vocal techniques under the guidance of Marcello Giordani, Walter
Fraccaro, Giuseppe Gipali and Marco Berti.

Hiroharu Ono 小野 弘晴   Tenor
Born in Tokyo, Japan.Graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts(Tokyo Geidai)Faculty of Music Vocal music department.He started to study vocal music with Tadahiko Hirano, Motoharu Nakajima, and Miwako Matsumoto.

Selected for the 37th Italian Vocal Concorso.
BBC Opera Society Audition Gold Prize.
Made his opera debut in La Traviata (Germont) at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater.
In 2009, He turned to tenor in Kamakura Art Center's "La Traviata" (Alfredo).
Selected for the 44th Italian Vocal Concorso.
Received the Friendship Sunny Opera Newcomer Award and Tenor Grand Prize.
Won 1st place at the 8th Nikko International Music Festival Vocal Music Competition and the Public Interest Promotion Association Award.
Won 1st place at the 23rd Taiyo Canzone Concorso.
Completed San Lorenzo Musica Master Class in Rome, Italy.
After that, He appeared in many concerts.
He made his debut with the Fujiwara Opera Company in "Lucia" (BUNKAMURA Orchard Hall).

In opera, Calaf (Turandot),
Cavaradossi (Tosca), Rodolfo (La Bohème), Riccard (Un ballo in maschera), Il Duca di Mantova(Rigoletto), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Radames (Aida), Manrico (Il Trovatore),Carlo(Don Carlo), Chénier(Andrea Chénier),Faust(Faust),Don José(Carmen), Canio,(I Pagliacci),Turiddu(Cavalleria Rusticana),Pollione(Norma),Eisenstein, Alfredo(Die Fledermaus)And many others.
In concerts, he served as tenor soloist for Requiem(Verdi),Coronation Mass(Mozart),Symphony No. 9(Beethoven)
Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music Lecturer.

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Saori Hamana  濱名 さおり   Soprano

Saori Hamana, soprano from Yokohama, Japan. A graduate of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences Department at Toyo Eiwa University. After graduating from university, she made her musical debut in the
Toho Musical "The Wizard of Oz". Saori has graced numerous musical productions at the theme park theaters, honing her singing prowess. Seeking to elevate her skills, she delved into opera and art song at the Opera Singer Development Division, Japan Opera Foundation.

She later went to Italy, where she studied opera vocalization under the guidance of Jenny Anvelt, a professor at the Conservatorio di Milan. She third prized in the Julietta Simionato International Opera Competition (Asti, Italy).

Saori's repertoire includes Musetta in Puccini's "La Bohème", Despina in Mozart's "Così fan tutte", Papagena in "The Magic Flute", and Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata". In religious compositions, she was the soprano soloist for Handel's "Messiah" and Mozart's "Requiem."

With a wealth of experience, Saori has appeared in numerous concert stages in Italy, France, and Finland. Her versatility extends from opera arias to musicals and pop, showcasing a lyrical voice cultivated on the stages of musical theaters.

Saori Hamana is also a member of the Fujiwara Opera Company.

In recent years, she has showcased a broad repertoire, encompassing opera arias, musicals, and pop songs.
Notably, she has earned acclaim for her expressive talents honed on the musical stage, as well as her enchanting, lyrical singing voice, reminiscent of the melodic tones of a campanella.