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On May 10, 1871, the “Casino-Théâtre de Lausanne” was inaugurated at the Pré-Georgette ending years of talks for a new venue in Lausanne. Today, the Opéra de Lausanne wants to celebrate 150 years of abundant lyrical, theatrical and musical productions with an exceptional vocal gala concert. Italian opera has always held a prominent place in the repertoire in Lausanne – The Barber of Seville, La Traviata and Don Pasquale were on the bill in the first season!
Thus, it is with the most beautiful pages of this repertoire, sometimes never heard on our stage, that the Opéra de Lausanne wishes to pay tribute to its history.
Meet four wonderful singers with an established international career during this exceptional commemorative concert!
After a first prize in piano, the Franco-German soprano Camille Schnoor studied vocal arts in Paris. She won First Prize, Audience Prize and the Orchestra Prize at the International Vokal genial 2013 Competition in Munich. As a member of the Aachen Opera Company, she sings, among others, the title role in Luisa Miller, Agathe (Der Freischütz), Maria (West side story), Marenka (La fiancée vendue) as well as the main role in Au monde, the latest opera by Philippe Boesmans. Since 2016, Camille Schnoor has been a member of the cast of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, where she plays Julie in Liliom, a creation by Johanna Doderer, Die erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Mimì (La bohème), as well as Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow). In 2018, she makes her highly acclaimed debut as Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) in Limoges and Rouen. In concert, she sang Le poème de l’amour et de la mer (Chausson), Verdi’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria and Mahler’s Second Symphony. In the pipeline: the role of Hilda (Sigurd) in Nancy, Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder in Rouen and Marguerite (Faust) and the title role of Rusalka in Limoges.
Born in Switzerland to musician parents, Marina Viotti began her musical apprenticeship studying the flute and went on to experiment with jazz, gospel, and heavy metal. She obtained a master’s degree in Philosophy and Literature and began her vocal training with Heidi Brunner in Vienna, and with Brigitte Balleys at the HEMU in Lausanne. She is currently working with Raul Gimenez. She made her debut at the Théâtre de Lucerne and the Grand Théâtre de Genève, where she performed the role of Isabella in L’Italiana in Algeri at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad in 2015. At the Opéra de Lausanne she was notably heard in Amahl and the Evening Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti (2017). She recently performed Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Bayerische Staatstheater in Munich, Stephano in Romeo and Juliet at the Teatro alla Scala, Rosina in The Barber of Seville at the Semperoper Dresden, Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims in Valence. She is due to perform in L’Italiana in Algeri (Rossini) at the Teatro alla Scala, and in Der Rosenkavalier at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Zubin Mehta.
After a degree in philosophy in Warsaw, Tadeusz Szlenkier studied music at Yale. In 2005, he won First Prize at the Klassik-Mania International Competition in Vienna. From 2010 to 2017, he collaborates with Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz and sang Enzo Grimaldo (La Gioconda), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte), Barinkay (Der Zigeunerbaron) and Alfred (Die Fledermaus). In addition, he performs the roles of Gustavo (Un ballo in maschera), Leicester (Maria Stuarda), il Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto), Jontek (Moniuszko’s Halka), Stefan (Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor), Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) and Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana). He created the role of the Shepherd (Szymanowski’s King Roger) in the United States, sang Idomeneo in Lima and participated in the world premiere of Eros i Psyche from Róz˙ycki at the Polish National Opera. Recently, he sang Don José (Carmen) at the Wroclaw Opera, Kuragin (Prokofiev’s War and Peace) as well as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly), Ismael (Nabucco), Sinodal (The demon), the Chevalier des Grieux (Manon) and the title role of Don Carlos in Nürnberg. In concert, he sings Verdi’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem.
A graduate of the London Royal Academy, Nicolas Cavallier made successful debuts in the roles of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Mustafa (L’italiana in Algeri), Alidoro (La Cenerentola), Selim (Il turco in Italia) as well as in the title role of Don Giovanni. The evolution of his voice led him to interpret a wider repertoire: Mephistopheles (Faust), Nilakhanta (Lakmé), Brother Laurent (Roméo et Juliette), Arkel (Pelléas et Mélisande), the Marquis de la force (Dialogues des carmélites), Philippe II (Don Carlos), Zaccaria (Nabucco), Scarpia (Tosca), Heinrich der Vogler (Lohengrin), Orest (Elektra), as well as the title role in Der fliegende Holländer. He has appeared on numerous national and international stages, including the Opéra National de Paris, Opéra Comique, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Fenice, as well as in Glyndebourne, Bregenz, Seattle and Bologna. He has collaborated with conductors such as Michel Plasson, Armin Jordan, Marc Minkowski, Philippe Jordan, Sir Colin Davis and John Eliot Gardiner. Recently, he has performed Don Inigo Gomez (Spanish Hour) with the London Symphony Orchestra, Walter Furst (William Tell) at the Chorégies d’Orange, the four roles of the Devil (Hoffmann’s Tales) and the title role of Rubinstein’s Demon at the Opéra de Bordeaux.
After studying at the Conservatory in Milan, Roberto Rizzi Brignoli was put in charge of musical services at la Scala, where he has regularly worked with Riccardo Muti. It was there that he directedLucrezia Borgia and Adriana Lecouvreur which propelled him onto to the international scene. His artistic work focuses mainly on Italian and French opera repertoires, and on classical, romantic and contemporary symphony repertoires. He has directed orchestras around the world in the most prestigious theatres and festivals of Europe, America and Asia. In 2010, he made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera.
Current projects: Il barbiere di Siviglia in Marseille, Simon Boccanegra in Dijon, Nabucco in Berlin and Lille, Il Turco in Italia in Hamburg, and concerts in France.
At the Opéra de Lausanne: Lucia di Lammermoor (2007), Il Trovatore (2009), Norma (2011), Tosca (2013), Luisa Miller (2014), La fille du régiment (2016).