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.
In April 2019, Marina Viotti received the “Best Young Singer Award” at the prestigious International Opera Awards in London. She won the 3rd prize at the “Concours de Genève” in 2016, the international Belcanto prize at the Rossini festival in Wildbad in 2015 and the first prize and the musician’s prize at the Mâcon International Competition in 2014.
After studying the flute, she first experimented with jazz, gospel and heavy metal. She obtained a master’s degree in philosophy and literature, before starting her vocal training with Heidi Brunner in Vienna and continuing it at the HEMU Lausanne in the class of Brigitte Balleys. She completed her studies with a soloist’s diploma.
Marina Viotti’s first steps on the operatic stage led her to the Opéra de Lausanne, the Théâtre de Lucerne and the Grand Théâtre de Genève. She made her debut in the role of Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri) at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad in 2015.
Her repertoire includes Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze (Haydn), Beethoven’s Mass in D major and Symphony No. 9, the Kindertotenlieder (Mahler) with the OCL, Der Rose Pilgerfahrt (Schumann), The Little Solemn Mass (Rossini), Verdi’s Requiem, El amor Brujo (De Falla) with the Swiss Italian Orchestra, The Poem of Love and the Sea (Chausson), to name but a few.
Marina Viotti has performed on several stages, including the Bavarian State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Liceu in Barcelona, the Opera in Bilbao, and those in Strasbourg and Valencia.
Marina Viotti likes to explore and create recitals different from what we usually see and hear. She is regularly invited to festivals (Lavaux Classics, Solothurn Classics, Label Suisse) to present original programs such as “Love has no borders” or “Porque existe otro querer”.
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).