John Mark Ainsley has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, including the London, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco Symphony orchestras and the London, Berlin, Vienna and New York Philharmonic orchestras, with Davis, Haitink, Mackerras, Charles Dutoit, Masur, Norrington, Rattle and Abbado. He has performed on stage with the Glyndebourne Festival, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, English National Opera, Theater an der Wien, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Teatro all Scala Milan, Oper Frankfurt and Bayerische Staatsoper, with the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh festivals, and the BBC Proms. He has recorded extensively for the major labels and was nominated for a Gramophone Award. He won the Royal Philharmonic Society Singer Award, and is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Academy of Music.

In 2016 John Mark was diagnosed with Leukaemia. Fortunately this was an early diagnosis and with ongoing treatment the prognosis for his general health is very good. However, he has decided that it is time to retire from public performance. It is still very much his intention to remain involved with singing and performing through teaching, adjudication and master classes.

Roberto Alagna is the leading tenor of his generation. After winning the Luciano Pavarotti Voice Competition, Alagna made his professional debut in 1988 as Alfredo Germont in La Traviata with the Glyndebourne Opera touring company. This led to many engagements throughout Europe and, as his reputation grew, he was soon invited to sing at major theatres – his performances as Romeo in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette at Covent Garden in 1994 catapulted him to international stardom. He has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages: Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Opéra-Bastille in Paris, New York’s Metropolitan Opera, the Liceo in Barcelona and La Scala in Milan.

 

Louise Alder studied at the Royal College of Music International Opera School where she was the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa Scholar.  She was awarded 2nd Prize in the 2013 Kathleen Ferrier Competition, is the recipient of Glyndebourne’s 2014 John Christie Award and, in 2015, she won the first Young British Soloists’ Competition.

She is a member of the Frankfurt Opera Ensemble where her roles in the 2016/17 season include Atalanta in a new production of Xerxes and her first Gilda Rigoletto.  She also sings Zerlina Don Giovanni for Glyndebourne on Tour, Marzelline Fidelio at the BBC Proms and she makes her debut with the Welsh National Opera as Sophie a new production of Der Rosenkavalier.  Future seasons include further roles in Frankfurt and returns to the Glyndebourne Festival and Garsington Opera, and her debut for the Teatro Réal in Madrid.

Highlights in concert include appearances with the LSO and Sir Mark Elder, the Academy of Ancient Music with Richard Egarr, the Hallé Orchestra with Cristian Macelaru and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms with Ilan Volkov.

Azerbaijani soprano Dinara Alieva graduated at the Baku music academy and joined the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow as soloist in 2010. She has won prizes at the Operalia Competition, Francesco Viñas Competition and Maria Callas Competition, and has since performed with the Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Oper Frankfurt, Semperoper Dresden, Staatstheater Stuttgart and Bayerische Staatsoper. Ms Alieva’s growing discography includes Pace mio Dio, a CD of Italian opera arias for Delos Records, and a recording of great Italian love duets with Alexandr Antonenko.

Engagements in the 2016/17 season and beyond include Leonora Il trovatore for the Teatro Regio Parma and Budapest Summer Festival, Marie Mazeppa for Opera de Oviedo, Mimi La boheme at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Violetta La Traviata at the Hamburgische Staatsoper and Desdemona Otello in Frankfurt.