Dame Sarah Connolly
Highlights in Dame Sarah’s 2017/18 season include her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in a new production of Ariodante, the title role in Giulio Cesare at the Glyndebourne Festival and Brangäne Tristan und Isolde for the Gran Teatro del Liceu.
Her concert engagements include Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Vladimir Jurowski, his Symphony No. 3 with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine and Paul Daniel and his Symphony No. 8 with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Michelle DeYoung is one of the world’s most exciting mezzo-sopranos.
Her prolific concert engagements include the New York Philharmonic and London Symphony orchestras under Sir Colin Davis (with whom she recorded Didon in Les Troyens to great critical acclaim), the San Francisco Symphony under Tilson Thomas, the Boston Symphony under Ozawa, the Chicago Symphony and Philharmonia under Boulez, the Cleveland Orchestra under Slatkin, the Royal Concertgebouw under Chailly, the Berlin Staatskappelle under Barenboim and Boulez, the Israel Philharmonic under Maazel and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Gardner. She has given recitals in New York, San Francisco, Lisbon, Paris, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival.
Her operatic engagements have included Jocasta with von Dohnanyi in Paris; Fricka for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden under Haitink; Fricka, Brangäne, Venus and Shaman in Tan Dun’s The First Emperor at the Metropolitan Opera under Levine; Brangäne in Chicago under Sir Andrew Davis and at the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin and La Scala, Milan under Barenboim and Kundry in Bayreuth under Boulez and Berlin under Barenboim.
Celebrated Russian mezzo-soprano Larissa Diadkova is a principal artist of the Mariinsky Theatre and is a favourite singer of Valery Gergiev. In addition to the Russian repertoire she’s so associated with, Ms Diadkova also concentrates on the works of Bach, Händel, Mahler, Verdi and Wagner.
Her international career has taken her to the leading opera houses around the world and has sung leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Salzburg Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala Milan and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has also appeared in many of the world’s prestigious concert halls, including the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican and Wigmore Hall in London, the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Avery Fisher Hall in New York. As well as Maestro Gergiev, conductors with whom she has collaborated include Claudio Abbado, James Levine, Antonio Pappano, Sir Charles Mackerras and Semyon Bychkov. Ms Diadkova records for BMG/RCA, Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Phillips and EMI Classics.
Multi Grammy Award winner of the 2016 Best Classical Solo Vocal Album (Joyce and Tony: Live at Wigmore Hall) and the 2012 Best Classical Vocal Solo, Kansas-born Joyce DiDonato entrances audiences and critics across the globe in operas by Rossini, Handel and Mozart and as a fierce advocate for the arts. Joyce has been honoured as the 2017 ECHO Klassik Female Singer of the Year.
Joyce’s acclaimed discography also includes Grammy-Award-winning Diva Divo, Drama Queens, ReJoyce!, and Stella di Napoli (Erato/Warner Classics). Other honours include the Gramophone Artist of the Year and Recital of the Year Awards, three previous German ECHO Klassik Awards for Female Singer of the Year, an induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, and Best Female Singer of the Year at the 2016 Spanish Opera Awards Premios Líricos Teatro Campoamor.
Opera highlights in Joyce’s 2017/18 season include Cendrillon and her first Adalgisa Norma for the Metropolitan Opera, a return to the Royal Opera House as Semiramide under Sir Antonio Pappano, and the role of Sister Helen in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking at the Teatro Real Madrid and in a staged performance at the Barbican Centre with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In concert, Joyce will join the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra under Michael Stern. She will also tour throughout Europe with Il Pomo d’Oro performing In War & Peace and give recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall with the Brentano Quartet and at the Royal Opera House with Pappano accompanying.