New initiative

Askonas Holt Rising Stars

We are pleased to introduce a major new initiative: Rising Stars. Created to support young singers, we are very excited to welcome these talented artists to Askonas Holt.

We have always believed in the importance of nurturing the next generation: indeed we represent many singers who joined us early in their professional development and are now internationally recognised. In addition to the bespoke management we provide to all artists on our roster, Rising Stars offers an additional, carefully tailored platform for emerging talent plus advice on how to deal with the challenges of a modern career.

We are especially delighted that our Rising Stars will benefit from the personal guidance of Ann Murray DBE, as Artistic Advisor.

“I am thrilled to be working with these exceptional young singers at such an exciting point in their careers, and am thankful to Askonas Holt for offering a spotlight for young artists.” Ann Murray DBE, Artistic Advisor 

The Rising Stars

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Baritone

Samuel Hasselhorn

Young German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn studied at the conservatories of Hannover and Paris, and now works with voice teacher Patricia McCaffrey in New York. Recent awards include 1st Prize at the 2018 Queen Elisabeth Competition and SWR Jungen Opernstars competitions, and the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition; previous awards and prizes from the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Hugo Wolf Competition, Young Concert Artists Auditions New York, Nadia and Lili Boulanger Competition Paris, and Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin. In concert and recital he has appeared at Ravinia Music Festival, Marlboro Festival, Carnegie Hall, Notre Dame de Paris, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Philharmonie Gasteig Munich, Schubertiade Vilabertran and with Malcolm Martineau at the Bath Music Festival; opera highlights include Kaiser Overall in Viktor Ullmann’s Der Kaiser von Atlantis and Masetto Don Giovanni for the Opéra de Lyon, and his debut at Leipzig Opera. His first CD “Nachtblicke” with Lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner, and Reimann was released in 2014.

 

Eqyptian soprano, Fatma Said, is one of the most unique young artists of her generation.

Fatma has not only distinguished herself in opera houses and on concert stages, but also in a humanitarian capacity, regularly representing her home country as an ambassador for culture and education.

Fatma has established a reputation as an extraordinarily gifted musician and is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.

In 2016, she made her sensational role debut at Teatro alla Scala as Pamina in Peter Stein’s critically-acclaimed new production of Die Zauberflöte, conducted by Adam Fischer. The production, in which Fatma was described as “luminous” “warm and mature” and full of “incredible depth”, was broadcast by ARTE and has since been released on DVD.

This season, as well as her New Generation Artist commitments, Fatma will perform Die Schöpfung at Tonhalle Düsseldorf and in Budapest; Strauss lieder with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Birmingham; and will give recitals in Perth, Leeds, Dresden, Bonn, Mallorca, and at Wigmore Hall. Fatma will make her debut at the Salzburg MozartWoche a production of Mozart’s T.H.A.M.O.S by La Fura del Baus, and will give gala concerts at The United Nations in Geneva, and in Muscat with Juan Diego Flórez.

Recent highlights include L’Amour in the new John Fulljame/Hofesh Schechter Orphée et Eurydice at Teatro alla Scala, her Wigmore Hall debut as part of the BBC Radio 3 lunchtime series; concerts in Lucerne, Vienna and Salzburg with Rolando Villazón, and performances and recording of Mahler 8 at Tonhalle Düsseldorf with Adam Fischer.

 

Baritone

Dominic Sedgwick

British baritone Dominic Sedgwick joined the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2017/18 season singing Marullo Rigoletto, Moralès in a new production of Carmen, Second Nazarene Salome and Third Ghost Child in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline.

His roles for the Royal Opera in the 2018/19 season include further performances as Moralès, Kuligin Káťa Kabanová and Novice’s Friend in a new production of Billy Budd.

He studied at Clare College, Cambridge and is a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s Opera School. He was awarded the Audience Prize in the inaugural 2017 Grange Festival International Singing Competition.