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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Samuel Hasselhorn

Young German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn joins the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper from the 2018/19 season. He 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 performances have included 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. Highlights of 2018/19 include appearances at the Bozar in Brussels, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Theater an der Wien, DeSingel in Antwerp, and in the prestigious Camerata Musica concert series in Cambridge. Collaboration partners include pianists Malcolm Martineau, Graham Johnson, and Justus Zeyen.

Recordings include his first CD Nachtblicke, of lieder by Schubert, Pfitzner and Reimann, on ClassicClips (today: GWK Records), and Dichterliebe with pianist Boris Kusnezow on GWK Records.



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 and Le Dancaïre Carmen, 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.