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Iurii Samoilov: powerful young Baritone with a charming aura

At the Moscow preselection, Ukrainian baritone Iurii Samoilov qualified as the youngest participant of the final round of the NEUE STIMMEN International Singing Competition 2009, capturing the attention of the opera world at the age of just 21.

Iurii graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine, in Kiev, in 2011. During his time studying there, he gained stage experience with Opera Studio Nederland and the DNO (De Nationale Opera) in Amsterdam.
Samoilov has been a permanent ensemble member of the Frankfurt Opera since 2014, where he has been able to develop his repertoire with such roles as Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Marcello (Puccini), Don Giovanni (Mozart) and Mr. Astley (Prokofiev).

In the spring of 2015, Iurii made his highly successful debut at Theater Basel as Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) under the direction of Calixto Bieito, captivating the audience with his stage presence and outstanding theatrical performance.

Iurii also had two further impressive and noteworthy debuts in the
2016/2017 season. He wowed audiences at the Teatro Real de Madrid with his imposing portrayal of Tsarevich Afron in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel and gave a passionate and commanding performance at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, as Billy Budd in Britten’s opera of the same name.

In addition to his great success on-stage across various European opera houses, Iurii is also known for his striking deliveries as a concert singer.
His appearance on “The Stars of Tomorrow,” the ARTE show presented by Rolando Villazón, brought him to the attention of an even wider audience in February 2016.
Most recently, Iurii was also nominated for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, making it to the final five of the singing competition.

In the upcoming 2017/2018 season, this hugely talented young baritone will continue to be affiliated with the Frankfurt Opera. Excited fans can look forward to his two role debuts as Ned Keene in Britten’s Peter Grimes and Count Danilo in Lehár’s The Merry Widow.

Maxim Mironov: Round the World with Rossini

Maxim Mironov, a tenor from Russia, is something of a globetrotter. Born in Tula in 1981, he is already a regular on the European stages, dazzling audiences at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees in Paris, the Berlin State Opera and the Vienna State Opera. For some years Maxim has been able to count himself among the most important Rossini tenors in the world. He has gained this reputation through his appearances as Lindoro, Don Ramiro, Florville, Il Conte d’Almaviva and Rodrigo.

He managed to achieve second place at the 2003 NEUE STIMMEN competition at the young age of 22, thereby laying the foundational stone of his impressive career. Just a year later the Russian debuted at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées as Don Ramiro in Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola, also appearing in 2005 at Glyndebourne Festival and at the Royal Opera House in London. Maxim has already released a number of CDs and DVDs and has won the prestigious Golden Mask award at the Golden Mask festival, the most important theater festival in Russia. In November 2016, he will once again be appearing as Don Ramiro at the Vienna State Opera. Perhaps Maxim will encounter our other two former NEUE STIMMEN prize winners, Bongiwe Nakani and Marina Rebeka, while he’s there?

Marina Rebeka: Munich, Vienna, New York and every where

Marina Rebeka’s flourishing international career is well on track. The soprano regularly enchants visitors to some of the most renowned opera houses in the world. The Latvian, born in 1980, saw her dreams of an opera career come true in 2007 when she came first in the NEUE STIMMEN competition. In the 2007/2008 season, she received glowing reviews in Germany for her role as Violetta in Theater Erfurt’s production of La Traviata. In 2009, the soprano broke through on the international stage with her debut at the Salzburg Festival, playing Anaï in Moïse et Pharaon. Since then she has made regular appearances on stages in Zurich, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Chicago. This summer, Marina once again impressed audiences when she stood in for a sick colleague at short notice at the Salzburg Festival, appearing alongside Plácido Domingo in Jules Massenet’s Thaïs. In fall 2016, Marina will be appearing at the Vienna State Opera as Violetta Valéry in La Traviata. Every time Marina appears in the title role, it is a life-enriching experience for the audience. Better start planning your next visit to the opera right now!

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