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12/5/2022, 7:00 p.m.

Young Singers Gala

Jessica Niles – soprano
Monika Jägerová – mezzo-soprano
Liam Bonthrone – tenor
Thomas Mole – baritone
Joseph Beesley, Ahmad Hedar – piano

The Association of Friends of Musical Talents and the Nachtigall Artists Agency have been cooperating with the Opera Studio at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich for many years. Two Czech singers, Petr Nekoranec and Boris Prýgl, took part in this program. Today, we will introduce their successors and future colleagues.

Born in the USA, soprano Jessica Niles graduated from the Marcus Institute at the Juilliard School in New York, where she received an award for excellence. She performed at festival in Aspen, New York's Alice Tully Hall, and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, where she received the 2019 Gaddes Career Award. Her repertoire includes the roles of Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Armida (Rinaldo), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Adina (L’elisir d’amore) and the title role in Handel's Teseo. She has been a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera since the 2021/22 season.

Born in Scotland, tenor Liam Bonthrone graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2020, he made it to the finals of the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. In the 2021/22 season he debuted as Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) at the Nevill Holt Opera Festival in Leicestershire, and as Gonzalve (L'heure espagnole) and The Dance Master (Ariadne auf Naxos) in Royal Academy Opera projects. He will be a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera from the 2022/23 season.

German American bass-baritone Gabriel Rollinson, a member of the opera studio of the Frankfurt Opera, studied at New York's Manhattan School of Music and in Munich at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater and Theaterakademie August Everding. He assumed the roles of Don Alfonso (Così fan tutte) and Leone (Attila) at the Prinzregententheater and participated in the performance of Elisabeth Naske's children's opera Vom Stern, der nicht haben at the Salzburg Festival 2021. In August 2022, he will sing Idreno in Haydn's Armida at the Bregenz Festival, and from September 2022 he will be a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera.

Czech mezzo-soprano Monika Jägerová will be a guest of the concert. The singer is known as an excellent interpreter of early music. On the opera stage, she debuted in 2017 in the role of Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff) in Silesian Theater in Opava. In the 2018/2019 season, she debuted at the Moravian-Silesian National Theater in Ostrava in the roles of Princess (Suor Angelica) and Zita (Gianni Schicchi); other roles on this stage included The Old Slovak (Fate), Castle Manager (J. Křička: The Gentleman in White) or Barbara/Sofie Petrovna (H. Krása: Verlobung im Traum). In 2022, she made her debut at the National Theater Brno in the role of Bradamante (Händel: Alcina). In the Teatro Verdi in Trieste, in the role of Mrs. Baggot she participated in the international performance of Britten's opera The Little Sweep. In 2021, she appeared at the Bergen National Opera as the Third wood sprite in Dvořák's Rusalka in a production by the Spanish theatre group La Fura dels Baus. She will return to the Bergen in January (Esquire and Voice from Above in Parsifal), and again in March, as Dvořák’s Third wood sprite.

The young singers will be accompanied on the piano by Joseph Beesley. Born in England, he studied at the University of Oxford and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 2021, he became a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards. From the 2022/23 season, he will be a pianist in the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera.

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Caro! Bella! Più amabile beltà! (Cleopatra & Giulio Cesare)
Giulio Cesare, Act III    
Jessica Niles & Monika Jägerová

Vorrei vendicarmi del perfido cor (Bradamante)
Alcina, Act II
Monika Jägerová

As steals the morn upon the night
L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed Il Moderato‬, Part III
Jessica Niles & Liam Bonthrone

Ecco ridente in cielo (Almaviva)
Il barbiere di Siviglia, Act I
Liam Bonthrone

Cruda sorte (Isabella)
L’Italiana in Algeri, Act I
Monika Jägerová

All’idea di quel metallo (Figaro & Almaviva)
Lazebník sevillský, Act I
Thomas Mole & Liam Bonthrone

GEORGES BIZET (1838–1875)
Me voilà seule dans la nuit… Comme autrefois (Leïla)
Les pêcheurs de perles, Act II
Jessica Niles

Au fond du Temple Saint (Nadir & Zurga)
Les pêcheurs de perles, Act I
Liam Bonthrone & Thomas Mole

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS (1835–1921)     
Amour! Viens aider ma faiblesse (Dalila)
Samson a Dalila, Act II
Monika Jägerová

Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre (Escamillo)
Carmen, Act I                    
Thomas Mole

Program is subject to change

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