René Jacobs

With more than two hundred recordings to his credit and an intensive schedule as singer, conductor, scholar and teacher, René Jacobs has achieved an eminent position in the field of Baroque and Classical vocal music. Seine erste musikalische Ausbildung erhielt er als Chorknabe der Kathedrale seiner Heimatstadt Gent. Neben seinem Studium der Altphilologie an der [...]

Daniel Schmutzhard

The Austrian baritone Daniel Schmutzhard studied with Karlheinz Hanser and Ralf Döring. He participated in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the Mozart competition in Salzburg 2006 and Thomas Quasthoff’s newly founded International Song Competition ‘Das Lied’ in 2009. Since 2005, he has been a [...]

Daniel Behle

Daniel Behle was born in Hamburg. In January 2004 he completed his degree programme at the Conservatory of Music in Hamburg, where his major areas of study were trombone and composition, while studying singing privately with his mother Renate Behle and completing his voice study requirements at the Conservatory in July 2004. Daniel Behle has [...]

Inga Kalna

Inga Kalna studied singing and musicology at the Latvian Music Academy. Her debut as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) led to an engagement as a soloist at the Latvian National Opera. After local successes she went abroad to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Inga Kalna has won the Latvian Theatre Award twice and [...]

Anna Grevelius

Anna Grevelius studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Laura Sarti and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School as a Sir Thomas Allen Scholar, followed by a year at the National Opera Studio (2006/07). Awards include the 2004 Gerald Moore Award’s Singer’s Prize, the 2006 Lies Askonas Competition, and the Prix Gabriel Dussurget [...]

Isabelle Druet

The mezzo-soprano Isabelle Druet was voted ‘Vocal Discovery of the Year’ at the Victoires de la Musique Classique in 2010, after being named ‘Classical Vocal Discovery’ of the Adami and winning second prize at the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Competition. Her career, which has already taken her to the leading musical venues in France [...]

Kurt Azesberger

Kurt Azesberger received his earliest musical training as an alto soloist with the boys’ choir of the abbey of St Florian in Austria, and completed his vocal studies with Hilde Rössl-Majdan, Kurt Equiluz, and Peter Schreier. His international concert career has taken him to the leading musical centres, where he has made his reputation above [...]

Marcos Fink

Bass-baritone Marcos Fink was born in Argentina to a Slovenian family where singing was very present. After singing in choirs at an early age he began his vocal formation with Professor Victor Srugo and musical interpretation with professors Erik Werba, Wolfgang Schöne, Aldo Baldin and Heather Harper. He made his opera debut at the Salzburger [...]

Anna-Kristiina Kaappola

Anna-Kristiina Kaappola has been an ensemble member of the Finnish National Opera since her studies at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. Her repertoire extends from the Baroque to contemporary music. Her brilliant interpretation as the Queen of the Night has taken her all over Europe (Paris, Toulouse, Covent Garden, Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg) and to the Metropolitan [...]

Marlis Petersen

Marlis Petersen studied at the Stuttgart Conservatory and with Sylvia Geszty, specialising in opera, new music, and dance. She started her career as a member of the City Stage of Nuremberg, also giving guest performances throughout Germany. In 1998 she was engaged at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Her many engagements include Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf [...]

St. Florianer Sängerknaben

The St. Florianer Sängerknaben, founded in 1071, has one of the richest traditions of any boys’ choir in the world. Its core repertoire is sacred music. Over the past few years the choir has travelled to every corner of the globe, performing at leading music festivals (including Salzburg and Vienna) and working with celebrated conductors [...]

Sunhae Im

Born in South Korea, Sunhae Im studied in Seoul, and then completed her training with Roland Hermann. Since then she has worked with such conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, William Christie, Fabio Biondi, Thomas Hengelbrock, Sigiswald Kuijken, Manfred Honeck, Frans Brüggen, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly, Sylvain Cambreling, Ton Koopman, and Marek Janowski. She has sung under [...]

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin was founded in 1982, in a departure from the dominant cultural model in East Berlin, and has now achieved recognition as one of the world’s finest chamber orchestras. The ensemble is a regular guest in the leading musical centres of Europe such as Vienna, Paris, Amsterdam, Zurich, London, and [...]

RIAS Kammerchor

Founded in 1948 under the auspices of ‘Radio in the American Sector’, the RIAS Kammerchor played an important role in the revival of post-war musical life in Berlin. The core of its repertoire is the music of the Baroque era, together with the modern classics and the music of today. It swiftly acquired an international [...]

Magnus Staveland

The Norwegian tenor Magnus Staveland studied at the State Academy of Music in Oslo and the Royal Opera Academy in Copenhagen. He has appeared at opera houses and festivals such as the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Regio in Turin, the Opéra Garnier in Paris, the Opéra [...]

Joachim Buhrmann

Joachim Buhrmann initially studied church music, followed by singing with Melinda Paulsen. While he was still a student he sang operatic roles and solo parts in oratorios in productions at his conservatory. At the Schauspiel Frankfurt he sang a specially composed part in a staging of Goethe’s Faust. He subsequently took part in many masterclasses [...]

Konstantin Wolff

Konstantin Wolff studied in Karlsruhe with Donald Litaker, and won the Felix Mendelssohn Prize in Berlin in 2004. In 2005 he sung the role of Mercurio (L’incoronazione di Poppea) under the direction of William Christie. He has since sung at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, the Philharmonie [...]

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This blog is dedicated to the release of Mozart: The Magic Flute by René Jacobs, to be released on harmonia mundi by the end of September 2010. Enjoy the discovery of this tremendous recording.