Alumni of the Opera Studio of the Bayerische Staatsoper

Numerous Opera Studio alumni have gone onto remarkable international careers. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Angela Brower, Tara Erraught, Petra Lang and Violeta Urmana, to name but a few. Here you can find a selection of former Opera Studio singers, including some of their most impressive career highlights. 

Soprano

  • Elsa Benoit 2013-15
    Guest engagements with the Opéra de Lille, Opéra de Reims, Stadttheater Klagenfurt
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Hanna-Elisabeth Müller 2010-11
    Guest engagements with the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Salzburger Osterfestspiele, Semperoper Dresden, De Nationale Opera Amsterdam
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Evgeniya Sotnikova 2009-11
    Guest engagements with the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Ruhr Triennale, Glyndebourne Touring Opera
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.sotnikova-soprano.com 
  • Laura Nicorescu 2008-10
    Guest engagements with the Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen, Nationaloper Bukarest, Theater St. Gallen
    Ensemblemitglied des Salzburger Landestheaters
    www.salzburger-landestheater.at
  • Elena Belakova 2004
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Internationale Festspiele St.-Gallen
    Vocal teacher at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
    www.elena-belakova.com 
  • Talia Or 2003-04
    Guest engagements with the Oper Stuttgart, Oper La Monnaie, Salzburger Landestheater, Staatsoper Hamburg
    Freelance opera and concert singer
  • Simone Schneider 1996-98
    Guest engagements with the Theater Bern, Aalto-Theater Essen, Oper Leipzig, Semperoper Dresden Member of the Oper Stuttgart
    www.oper-stuttgart.de
  • Alexia Voulgaridou 1996-97
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper La Monnaie, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Deutsche Oper Berlin
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.voulgaridou.com 
  • Irmgard Vilsmaier 1995-97
    Guest engagements with the Opéra National de Paris, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Volksoper Wien, Glyndebourne Festival
    Freelance opera singer
    www.irmgardvilsmaier.de 
  • Adina Nitescu 1992-95
    Guest engagements with the Opera Colorado, Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, Metropolitan Opera, Opera Philadelphia
    Freelance opera and concert singer
  • Nicola Beller Carbone 1992-94
    Guest engagements with the Teatro Principal de Palma de Mallorca, Opernhaus Zürich, Opera de Nice
    Freelance opera and concert singer and vocal teacher
    www.bellercarbone.it 
  • Marisca Mulder 1992-94
    Guest engagements with the Oper Leipzig, De Nationale Opera Amsterdam
    Member of the Theater Erfurt
     www.mariscamulder.com 
  • Violeta Urmana 1992-94
    Guest engagements with the Metropolitan Opera New York, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro Real Madrid
    Freelance opera and concert singer and vocal teacher
    www.violetaurmana.com 
  • Christiane Boesiger 1989-90
    Guest engagements with the Landestheater Linz, Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Saarländisches Staatstheater, Theater Orchester Biel Solothurn Freelance opera singer Frances Lucey: 1987-90
    Member of the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz
    www.gaertnerplatztheater.de
  • Annegeer Stumphius 1987-88
    Guest engagements with the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Glyndebourne Touring Company
    www.annegeerstumphius.de 
  • Andrea Trauboth 1981-82
    Guest engagements with the Opera Marseille, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Oper Frankfurt, Mailänder Scala
    Freelance opera and concert singer and vocal teacher
    www.andreatrauboth.com 
  • Dorothea Wirtz 1978-79
    Vocal teacher at Musikhochschule Freiburg
    www.mh-freiburg.de
  • Ingrid Haubold 1969-70
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper Hannover, Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Saarländischen Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, Deutsche Oper Berlin

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Mezzo-Soprano

  • Deniz Uzun 2015-2016
    Member of the Opernhaus Zürich
    www.opernhaus.ch
  • Rachael Wilson 2013-15
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Yulia Sokolik 2012-13
    Guest engagements with the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik, Bayerische Staatsoper
    Member of the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater
    staatstheater.de
  • Silvia Hauer 2011-12
    Guest engagements with the Komische Oper Berlin, Theater Heidelberg, Festival Aix­en­Provence
    Member of the Staatstheater Wiesbaden
    www.staatstheater-wiesbaden.de
  • Martha Hirschmann 2010-11
    Guest engagements with the Festival operklosterneuburg, Musikfestival Steyr, Schlosstheater Schönbrunn
    Member of the Landestheater Linz
    www.landestheater-linz.at
  • Angela Brower 2008-10
    Guest engagements with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Wiener Staatsoper, Salzburger Festspiele, Royal Opera London
    www.angelabrower.com   
  • Tara Erraught 2008-10
    Guest engagements with the Wiener Staatsoper, Theater an der Wien, Staatsoper Hamburg, Glyndebourne Festival
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Stephanie Hampl 2007-08
    Guest engagements with the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Theater Basel, Theater Aachen, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Staatstheater Stuttgart
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.stephaniehampl.de 
  • Anaïk Morel 2006-08
    Guest engagements with the Opéra national de Lyon, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Salzburger Festspiele
    Freelance opera and concert singer
  • Jana Kurucová 2005-06
    Guest engagements with the New National Theatre Tokyo, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Deutsche Oper Berlin
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.deutscheoperberlin.de
  • Ulrike Schneider 1995-97
    Guest engagements with the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen, Oper Halle, Theater Lübeck
    Member of the Staatstheater Kassel
    www.staatstheater-kassel.de
  • Melinda Paulsen 1992-95
    Guest engagements with the Rheingau-Musikfestival, Händel-Festspiele Halle, Bregenzer Festspiele Vocal teacher at Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main
    www.hfmdk-frankfurt.info
  • Silvia Fichtl 1991-92
    Guest engagements with the Theater Augsburg, Landestheater Linz, Nationaltheater Mannheim
    Freelance opera and concert singer
  • Petra Lang 1990-91
    Guest engagements with the Wiener Staatsoper, Bayreuther Festspiele, Deutsche Oper Berlin
    Freelance opera and concert singer and vocal teacher
    www.petralang.com 
  • Annette Seiltgen 1989-91
    Guest engagements with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Grand-Théâtre de Genève, Staatstheater Stuttgart
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.annette-seiltgen.de 
  • Alison Browner 1982-83
    Guest engagements with the Staatstheater Darmstadt, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Royal Opera House Covent Garden
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.alisonbrowner.com 
  • Daphne Evangelatos 1969-71
    Guest engagements with the Bayerische Staatsoper, Edinburgh International Festival, Salzburger Festspiele
    Vocal teacher Hochschule für Musik und Theater München
    www.musikhochschule-muenchen.de

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Tenor

  • Matthew Grills 2013-15
    Guest engagements with the Atlanta Opera, San Francisco Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Dean Power 2010-12
    Guest engagements with the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Glyndebourne Festival, Opera Theatre Company Dublin
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Namwon Huh 2009-11
    Guest engagements with the Händel-Festspiele Halle, Teatro Verdi di Salerno, Staatstheater Stuttgart
    Member of the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg
    www.theaterheidelberg.de
  • Maximilian Schmitt 2005-06
    Guest engagements with the Oper Köln, Opéra National du Rhin, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Wiener Staatsoper
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.maximilianschmitt.com 
  • Kobie van Rensburg 1995-97
    Guest engagements (Soloist) with the Berliner Staatsoper, Opéra du Montpellier, Teatro Sao Carlo Lissabon, Opéra National du Rhin Guest engagements (Director) with the Theater Münster, Theater Chemnitz, Händel-Festspiele Halle
  • Kevin Conners 1989-91
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper '
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Roland Wagenführer 1989-91
    Guest engagements with the Wiener Staatsoper, Festspiele Bayreuth, Bayerische Staatsoper München
    Member of the Staatsoper Hannover
    www.staatstheater-hannover.de
  • Robert Künzli 1984-85
    Guest engagements with the Saarländisches Staatstheater, Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, BBC Proms
    Member of the Staatsoper Hannover
    www.staatstheater-hannover.de
  • Deon van der Walt 1983 †
    Guest engagements with the Mailänder Scala, Hamburger Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Liceu in Barcelona

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Baritone

  • John Carpenter 2014-2016
    Member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
    www.deutscheoperberlin.de
  • Andrea Borghini 2012-14
    Guest engagements with the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Tiroler Festspiele Erl
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Peter Mazalán 2010-12
    Guest engagements with the Slovak National Theatre, Stadttheater Klagenfurt
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.petermazalan.com 
  • John Chest 2009-11
    Guest engagements with the Théâtre du Capitole Toulouse, Festival d'Aix en Provence, Washington National Opera
    Member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
    www.deutscheoperberlin.de
  • Todd Boyce 2008-10
    Guest engagements with the Cleveland Opera, Madison Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
    Member of the Konzert Theater Bern
    www.konzerttheaterbern.ch
  • Christopher Magiera 2008-09
    Guest engagements with the English National Opera, Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Opera Colorado
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.christophermagieramusic.com 
  • Nikolay Borchev 2003-04
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper im Schillertheater, Royal Opera London, Oper Leipzig, Wiener Staatsoper
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.borchev.com 
  • Markus Butter 1998-01
    Guest engagements with the Theater an der Wien, Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden, Royal Opera House Covent Garden
    Freelance opera and concert singer
  • Michael Kupfer-Radecky 1997-98
    Guest engagements with the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Royal Opera House Stockholm, Teatro Municipal São Paulo
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.kupfer-radecky.com 
  • Heiko Trinsinger 1995-97
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper Hamburg, Bayerische Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin
    Member of the Aalto-Musiktheater Essen
    www.aalto-musiktheater.de
  • Jan Zinkler 1989-92
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper Hannover, Staatsoper Hamburg, Oper Stuttgart, Komische Oper Berlin
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.jan-zinkler.com 
  • Yaron Windmüller 1982-83
    Guest engagements with the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz München, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Oper Frankfurt
    Vocal teacher at Hochschule für Musik Saar
    www.hfm.saarland.de

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Bass-Baritone

  • Igor Bakan 2008-09
    Guest engagements with the Opera Vlaanderen, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater an der Wien, Malmö Opera
    Freelance opera and concert singer
  • Ralf Lukas 1986-88
    Guest engagements with the Bayreuther Festspiele, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Düsseldorfer Rheinoper
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.ralf-lukas.de 
  • Rüdiger Trebes 1983-85
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper until 2013

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Bass

  • Leonard Bernard 2013-2015
    Guest engagements with the Oper Köln, Theater Bonn
    Member oft he Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen
    operaballet.be
  • Tareq Nazmi 2010-12
    Guest engagements with the Oper Köln, Komische Oper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Bayerische Staatsoper
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.tareq-nazmi.com 
  • Il Hong 2009-10
    Member of the Wiener Staatsoper
    www.wiener-staatsoper.at 
  • Alfred Reiter 1994-96
    Guest engagements with the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, Gran Teatre del Liceu
    Member of the Oper Frankfurt
    www.oper-frankfurt.de
  • Alexander Vassiliev 1994-96
    Guest engagements with La Monnaie, Glyndebourne, Royal Danisch Opera, Teatro Real de Madrid
    Freelance opera and concert singer
    www.vassiliev.com 
  • Markus Hollop 1992-94
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Staatstheater Nürnberg, Opéra-Comique Paris
    Freelance opera and concert singer, Cultural Manager
  • Christoph Stephinger 1982
    Guest engagements with the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Oper Frankfurt, Staatsoper Hamburg
    Member of the Bayerische Staatsoper
    www.staatsoper.de
  • Roland Bracht 1972
    Guest engagements with the Teatro alla Scala, Metropolitan Opera, Salzburger Festspiele
    Member oft he Oper Stuttgart
    www.oper-stuttgart.de

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