Invited Soloists at the third performance of AIDA

On March 7 the  third performance of AIDA was presented by the invited soloists from the leading theatres of the world:

CELLIA COSTEA – Aida
At the beginning of her career Romanian soprano Cellia Costea was awarded with "First Prize" in a several World Singing Competitions. Since then she has been starring in prestigious world theaters such as London Covent Garden, Liceu de Barcelona, Staatsoper Wien, Berlin Deutsche Oper, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Teatro Massimo Bellini of Catania, Athens National Opera, Erodes Atticus of Athens, Frankfurt Oper,  Oslo Opera Theater,  Opera Municipal de Marseille,  Opera Royal de Wallonie de Liege, Hannover Staatstheater, Pechino Beijing National Opera.
Cellia Costea’s repertoire include leading parts in Verdi’s Simon Bocanegra, Aida, Don Carlo, Trovatore, Otello, I Vespri Siciliani; Puccini’s Bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Turandot. Her most notable performances also include parts of Santuzza (Cavaleria Rusticana), Margherite (Faust), Micaela (Carmen), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro).
 
RUDY PARK – Radames (07.03)
Was born in South Korea and studied voice there. In 2002 he moved to Italy, where he continued singing studies at the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory, Rome. Following his graduation he continued further studies in Italy and Germany. He debuted as Calaf in Italy (Turandot, 2008).
Rudy Park is a winner numerous prestigious voice competitions. He has performed at major opera houses in Italy, as well as in the US, Bolivia, France, Canada, Hungary, Japan, etc.
Rudy Park is renowned as a performer of starring tenor roles, mainly in operas by Verdi and Puccini, including Mario Cavaradossi (Tosca), Ernani (Ernani), Turiddu (Cavalleria rusticana), Manrico (Il trovatore) and Arrigo (I vespri siciliani), Radamès (Aida) Otello (Otello).
 
JAMES LEE – Radames (05.03)
Born in South Korea, James Lee studied singing homeland and later at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, Germany, He also worked with the Opera Class and studied several opera roles there.
Between 2011 and 2013 was finalist and prize winner at numerous competitions, among them, he won First Prize at the International Singing Competition Masters of Lyrical Art - Valentin Teodorian in Bucharest, Romania; and First Prize and Special Prize at the International Singing Contest of Italian Opera in Linz, Austria. After winning this latest award, he made his debut as Calaf in a new production of Turandot at the Graz Opera and as Arrigo in I Vespri Siciliani at the Theater Freiburg, as well as Radames (Aida) at Opernfestspiele St. Margarethen. Next seasons he performed Don Jose (Carmen) and Manrico (Il Trovatore) at the Theater Freiburg, as well as Riccardo (Un Ballo in Maschera) at Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Radames (Aida) at Cairo Opera House in Egypt. His forthcoming engagements include Calaf (Turandot) at the Teatr Wielki Lodzi in Poland and Radames at Schlossfestspiele Schwerin of Mecklenburgischen Staatstheaters Schwerin.


SANJA ANASTASIA - Amneris
Mezzo-soprano Sanja Anastasia studied at the University of Music and performing Arts in Graz and Vienna, Austria. She is a prize winner of several international singing competitions such as Jeunesse Musicales (Serbia), Enrico Caruso, Vincenzo Bellini (Italiy) and Schloß Rheinsberg (Germany). 
She has performed numerous parts performed at major opera houses and festivals: Ulrica (Un Ballo in Maschera), Mescalina (Le Grand Macabre), Klytämnestra (Elektra), Elecrtess (The Prinz of Homburg), Olga and Larina (Eugene Onegin), La Principessa (Adriana Lecouvreur), Fenena (Nabucco) Amneris (Aida), Carmen (Carmen), Judith (Bluebard’s Castel) and others.
 
GIULIO BOSCHETTI - Amonasro
Studied singing with famous artists, among them Renato Bruson, Leo Nucci. His repertoire includes numerous leading parts in famous operas of Pergolesi, Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Mascagni, Puccini, etc. Significant is the activity that he performs in prestigious concert halls in Europe. Being active in contemporary music he was involved in various premieres. He is very attentive to sacred music and collaborates with the «Musical Chapel of St. Francis Basilica» in Assisi.
 
GIACOMO PRESTIA - Ramfis
A native of Florence Giacomo Prestia won international competitions including the Concorso internazionale Voci Verdiane in Busseto and the Concorso Luciano Pavarotti in Philadelphia.
He made his opera debut with Giuseppe Verdi's Alzira in 1990. He performs in Teatro alla Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opéra National de Paris, Wiener Staatsoper, Opernhaus Zurich, Teatro Real de Madrid, Liceu de Barcelona, Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, San Carlo in Naples, Berlin Philharmonic, Teatro Regio di Parma. He has worked with Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Gorge Pretre, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Oren, Daniel Baremboin, Michele Mariotti.
 
MATTIA DENTI – King of Egypt
Mattia Denti vocal technique in Piacenza. In 2001 and 2002 he attended the opera course at the Spazio Musica in Genoa, which led to his appearance in two Verdi roles at the end of year productions, Pistola in Falstaff and Sparafucile in Rigoletto. During the course he worked on the rôles of the Commendatore in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Tom in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera and Simone in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. He subsequently won a scholarship for the 2003 opera course at Spazio Musica, and in 2004 sang the rôle of Zio Bonzo in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. At the Summer Festival at the Anfiteatro Romano in Bene Vagienna, near Turin, he sang Sparafucile in Rigoletto and Gran Sacerdote in Nabucco. He has also performed from the sacred and lyrical repertoires in concerts around Italy.

GONCA DOGAN - Voice of the Priestess
Gonca Dogan studied singing at the Conservatory of Ankara and the "Conservatory of Vincenzo Bellini" in Catania. She perfected with the biggest names in international Opera such as: Edita Gruberova, Thomas Hampson, Ghena Dimitrova, Leyla Gencer, Luciano Pavarotti, Dietrich Fischer-Diescau, Mirella Freni, etc. She is winner of important international singing competitions in Italy.
Her repertoire includes as operatic roles as soprano’s parts in symphonic and sacred music. Gonca Dogan often takes part in various important festivals and galas, performs together with distinguished conductors and orchestras in different opera houses of Europe and Asia; collaborated with the most prestigious and the most important Italian and foreign musical associations and holds the prestigious lifetime achievement awards.
 
FILIPPO MICALE – A Messenger
 Born in Catania, he studied belcanto with Salvatore Fisichella and later, Adriana Lazzarini. During his studies he was a finalist and winner of important international opera competitions. Filippo Micale’s debut as Mario Cavaradossi in Tosca was followed by important roles in Macbeth, Il Trovatore, I Lombardi, Un Ballo in Maschera, Cavalleria Rusticana, Otello, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Sakuntala in theaters such as the Greek Theatre of Siracusa,  The Antic Theater of Taormina, Filarmonico di Verona, the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, etc., in conjunction with an intense international concert activity at major Associations, Academies,  Universities and International Opera Festivals.
Filippo Micale was directed and accompanied by conductors and pianists of international renown and was awarded with prestigious career awards.