One of the most promising young singers essaying the operatic repertory, Elena Belfiore regularly appears at national and international leading concert halls and opera houses with a repertory that ranges from the baroque to the contemporarey music. Recent appereances include La Cenerentola (Dresden, St. Gallen, Catania), Il barbiere di Siviglia (Berlin, Hamburg, Beijing, Buenos Aires, Adelaide, Solothurn, Genoa, Bologna, Cagliari, Catania), Falstaff (Bruxelles), La scala di seta (Berlin), Le nozze di Figaro(Zürich, Torino, La Coruña, Solothurn), Les contes d’Hoffmann (Tel Aviv), L’equivoco stravagante(Garsington), Don Giovanni (Genova, Catania), Anna Bolena (Verona, Dallas) and La clemenza di Tito(Vichy, Massy).
The Italian soprano, Eva Mei, graduated from the Cherubini Conservatory in Florence in 1989. In 1990 she won the Catarina Cavalieri Prize at Vienna's Mozart Competition for her Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), followed by her successful debut at the Wiener Staatsoper with the same role.
In Vienna Eva Mei sang following roles as well: Donna Anna, Alcina, Haydn's Euridice, Schubert's Luitgarde, Violetta and Contessa di Almaviva. Engagements followed in Zürich (as Alice Ford), at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, and at the Staatsoper Berlin. In 1993 she debuted at the Milan Scala as Amenaide in Tancredi. Here and in Genova, Bologna, and Munich she sang – highly acclaimed by the audience - Norina in Don Pasquale, at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro the role of Fanny in Il Cambiale di Matrimonio, in 1996 Berenice in L'Occasione fa il ladro and in 1997 in Sofia in Il Signor Bruschino.
Gamberoni studied violin under Zoran Milenkovic and singing in Trento and at the Riva del Garda School of Music. She made her professional debut in 2000 as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) on tour in Italy. She has sung Oscar in Piacenza, Modena, Parma, for Teatro Regio, Turin, for Arena di Verona and for La Scala, Milan. Other engagements include Musetta (La bohème) for Arena di Verona, Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) in Brescia and Como, Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) on Italian tour, Micaëla (Carmen) in Trieste and Genoa, Adina (L’elisir d’amore) in Verona and Ancona and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) for Teatro Regio, Turin.
Gamberoni’s concert appearances include recitals in Parma and Japan, at the Stresa Festival and a gala performance in St Gallen. Her many awards include at the 2004 Associazione Lirica e Concertistica Italiana Competition.
Born in Pisa on September 2, 1978, he specializes and now his teacher is the baritone Luciano Roberti. He has done specialized courses with Alessandro Corbelli, Renato Bruson, Robert Kettelson and Mirella Freni. He began his solo career in 2000, playing the second prisoner in Fidelio of L. V. Beethoven at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, under the direction of Piero Bellugi and Romal in the Yes of P. Mascagni in Livorno Theatre. In the opera season 2001, after being admitted to Corso Opera Studio promoted by the Theater of Pisa, makes its debut at the Teatro del Giglio in Lucca with the role of Beaupertuis in Il Cappello di paglia di Firenze from Nino Rota, directed by Piero Bellugi.
A graduate of the Pesaro Rossini Conservatory, Andrea Concetti completed his studies with Sesto Bruscantini and Mietta Sighele. He won the 46th International A. Belli Competition in Spoleto, where he made his début in 1992. In 2000 he was invited by Claudio Abbado to sing Don Alfonso in Ferrara in Così fan tutte, a rôle repeated under Abbado in 2004. He has enjoyed an international career that has taken him to leading theatres in Germany, Portugal, Chile, France, Austria, Edinburgh, the United States and throughout Italy. In the Mozart celebrations of 2005–2006 he made his début as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, singing Don Alfonso in Brussels, Minnesota and Rome, and Leporello at the San Carlo in Naples. He has worked with the most distinguished conductors and made his début at La Scala in Milan in the 2007/2008 season in the world première of Fabio Vacchi’s Teneke, with appearances in L’elisir d’amore at the Berlin State Opera and La Cenerentola in Zurich.
Born in South Africa, Gérard Korsten began his career as a violinist after studying with Ivan Galamian at the Curtis Institute and with Sándor Végh in Salzburg. Following his studies in the US and Europe he became Concertmaster and Assistant Music Director of the Camerata Salzburg and later Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe from 1987 to 1996 when he left the COE to concentrate on conducting.
Gérard Korsten held positions of Principal Conductor of the State Theatre in Pretoria and the Uppsala Chamber Orchestra before he was appointed Music Director of the Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari from 1999 to 2005.