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Guido Mancusi

CHIEF CONDUCTOR

The Austrian-Italian conductor Guido Mancusi was born in Naples in 1966. Raised in a musical household, he received his first piano instruction from Nino Rota. After the death of his father, the family moved to Vienna. Mancusi became a soprano soloist in the Vienna Boys’ Choir and attended the Vienna Musikgymnasium.
After graduation, Mancusi studied bassoon and voice at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna, as well as composition and conducting at the Vienna Music University. He completed his studies with honors.
His first engagements as music director and choir director were at the City Theater Coburg (FRG), the Theater an der Wien, the Raimund Theater and the City Theater St. Pölten.
To perfect his training as a conductor, he became assistant to Riccardo Muti at La Scala in Milan, assistant in Bayreuth, and assistant to Adam Fischer.
As a conductor, he was a guest in Graz and Kiel. It was in Klagenfurt with Madame Butterfly that Mancusi finally attracted the attention of director Dietmar Pflegerl who made the young conductor the principal conductor, a position Mancusi then held for five years. There he expanded his repertoire and gained important leadership experience. His successes in Klagenfurt also allowed Mancusi to gain greater international attention.
In 1998, Mancusi took over the position of Principal Conductor of the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra and in this role, founded the Chamber Opera Schönbrunn.
With increasing prominence, he was invited on major tours in the following years and so Mancusi conducted in Moscow, Tel Aviv, Helsinki, Stockholm, Rome, Toronto, in the USA, in South America, and finally in Japan and South Korea.
In his home country, he conducted at the KlangBogen Wien and the Wiener Festwochen. Eventually he became permanent guest conductor at the Volksoper Vienna, where he has been an integral and important part of the theater since 2014.
In 2017, Mancusi received the appointment as Principal Guest Conductor of the BDZ Orchestra in Budapest and in 2018 as Music Director of the Seefestspiele Mörbisch.
From the earliest days of his musical life, Mancusi also composed. Today his compositions include masses, passions, cantatas, orchestral works, film scores, two operettas, a ballet, and an opera. Premieres and CD recordings as well as commissions prove Mancusi’s place in the cosmos of contemporary composers.
Mancusi has always considered himself a theater person, as a creator and enabler of fantastic worlds. He understands the division of the words music theater as a unity. As a composer he creates dramatic works, as a conductor he is their lawyer. An interwoven life that cannot be put in a box. This is the life he wants, and he can have it too. Composers and conductors want to give something to people – this is an ideal and Mancusi has been following this ideal for over 30 years.

Josef Hofbauer

Trumpet

Josef Hofbauer was born in Vienna and studied the trumpet with Carole Dawn Reinhart at the Vienna Music University. In 1990, he received his performance degree.
With a wide interest in music styles, he started his own jazz band while still busy with his classical education. Later he continued his studies with the legendary Maurice André.
In 1986, he made his solo debut in the famous Wiener Musikverein.
Concert tours have taken him to most European countries, as well as North Africa, Korea, Japan, China, Brazil, and the United States.
As a soloist, he has fourteen CDs to his credit in various musical styles. Several renowned Austrian composers have written concertos for him.
In 2008, he founded his own band (www.jh5.at) which goes along with him on tours from Monaco to Shanghai.

Vinicius Kattah

GUEST CONDUCTOR

Born in the enchanting land of Brazil and having called Vienna, Austria, his home for the past 15 years, Vinicius Kattah is a conductor whose illustrious career has left an indelible mark on the global stage. With a journey marked by brilliance and dedication, he has risen to prominence as a revered figure in the realm of classical music.
Kattah’s ascent to the upper echelons of the classical music world was marked by an impressive victory in prestigious opera conducting competitions, which acted as the launchpad for his extraordinary career. His virtuoso baton has graced the podiums of esteemed orchestras across the seven continents, taking audiences on a transcendent musical journey from the United States to South America, Europe to Africa, Turkey to Greece, Israel to Japan, China to Australia.
In recent times, Kattah has enchanted audiences with a series of remarkable performances, including the “Austria for Life” concert alongside the legendary soprano Anna Netrebko. A world premiere of Raquel-Garcia’s opera “Je suis Narcissiste” at the Teatro Real. He also added to his list of accolades with the Viennese Opera Ball in New York, featuring renowned talents like Joyce-El-Khoury, Stephen Costello, and Donata d’Annunzio Lombardi. Kattah’s repertoire showcases his artistry with premieres of classics like Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Verdi’s “Otello” and “La Traviata,” Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” and Massenet’s “Werther” at the Kosice State Opera.
But Maestro Vinicius Kattah’s influence transcends the confines of the stage. He has graced internationally acclaimed television programs such as the BBC, where he delved into the genius of Mozart, and participated in the documentary “Finding Cinderella,” shedding light on the process of world premiering the opera “Cinderella,” composed by the prodigious Alma Deutscher, with Kattah at the helm. Furthermore, the Brazilian channel Rede Globo has celebrated his extraordinary career, underscoring his eminence in the classical music landscape.
The unique amalgamation of Kattah’s exceptional talent, extensive experience, and magnetic charisma render him a versatile conductor, capable of transmuting any evening into an indelible experience. His unwavering passion for classical music is palpable in every nuanced gesture of his conducting, creating an enchanting and spellbinding atmosphere that lingers in the hearts of all fortunate enough to be in attendance.

Simona Eisinger

SOPRANO

The Austrian soprano obtained her master’s degree in voice at “Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität” (MUK) in Vienna.
Since her debut she has given guest performances at opera houses, such as Volksoper Wien, Theater an der Wien, Neue Oper Wien, Landestheater Linz, Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich and Theater Luzern.
Her repertoire comprises roles such as Pamina and 1.Dame (Mozart: Zauberflöte), Donna Anna (Mozart: Don Giovanni), Lauretta (Puccini: Gianni Schicchi), Gretel (Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel), Ninetta (Rossini: Diebische Elster), Sylva Varescu (Kalman: Csardasfürstin) and Hansi (Stolz: Frühjahrsparade).
She is also a devoted concert and oratorio soloist. She has performed concerts and recitals in major concert halls, such as the Golden Hall in Musikverein in Vienna, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Philharmonie Gasteig in Munich, Konserthuset in Stockholm, DR Koncerthuset in Kopenhagen, Musiikkitalo in Helsinki, Santory Hall and Opera City Hall in Tokyo.
Since 2018 she has had an exclusive collaboration with the Austrian composer Guntolf Palten (1927*) and has recorded his complete Lied compositions for the label Preiser Records for the very 1st time worldwide (6 CDs).

Jubin Amiri

BARITONE

Viennese-born baritone Jubin Amiri is of Korean and Persian descent. He began his training at the Richard Wagner Conservatory under Prof. Sylvia Saavedra-Edelmann, later continuing at the Music and Arts Private University of Vienna with Prof. Melba Ramos.

His theatrical debut featured him as Dr. Falke in “Die Fledermaus,” a role he’s since reprised. In October 2018, he dazzled audiences at the Daegu International Opera Festival in South Korea as Cascada in Franz Lehár’s “Die Lustige Witwe” with the Seefestspiele Mörbisch. His repertoire spans classical opera roles like Papageno, Gugliemlo, Schaunard, Gianni Schicchi, and Belcore, as well as iconic characters in musical theater, including Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar” and Senex in Stephen Sondheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Jenifer Lary

SOPRANO

Jenifer Lary will be singing a varied repertoire in the 2023/24 season.
In autumn, she will be seen at the Gerhart-Hauptmann-Theater as Merab in a staged performance of Handel’s oratorio “Saul”.
She will also make her debut there in spring as Pamina (The Magic Flute). On New Year’s Eve, Jenifer Lary will celebrate her premiere as Valencienne (Merry Widow) at the Coburg State Theatre, where she also jumped in as Gretel. In spring 2024 she will be seen in the leading role in a world premiere of the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, which the composer Hossam Mahmoud composed explicitly for her voice.
In the past 2022/23 season, Jenifer Lary made her debut at the MusikTheater an der Wien as Louise in the Austrian premiere of E. Korngold’s  ” Die stumme Serenade “.  She also stepped in at short notice as Lulu at the Lüneburg Theatre, with which she had made her debut at the Heidelberg Theatre the year before, and sang Christel von der Post (Vogelhändler) at the Lehar Festival.
The young Viennese with roots in Tyrol and Israel gained her first stage experience as a child. At the age of thirteen, she was accepted at the Private University of Linz. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Jenifer Lary continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, from which she graduated with honours in 2017.
In the seasons before that, Jenifer Lary performed many roles both as a guest and as a regular. Her highlights included Giulietta (Bellini), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Annina (Eine Nacht in Venedig), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Marzelline (Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio”) and Adele (Die Fledermaus). Another highlight of her career was the virtuoso and rarely performed title role of Dinorah by Giacomo Meyerbeer and Gretel (Hansel and Gretel).
Jenifer Lary’s engagements have taken her to the Vienna Volksoper, Bregenz Festival, Musiktheater Linz and Meininger Staatstheater, among others.

Marco Di Sapia

BARITONE

Since September 2013, the baritone from Rome has been a permanent member of the ensemble at the Volksoper Wien, where he can be seen in various leading roles.
In addition to his appearances at the Volksoper Wien, Marco Di Sapia has established himself in the international theater scene in recent years with a wide-ranging repertoire. Guest performances have taken him to the St. Margarethen Opera Festival, Shenzhen (Guangdong, China), the Teatro S. Carlo Napoli, the Savonlinna Opera Festival, the Bregenz Festival and various opera houses in France.
Marco Di Sapia was born in Genoa and grew up in Rome, where he graduated from the German School in Rome. He studied acting in the Italian capital and singing in Vienna at what is now the MUK and at the MDW Vienna.
 

Michael C. Havlicek

BARITONE

Michael C. Havlicek was born in Vienna.
He studied at the Konservatorium Wien University where he made his diploma in the title role of „Don Giovanni“ in 2004. He took part in master classes conducted by Walter Berry. Now he is coached by Prof. Heidrun Franz Vetter in Berlin.
In 2005 he made his Opera Debut as „Papageno“ in the Stadttheater St.Pölten and also had great success in this role during a Japan tour in the summer of 2005.
Recitals („Dichterliebe“ by R. Schumann, „Schwanengesang“ by F. Schubert) and Opera- concerts took him to South Africa, Sweden, Argentina, France, Germany and the USA.
In 2011 he made his debut at “Vienna Volksoper”, where he sung until now – as a member of the Volksoper-Company – many different roles: Papageno (Magic Flute), Masetto (Don Giovanni ), Boni (Die Csardasdürstin), Pappacoda (Night in Venice), Toni (Zirkusprinzessin), Baron Douphol (La Traviata), Gustl (Land of smiles), Dancairo (Carmen) etc.
At „Opera Bastille“ in Paris he made his debut in “La flute enchantee”, conducted by Phillipe Jordan in 2014.
In Austria he is famous for his combination of “acting and singing” of many characters in Opera and Operetta. He was the winner of many Competitions of “Vienna Music”.
After his debut at “Musiktheater Linz” 2017, he appeared as Danilo (The merry widow), Boni ( Csardásfürstin), Vater ( Händel und Gretel ), Paul (Der Opernball), Schaunard ( La Boheme ) and Hunter (Rusalka) . In 2019 he appeared as Dr.Falke at the “Festival Kufstein”, 2020 he made his successful debut at “Staatstheater Karlsruhe” as Papageno and in 2021 as Don Fernando in „Fidelio“. 2022 he sang „Porgy“ in Porgy and Bess at the Classic Festival Lech.
In 2023 he started with the role of Fritz Kothner in „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“ at the Musiktheater Linz, conducted by Markus Poschner.