Richard Barrett

– head of vocal department, director of opera theater of Brooklyn Conservatory (New York), artistic director of Park Slope Opera. 

The career of Texan Conductor, Richard Barrett, has spanned 4 decades. The New York Times has praised Barrett for his performances “precise and well paced – drawing a beautiful sound from his players.” He is known internationally for his exciting yet nuanced conducting.

From 1993 to 2000 Mr. Barrett was Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor for Fort Worth Opera. There, he conducted the inaugural concert at the Bass Performance Hall of Fort Worth in a gala concert with celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, subsequently conducting La Bohème, the first opera heard in this hall.

Wayne Lee Gay, Fort Worth Star-Telegram music critic, rated Barrett’s performance of Lucia di Lammermoor as number three, following Itzhak Pearlman and Renee Fleming during Bass Hall’s inaugural season.

For the last eight years Barrett has led the Orchestra at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music where he produced the American Premiere of Darius Milhaud’s opera Christopher Colomb, as well as producing a film version of Aaron Copland’s opera Tenderland. The film won the Telly award for Outstanding Production.

Mr. Barrett currently works with several Young Artist programs including the China National Opera-Beijing, Israeli Vocal Arts Institute, Tel Aviv, American Masters academy of Opera in Moscow and the Nagano Summer Vocal Institute, Nagano, Japan.

Maestro Barrett is a tenured Professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, serving as director of the Opera Theatre and Voice Department.

 

 

Somtow Sucharitkul

 

 

Once referred to by the International Herald Tribune as “the most well-known expatriate Thai in the world,” SomtowSucharitkul is no longer an expatriate, since he has returned to Thailand after five decades of wandering the world. He is best known as an award-winning novelist and a composer of operas.

After becoming a Buddhist monk for a period in 2001, Somtowdecided to refocus his attention on the country of his birth, founding Bangkok’s first international opera company and returning to music, where he again reinvented himself, this time as a neo-Asian neo-Romantic composer. The Norwegian government commissioned his song cycle Songs Before Dawn for the 100th Anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize, and he composed at the request of the government of Thailand his Requiem: In Memoriam 9/11 which was dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy.

According to London’s Opera magazine, “in just five years, Somtowhas made Bangkok into the operatic hub of Southeast Asia.” His operas on Thai themes,Madana, Mae Naak, Ayodhya, and The Silent Prince have been well received by international critics. His most recent operas, the Japanese inspired Dan no Ura and the fantasy opera The Snow Dragon, have gained him acceptance as “one of the most intriguing of contemporary opera composers” (Auditorium Magazine). He has recently embarked on a ten-opera cycle, Dasjati- The Ten Lives of the Buddha - which when completed will be the classical music work with the largest time span and scope in history.

He is increasingly in demand as a conductor specializing in opera and in the late-romantic composers like Mahler. His repertoire runs the entire gamut from Monteverdi to Wagner. His work has been especially lauded for its stylistic authenticity and its lyricism. He has received the “Golden W” from the International Wagner Society. The orchestra he founded in Bangkok, the Siam Philharmonic, mounted the first complete Mahler cycle in the region.

Somtow’s current project, the Siam Sinfonietta, is a youth orchestra he founded five years ago, using a new educational method he pioneered and which is now among the most acclaimed youth orchestras world-wide, receiving standing ovations in Carnegie Hall, The Konzerthaus in Berlin, Disney Hall, the Musikverein in Vienna, and many other venues around the world.

He is the first recipient of Thailand’s “Distinguished Silpathorn” award, given for an artist who has made and continues to make a major impact on the region’s culture, from Thailand’s Ministry of Culture.

 

 

Sara Allegretta

 

– professor of Bari Conservatory (Italy), prima donna of Teatro alla Scala. Read full bio here Sara Allegretta:

She debuted in 1998 in several European theaters: Grenoble, Nantes, Cordoba, Burgos, Granada, Murcia,Zaragoza and the Grand Théâtre in Geneva (La Bohème) and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt with Les Huguenots (2002).

More intense is her presence in Italian theaters and festivals, including “Teatro alla Scala” in Milan (Missa Solemnis in D minor. L. Cherubini, repeated at the Festival of Saint-Denis in Paris, at Salzburg Festival and at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti; Iphigénie en Aulis by Gluck directed by Y.Kokkos and Les Dialogues des Carmelites , directed by R.Carsen with R. Muti as conductor).

She was also a guest at the Teatro Verdi in Sassari (Turandot by Busoni and Andrea Chénier) and at Teatro Massimo in Palermo (Schoenberg's Moses und Aron, cond. S.A. Reck and 9th Symphony of Beethoven, conductor M° J.Conlon), Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Te Deum Caldara for the Inaugural Concert, conductor: R. Muti, Petite Messe Solennelle, conductor:. M.Viotti, Parsifal, directed by D. Krief, Mithridates of N.Porpora, directed by M.Gasparon) and finally at the Sferisterio of Macerata (in various productions including: Les Contes d'Hoffmann, in the role of Juliet, dir. Chaslin, Turandot by Busoni, cond. D. Callegari, Die Zauberflüte and Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno by Handel directed by P.L.Pizzi).

It’s important to remember collaborations with the Teatro Comunale in Bologna (La Traviata, cond. M°Daniela Gatti and Falstaff cond. J.Conlon), Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (Il Turco in Italia), Teatro Lirico of Cagliari (Aida), Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (Iphigénie en Aulis , cond. Riccardo Muti), Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (world premiere of “Natura Viva” by M.Betta).

She recently was at the Teatro Petruzzelli with La Sonnambula, cond. D. Callegari, after taking part in the Wagnerian tetralogy: Das Rheingold, Die Walküre and Götterdämmerung under the conduction of Stefan A. Reck and another world premier that is to say “Exit Mundi”, Cantata for solo voice, chorus and orchestra.

Natalya Dychenko

 

 

Natalya Dychenko is the Russian leading stage director residing in Helikon opera (Moscow).

She has an extensive international experience working in the top opera houses around the world. She has collaborated with conductors Eri Klas, Gennady Rozhdenstvensky, Mikhail Pletnyov and others. Ms Dychenko was participating in the Obraztsova Anniversary gala in Bolshoi working closely with Anna Netrebko, Dmitry Hvorostovsky, Jose Cura, Bruno Prutico, Maria Gulegina, Olga Peretyatko, Julia Lezhneva.

 

 

 

She contributed a lot in preparation of Helikon opera tours in France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Lebanon, Israel, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia, Thailand, Azerbaijan.

Ms Dychenko operates with a huge list of repertoire such as Un Ballo in Maschera, Aida, Falstaff, Nabukko, Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, Mazepa, Pique Dame, Tsar’s Bride, Lady Macbeth: Mtzensk, Dialogues of the Carmelites, The human voice, Barber of Seville, Marriage of Figaro, Lulu, Rusalka, Fledermaus and many others.

Her stage production of “Iolanta” in Magnitogorsk opera was put in a long list of best stage productions of Russia "Golden Mask 2015-16" .

She created a new unique system of working with opera singers on their acting side. Her students win prestigious competitions such as Belveder and Vinas etc.

Currently she is on the faculty of the one of the most prestigious Russian Young artisit program - Vishnevskaya opera center - working with young talented singers from all over the country.

 

Lilia Polyakova

 

– professor of Yekaterinburg Conservatory, Russian repertoire coach.

Lilia Polyakova - pianist, opera coach focused on Russian repertoire. Currently she is coaching at Yekaterinburg opera theater and teaching at Ural national conservatory.

For many years she's been working as a senior accompanist of annual Opera fair in Saint Petersburg - prestigious event for young opera singers giving an opportunity to get a job. Galina Vishnevskaya highly estimated work of Ms Polyakova.

Lilia Polyakova has a big private studio of foreign singers helping them to improve their skills in Russian repertoire.

She participated in several international master classes including American Masters academy in Moscow in 2015.