Budapest Summer Festival

Opera gala: 3 Tenors On The Island – world PREMIERE concert

2016 archive
Friday, 22 July 2016 20:00

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Friday, the 22nd of July 2016, 8pm
Margaret Island Open-air Stage

The summer of 2016 is the summer of romance at the Margaret Island Open-air Stage. What else could be more delightful than a starry night on the island filled with the most beautiful and heartwarming melodies in the performance of three world-famous tenors?

In July, three young but already internationally acknowledged tenors will meet on the Margaret Island Open-air Stage. Each possessing of very different characters, they are united by their exceptional vocal abilities and their wide-ranging successes. Martin Mühle’s powerful and fiery voice captures audiences at once; Sébastien Guèze’s dynamic playfulness and directness make him instantly lovable; while James Valenti represents classical elegance on the stage.

The Open-Air Theatre’s super-production is a world premiere: this is the first time these three young titans perform together, offering a musical delicacy not to be missed!

James Valenti

Internationally Acclaimed Tenor, James Valenti has built a global reputation for his elegant musicianship, commanding stage presence, ardent vocal style and voice of warm Italianate lustre.

The sought after 6’5” tenor trained at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and, at age 25, made his professional debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma where he played Rodolfo in the Franco Zeffirelli production of “La Bohême.” Since his debut, he has scored one triumphal role after another and has had the opportunity to perform in many of the most celebrated citadels of Opera in the world including Teatro alla Scala Milan, Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House London, Opera National de Paris, Teatro Colón Buenos Aires, Sydney Opera House, Bayerische Staatsoper, Opera House Munich, Salzburg Festival, Deutsche Opera Berlin, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera and Opernhaus Zürich. In addition, Valenti has performed at the Baden-Baden Festival, Caramoor Festival, Ravinia Festival, St. Bart’s Music Festival as well as the Napa Valley Festival del Sole and was a guest soloist during the 2013 Christmas Eve Midnight Mass at New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He has showcased his vocal ability and acting versatility in a variety of roles such as Don José in “Carmen””, Don Carlo in “Don Carlo”, Cavaradossi in “Tosca,” Alfredo Germont in “La Traviata,” Duke of Mantua in “Rigoletto,” Lt. Pinkerton in “Madama Butterfly,” Maurizio in “Adriana Lecouvreur,” Edgardo in “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Werther in “Werther,” Roméo in “Roméo et Juliette”, the title role in “Faust,” and Rudolph Valentino in “The Dream of Valentino” where he got to also flaunt his Tango dancing skills. Valenti has performed with some of the greatest opera voices and maestros in the industry including Anna Netrebko, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Ana Maria Martinez, Bryn Terfel, Placido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Patricia Racette, Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, Maestro Antonio Pappano, Maestro Daniele Gatti and Maestro Carlo Rizzi to name a few. Valenti has recorded with fellow opera star, Angela Gheorghiu at Abbey Road Studios in London for her “Tribute to Maria Callas” CD on Virgin/EMI.

Valenti has received a number of accolades in his young career including the New York City Opera’s Outstanding Debut Artist Award in 2008, the Maria Callas Debut Artist Award in 2009 and the Richard Tucker Award in 2010.

When Valenti is not performing, he is an active humanitarian and gives his time to a number of charitable organizations, including Children International, which he currently represents as a celebrity ambassador. Valenti always makes time in between his rigorous performance schedule to also give back to young emerging artists and has given master classes at University of Texas, University of Arizona, Northwestern, St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota and at his undergraduate alma mater, West Virginia University where he recently received the honor of the Distinguished Alumnus Award 2015.

Sébastien Guèze

Despite his relative youth the young french tenor, Sébastien Guèze, has already had tremendous success singing at internationally renowned venues such as La Fenice di Venezia, La Monnaie de Bruxelles, Amsterdam Concertgebow, Schwetzingen Festival, Festival di Spoleto, Santa Cecilia Roma, Koeln Opera, Warsaw Wielki Theater, Opera of Athens, Les Chorégies d’Orange, Paris Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Salle Pleyel, Helsinki National Opera, Tokio Oji Hall, Valencia Palao de Les Arts, Harare International Festival of the Arts (Zimbabwe), and Miami Florida Grand Opera to name but a few.

Stage directed by Graham Vick, Garnett Bruce, Willy Decker, Mariusz Trelinski, Andreas Homoki, Georges Lavaudant, Marco Bellocchio, and conducted by Placido Domingo, Zubin Metha, Carlo Rizzi, Alain Altinoglu, Johannes Debus. Sébastien Guèze sang title-roles in performances of Faust, La Bohème, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Romeo and Juliet, or in the forgotten repertory like Andromaque (Grétry, CD/Glossa), Le Roi d’ys (Lalo, DVD/Dynamic), Salammbo (Reyer), Djamileh (Bizet), Lodoïska (Cherubini) or Mireille (Gounod), sharing the stage with Placido Domingo, Elena Kelissidi, Roberto Alagna, Kate Aldrich, Aleksandra Kurzak, Ruggero Raimondi, Nino Machaidze.

He studied voice in the south of France and at the same time, studying for his Masters degree in International Business. Later on, he decides to devote itself exclusively to music and began his studies at the National Conservatory of Paris, where he finished in first place with the “Jury Congratulations”. Crowned “Relevation Opera singer” by the French Association of Artists (ADAMI), and named at the French award “Victors in Classical Music 2009” in the “Revelation Artist of the Year” category, Mr. Guèze awarded Prize of the Public and second prize in Placido Domingo’s renowned voice competition “Operalia” which launched Guèze’s career to the international level.

Next season Mr. Guèze will sing Romeo in Miami Florida Grand Opera, Alfredo in La Traviata in La Monnaie de Bruxelles, Fabrice del Dongo in The Charterhouse of Parma (Sauguet) in Marseille, and other roles like Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Nemorino in The Elixire of Love, Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, Chevalier Des Grieux in Manon Lescaut or Faust title-role.

Martin Mühle

German-Brasilian tenor Martin Mühle was born in Porto Algere and has been praised for his vocal prowess and dramatic intensity on stage. His recent successes include a debut as Des Greux in a new production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut in San Paolo, Hagenbach in Catalini’s La Wally and Faust in Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust at Natoinaltheater Mannheim, and Radames at the St. Margarethen Opera Festival in a new production of Verdi’s Aida.

His current season and future engagements include his debut at Oper Graz as Don José in Bizet’s Carmen and Faust in Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofale at Theater Freiburg and returns to Nationaltheater Mannheim as Fritz in Schreker’s Der ferne Klang and to St. Gallen as Pollione in Bellini’s Norma, where he will be also have his role debut as Wagner’s Lohengrin. In 2017, he debuts as Don José at the Bregenz Festival in a new production of Carmen by Kasper Holten.

Martin Mühle was a member of the ensemble of the Natoinaltheater Mannheim from 2013 to 2015, where he appeared as Gabriele Adorno in Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, Pinklerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and the title part in a new productopn of Verdi’s Stiffelio. He has also heard as Arrigo in Verdi’s I Vespri Sicilian at Thater Freiburg.

In concert, Martin has sung Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass at the Theatero Municipal in São Paulo, Beethoven’s Symphony Nr. 9 at the Cathedral of Porto Alegre and at Palácio das Artes in Belo Horizonte, as well as Mahler´s Das Lied von der Erde at the Teatro Nacional in Brasilia. Recently he also had a success with Das Lied von der Erde under Maestro Dan Ettinger in Mannheim and Ludwigsburg and with his debut at the Berliner Philharmonie as tenor soloist in Verdi’s Requiem with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and Rundfunkchor Berlin under the baton of Simon Halsey. His concert plans include his debut at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig with the MDR Symphony this season.


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