Mathias Hausmann – baritone (Germany)
The young Austrian baritone MATHIAS HAUSMANN has become widely recognized for a series of international TV, DVD, and CD productions from the Salzburg Festival, the Teatro alla Scala, and the Moerbisch Festival. From 2004 to 2006, he has been a member of the Volksoper in Vienna.
Hausmann studied with Karl Ernst Hoffmann in Graz, Walter Berry in Vienna, and Ryland Davies at the Royal College of Music in London. He also worked with singers such as Sir Thomas Allen, Cecilia Bartoli, Christa Ludwig, Thomas Quasthoff, and Ileana Cotrubaş. He is grateful to Thomas Hampson, from whom he gained many important artistic instincts.
His roles include Papageno, Guglielmo, and Conte Almaviva; Rossini's Barbiere and Dandini; Marcello; Eisenstein; Dr. Falke; and Danilo. He was also heard in the Austrian debut performance of Sophie's Choice with Angelika Kirchschlager.
Mathias Hausmann frequently performs at festivals such as Salzburg and Edinburgh, the London Handel Festival, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Klangbogen and Osterklang Vienna. He has performed at such venues as the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples; the opera houses of Antwerp, Gent, and Berne; the Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo; the Teatro Teresa Careño in Caracas; Wigmore Hall London; Gewandhaus Leipzig; Herkulessaal and Prinzregententheater Munich; at the Philharmonie in Munich and Cologne; the Philharmonie in Luxembourg and the Théatre des Champs-Elysées and the Vienna State Opera, Konzerthaus, and Musikverein.
He has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Mozart Players, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, Stuttgart's Bach Academy, the Symphonieorchester des BR, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, the Haydn Philharmonie Eisenstadt, and the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg. Conductors with whom he has worked include Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Karel Mark Chichon, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel, Adam Fischer, Asher Fisch, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Julia Jones, Ton Koopman, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hellmuth Rilling, and Sebastian Weigle.
Hausmann's recent engagements include returns to the Salzburg Festival and the Teatro alla Scala, the opening of the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt 2010, concerts at the Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Philharmonie Essen, and his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl in Bizet's Carmen. In 2011 he was a guest with the Danish Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, singing Marcello in La Bohème.
The German-born mezzo-soprano Christina Blaschke has been studying at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf since October 2014 under Professor Stella Doufexis. Already during her school years she sang at numerous art exhibitions and benefit concerts in the Rhein Neckar region, as well as in Rheinland Pfalz, and received awards for her vocal talent. Besides choir projects, such as the Jugend Sing Woche, she participated in several singing and acting classes in France.
Anna Teresa Rabe
Anna Teresa Rabe, 19 years old, started her vocal studies at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf last autumn in Stella Doufexis’ class, after she already had studied there as a pre-college student for two years with Sophia Bart as her teacher. She is a multiple prize winner of the national young musicians’ competition “Jugend Musiziert” and won the first prize in 2012. She gained a Sparkassen advancement award for extraordinary achievements at this competition and participated at a master class at the conservatory of Detmold for first and second prize winners of “Jugend Musiziert”.( Before her pre-college studies, she visited the music school of her residence Leverkusen and acquired experiences through different youth projects, for example by participating at the premiere of the youth opera “Der Felsenjunge” in 2005 or “The Magic Flute” in 2011, which was performed in Leverkusen and South France. )
Verena Tönjes started her musical education in her hometown Nordenham, where she began to take violin and piano lessons at the age of 6. She “discovered” her classical singing voice while studying to become a music teacher at the HfMT Cologne, taking classical singing lessons as a minor subject. Verena Tönjes now performs as a soloist in the fields of concert/oratorio/Lied around Cologne. Furthermore, she is member of “Vocal Journey”, the jazz and pop choir of the HfMT Cologne with which she also performs as a soloist, and of the a cappella group “Vocalicious”. She is currently studying under Prof. Stella Doufexis at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf.