After the enormous success of the 20 anniversary gala and numerous calls to get Felicitas Fuchs back on stage we are pleased and honoured to welcome her again on December 16th at our delightful Christmas Gala Concert! Together with the fabulous mezzo soprano Stefanie Irányi.
Felicitas Fuchs, soprano “Fuch’s fluid vocal charms delivered with every nuance and every musical detail scrupulously realized, the emotional scale impeccable – a magical evening“ Marc Rochester, Straits Times. The young German Soprano Felicitas Fuchs has already amassed considerable international professional experience and acclaim on the concert and opera stage, with performances spanning four continents embracing repertoire from across four centuries. Felicitas Fuchs studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Ian Kennedy and Rudolf Piernay and was later accepted to the Young Artist Programme in Switzerland with Kurt Widmer. During her studies, she also benefitted from masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Graham Johnson before winning the 2006 “La Voce” Lied-Competition, held by the Bavarian Broadcasting Association in Bad Kissingen. A versatile concert artist and committed recitalist, Felicitas has performed at such renowned venues as Philharmonie Warschau, Herkulessaal and Philharmonie in Munich, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, UNESCO Hall in Paris, the National Centre for the Arts in Beijing and the Royal Albert Hall, London, and has been a welcome guest at national and international festivals including Kissinger Sommer, Mozart Festival in Augsburg/Wurzburg, Immling Opera Festival and Cape Classics (South Africa). Orchestral performances have included appearances with the Osaka Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Freiburg Baroque, Munich Symphony, Hamburg Symphony, Stuttgart State Opera and Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland /Pfalz. She enjoyed a residency with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she has performed under Armine Kouider, Karl-Heinz Steffens and James Gaffigan in concerts in Doha and Paris. Recordings in the season 2012/13 with the Qatar philharmonic Orchestra under James Gaffigan included Mahler 4th and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony for Naxos. A further area of particular interest has been in relationship to contemporary music, working closely with such composers as Manfred Trojahn, Moritz Eggert, Jörg Widmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Marcel Khalife, Aribert Reimann (including performing the world premiere in 2007 of Lied-Cycle) and Andrew Schultz (performing the world premiere in 2010 of Stille Sprache, the 2012 Singapore performance of which was nominated for Best Live Performance in the Australasian Performing Right Association Awards 2012), Operatic roles to date have included Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel), Clorinda (La Cenerentola), Pamina (Zauberflöte), Tebaldo (Don Carlos), Oskar (Maskenball) and Liu (Turandot). She is also in considerable demand as a recitalist with highlights including performances in Germany and South Africa and in the UK, France, Italy, Singapore and Australia with Bernard Lanskey with whom she has recorded works by Schumann, Brahms, Debussy and Schultz. “ Recent highlights were concerts with Munich Symphony Orchestra, recitals with Moritz Eggert and Haydn´s “Nelson Mass” as 90th birthday tour with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner. Season 2014/15 includes a christmas concert with Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra in Beirut, R. Strauss´ “Four Last Songs” with Cairo Symphony Orchestra at Cairo Opera House, Beethoven´s 9th Symphony with Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in Doha, New Year´s Concerts with Munich Symphony Orchestra in Munich, Haydn´s “Schöpfung” with Orquestra Simfonica De Les Illes Balears in Palma and recitals at Kissingen Summer
The German mezzo-soprano, Stefanie Irányi, after a period abroad, began vocal studies in 1997 at the Munich Hochschule für Musik und Theater, completing her training there with distinction in 2006. She was a student in the Lieder master-class of Helmut Deutsch in Munich, and participated in master-classes with Sarah Walker, Sena Jurinac and Christa Ludwig. She was a scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and in 2000 prize-winner of the German Bühnenverein. In 2004 she was prize-winner in the Robert Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, and in the Romantic Song section of the International Promotion Prize Competition in Munich. In autumn 2004 she took first prize in the National Singing Competition in Berlin.
Stefanie Irányi, is establishing her reputation both on the opera and concert stages, as well as an outstanding interpreter of art song. For a recent Lieder recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch in Basel Switzerland, she was praised as “a young singer with a winning vocal radiance and performing intelligence”.
Stefanie Irányi has performed at the Parma Opera, Italy, in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Robert Schumann’s Faust Szenen. She has also toured Peking, China, with that company. She appeared at the Teatro Regio in Torino in Menotti’s The Consul, at the Fenice in Venice in Antonio Vivaldi’s Ercole sul Termodonte and as Wellgunde in Wagner’s Die Götterdämmerung. She also sang at the Ancona, Napoli, Bariand Lisbon opera houses.
On the concert stage, Stefanie Irányi has sung at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Herkulessaal in Munich and at the Ludwisburg Festival. She has performed Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI in Torino and Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle in the Teatro Massimo of Palermo. In 2013, she debuted in the Wagner bicentennial production of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Maestro Zubin Mehta during Florence’s Maggio Musicale and also at the Theatre in Valencia.
Stefanie Irányi She gives Lieder recitals at home and abroad. She has collaborated with pianist Helmut Deutsch in numerous recitals, including appearances at the Wigmore Hall in London, at Schubertiades in Perth and Barcelona, and in Munich and Vienna.
Stefanie Irányi’s discography includes Dvorak’s Requiem, Johannes Brahms’ Lieder album (Brilliant Classics, 2009), Johannes Brahms’ Volkslieder with baritone Michael Volle (Brilliant Classics, 2013), Il Matrimonio di Tobia by Simon Mayr (Oehm Classics). In October 2011 her first solo CD, with the Neue Hofkapelle Munchen, featuring works by George Friederic Handel, Haydn and Johann Adolf Hasse appeared (Oehm Classics).