Karin B. Friedli

Before and during her training as a theatre pedagogue (which she completed in 2008), Karin B. Friedli has carried out a wide range of theatre projects with a wide variety of participants. She also works as a theatre teacher at several schools and therapeutic institutions. Her great interest lies in the everyday topics that she works on with the respective participants in order to bring them to the stage. There should be space for a wide variety of expressive possibilities, ranging from music and physical theatre to classical theatre or even film sequences.
Together with her theatre company colleague, she also wrote children's books for the stage and developed her own plays with young people, children and adults. Under the title "String Dance with Penguin", she and her colleague hold monthly workshops on theatre and music improvisation in Bern.
In 2010 she founded her own theatre company, which has been called Theater Liedschatten since 2012. Since November 2013 they have been touring Switzerland with their new play 'Rauchzeichen - aus dem Burnout'.
For Karin B. Friedli Schloss Henfenfeld is pure inspiration - she  is very much looking forward to being able to conduct various workshops with children and young people here.
Further information about Karin B. Friedli can be found at: www.kasiwir.ch

PRof. Arthur Janzen

Canadian Tenor Arthur Janzen began his musical studies in Winnipeg at the Canadian Mennonite Bible College.  Following a year of study in Kansas he went to Germany to prepare for (what was to become) a singing and vocal teaching career. Early on he established himself as an excellent solo recitalist and oratorio singer where he sang with many leading conductors in all of Europe as well as Canada. Janzen began his teaching career in Winnipeg at CMBC in 1970. Three years later he returned to his alma mater in Detmold, Germany to teach singing at the Hochschule für Musik, Detmold. In 1989 he was appointed Professor of Voice at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.  Professor Janzen has produced singers who are performing with opera companies throughout Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain – among them prise winners of international competitions.
More recently Arthur Janzen has been involved in Master Classes as well as Jury activity in national and international competitions.

Prof. Klesie Kelly

Klesie Kellywas born in Kentucky, USA and studied with Bettina Björgsten, Helmut Kretschmar and Günter Weissenborn. Intensive concert activities have taken her to Europe, the USA and Japan. She has worked with major orchestras and conductors such as Erich Leindorf, M. Atzmon, Bruno Maderna and H. Wakasuki.
Since 1986 she has held a professorship for singing at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. She gives master classes in Europe and Korea.

Oliver Klöter

Oliver Klöter began his career at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as an intern with the stage managers, after which he studied music theatre directing and film directing at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
He has assisted directors such as Robert Carsen, David Alden, Günter Krämer, Michael Hampe and others at stages such as the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Vienna State Opera, Salzburg Easter Festival, Theater in der Josefstadt, Theater an der Wien, Theater St. Gallen, Cologne Opera, etc.
His first own productions were made in Vienna in 1995 (Schönberg's "Pierrot Lunaire"). Oliver Klöter now works as a director in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Central America and the USA.
Among his productions are works such as "I Capuleti e i Montecchi" (Bellini) "The Turn of the Screw"(Britten), "La Molinara"(Paisiello), "Tosca"(Puccini), "Divertimento? - Farce for ensemble (Kagel), "Idomeneo" (Mozart/Strauss), "Fidelio" (Beethoven), "Iphigenie auf Tauris" (Gluck/Strauss), "Die Zauberflöte" (Mozart), "Carmen" (Bizet), "The Io-Passion" (Birtwistle), "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (Lortzing), "Don Giovanni" (Mozart), "Così fan tutte" (Mozart), etc.
In 2008 he received a call from the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln as a permanent lecturer for "Scenic Lessons and Ariendarstellung". As a guest lecturer he teaches at the Saarburg International Music Festival, the Jeunesses Musicales Weikersheim, the Conservatorium Maastricht (NL) and the Vianden Festival (Luxembourg).
In addition to his artistic activities as an opera director, he was managing director of the FORUM TIBERIUS - International Forum for Culture and Economy e.V. in Dresden from September 2008 to September 2009. This non-profit institution is dedicated to the networking of culture and business and organises regional artists' support as well as international cultural-political congresses and major international music competitions.
In 2008 he received a call from the Cologne University of Music and Dance to be a permanent lecturer for "scenic instruction". As guest lecturer he teaches at the Musikakademie Weikersheim and at the Conservatorium Maastricht.

Yamina Maamar

The soprano singer Yamina Maamar has sung in addition to her international artistic activities at important German-speaking stages such as the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Lower Saxony State Opera in Hanover, the Aalto Theatre in Essen, the theatres in Dortmund, Weimar, Schwerin, Heidelberg, Hagen and Bremen, the State Theatres in Kassel, Nuremberg, Wiesbaden, Braunschweig, Darmstadt and many others. She has sung in the USA (see below), France and South Korea (Seoul), the Netherlands (Enschede), England (Cambridge), Scotland (International Edinburgh Festival), Belgium (Zomeropera Alden Biesen) and Switzerland (Bern). In recent years she has made her debut with many key roles in her field: among others Aida, Odabella, Lady Macbeth (Verdi), Adriana Lecouvreur, Kundry (Parsifal), Senta (The Flying Dutchman), Marschallin (Rosenkavalier), Salome, Elisabeth (Don Carlos), Ariane (Ariane et Barbe-Bleue), Fidelio-Leonore, Wozzeck-Marie, Katerina Ismailowa (Lady Macbeth of Mzensk), Empress (woman without shadow) and Manon Lescaut (Puccini). Her sung repertoire comprises more than 80 parts.
In the 2017/18 season Yamina Maamar sings the role of "Ursula" in Paul Hindemith's "Mathis der Maler" and "Abigaille" (Nabucco) at the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen as well as "Fidelio-Leonore" in Bremerhaven.
In the 2016/17 season, after "Odabella" (Attila, G. Verdi, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern), she interpreted "Isolde" for the second time with Torsten Kerl and Gerhard Siegel as "Tristan" at MIR Gelsenkirchen. In addition to Beethoven's 9th Symphony on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Bezirkstag Pfalz, she could also be heard as "Lady Macbeth" (G. Verdi) at the Theater Hof.
Yamina Maamar made her US debut in 2007 at the Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, New York. This was her first collaboration with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra ("Grete" in "Der ferne Klang" by F. Schreker). In 2010 she was again invited to sing the same role at Frank Gehry's Sosnoff Theater Bard in the USA under the direction of Thaddeus Strassberger.
Important concert stages included the International Edinburgh Festival (including Wagner's "Wesendonk-Lieder"), a tour of England and the Netherlands (orchestral songs including Berlioz's "Les nuits d'été"), the Seoul Arts Center (9th Symphony of the Sosnoff Theater Bard) and the Seoul Festival (9th Symphony of the Sosnoff Theater Bard). Symphony Beethoven), the Herkulessaal Munich ("Isolde" in excerpts from "Tristan und Isolde"), the "Verdi-Requiem" with Enoch zu Guttenberg in the Dom zu Speyer, concerts in the Großer Sendesaal of the WDR in Cologne (including excerpts from "Tannhäuser-Elisabeth"), a Lieder recital in the Apollosaal of the Staatsoper Berlin and "Tove" in Schönberg's "Gurrelieder" in the Stadthalle Braunschweig and the Berliner Dom. Yamina Maamar has worked with conductors such as Constantin Trinks, Cornelius Meister, John Eliot Gardiner, Stefan Blunier, Antony Hermus, Alexander Joel and Patrik Ringborg as well as with directors such as Christine Mielitz, John Dew, Michael Schulz, Konstanze Lauterbach and Gabriele Rech.
Yamina Maamar is co-founder of the International Opera Academy IOA and teaches singing at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover (HMTMH).
Please refer to the Repertoire Table for detailed information on all major roles and the theatres at which they were sung.   

German, English, French, Italian
Audio complete recording "Der ferne Klang" (F. Schreker),
Grete/Greta, on Amazon as mp3 (American Symphony Orchestra)
CD complete recording "The voyage of Edgar Allen Poe" (D. Argento),
Mrs. Poe, expected to be released 2016
DVD complete recording "Ödipus der Tyrann" (C. Orff),
Jokasta, with WERGO

Miguel Fragoso

Miguel Fragoso was born in 1967 as the son of a book printer in Mexico City. First he studied graphic design, later he turned to art. This was followed by studies in fine arts in Santa Barbara, CA, and at the oldest university in Latin America, Academia San Carlos, in Mexico City.
His artistic activities range from painting, mosaics, sculptures made of wood and clay to photography.
The works of Miguel Fragoso show the South American - especially the Latin American - joie de vivre, the DOlce Vita of Central America and the resulting lightness of being.
His mental and spiritual inspiration is most excellently reflected in his paintings through his close contact to the natives, especially in their paintings. On the one hand it is the shamans who inspire spiritually, on the other hand it is the natural and meager loneliness of the deserts that make all senses experienceable. The Yin and Yang of experience.
Thus one recognizes, no one feels, in his pictures death and life, love and aggressiveness, peace and silence, the all-encompassing energy of life in the now and the coming in the later.
There is a simple but apt proverb by Edmond de Goncourt: "Nobody in the world gets to hear so much stupid stuff as the paintings in a museum."
However, we are not presenting here the pictures of a museum, but the person in front of them, who with the brush, the canvas and the palette, who touches these paintings, which spring up in colourful bloom from his spirit and soul, who is one with nature, who sees and feels life as a game, who loves and enjoys; for him the art of Miguel Fragoso can be experienced.
Since 1993, Miguel Fragoso has exhibited his art in several countries, enjoy it!

ricardo tamura

Ricardo Tamura is one of the most prominent Brazilian Opera singers of all times. He was the first Brazilian Tenor ever to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, and the first Brazilian Singer ever to have performed both at the MET and the Arena di Verona.
Famous for his vocal strength and resistance, together with a very beautiful voice, solid technique, very precise character interpretations and an enormous versatility of his repertoire, he has performed over 50 opera roles (over 30 main roles) in more than 700 performances, all over the world.
He has worked with conductors like James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Marco Armiliato, Yannick Nezet-Séguin, Placido DOmingo (and many others), and performs regularl in Europe, the USA, Brazil and Asia (Japan and Taiwan).
Cavaradossi ("Tosca") is his third morst performed role, and the one with which he had his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2013.

Olga Bezsmertna

Denette Whitter

Art Direktor of the Opern und Konzertakademie
Korrepetition/Vocal Coaching

At the age of four, Denette Whitter, a Texan by birth, received her first piano lessons. After completing her solo piano and accompaniment studies with distinction at Boston University, where she also worked as a "vocal coach" of the Opera Institute and as a phonetic lecturer, and an education at the Bel Canto Institute of the Metropolitan Opera, she was musical director of the Longwood Opera in Massachusetts for three years. In 1995 she joined the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House as a répétiteur. She then worked as a répétiteur at the Stadttheater St. Gallen, with the Swiss Chamber Choir and as musical director of the "Neue Opernschule Zürich". From 2000-2002, Denette Whitter was the director of studies at the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg. She currently teaches vocal accompaniment at the "Hochschule für Musik", Nuremberg. For many years she was associated with the Hochschule für Musik in Würzburg as a lecturer. She has been associated with the international singing competition Debut since 2002: in 2006 she took over the artistic direction and has been a member of the jury since 2010. She has dedicated herself to the art of song with particular love: she has accompanied numerous recitals in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the USA and has recorded for the BR and DRS. She is the artistic director of the project Coach My Voice, an innovative download shop for singers. In 2005 she founded the Opera Academy at Henfenfeld Castle to promote and train young singers. In 2014 she celebrated 10 years of master classes and advanced training with the Academy, as well as over 250 concert and theatre events.