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.

KS Dieter Schweikard

Kammersänger Dieter Schweikard is a German opera singer (serious bass). He sang for over 50 years at the most important opera houses in Europe and Asia, including the Vienna State Opera, Milan Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, opera houses in Paris, Rome, Brussels, Naples, Hamburg and Lisbon.
His career began with studies at the Wuppertal Conservatory. At the age of 23 he had his first permanent engagement at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken. Further engagements followed at various stages, including the Staatsoper Hannover, the Dortmunder Oper and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Between 1988 and 2008 Schweikard was a permanent member of the ensemble of the Cologne Opera, where he played most of the major roles in the bass repertoire.
Most of his repertoire includes roles by German composers such as Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss. From 1981 the bassist sang as a soloist at the Bayreuth Festival for 12 years.
Schweikard worked with important conductors and directors of the 20th century such as James Levine, Georg Solti, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Daniel Barenboim, Wolfgang Wagner, Willi Decker, Jean-Piere Ponnelle. His partners on stage included the most famous singers of the world, including Edita Gruberova, Jose Carreras, Carlo Bergonzi, Siegfried Jerusalem, Karl Ridderbusch, Hans Sotin, Matti Salminen, Waltraut Meier, Franco Bonisolli, Piero Cappuccilli and Hildegard Behrens.
In the 1980s Schweikard founded and directed the Chamber Opera in Herdecke and in 1995 he founded the Children's Opera at the Cologne Opera.
Parallel to his performances, he dedicated himself to the training of young singers as a lecturer at the Musikhochschule Köln. (1994-2012)
Dieter Schweikard gives master classes worldwide. His students are winners and award winners of international singing competitions ( e.g. "Belvedere" in Vienna ). Many of his students have engagements at leading opera houses all over the world. (e.g. Hamburg, Vienna, Pekin, Seul, Barcelona).

Prof. Noelle Turner

Prof. Noelle Turner, born in Illinois, USA, has been teaching singing at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, since 1991.
Prof. Turner studied classical singing at Oberlin College Conservatory with Prof. Richard Miller and at Indiana University in Bloomington with Prof. Eileen Farrel. She worked for several years with Cornelius Reid (New York City) and Carol Forte (Toronto). Courses in London with Paul Farrington and Anne-Marie Speed in EVTS (Estill Voice Training Systems) complemented her pedagogical education.
After working as an opera and concert singer, Ms. Turner increasingly devoted herself to voice training. She accompanied the development of the musical in German-speaking countries since the mid-1980s. Her duties included lessons at the Musical Studio Munich and at the Stage School of Dance and Drama in Hamburg. As a vocal coach, she has supervised numerous musical productions such as Cats, Hamburg, Phantom of the Opera, Hamburg, Starlight Express, Bochum, Joseph, Essen, Miami Nights, Düsseldorf and We Will Rock You, Cologne.
Her students include well-known names such as Pia Douwes, Uwe Kröger, Andreas Bieber, Annika Bruhns, Randy Diamond, David Jakobs and Serkan Kaya.

Numerous master classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and jury activities in the national and international area belong to her field of activity.

Prof. Turner is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), USA, Bundesverband Deutscher Gesangspädagogen (BDG), British Voice Association (BVA) and Verband für Popularmusikorientierte Gesangspädagogik (VPG). She is also a member of the Rotary Club-Essen and DLRG Velbert.

Allison Oakes

British born Allison Oakes first qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer before studying music in Germany. Her vocal studies were with Professor Gudrun Fischer and she completed her studies with a first class degree and post-graduate certificate with distinction. Alongside her professional stage performance, Allison has also participated in international vocal competitions where she has won numerous prizes including the first prize, the audience prize and the orchestral prize at the International Lauritz-Melchior Wagner Competition 2010 in Denmark and the first prize and audience prize at the International Robert-Stolz Singing Competition 2005 in Hamburg. From 2006 until 2009, directly following her studies, Allison became an artist in residence at Staatstheater Darmstadt, singing principal roles such as TOSCA, LEONORA (Il Trovatore), MARGARITA (in the European Premiere of Osvaldo Golijovs contemporary opera Ainadamar), ELISABETTA (Don Carlos) and MARIE (Die Verkaufte Braut) under the baton of Stefan Blunier and Lukas Beikircher. Since 2010, her career has taken her all over the world as a freelance soprano but she has made her base in Berlin, Germany. During this time Allison has sang: MISS JESSEL (The Turn of the Screw) at Teatro La Fenice di Venezia (conductor Jeffrey Tate) and at Opera Frankfurt ROSALINDE (Die Fledermaus) at Staatstheater Darmstadt (conductor Constantin Trinks) ELSA (Lohengrin) at Theater Regensburg, Theater Coburg and Theater Basel (conductor Axel Kober) MARIETTA (Die tote Stadt) at Theater Regensburg TOSCA at Theater Muenster (conductor Fabrizio Ventura) MARSCHALLIN (Der Rosenkavalier) at Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck SENTA (Der fliegende Hollaender) at Wuppertaler Buehnen, the Boston Lyric Opera and Theater St. Gallen CHRYSOTHEMIS (Elektra) at Theater Regensburg and Staatstheater Nuernberg (conductor Marcus Bosch) MARIE (Wozzeck) at Opéra de Dijon with the SWR Baden-Baden Symphony Orchestra (conductor Enrico Pomarico) ISOLDE (Tristan und Isolde) at Oper Dortmund (conductor Gabriel Feltz) SALOME at Staatstheater Oldenburg, Theater Muenster, Konzerttheater Bern (conductor Kevin John Edusei), Deutsche Oper Berlin (conductor Alain Altinoglu), Cape Town Opera (conductor Gerard Korsten), Staatsoper Hamburg (conductor Kent Nagano) Between 2013 and 2015, Allison sang the role of Gerhilde in Die Walkuere, Gutrune in Die Goetterdaemmerung and Freia in Das Rheingold in the current Frank Castorf Bayreuth Ring Cycle under the musical direction of Kiril Petrenko. In 2016 she continued as Gutrune in Bayreuth under the baton of Marek Janowski. Last season Allison made her debut as Isolde (Tristan und Isolde) in Dortmund and sang Salome at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Cape Town Opera and the Hamburg State Opera. Upcoming projects include Isolde at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste in Spring 2017, Gutrune in Bayreuth in the summer 2017 and in the season 2017/18 Chrysothemis at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Metropolitan Opera New York.

James Woods

James Woods' theatre career includes all the experience of a performing artist (opera and operetta singer, musical performer, actor), as well as that of a director, choreographer and musical director. He has become acquainted with all the different operating systems. He started at the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück as a play tenor for opera, operetta and musical. After two seasons he moved to the Staatstheater Nürnberg. Due to his success there, he was engaged for the musical Cats at the Operettenhaus Hamburg, where he played the role of the theatre cat Gus en suite more than 300 times. After this experience he returned to opera and the Bonn Opera offered him a contract as play and character tenor. There he had the opportunity to be on stage with many world stars (e.g. with Placido Domingo in Il Guarany von Gomez, directed by Werner Herzog). Another highlight of this time was his collaboration with Götz Friedrich, both in Bonn and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. After five seasons his directing offers increased, and he changed his firm connection to this house into a guest contract. His relationship with Bonn Opera survived two changes of director and lasted until 1999.

The next station in his acting career was Neue Flora Hamburg, where he played and sang five different roles in Das Phantom der Oper from 1997 to 2001. During this time, he underwent a change of subject and is now at home in the difficult character oratorio subject. After Undine at the Hamburg Chamber Opera, Tosca, Nabucco, and Rigoletto at the Chiemgau International Opera Festival, Aegisth in Elektra at the Kiel Opera and Claudio in Wagner's Das Liebesverbot, as well as the second leading role and musical direction of Konstantin Wecker's latest play, Tjede Peckes in Cuxhaven, he most recently appeared in Carlisle Floyd's opera "Susannah" at Theater Hagen.

He discovered his talent for directing during his studies, and in Nuremberg he got his first chance to direct on a professional stage. His first play Show-Liebe, a 2-person musical revue, which he also wrote, was a huge success with the audience and was awarded the "Star of the Year" by the Nürnberger Abendzeitung. After two more hits in Hamburg (The Rocky Horror Show) and Nuremberg (Lullaby of Broadway) he was invited to stage Figaro at the Lotte Lehmann Theatre Santa Barbara, California, Le nozze die Figaro. There he met Prof. Joachim Herz and received an invitation to assist in his Dresden production Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen. This was followed by directorial work in Austin, Texas, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he also had the opportunity to work with Professor H. Wesley Balk. From him he has also learned a complete training system for singers based on the specific requirements of modern music theatre. Not just "drained" Stanislawski, but targeted training for opera, operetta and musical. In connection with his improvisation work he had the chance to work with Keith Johnstone, the inventor of theatre sports. His and Wesley's teachings are the main pillars of his teaching and directing.

He began to teach singing while still a student. Under the direction of the renowned singing teacher Elizabeth Mannion (her most famous student is Jessye Norman), he has given individual singing lessons and class lessons at the University of Texas at Austin. After his professional debut he continued my training and worked with colleagues like Cesare Curzi and Arturo Sergi. During his time at the Phantom of the Opera he successfully taught song interpretation, repertoire, singing and choir to several institutions in Hamburg. He has also been successful in leading positions, as co-founder of the Austin Opera Company, as head of the interpretation department and scenic/musical director of the final projects of the Stage School of Music Dance and Drama, as department head for singing at the Stage Art Musical School and as artistic director of Ham´s Cabaret in Hamburg.

During his time at the Stage School Hamburg he began to study ensembles and choirs, first in the opera workshop he founded, then later as choir director and director for interpretation and ensemble work. Most recently he conducted all choirs and large ensembles for the Showcase 2008, both musically and scenically. He was then engaged as musical director for several professional productions, including the Michael Jackson Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v Bad and the Telekom Werbe - Event Chor ohne Grenzen (Who´s=ZxUmq2tOQ2Q) in Leipzig.

In 1991 he had enough offers to work as a director, choreographer, musical director, singer and pedagogue. He has worked all over Germany.

PRof. Thomas Heyer

Thomas Heyer was born near the Dutch border in Schwalmtal, Germany. He entered the Music Education program at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, where he studied Voice with Professor Arthur Janzen, followed by post-graduate studies with Judith Lindenbaum, Kurt Moll und Professor Reinhard Leisenheimer.
His many concerts nationally and internationally include the works of Bach, Händel, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Haydn, Orff, Rossini, Puccini, Beethoven etc. He has appeared in the Philharmonie in Cologne and in Berlin, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and the Beethovenhalle in Bonn. Heyer has taken part in various radio and television productions, as well as having premiered many modern compositions. He made his American debut in Minneapolis as the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Mathew Passion.
During his student days he was already a member of the Opera Studio affiliated with the Cologne Opera. He then had many guesting opportunities in theatres in Hagen, Cairo, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt etc. His opera repertoire includes the roles of Fenton in “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Tamino in “Magic Flute”, Ferrando in “Così Fan Tutte”, Belmonte in “Abduction from the Seraglio”, Marquis in “Zar and Zimmerman”, the Witch in Hänsel and Gretel”, Adam in “Der Vogelhändler”, Barinkay in “The Gypsy Baron”, Beppo in “Rita”.
Thomas Heyer is Professor of Voice at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst  in Frankfurt am Main/Germany. He has conducted countless workshops both nationally and internationally and his students now sing in opera houses and concert halls all over Europe.

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.