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Vladimir Chernov, Founder
Internationally renowned Russian baritone VLADIMIR CHERNOV, has sung over 40 leading roles and has appeared at nearly every major international theater including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Scala, Teatro Colon, Paris Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and Vienna Staatsoper. He has worked with many of today's great opera conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, and Seiji Ozawa.
His U.S. debut was at Los Angeles Opera in the 1989-90 season as Posa in Verdi's Don Carlo, opposite Plácido Domingo. Mr. Chernov's most requested roles include Germont in La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Eugene Onegin, Miller in Luisa Miller, Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, and Prince Yeletsky in The Queen of Spades. Mr. Chernov is now a Professor of vocal studies at the University of California, Los Angeles
Olga Toporkova, Co-Founder
OLGA TOPORKOVA is a world-class expert on Bel Canto vocal technique. She has devoted her life to studying the mechanism of the human voice. She is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied opera performance and dramatic acting. Mrs. Toporkova teaches in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, and Payerbach. Her students have won or have been finalists in major international competitions including Cardiff Singer of the World, Operalia, the Loren L. Zachary Competition, Deborah Voigt Vero Beach International Competition, Giulio Gari Foundation, and many more.
The South African director and choreographer Leonard Prinsloo has lived and worked in German-speaking countries for more than thirty years. He specialises in musical theatre and musicals. He began his career as a solo dancer in South Africa, where he soon made a name for himself as a choreographer and director. His first engagement in Germany took him to Augsburg, where his productions included the operas Raub der Lukrezia and Otello. After several years as evening director at the Vienna State Opera, he began working as a freelance director. Since then he has enjoyed success in Germany with productions such as La Traviata and Tosca in Heidelberg, Nabucco in Augsburg, Carmen in Dortmund as well as Hallo, Dolly!
In Austria he staged Macbeth, Carmen in Linz, Don Carlos, Der Junge Lord and Turandot.
He has staged numerous operas and world premieres, especially for the Neue Oper Wien.
For seventeen years he has been the artistic director of EurOperette Bad Ischl (since 2020 JuMuT), a theatre project for young people.
In 2018, Prinsloo was invited as a visiting professor at the opera department of the MDW (University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna) and as a lecturer at the MUK (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien). In cooperation with the Edelmann Foundation, he founded the opera group PlusOpera (+Opera), which aims to give students the opportunity to participate in semi-professional productions.
From 2004 to 2017 he was resident director of the Lehár Festival in Bad Ischl, since 2018 he is resident director in Baden.
ANNE ENGLEBERT, physical therapist by training, specializes in work on movement and dynamic posturology, which harmonize and balance the body. Ms. Englebert has worked for many years, especially with singers and artists, and has created the workshops "The Scales of the Body" and "Gesture and Sound." Through her work, she explores music, dance, and voice in the various courses and techniques of communication. Mrs. Englebert has also worked for eight years as a Stage Director and Screenwriter in Opera Liege (Belgium) and with Liege Philharmonic Orchestras and Monaco. She is involved in contemporary creation (music, visual arts and dance) with the Art Season of "Ars Musica." She holds courses at the Music colleges of Brussels, Liege, Mons, and Wallonia, and holds Workshops for musicians every year at the Music Festival in Fort-Mahon (France) and Dinant (Belgium
Junghyun Elisabeth Lee
Born 1981 in Seoul (South Korea)
In Seoul: Piano BA and MA studies at the Seoul National University in Korea and 1st prize at the Philharmonic Competition in Seoul.
Further studies in Vienna: at the MUK - University of the City of Vienna vocal repetition opera with Kristin Okerlund, vocal repetition art song (Lied) and oratorio with Ralf Heiber and Carolyn Hague, at the MDW - University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna solo piano, song accompaniment , chamber music repertoire with Thomas Kreuzberger.
She worked as a Pianist at the City Choir, National Choir in Korea, and NARA Opera Choir.
In Vienna: Participation in the opera projects "Les Jumeaux de Bergame" (MDW), "The Adventures of King Pausole", musical "Triumph of Love" (MUK), "The Pied Piper / Birds of a Feather" (Wiener Musikverein) under the musical direction by Michael Schnack. "Die Zauber Flöte" (Schloßtheater Schönbrunn) under the musical direction of Peter Marschik.
She works as an organist in various churches, such as the parish of Maria Hietzing, Schönbrunn Palace Chapel, Caritas Socialis Rennweg, and main organist in the Korean Catholic Community in Vienna.