Canadian Tenor Bud Roach has garnered international praise for his self-accompanied recordings of alfabeto arias by Alessandro Grandi and Giovanni Felice Sances, as well as sacred canzonettas from the Chiavenna oratory with his vocal quartet Capella Intima, which also recently released the premiere recording of Alessandro Scarlatti’s youthful opera “Gli equivoci nel sembiante” for the Musica Omnia label. Recent performances include the Fringe series of both the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, the Midtown Concert Series in New York, the Toronto Consort, Soundstreams Canada, and Hammer Baroque. As an enthusiastic advocate for the historical performance practice of the self-accompanied singer, Bud has also presented lecture-recitals on various topics at international conferences, most recently in Toronto (Early Modern Songscapes) and Bloomington, Indiana (Historical Performance Practice).
Elena Biscuola gained her diploma in “Vocal Chamber Music” with full marks and special mention, under Maestro Erik Battaglia’s guidance, singing at the Conservatorio in Turin. She then specialized in the German Lied with Dietrich Fischer Dieskau and Irwin Gage.
In 2004 she participated in the Third International Competition of Lyric and Chamber Singing in Vercelli, where she was awarded the prize for the best interpretation, and the second prize (first prize not assigned) in the category “Chamber and Sacred Music”. In 2006, she received the prize as “best duo” with Marina D’Ambroso, and third prize at the 22nd International Competition of Chamber Vocal Music in Conegliano.
Her romantic repertoire led her to work with conductors such as Antonio Ballista, Rudolf Buchbinder e Tiziano Severini. At the same time she studied “Ancient Music” and gained a degree with full marks and special mention in “Renaissance and Baroque Singing” at the Conservatorio in Vicenza, studying with Gloria Banditelli.
In 1999, with the ensemble Vox Altera, she won the International Competition “Luca Marenzio” for Madrigal Unaccompanied Voices. She performed in the main festivals of Ancient Music in Italy, as well as abroad, (Regensburg, Ambronay, Utrecht, Al Bustan Beirut, Brugge, Musica Antiga de Barcelona) singing with Athestis Chorus , Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto, Cappella Artemisia, Concerto Italiano, Concerto Köln, Les Nations, L’arte dell’Arco, la Risonanza and collaborating with conductors such as, Rinaldo Alessandrini, Alfredo Bernardini, Fabio Bonizzoni, Federico Guglielmo, Gerhard Jenemann, Peter Maag, Michael Radulescu e Ton Koopmann. She has recorded for Amadeus, Chandos, Gaudeamus, Onclassical, Naxos, Tactus and Bottega Discantica.
Johanna von der Deken
Soprano, born in Graz, studied violin at that city´s Conservatory, and completed training as an actress at the school of the Vienna Volkstheater. Television, Film and Theatre engagements followed.She received her training in singing at the Vienna Conservatory and as a private student of Hilde Rössel-Majdan, Hilde Zadek and Herwig Reiter.
The many facets of her repertoire embrace music from the middle ages to contemporary works. The lyric soprano has appeared as a guest artist in productions at the Theater an der Wien, the Opera House in Graz, the Berlin State Opera, the Vienna Kammeroper, the Neue Oper Vienna, the Vienna Odeon, the Oper Klosterneuburg, the Vienna Schauspielhaus, as well as at the City Theatre in Klagenfurt and at the Carinthischer Sommer.
Besides her appearances with the Vokalensemble NOVA, with which she has sung since 1998, Johanna von der Deken has participated in concerts with Die Reihe, Klangforum Wien, the Wiener Akademie, Armonico Tributo, the Haydn-Trio Eisenstadt, the Ensemble Prisma Wien, La Capella Reial de Catalunya und the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Projects of the recent past include King David by Arthur Honegger in the Vienna Konzerthaus, Opern der Zukunft at the Graz Opera House, Haydn´s Creation at the styriarte, and the Wolfenbütteler Marienklage at the Trigonale festival.
- Michele Fracasso
- Johanna von der Deken
- Carlo Steno Rossi
- Meagan Zantingh
- Elena Biscuola
- Trinity College Chapel Singers
Direttore d’orchestra – John Rose
Organista – Christopher Houlihan
- Ensemble Zefiro
- Ensemble Lucidarium