Ivi Karnezi – Suzel
The Greek-Norwegian soprano Ivi Karnezi began her vocal studies at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in 2004. Two years later she continued her studies at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin, Germany with Professor and opera singer Norma Sharp. During her time in Berlin, she received the RWE Dea and Norwegian Research Councils scholarship for Norwegian music students in Germany.
In 2010 she was accepted as a member of the Opera Studio of Opéra National de Lyon, where she sang in several operas in various styles, such as “Von Heute auf Morgen” by Arnold Schönberg, “Parsifal” by Wagner, “Suor Angelica” by Puccini and “Der Kaiser von Atlantis” by Ullmann. Her full scale opera debut was in 2011, at the Opernfestival Gut Immling in Germany, as Donna Anna in Mozarts “Don Giovanni”.
She has sung with conductors, such as Kazushi Ono, Bernhard Kontarsky, Gaetano d’Espinosa, Jean-Michael Lavoie, and stage directors David Pountney, John Fulljames, Richard Brunel and Jean Lacornerie.
In 2014 she received scholarships from the Norwegian Arts Council.
In June 2015 she will take part at the Nordisches Kammermusikfestival in Kiel, Germahy, together with pianists Caspar Frantz and Lilit Grigoryan, and Oslo String Quartett, performing Lieder by Brahms, Sinding, Grieg, Schubert and Fauré
Mikkel Skorpen – Fritz
The norwegian tenor Mikkel Skorpen, is a young aspiring artist currently living in Oslo, Norway. He has been studying at the Opera Academy at the National Academy of the arts for the last two years with the teachers Matthew M. Marriott and Elizabeth Norberg-Schültz.
Prior to hisstudies in Oslo, Mikkel studied 4 years in Zwolle, at ArtEZ Hoogeschool voor de kunsten in The Netherlands. During these years, Mikkel performed as a soloist with multiple choirs with oratorio repertoire, and also gained a lot of experience in the lied repertoire.
From august 2015 he will be a part of the Opera Studio in Lyon, where he will gain experience and work on two modern operas:
Viktor Ullmanns “Der Kaiser von Atlantis” as Harlekin and A Soldier, and Michael Nymans “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat” as Dr. S.