Canadian soprano Edith Wiens’ beautiful, versatile voice and assured musicality embraced an astonishingly vast repertoire from the baroque to the contemporary. She has collaborated with the world’s foremost conductors and orchestras, including the New York, Berlin, London, Munich and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras; Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and San Francisco Symphonies, the London Philharmonia, Dresden Staatskapelle and Cleveland Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre de Paris; under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Sir Georg Solti.
Edith Wiens is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been a recipient of several honorary doctorate degrees, including a Doctor of Music from her alma mater Oberlin College. She is a jury member of various international competitions such as ARD Munich, Bertelsmann Neue Stimmen, Montreal and Geneva. Â Edith Wiens regularly holds masterclasses in Europe and North America,Â including the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School in London, the Young Ensembles of the Munich, Frankfurt and Dresden opera houses,Â inÂ Salzburg and Vienna, and at Ravinia.Â Â Prof. WiensÂ is also the artistic director of the summer Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, created for emerging artists. As of fall 2010, Edith WiensÂ has joined the Vocal Arts faculty ofÂ The Juilliard SchoolÂ in New York.Â Â Students ofÂ Edith Wiens are singing atÂ major festivals, with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra, and at many opera houses world-wide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Munich Opera and Vienna State Opera.Â Ms. Wiens lives in New York and in Munich with her cellist husband Kai Moser. Both their sons are acclaimed musicians: Johannes Moser (cello) and Benjamin Moser (piano).
*Elias Benito Arranz* (1979) baritone, Spain
Education: completed vocal studies at Royal Academy of Music in 2008, member La Monnaie Opera Studio in 2009.Â Repertory: Papageno Die Zauberflöte, Il conte di Almaviva Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello Don Giovanni (Mozart), Symphony no. 9 (Beethoven), b-minor Mass (Bach), Lieder Brahms, Finzi, Rabel, Ibert, JanÃ¡cek, operatic arias Don Pasquale (Donizetti), La Cenerentola (Rossini), Yevgeny Onegin (Tchaikovsky).