Meet our Opera Studio!

The Opera Studio supports highly talented young artists and prepares them for an international career. The Opera Studio program runs one to two seasons and consists of role studies, vocal lessons, acting and movement classes as well as language training. The young artists are cast for small roles in productions on the main stage as well as an Opera Studio production once a year. In addition, they present themselves together with the Opera Studio pianists in several concerts. Meet the new and old members of this season's Opera Studio in our short Q & A!

The Opera Studio of the 2018/19 season.

The New

Noa Beinart
Noa Beinart (© Julian Baumann)

Noa Beinart (Mezzo-Soprano)

Which operatic figure/role would you be and why?
I would be the Composer from Ariadne auf Naxos – both of us agree, that music is the most wonderful thing in life.

Why did you choose to become an opera singer? 
When I was a little girl I went to see Carmen in the Israeli opera. I fell in love with this form of art and I have been happy to persue it ever since. 

What would you have become if you weren’t a singer?
I think, I would have studied psychology.


Ewa Danilewska (© Julian Baumann)
Ewa Danilewska (© Julian Baumann)

Ewa Danilewska (Pianist)

Which operatic figure/role would you be and why?
I think my favorite operatic role is Zerbinetta from Ariadne auf Naxos – she has a very strong character and does a lot to enjoy life. 

If you could bring three composers/artists/bands to a lonely island, who would you choose and why?
Chet Baker, Simon & Garfunkel and Mozart. Seeing them talk would be very entertaining!

Why did you choose to become an opera pianist?
When you start learning the piano at the age of four you can’t really imagine a life without it.


Freddie De Tommaso
Freddie De Tommaso (© Julian Baumann)

Freddie De Tommaso (Tenor)

If you could bring three composers/artists/bands to a lonely island, who would you choose and why?
I like a whole variety of music so I would try and take three people from right across the musical spectrum. Giacomo Puccini because I think he's a genius and I love to sing his music more than any other. Frank Sinatra because I think he'd be great fun to have around. And London Grammer for just chilling out with.

Your favorite place in Munich?
Oktoberfest! ... all together now ... ein Prosit ...

What would you have become if you weren’t a singer/pianist?
I was very interested in joining the army so possibly a soldier! 
 


Natalia Kutateladze
Natalia Kutateladze (© Julian Baumann)

Natalia Kutateladze (Mezzo-Soprano)

Which operatic figure/role would you be and why?
My operatic role would be Tosca, even though I am a mezzo soprano and I'll never be able to sing this role, I find the character very emotional and deep. In general I admire all the sacrifices  done for love!!! 

If you could bring three composers/artists/bands to a lonely island, who would you choose and why?
Francis Poulenc, Maria Callas and Earth, Wind and Fire. Everytime I listen to these musicians my life becomes suddenly better than it was ...

Why did you choose to become an opera pianist?
Since I come from very musical family, my mother and grandmother are very famous singers, I never had any other option than being a musician. I used to be a pianist but I realized I was not going to spend seven hours sitting next to the piano and practicing, I thought singing would be easier :) But than I fell in love with this profession and since than I live it.


Anaïs Mejías
Anaïs Mejías (© Julian Baumann)

Anaïs Mejías (Soprano)

If you could bring three composers/artists/bands to a lonely island, who would you choose and why?
Salvador Dalí, Leonard Bernstein and Lady Gaga ...In my opinion all three mastered and transcended their art form while being deeply connected with their current social circumstances. All of them used different methods to create consciousness and provoke our emotional and mental core. That's something I aspired to do, so I could definitely learn from them ... Plus it would be so much fun.

Why did you choose to become an opera singer/pianist?
My original dream was to become a ballerina. Actually, I started training since I was three years old, at the age of 11 I had a very bad knee injury that took away any chance to pursue it professionally. Organically, I turn myself to music, entering to a children's choir in my country. There, I saw my first opera, Turandot, and in that performence at the age of 11 I decided to dedicate my live to opera.
 


Mirjam Mesak
Mirjam Mesak (© Julian Baumann)

Mirjam Mesak (Soprano)

Which operatic figure/role would you be and why?
I have always identified with Mimì from Puccini’s La bohéme. She is a warm and kind person who exudes positivity and strength, but at the end of the day she still needs the people around her to stay strong.

Your favorite hobby that has nothing to do with opera?
I love having a night in with my friends playing boardgames. 

What would you have become if you weren’t a singer/pianist?
I have asked myself that before, but so far I haven’t been able to come up with any other answer than an opera singer.


Caspar Singh
Caspar Singh (© Julian Baumann)

Caspar Singh (Tenor)

Which operatic figure/role would you be and why?
Most opera characters have such dramatic lives that I would say no one. I enjoy capturing theses characters on stage but then going back to my rather normal life instead! It’s the perfect balance!

Your favorite place in Munich?
My favourite part of Munich is the Nymphenburg Palace gardens. I live just around the corner from there and it’s a great place to go and relax and be close to nature. 

What would you have become if you weren’t a singer?
If I weren’t a singer I would love to be a chef. I just love exploring new cultures by travelling as much as possible and I think the best way to learn about a culture is through its food! I would also like to work in a design based business focussing on photography. I have always enjoyed fine art and thing I would really enjoy the creativity that it provides. 


Markus Suihkonen
Markus Suihkonen (© Julian Baumann)

Markus Suihkonen (Basso)

If you could bring three composers/artists/bands to a lonely island, who would you choose and why?
This is tough but I think I would choose Jean Sibelius, because when listening to his music I feel the Finnish nature and identity. I love Richard Wagner and with those long operas I wouldn’t run out of material to listen. As third I would probably take Gustav Mahler because I really like his music!

Your favorite place in Munich?
I really like Viktualienmarkt with all the different stores where you can buy all delicious things!

What would you have become if you weren’t a singer?
I loved playing basketball, but unfortunately my skills propably would’ve never been high enough for the profession!


Oğulcan Yılmaz
Oğulcan Yılmaz (© Julian Baumann)

Oğulcan Yılmaz (Basso-Baritone)

Why did you choose to become an opera singer?
My father is also an opera singer. When I was a child I saw one of his performances on the stage and I told myself "I have to be on the stage as an opera singer and sing with my father.”

Your favorite place in Munich?
I think Oktoberfest and Bayerische Staatsoper!

What would you have become if you weren’t a singer?
I guess I would be a pilot if I wasn’t an opera singer.
 


The Old

Oleg Davydov
Oleg Davydov (© Julian Baumann)

Oleg Davydov (Basso)

If you could bring three composers/artists/bands to a lonely island, who would you choose and why?
At the moment I would bring "AC/DC", Pavarotti (if he was alive) and the Russian group "Neuro Monk Feophan", because I love music in all its diversity.

Why did you choose to become a singer?
Once I really wanted to become a rock star. Probably this was the first reason why I chose this slippery path.

What would you have become if not an opera singer?
I always wanted to be a lot of things. I once thought about sound engineering and the profession of a sports doctor. In general I would like to be a surgeon or somehow connect myself with medicine.

 


Anna El-Khashem
Anna El-Khashem (© Julian Baumann)

Anna El-Khashem (Soprano)

Which operatic figure/role would you be and why?
I‘d like to be Susanna from Mozart‘s Le Nozze di Figaro. I believe her character is a wonderful combination of the sense and sensibility.

Why did you choose to became a singer?
I decided to become a singer when I was four years old when I was listening to a record of Cecilia Bartoli.

What would you have become if not a singer?
Music is a very important part of my life but I am, for example, very interested in linguistics, too.


Long Long
Long Long (© Julian Baumann)

Long Long (Tenor)

Which operatic figure/role would you be and why?
One of the opera roles I most want to be is Nemorino, because he is pure and kind and ultimately finds true love.

What‘s your favorite hobby that has nothing to do with opera?
Apart from the opera, my favorite is cooking, because I like to cook.

What‘s your favorite place in Munich?
I like Oktoberfest because I can drink the best beer there.

What would you have become if not a singer?
If not a singer, I think I would be a doctor because I think I am also very talented in medicine.

 


Boris Prýgl
Boris Prýgl (© Julian Baumann)

Boris Prýgl (Basso-Baritone)

Which operatic figure/role would you be and why?
I think Don Giovanni or Comte Almaviva or Alfio because my personality got a little bit from each of them. I like women, but also I love my girlfriend if I‘m in a relationship. I like parties and social life but I‘m also a hard worker and I hate lies and infidelity.

What would you have become if not a singer?
Sexologist, DJ, cook or carpenter.

Why did you choose to become an opera singer?
Because when I was six I heard a recording of Pavarotti and I fell in love with opera. So I said: that‘s what I’m going to do for rest of my life.

 


Alessandro Stefanelli
Alessandro Stefanelli (© Julian Baumann)

Alessandro Stefanelli (Pianist)

Why did you choose to become a pianist?
I think I simply enjoy it very much. As I play the piano since I was very young it feels natural to me, even a little bit like a game that fortunately later became a profession.

What is your favorite hobby that has nothing to do with opera?
My favorite hobby is to eat, especially sweet things like ice cream, pies, and chocolate. Unfortunately I can't cook nor bake. ;-) I also like to walk, travel, see new places, meet different people or just wonder around by myself.

What would you have become if not a pianist?
Actually I don‘t know, because in fact I cannot do anything else! Maybe I would become a psychologist or a writer …

 

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