ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Apprenticeship included Bach’s Cantatas 61 and 70 in Paris’ Cité de la Musique, Berlin’s Philharmonie and London’s Cadogan Hall (broadcast on BBC Radio 3). He has since performed as a concert soloist on Soli Deo Gloria recordings Handel Bach Scarlatti and J.S. Bach: Motets, winner of the 2013 Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award. He performed The Shepherd in Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex on a recent recording by the London Symphony Orchestra. Recent solo performances include Handel’s Dixit Dominus for the Prince of Wales in Buckingham Palace; Mozart’s Requiem in the Royal Albert Hall; Mendelssohn’s Elijah in St. John’s Smith Square; Bach’s Mass in B minor in Pisa’s Cathedral Duomo; Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater in Cologne’s Philharmonie and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Monteverdi’s Vespers in King’s College, Cambridge, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana and Château de Versailles. Gareth also composes sacred choral works, many of which have been performed and recorded across the UK, America and Australia.
gianlUCa BUratto, BaSS Gianluca Buratto started his music career as a saxophone and clarinet student, before studying voice at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatoire, Milan. Gianlucca has collaborated with the Coro Claudio Monteverdi, thus enjoying a vast activity in 17th and 18th century repertoire: Rossi’s Oratorio della Settimana Santa with L’Aura Soave/Diego Cantalupi; Bach’s Unser Mund sei voll Lachens with Capella Savaria/Christophe Coin; Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with the ensemble Il Suonar Parlante/Vittorio Ghielmi. 24
He made his operatic debut in 2009, since then he has performed in numerous performances, including Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Teatro Verdi in Trieste; Mercadante’s Virginia and Puccini’s La Bohème and Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice; Mozart’s Mass in C minor at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome under Kent Nagano; Macbeth at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan and in Chicago with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Riccardo Muti; Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria at the Zurich Opera House and Le Nozze di Figaro with Christophe Rousset in Barcelona. Future engagements include La Bohème at the Dutch National Opera, Rigoletto at the Festival Internacional de musica de Bogotà and I due Foscari (Jacopo Loredano) at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
jameS hall, CoUntertenor Countertenor James Hall graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music in 2012; he was awarded several prizes including the Sir Geraint Evans Prize in both 2009 and 2010. Solo performance highlights have included Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium with Solomon’s Knot, Bach's St. John Passion with Lavenham Sinfonia and St. Matthew Passion in London, Bach's B Minor Mass at St. Alban's Abbey, Monteverdi Vespers in St. John’s Smith Square, Handel's Messiah with Ars Eloquentiae and Bach Motets with La Nuova Musica. Opera highlights include Spirit and Second Witch in Dido & Aeneas (Dartington Hall, Vignette Productions, and OperaUpClose), Soloist in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen (Temple Ensemble), Osmida in Jommelli’s La Didone