Robert Tuohy (Conductor)
Robert Tuohy is an American-Irish conductor who is Music Director of l’Opéra de Limoges, where he has conducted productions of Carmen, Così fan tutte, Der Freischütz, Eugene Onegin and Pelléas et Mélisande, as well as numerous symphonic programmes spanning a wide range of repertoire.
He has recently made his debut with l’Orchestra del Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, as well as a highly-acclaimed debut conducting Lakmé at Opéra de Marseille in May 2017. Future plans include productions of Madama Butterfly, Les pêcheurs de perles and Macbeth. The QSIMC prizewinner concert is his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre.
Tuohy trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music and subsequently the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Colin Metters, Sir Colin Davis and George Hurst. He graduated with distinction, won the Ernest Read Conducting Prize, and was awarded the prestigious DipRAM for an outstanding final recital.
Alina Adamski (Salzburg Young Singers Project 2017)
The Polish soprano Alina Adamski is currently a postgraduate student under the supervision of Krystyna Rorbach at the Lódz Academy of Music, where she has completed a master’s degree. She is also a member of the Opera Academy at the Warsaw National Opera, where she is studying with Eytan Pessen.
Her debut took place in Lódz in 2013, as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. In 2014, she won the Amber String Competition in Wloclawek and the following year, she won both the Chamber Competition and the Paderewski Competition in Bydgoszcz. She was additionally awarded the NobleArt Prize for the best music diploma result in Poland, the Primus in artibus Award as the best graduate student at the Lódz Academy of Music and the 2016 Germania Prize for Excellence at the Grand Prix de l’Opéra de Bucharest.
Alina is a participant in the 2017 Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project.
Seungju Bahg (First Prize winner 2017)
Seungju Bahg is a South Korean tenor and the First Prize winner of The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2017. He is 27 years old and comes from South Korea’s second largest city, Busan. Today, he lives in Mannheim, where he attends Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst.
Bahg mainly performs within the lyrical tenor repertoire. At home in South Korea, he performed in e.g. Mozart’s The Magic Flute and in oratories such as Haydn’s The Creation and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. At The Queen Sonja International Music Competition earlier this year, he sang lyrical arias by Mozart, Donizetti, Gounod and Puccini.
In 2016, Seungju Bahg won the International Opera Singers Contest in Alcamo, Italy and the second prize at the Wilhelm Stenhammar International Music Competition in Norrköping, Sweden. His greatest gain so far is the First Prize of 40 000 euros in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2017.
Rihab Chaieb (Lindemann Young Artists Program)
Rihab Chaieb is a mezzo-soprano who was born in Tunisia and raised in Canada. She is a member of the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera in New York and won the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition in 2016.
Chaieb is a former member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and participant in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program where she made important role debuts as Sesto in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito and as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.
She debuted at the Glyndebourne Festival as Mércedès in David McVicar’s production of Carmen, followed by an acclaimed Metropolitan Opera debut last season as Zulma in Rossini’s L’italiana in Algeri with James Levine.
Elsa Dreisig (Second Prize winner 2015)
The Danish-French soprano Elsa Dreisig won the Second Prize at The Queen Sonja International Music Competition in Oslo in 2015 and the first prize at Operalia, founded by Placido Domingo, in 2016. This summer, she was nominated as this year’s opera talent at the Copenhagen Opera Festival.
Elsa Dreisig is raised in France and educated in Lyon and Paris. In 2015, she joined Staatsoper Berlin under the leadership of Daniel Barenboim, where she is now employed. She has also performed at the l’Opéra Bastille in Paris and the Zurich Opera House, and was a soloist at the Berliner Philharmonic’s season opening with Haydn’s The Creation, under the leadership of chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle.
Elsa comes from a family of singers and is the niece of the well-known Danish soprano Elsebeth Dreisig.
Ruslana Koval (Finalist Prize winner 2017)
The soprano Ruslana Koval is 27 years old and from Ukraine. She is educated at the Petro Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kiev and became part of the Young Artists Opera Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre in 2014.
At the Bolshoi Theatre, she has sung the role as Barbarina in Mozart’s Figaro’s Wedding. This summer, she debuted the role of Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto at Opernhaus Wuppertal. Her dream role is the Queen of Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, because the music from this opera is what made her wish to become a singer as a child.
Earlier this year, Ruslana was a finalist in both The Queen Sonja International Music Competition and Operalia.
Alexander Roslavets (Third Prize winner 2017)
Alexander Roslavets is a bass singer from Belarus. He already performed as a singer in school, but got a degree in psychology before being admitted to the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. In 2014, he became part of the Young Artists Opera Programme at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
During his three years at the Bolshoi Theatre, he also participated in a wide range of competitions, including The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2017, where he became the Third Prize winner. He also won the first prize at the national singing contest in Russia and the International Eva Marton Singing Competition in Budapest.
Alexander shares his time between Russia, where he performs at the Bolshoi Theater, and Germany, where he has been employed at Staatsoper Hamburg since 2016. There, he sings a wide repertoire of bass roles, from Mozart to Wagner and Puccini.
Giovanni Sebastiano Sala (Second Prize winner 2017)
The Italian tenor Giovanni Sala is 25 years old and comes from a musical family in Como. He started with music at a very early stage and performed as a boy soprano. As a 15-year-old tenor, he joined his family’s vocal group Famiglia Sala
, where he, together with his parents and four sisters, sings a mixed repertoire, from ancient church music to folk songs and evergreens.
He was educated as a classical singer in Milan, and in 2014 he debuted as Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Juan and as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Since then, he has performed on several Italian music scenes, and under the leadership of the famous conductor Riccardo Muti.
Last year, he won the talent award at the La Scala opera house in Milan for his performance as Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Giovanni won the Second Prize in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2017.
Christian Valle (Winner of the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship 2017)
Christian Valle is a Norwegian bass-baritone who studies with a scholarship on the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He studies under the continued guidance of Robert Dean and made his professional debut at Garsington Opera in 2017, singing the High Priest in Semele
Christian has worked with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra two years in a row. He performed the role of Elder Brother in the world premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell-Davies’ final opera The Hogboon in 2016 and the role of Ruffiack in Ligeti’s Le grand macabre in 2017. Recent concert work includes Brahm’s Requiem and Händel’s Messiah. Other concert repertoire includes Bach’s St John Passion, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and Brahms’ Liebeslieder.
Christian was awarded the Ingrid Bjoner Scholarship as the best Norwegian participant in The Queen Sonja International Music Competition 2017.