Daniel Bubeck, a native of Wilmington, Delaware, studied at the University of Indiana, the Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Delaware, completing his education with courses at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and Oberlin Conservatory’s Baroque Performance Institute. He made his professional debut in 2000 in the world premiere of John Adams’s El Niño in Paris (production: Peter Sellars; conductor: Kent Nagano); since then he has appeared in this work in twenty different productions worldwide. At the centre of Bubeck’s repertoire are the operas of Georg Friedrich Handel, which he has performed for such institutions as New York City Opera and the Florida Bach Festival. Bubeck was a winner in the Liederkranz Vocal Competition and a recipient of a Sullivan Career Grant. In 2012, he sang in the premiere of Adamsʼs Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel. Daniel Bubeck has also performed works by Philip Glass, Hans Werner Henze, David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon with such ensembles as the Boston, Atlanta and San Francisco Symphonies, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. This is his first appearance with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Brian Cummings studied Early Music at Indiana University, working with Paul Elliott, Paul Hillier and Nigel North and currently continues his education with the French Baroque specialist Guillemette Laurens in Paris. He also sang in the premiere of John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary in 2012. Since his professional debut in the premiere of John Adams’s El Niño, he has appeared in performances of this piece throughout the world, including at Carnegie Hall, with English National Opera, the London Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, the Tokyo Symphony, and most recently at the Spoleto Festival USA. He has worked under such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Vladimir Jurowski, Robert Spano, David Robertson, John Adams and Tõnu Kaljuste, In 2010 he appeared in the title role of Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Opera Fuoco under David Stern. Cummings collaborates regularly with director Timothy Nelson, having sung the roles of David in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas, Hamor in Handel’s Jephtha, and Iarbo/Corebo in Cavalli’s Didone. He has also appeared as a soloist at the Washington and Bloomington early music festivals and has given concerts with ensembles such as Theatre of Voices, Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Entheos and Les Muses Galantes; Brian Cummings now makes his debut in Berliner Philharmoniker concerts.
Peter Hoare was born in Bradford and initially trained as a percussionist, before beginning his singing career. The tenor made his debut at Welsh National Opera where his many roles have included Herod (Salome), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Captain (Wozzeck), Alwa (Lulu) and Mal in the world premiere of James MacMillan’s The Sacrifice. His extensive repertoire ranges from Mozart’s Zauberflöte to B. A. Zimmerman’s Die Soldaten, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Anna Nicoleand Alexander Raskatov’s The Dog’s Heart. He is a regular guest at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and English National Opera in London as well as singing at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Berlin State Opera or the festivals in Salzburg and Glyndebourne. In concert Peter Hoare has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Philharmonia Orchestra London, and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, working with conductors such as Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Sir Charles Mackerras or Esa-Pekka Salonen. He first performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2003 in Hector Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. In September 2003 he took part in the concert performances of Mozart’s opera Idomeneo in Berlin, Lucerne and Salzburg – equally under Sir Simon.
Nathan Medley received degrees in voice and historically informed performance practice from Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio and has emerged as one of the leading younger-generation countertenors. He has sung at some of the major stages of the world, including the English National Opera and Barbican Centre in London, La Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais de Musique, Strasbourg, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Lucerne Festival, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Recent performances have brought him to the Boston Early Music Festival (as Ottone in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Chicago’s Ravinia Festival. Nathan Medley is a member of Echoing Air, an American ensemble devoted to early and contemporary music. He made his professional debut in 2012 in John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. In May 2016 he premiered John Harbinson’s TheCross of Snow for countertenor and viola da gamba consort in Chicago with Second City Musick. A sought-after voice instructor as well, Nathan Medley teaches at Marian University and the University of Indiana. This is the first time he appears with the Berliner Philharmonikern.
Tamara Mumford, a native of Sandy (Utah), studied at Utah State University and began her stage career as part of the Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, where she made her debut in 2006 and has since appeared in more than 140 performances (including productions of Anna Bolena, Rigoletto, Ariadne auf Naxos, Parsifal, Idomeneo, a complete Ring Cycle, DieZauberflöte, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wozzeck and L’Amour de loin). Other engagements have taken Tamara Mumford to the international festivals in Caramoor (New York), Glyndebourne, the BBC Proms and to renowned opera houses around the world. Also an active concert performer and recitalist, Tamara Mumford appeared with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the world premiere and subsequent tours of John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary. In concert Mumford has also worked with conductors such as Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, James Levine, and Donald Runnicles. She also regularly performs chamber music and lieder, for example at the Marlboro Festival or at Carnegie‘s Zankel Hall.These concerts mark her debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, a native of California who was educated at the Thornton School of Music and the University of California, has developed a reputation in particular as an interpreter of contemporary American music. She created the role of Federico Garcia Lorca in the world premiere of Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar at the Tanglewood Festival and sings on the Grammy Award winning recording of the opera. She has also earned great acclaim for her performances of Peter Lieberson’s Neruda Songs and The World in Flower. O’Connor performs a concert repertoire that spans from Bach to Berio, including works by Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Dvořák, Verdi, Ravel, Stravinsky and Bernstein, with such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Harding, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Leonard Slatkin and Edo de Waart. The artist enjoys a particularly warm musical collaboration with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra. She made her debut in Berliner Philharmoniker concerts in October 2008, performing Lieberson’s Neruda Songs under David Zinman. Her last appearance with the orchestra was in March 2015 in Debussy’s La Damoiselle élue and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, conducted by Donald Runnicles.
The Rundfunkchor Berlin (Berlin Radio Choir) is a regular guest at major festivals and the chosen partner of international orchestras and conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann and Daniel Barenboim. In Berlin the choir has long-standing partnerships with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Berliner Philharmoniker. The exceptional breadth of its repertoire, its stylistic versatility, delight in experimentation, stunning responsiveness and richly nuanced sound all contribute to making it one of the world’s outstanding choral ensembles. Its work is documented by many recordings and awards, including three Grammy Awards. With its experimental project series, in collaboration with artists from diverse disciplines, the Rundfunkchor Berlin is breaking down the classical concert format and adopting new modes of choral music for a new audience: e.g. the interactive scenic version of Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem staged by Jochen Sandig / Sasha Waltz & Guests attracted great attention. With annual activities such as the Sing-along Concert and the “Liederbörse” (Song Exchange) for children and young people or the education programme SING! the choir invites people of various walks of life to the world of singing. Academy and Schola support the next generation of professionals. Founded in 1925 the ensemble was shaped by conductors including Helmut Koch, Dietrich Knothe, Robin Gritton and Simon Halsey (2001-2015). As of the 2015/16 season Gijs Leenars took over as new principal conductor and artistic director. The Rundfunkchor last appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2017 in Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem conducted by Marek Janowski.