Peter Hoare was born in Bradford and initially trained as a percussionist, before starting his singing career. The tenor mad his debut at Welsh National Opera, where his many roles have included Herod (Salome), Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Laca (Jenůfa), Captain (Wozzeck)and Mal in the world premiere of James MacMillanʼs The Sacrifice. His extensive repertoire encompasses everything from the more mainstream works to Zimmermannʼs Die Soldaten, Tippettʼs A Child of Our Time, Turnageʼs Anna Nicole und Raskatovʼs The Dog’s Heart. Peter Hoare can be seen regularly at both the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and English National Opera in London as well as at opera houses across Europe and the USA. In concert Peter Hoare has appeared with the Royal Concertbebouw Orchestra under Daniel Harding (Das Lied von der Erde), the Philharmonia Orchestra London, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has worked with many eminent conductors such as Mark Elder, Daniel Harding, Sir Charles Mackerras and Esa-Pekka Salonen. The tenor made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in January 2003 in Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Most recently, Peter Hoare sang in John Adamsʼs oratorio The Gospel According to the Other Mary in January 2017, equally conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
Pavlo Hunka was born in England, the son of a Ukrainian father and an English mother. He qualified as a Linguist and then practised as a Lawyer in the United Kingdom for four years before embarking on a singing career. He began his vocal studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and completed them in Switzerland with Kammersängerin Maria Sandulescu. He began his operatic career in Basel, Switzerland. For the last 27 years, he has sung in opera houses around the world, including Paris, Vienna, Munich, Florence, Amsterdam, Moscow, London, Salzburg, Berlin, and under conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Pavlo Hunkaʼs repertoire includes Don Pizarro (Fidelio), Schigolch (Lulu), Tomsky (Pique Dame), Klingsor (Parsifal), Hunding (Die Walküre), Shishkov (From the House of the Dead), Simone (The Florentine Tragedy) and the title roles in Wozzeck, Falstaff and Macbeth. Pavlo is Artistic Director of the Ukrainian Art Song Project, whose aim is to record an anthology of over 1,000 Ukrainian classical art songs by 26 Ukrainian composers. He made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in 1994 in a concert production of Richard Strauss’s Elektra, conducted by Claudio Abbado, which was also performed at Salzburg Easter Festival the following year. His last appearance here was in June 2015 in Jonathans Doveʼs children’s opera The Monster in the Maze, conducted bySir Simon Rattle.
Frode Olsen was born in Oslo and studied at the National Opera Conservatory. From 1982 until 1986 he was a member of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. His career has taken him to international opera houses such as Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, De Vlaamse Opera Antwerp, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Hamburg, Oslo Opera House, and the festivals in Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Aix-en-Provence. His most important roles include the title role in Messiaenʼs Saint François d’Assise, Astradamors (Le Grand Macabre) King Mark (Tristan und Isolde), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Wotan (Die Walküre), Pimen (Boris Godunov), Doktor in Berg’s Wozzeck and Arkel in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. Frode Olsen has worked with renowned directors includingPeter Konwitschny, Luc Bondy, David Pountney, Peter Sellars, Willy Decker and conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Marc Albrecht, William Christie, Kent Nagano and Antonio Pappano.In concert, the bass regularly performs in works such as Verdiʼs Requiem, Rossiniʼs Petite Messe solennelle, Dvořákʼs Stabat mater, Handelʼs Messiah, Haydnʼs Creation and Beethovenʼs Missa solemnis. Frode Olsen is appearing for the first time in concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Peter Sellars is one of the most unconventional and innovative theatre and opera directors of our times. Central to his work on literary subjects is his desire to highlight their relevance to the political and social questions of today. On graduating from the Phillips Academy in Massachusetts in 1975, he studied literature and music at Harvard University, making his debut as a stage director in New York in 1980. After a further period of study in Asia, he became director of the Boston Shakespeare Company in 1983 and the following year was appointed director of the American National Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Sellars came to international attention as an opera director when his productions of Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni were broadcast on American television, leading to invitations to appear in major houses all over the world, including the Salzburg, Glyndebourne and Vienna Festivals, the San Francisco Opera and the Opéra National de Paris. He has championed the creation of many new works, with long-time collaborator John Adams, such as Nixon in China and Doctor Atomic, and works by Tan Dun, Osvaldo Golijov and Kaija Saariaho. Peter Sellars has received numerous honours (MacArthur Fellowship and the Erasmus Prize among others) and is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is professor at the University of California in Los Angeles. The collaboration between Sellars and the Berliner Philharmoniker began in April 2010 with the St Matthew Passion, followed by the St John Passion in 2014. As part of his residency with the Berliner Philharmoniker in the 2015-16 season, his most recent project was the staging of Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande in December 2015.