The Austro‐American baritone Lukas Johan was born in Raleigh NC and grew up in Vienna, Austria where he learned to play piano and found his way to classical singing and Opera. Among his first roles were Gernando (L'isola disabitata) and Ecclitico (Il mondo della luna). He focused on German Lied and performed various cycles of Schubert (Die Winterreise, Die schöne Müllerin) and Schumann (Op. 24., Op. 39, Dichterliebe).
In 2016 he debuted the role of Don Giovanni at the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn, one of his prime roles still today, which he sang again in 2017 (Vienna Summer Music Festival) and 2019 (Brooklyn Theater, Pretoria, South Africa). He performed various roles at the Off Theater Vienna: Marco and Notaio (Gianni Schicchi) and Ben (The Telephone) in 2016, Guglielmo (Così fan tutte) in 2018, Belcore (L'elisir d'amore) in 2019 as well as with Opera Classica in Frankfurt as Dancairo and Morales in Carmen and as Fiorello (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) at the Cartuja Center in Seville, Spain in 2018. Other prime roles include Papageno which he sang in a children's adaptation in whole of Austria in 2017. He has partaken in several operertta festivals in Austria as Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) and Graf Homonay (Der Zigeunerbaron).
Beside his debut as Belcore in Vienna and his international debut as Don Giovanni he recently debuted as Marcello (La Bohème) in Edmonton, Canada, performed Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) at the Alte Oper Frankfurt as well as Hermann and Schlemil (Les Contes d'Hoffmann) at Oper Klosterneuburg and can be seen in several song recitals, concert galas and oratorios in Austria and Germany.
Daniel Strahilevitz is the principal pianist, vocal coach and musical director of the Vienna PlusOpera Otto Edelmann Society Showcase organization with which he performed several operas, incl. Gianni Schicchi, Così fan Tutte, Le Nozze die Figaro, L’elisir d’amore, La Serva Padrona, The Telephone and Jesus Christ Superstar, of which he also conducted from the keyboard. In addition, Strahilevitz has been the musical director of the Vienna Bel canto company, with which he has performed Lucrezia Borgia and La Traviata. Principal vocal coach in the American Vienna Summer Music Festival he has also been the vocal coach of the Opera class at Richard Wagner Konservatorium.
Through the varied performances in Solo Recitals, Chamber Music, Lied and Contemporary music performances Daniel Strahilevitz has already established himself as a versatile musician - an exciting soloist and a passionate collaborative artist, performing in many countries around the world, in Europe, Asia, Israel and South-Africa. 2018 he gave a debut recital in Xiamen, China, where he also conducted a public opera masterclass as part of the Xiamen International Festival 2018. His second Lied & Opera Masterclass focused for singers and pianists was held in June 2019.
1st Prize winner of Baden-Württemberg piano competition in Stuttgart (2015) and Composers Forum Prize (Best performance) at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin (2015), critically acclaimed pianist Strahilevitz was invited by Lang Lang to perform at the Gstaad Menuhin Festivalin 2016. He recorded for the Belgian RTBF and the Israeli "Voice of Music" Radio channels. Daniel earned Bachelor degree at the Tel Aviv Buchmann-Mehta School of Music (BMus) and Masters degree at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik (MA), in the classes of Eldar Nebolsin, Emanuel Krasovsky and Yossi Reshef and has worked with notable mentors including Andras Schiff, Menachem Pressler and Robert Levin. He is a recipient of prizes and awards from the South-African Music Rights Organization and the American-Israel Cultural Foundation. In 2017 he participated in a conducting practicum at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna.
Soprano Natalie Weinberg currently lives in Vienna, Austria, where she is a frequent soloist in opera and concert performances. She also studies Lied and Oratorio at the University for Music and Performing Arts (MDW) with Professors Claudia Visca and Florian Boesch. She graduated with her Master of Music degree from Indiana University in 2016 under the tutelage of Patricia Stiles. She also earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Indiana University with a minor in Italian. Originally from New York, Weinberg called Atlanta home for several years before moving to Vienna, Austria. Ms. Weinberg was a finalist in the Bel Canto Foundation competition in Chicago, IL and a semi-finalist in the International Otto Edelmann Singing Competition in Vienna. In Vienna, she has sung the role of Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Neue Studiobühne der MDW. She is also a frequent soloist at renowned locations, such as the Schlosstheater Schönbrunn and the Salon Razumovsky. Weinberg has also performed with renowned Austrian cabaretist, Michael Niavarani, in Mendelssohn’s Ein Sommernachtstraum at the Globe Theater in Vienna. This summer, she will perform at the Salzburg Festival in Adriana Lecouvreur.
Previous roles with IU Opera Theater include Adele in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Elvira in Rossini’s The Italian Girl in Algiers and Friend of Thi Mao in the world premiere of P. Q. Phan’s The Tale of Lady Thi Kính. Weinberg also sang the role of Mrs. Keeney in the world premiere of Ezra Donner’s Ile with New Voices Opera. Along with her operatic repertoire, Ms. Weinberg has been featured as a soprano soloist in Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor, Mozart's Vesperae solennes de confessore, Rossini's Petite messe solennelle, and Haydn’s Missa brevis in F Major. She has also been an active soloist with the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in Indianapolis, Indiana, and with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Sonja was born in Sydney, Australia and is of Russian/Polish/Austrian heritage. She became entranced by the violin at age 3 after attending a baby prom by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and began studying the Suzuki method with Barbara Hayward. She completed her Bachelor of Music (Performance) with first-class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, studying with Christopher Kimber and was the recipient of the George & Margaret Henderson Postgraduate Scholarship and University Postgraduate Award. She is currently undertaking the Masters program at the Konservatorium Wien, studying with Professor Florian Zwiauer (1st Konzertmeister, Wiener Symphoniker).
Sonja has been fortunate to work in a variety of genres with artists including composer Chloé Charody, classical/theatre collective Ilythian, Extra Sounds Ensemble (Krakow), Wiener Symphoniker, Concertino Wien, Max Steiner Orchestra Vienna, guest musician with Jazz Orchestra Tirol, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, English Session Orchestra, Sydney Scoring Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Palace Gate Orchestra (concertmaster), Sydney Camerata, film director Jane Campion and composer Mark Bradshaw (soundtrack for ‘Bright Star’), pop/rock band Saving Grace, The Eastern Bloc folk string quartet, experimental band Wicked Miranda, Australian hip-hop group Mind Over Matter, balkan ensemble The Yellow Quinces and musical circus-stunt group Strings on Fire. Coming from a diverse musical background incuding folk and jazz, Sonja has also performed with various groups on guitar, double bass, piano and percussion. She has a special interest in new music, twentieth-century Russian music (particularly that of Sergei Prokofiev) and in the circus arts of fire performance, acrobatics and more recently stilt walking, pole and aerial arts...
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