Anne CambierAnne Cambier 

Soprano

Anne Cambier Soprano Anne Cambier practices the three major disciplines of song, opera and oratorio, and has already built up an impressive and varied career.

 

After her training at the Royal Music Conservatory of Ghent (Belgium), Anne Cambier further developed her abilities with Noëlle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. At the same time she followed masterclasses with Suzanne Danco, Hugues Quenod, Thomas Hampson, Geoffrey Parsons, Thomas Hemsley, Graham Johnson, Paul Hamburger and others. During her stay in England, she already performed a number of roles with various British opera companies and in the same period participated in creative productions by Les Arts Florissants conducted by William Christie.

 

Back in Belgium, her career fl ourished thanks to the International Queen Elisabeth Competition in 1996. She was invited to perform with most of the Belgian orchestras and worked with conductors such as C. Hogwood, A. Pappano, S. Ozawa, R. Goebel, G. Llewellyn, P. Ellis, P. Goodwin, P. Peire, P. Dombrecht, G. Octors and D. Brossé.

 

In 1997 Anne Cambier made her debut at the National Opera in Brussels. This brought high critical acclaim and as a result, La Monnaie immediately offered her a variety of roles: Erste Knappe in “Parsifal” (directed by A. Pappano); Nimfa in “Orfeo” (Trisha Brown/René Jacobs) with later performances broadening her international reputation in Aix-en-Provence, Paris, London and New-York; Barbarina in “Le nozze de Figaro” (C. Loy/ A. Pappano) and the leading role in “La Rappresentatione di Anima e di Corpo” with the Ensemble La Fenice conducted by Jean Tubéry.

 

For the Flemish Opera she twice played the role of Rowan in “Let’s make an Opera” by B. Britten and she sang Karolka (“Jenufa”/Janacek) directed by Robert Carsen, an opera revived in Japan in August 2001 with Seiji Ozawa as conductor.

 

Anne Cambier also works in close collaboration with Music Theatre Transparant, the Flemish Chamber Opera Company. She sang in a production of songs by Samuel Barber “Een Leugen van Schoonheid”, performed the title role in Mozart’s “Zaïde” and achieved a huge success in the challenging role of Seleuce in Haendel’s “Tolomeo” (Lindy Hume/Paul Dombrecht) that was taken on tour in Holland. In 2002-2003 she performs the role of Elisa in Mozart’s “Il Re Pastore” (Ramsey Nasr/Il Fondamento conducted by Paul Dombrecht). Anne Cambier performs regularly with Baroque orchestras such as Musica Antiqua Köln, La Petite Bande, Il Fondamento, The Academy of Ancient Music and Les Agrémens. She sings oratorios and cantatas.

 

Her acclaimed recitals are staged with Belgian pianists such as Jan Vermeulen, Jozef De Beenhouwer, Levente Kende, Jean-Claude Vanden Eynde. She has also found true partners in the well-known Belgian clarinetist Walter Boeykens and the members of his ensemble for the highy notable performances of chamber music. With them, she gave a unique concert marking the State Visit of the Belgian King and Queen to Portugal in 1999. That same year Anne Cambier sang at the Wedding Mass of Crown Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium.

 

Next season, Anne Cambier will sing Papagena in Mozart’s Magic Flute at the Ruhr-Triennale with Marc Minkowski as conductor.

 

 



FotiniFotini Athanassaki

Mezzo Soprano

 

Fotini Athanassaki was born in Athens and received her Classical Singing Diploma in January 2013 with Honors and a First Prize with Mezzo Soprano Margaret Syngeniotou. She has performed the roles of : Neris in L. Cherubini's "Medea", Zia Principessa in G. Puccini's "Suor Angelica", Mrs Herring in B. Britten's "Albert Herring" in Thessaloniki Concert Hall (March 2014) and Violance/Goddess Athena in P. Karousso's "Prometheus Bound". She has also sung the Mezzo/Alto part in A. Vivaldi's "Gloria" with Athens City Orchestra under the Baguette of M. Economou (March 2015), M. A. Charpentier's "Messe de Minuit pour Noel", G. B. Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater", C. Saint-Saens's "Oratorio de Noel", C. Monteverdi's "Messa a quattri voci da cappella" and experts from V. Bellini's "Zaira", G. Verdi's "Un Ballo In Maschera", "Traviata" and "Il Trovatore", W.A Mozart's "Zauberflote", G. Verdi's "Requiem", W. A. Mozart's "Requiem", G. Rossini's "Stabat Mater" and "Pettite Messe Sollenelle" and G.F. Haendel's "Messiah".

She has been collaborating with the Greek National Opera since 2011. The summers of 2012 and 2013 participated in the "Festival of the Aegean" and the Greek Opera Studio in Syros, where she performed with Padardzhik Symphony Orchestra (Sofia) and the National Symphonic Orchestra of Ballet and Opera of Tirana under the Baguette of G. Palikarov, P. Tiboris and F. Bardot.

In June 2013 won the Athens Academy Scholarship for a post Degree in Classical Singing.

In August 2013 attended the "Berlin Opera Studio", performing in Bayreuth, Germany. She has attended Masterclasses and Classical Singing lessons with: Jeanette Pilou, Dimitris Kavrakos, Eilana Lappalainen, Peter Svensson, Michelle Breedt, Keith-Ikaya Purdy, Graciela Araya, Anooshah Goleshorkhi, Fotini Kostopoulou and George Soutis. She has a Hotel & Tourism Management Degree, Proficiency in English (Cambridge) and basic knowledge of Italian, French, Spanish and German.

From Fotini

Dear Mary and Dirk!

Thank you very much for the opportunity you gave me to participate in such a beautiful concert!
I have never seen more dedicated and well prepared choir.
Every one of them, transmitted to the public their love and enthusiasm.
It was wonderful being there and being part of that magic!
It was really a privilege to work with you all and the memory of that concert will always be in my heart.
Keep up the good work!
I hope to see you all again soon!

Love,
Fotini