Armenian soprano Tereza Gevorgyan was born in 1988. She studied with Rafael Akopyants at
the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory and received her bachelor's degree in 2005. In her
third year at the conservatory, she performed as a soloist, playing Serafina in Il
campanello, Serpina in La serva padrona, and Fanny in La cambiale di
In 2011, Ms. Gevorgyan was selected for the Georg Solti Accademia in Tuscany, receiving
intensive training with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Thomas Allen, and performing in Tuscany
and Florence. She also recorded an Italian song for the Solti 100th birthday celebration
CD, which was produced by Richard Bonynge.
Ms. Gevorgyan's operatic repertoire includes Musetta in La bohème, Norina in
Don Pasquale, the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lauretta in
Gianni Schicchi, Marfa in The Tsar's Bride, Tatiana in Eugene
Onegin, and Antonia in Les contes d'Hoffmann.
Ms. Gevorgyan has won several vocal competitions in Armenia and, most recently, the 2012
Ludmilla Andrew Russian Song Prize contest at the Royal Academy of Music, where she
continues her studies with Lillian Watson and Jonathan Papp, having completed her master's
degree in performance this year. She is supported by a Raffy Manoukian Scholarship at the
Swedish mezzo-soprano Matilda Paulsson first achieved recognition as Octavian in Der
Rosenkavalier at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm during the spring of 2008.
She was immediately invited to sing the same role at Staatsoper Hannover as well as Theater
Kiel. She has sung Fenena in Nabucco at the Royal Danish Opera; Arsamene in
Serse and Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro at the Royal Swedish
Opera; and Carmen at the Opera på Skäret, Finnish National Opera, and Royal Swedish Opera.
During the summer of 2012, she sang Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at Opera
Hedeland in Denmark.
Ms. Paulsson's career took off rapidly after her studies at the Royal Academy of Music,
and master classes at the Georg Solti Accademia and the University College of Opera in
Stockholm. She has sung Ottavia in L'incoronazione di Poppea at Drottningholm
Palace and made her debut at the Royal Danish Opera as Der Komponist in Robert Carsen's
production of Ariadne auf Naxos. Her repertoire also includes Dorabella in
Così fan tutte, Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, Hans in Hänsel und
Gretel, and Lisetta in Haydn's Il mondo della luna.
In concert, Ms. Paulsson has appeared under the batons of Sir Charles Mackerras, Gustavo
Dudamel, Daniel Harding, Arnold Östman, Alan Buribayev, and others, in venues such as the
Royal Albert Hall, St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Martin in the Fields, St. John's Smith Square,
Berwald Concert Hall, and Gothenburg Concert Hall. Last spring included a recital at the
Suginami Kokodai Recital Hall in Tokyo as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.
In 2009, Ms. Paulsson's first solo CD, Junge liebe (Caprice), was released,
on which she performs a selection of lieder accompanied by Bengt-Åke Lundin. Her second CD,
Der Ton (Sterling), includes songs by Joseph Marx.
Tenor Roberto Ortiz was born in Mexico City. He studied at the Escuela Superior de Música
in his hometown, followed by studies with Ryland Davies and Audrey Hyland at the Royal
Academy of Music in London, where he earned a master's degree. He has participated in
master classes at the Georg Solti Accademia and in opera classes with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,
Catherine Malfitano, José Carreras, Susan Young, Dennis O'Neill, Francisco Araiza, and
Mr. Ortiz has appeared in concert in England, Mexico, Italy, and Switzerland. In addition
to his extensive song and oratorio repertoire, he has sung the roles of Ferrando in
Così fan tutte, Egeo in Giasone, Alfredo in La traviata, Jupiter
in Semele, and Damon in Acisand Galatea. In America, he has
participated in the following festivals: the Golden Gate International Children's and Youth
Choral Festival in Oakland, California, in 1995; the Children of the World in Harmony
International Youth Choir and Dance Festival in Arizona in 1997; and the International
Children's Choir Festival in Arizona in 1999.
As a member of the Opernstudio at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, Mr. Ortiz performed Don Curzio
in Le nozze di Figaro, Flavio in Norma, and the Student and Hrázda in
Osud during the 2011-2012 season. This September, Mr. Ortiz joined the Young
Associate Artists' Programme at the Opernhaus Zürich for the 2012-2013 season.
British baritone Ross Ramgobin studied English and drama at Brunel University before
commencing study at the Royal Academy of Music in 2009. He graduated with distinction with
a master's degree in vocal studies and is now in his second year of the Royal Academy
Opera, taught by Glenville Hargreaves and Jonathan Papp.
Mr. Ramgobin's roles include Belcore in L'elisir d'amore, Pastore
and Apollo in L'Orfeo, and Aeneas in Dido and Aeneas. His Royal Academy
of Music opera scenes roles have included Marcello in La bohème,
Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, de Brétigny in Manon,
Faninal in Der Rosenkavalier, Dark Fiddler in A Village Romeo and Juliet,
and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia. Mr. Ramgobin also played Claudio in
Berlioz's Béatrice et Bénédict under Sir Colin Davis, directed by John
Mr. Ramgobin's 2012 engagements include Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte,
Lakai in the prologue from Ariadne auf Naxos, and Haydn's Creation.
He was also awarded a place at the 2012 Georg Solti Accademia, where he took part in master
classes with Richard Bonynge, Dennis O'Neill, and Angela Gheorghiu.
Future engagements include the title role in Tchaikovsky's Eugene
Onegin (sung in Russian) for Royal Opera Academy in March 2013. He will also
perform the role of Arasse in Handel's Siroe for the Internationale
Händel-Festspiele Göttingen under Laurence Cummings in May 2013.
Mr. Ramgobin is generously supported by the Sybil Tutton Award administered by the
Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Catherine Osborne Award, The Mabel Harper Charitable Trust
Scholarship, Sophie's Silver Lining Fund, The Carr-Gregory Trust Award, and the Santander