Anja Harteros sopraan
Anja Harteros started voice training at the age of 14. In 1992 she gave her first concert at the Kantonsschule Schwyz in Switzerland. After completing high school in 1991, Harteros continued her voice studies under Liselotte Hammes at the Cologne University of Music. Her original singing teacher, Astrid Huber-Aulmann, continued to teach her until early 1996, and Harteros accompanied Huber-Aulmann on concerts tours in 1993 and 1994 to Russia and the United States. After her 1996 exams, she was given a permanent position with the ensemble at the opera in Bonn. In the summer of 1999, she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, which led to many invitations for concerts and guest performances. Since then, she has appeared as a guest at all the major world opera houses.
Bernard Haitink first conducted the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 1956. He was the orchestra's chief conductor from 1961-88, and named honorary conductor in 1999 in recognition of his many artistic achievements. Upon ending his tenure in Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink was Music Director of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden for over fourteen years. He has also been Music Director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Bernard Haitink has close relationships with many other of the world’s great orchestras. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony, and an honorary member of both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Bernard Haitink has received many awards and distinctions. He was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau (1969), Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion (1980), Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau (1988) and Commander in Order of the Netherlands Lion (2017).