Dame Felicity Lott
Julian Riem

The morning belongs to the young singers who have taken part in Dame Felicity's Lott´s Masterclass and show their skills at this concert.

(c) Christina Raphaelle
(c) Christina Raphaelle

Dame Felicity Lottwas born in Cheltenham and studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music. She sang regularly at London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden and was a guest at all the world’s leading opera stages, including New York, Vienna, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Chicago and Milan. Her versatility and extraordinary creative power impressed her audiences.

Her large repertoire included Ellen Orford in “Peter Grimes”, Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni”, Christine in “Intermezzo”, Countess Madeleine in “Capriccio”, Anne Trulove in “The Rake’s Progress” and Blanche in “Les Dialogues des Carmelites”. With Carlos Kleiber on the podium, Felicity Lott made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Marschallin in “Der Rosenkavalier” and sang this role at the Vienna State Opera and in Japan. She made her debut at Milan’s Scala as Arabella under Wolfgang Sawallisch. These appearances established her reputation as one of the greatest Strauss interpreters.
As a concert singer, Felicity Lott has appeared regularly with renowned orchestras in Europe and the USA, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the Chicago and Boston Symphony Orchestras. She has worked with such renowned conductors as Georg Solti, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Sir Neville Marriner, Charles Mackerras and Neeme Järvi.
In addition to her commitment to opera and concert, Felicity Lott is one of the world’s most outstanding song interpreters. She has given lieder recitals in all the world’s major halls and music centres. She has also recorded an extensive repertoire of songs by Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and French composers.
Felicity Lott holds numerous honorary doctorates. In 1996 Queen Elizabeth II awarded her the title “Dame of the British Empire”. Two years earlier, she was awarded the title “Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French government and in 2001 was knighted by the French Legion of Honour. Felicity Lott has been a Bavarian chamber singer since 2003. The artist’s most recent award in 2016 was the prize for her life’s work at the “International Classical Music Awards”.

© Sammy Hart
© Sammy Hart

Julian Riemstudied under Michael Schäfer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich and under Michel Béroff at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris.
Most recently, he continued his studies in the soloist class of Rudolf Buchbinder at the Basle Music Academy, where he received the soloist diploma with honors. Early on declared by Béroff as one of the “most promising pianists of his generation”, he won international piano competitions in Modena, Madrid and Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence and was a scholarship holder of the German Music Competition.

As a soloist, chamber musician and Lied accompanist, he performs regularly in Europe, Japan and the USA. He plays both in the Velit Quartet and in the Munich Horn Trio, which received an Echo Klassik for the recording of the Horn Trios by Brahms, Ligeti and Koechlin at Farao classics in 2012. Together with cellist Raphaela Gromes he forms a solid duo whose CD recording ‘Serenata Italiana’ 2017 will be released by Sony classical. The CD program will be presented in season 17/18 in the Tonhalle Zurich, the Allerheiligen Hofkirche Munich, het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Laiszhalle Hamburg and the Wiener Konzertverein.

He performed at international festivals like the Liszt-en-Provence Piano Festival, Musica mundi in Brussels, the Rolf Liebermann Podium Hamburg, Les Muséiques in Basel, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, the Munich Biennale, the Munich Opera Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Oleg -Kagan Festival Kreuth, the Tucson Friends of Chambermusic, Arizona, Tongyeong International Music Festival, Korea, and Barge Music New York.