Janja Vuletic, mezzo-soprano

Janja Vuletic was born in Dubrovnik (Croatia) where she first studied music at the Dubrovnik Conservatory. Already during her first years of studing, she won Singing Competitions both at regional level then national, and eventually international level; winning in 2000 the International « Schneider Trnavsky » Competition in Slovakia. Soon afterwards she graduated at the Music University in Vienna. In 2005, she was winner of six Prizes at the 24th International Belvedere Singing Contest in Vienna, including 1st Prize for Operetta and 2d Prize for Opera. In 2008 she won the Opera Competition of the TV Broadcast Mezzo thanks to her performance of Lucretia (The rape of Lucretia) by Britten.

Her earliest engagements include the International Opera Studio Zürich, where she took part in several productions and had the opportunity to make her debut at the Zürich Opera House in Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène, under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. From 2002 through 2006, she was engaged as a soloist at the Karlsruhe Opera, performing parts such as Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro), Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Olga (Eugen Onegin), Niklausse (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), the Prince (Cendrillon) and Idamante (Idomeneo).

In 2006, she made her debut at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie Brussels (Fjodor in Boris Godunow) and at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva (Melanto in Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria). Soon alterwards followed Cosi fan tutte (Despina) at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Bizet’s Djamileh (title role) at the Saint Etienne Opera and at the Opéra National de Lyon, Bizet’s Portrait de Manon (Jean) at the Liceu in Barcelona, Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte) at the Swedish Opera in Stockholm, at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, at the Frankfurt Opera and at the Karlsruhe Opera, Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels as well as Sesto (Giulio Cesare) at the Staatsoper Dresden.The season 2010/2011 was highlighted by her first Carmen (title role)  at the Opéra national de Bordeaux, followed by  The Rake’s Progress (Baba the turk)  at the Opéra national de Lorraine.

Her commitments in the last few years include Carmen (title role) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, Zemlinsky’s Eine florentinische Tragödie (Bianca) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein,  Verdi Requiem’s debut at Konzerthaus in Berlin, as well as Rossini’ s Petit Messe solenelle and Mahlermania with a controversial Berlin theater company Nico and the Navigators, L’incoronatione di Poppea (Nerone) at the New Belgrade Opera, Carmen (title role) at the Theater Bremen, Hamlet (Gertrude), The Rape of Lucretia (Lucretia) und Iphinegie in Aulis (Clytemnestra)  at the National Theater Antonin Dvořák in Ostrava and National Theater in Prag.

During the season 2020/2021 she will appear at the Theater Trier as Ottavia in “L’incoronazione di Poppea” from Monteverdi, as Cherubino in “Le Nozze di Figaro” from Mozart and as Octavian in “Der Rosenkavalier” from Richard Strauss.


Josip Dragnić, guitare

Josip Dragnić is Croatian guitarist, pedagogue and organizer of musical festivals. As a soloist and as a member of chamber music ensembles Josip has played numerous concerts in Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Apart from his active international concert activities, he is regularly invited to give masterclasses and to be a member of the competition juries in Croatia and abroad. He has been a guest in various TV and radio shows on Croatian National Television and Croatian National Radio. Josip received his musical education in the Music school Josip Hatze in Split, at the Academy of Arts in Split and at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuernberg (Germany). He received a master degree in guitar. Josip studied guitar with professors Franz Halasz and Maroje Brčić, but also attended masterclasses with guitarists such as: Costas Cotsiolis, Aniello Desiderio, Marcin Dylla, Zoran Dukić, Ricardo Gallen, Hubert Kappel, Carlo Marchione, David Russell, Pavel Steidl, Scott Tennant and Fabio Zanon.

Josip has won various prizes at national and international competitions as a soloist and as a member of chamber music ensembles. In 2004 he has graduated at Split Faculty of Science and became a professor of mathematics and informatics science.

Josip is a founder and organizer of Chamber Music Festival, Classical Guitar Days in Split and founder and member of Split Guitar Quartet. Since 2003, he has been doing an intensive pedagogic work and his students have won highest prizes at national as well as international competitions. Currently he teaches at UGDA Music school in Luxembourg.


 

 Jean-Nico Schambourg, basse

Jean-Nico fait ses études de chant à l’Ecole de Musique de Wiltz. Il perfectionne sa voix auprès de Luisa Mauro (Luxembourg/Milan) et, dans le cadre du laboratoire lyrique de «Nei Stëmmen Luxembourg/Sequenda», avec les professeurs Mireille Alcantara (Paris) et Enza Ferrari (Scala di Milano). En février 2020, il participe à la masterclass de Jennifer Larmore, organisée par «Sequenda» à Dudelange.

En 2014, il chante le rôle du «Commendatore» dans l’opéra «Don Giovanni» de Mozart dans une co-production de «Nei Stëmmen Luxembourg / Ticino Musica, Lugano». En 2015, il tient le rôle de Diogène dans la création mondiale au Conservatoire de Luxembourg de l’opéra grec « Philippe-Alexandre, une légende» de Sarantis Kassaras. En 2016, il participe aux représentations de « Op der Juegd» (Hilaire), opérette luxembourgeoise de Dicks et «Carmen» (Zuniga) de Bizet, deux productions de l’Opéra du trottoir.

Il se produit régulièrement en tant que soliste dans des concerts d’airs et de scènes d’opéra, d’opérette et de musical, ainsi que de Lied et mélodies.


 

Arina Rasheva, piano

Née à Tambov en Russie dans une famille de musiciens professionnels, Arina commence ses études de piano dès l’âge de sept ans. En 1998 elle intègre l’Académie russe de musique Gnessine de Moscou, où elle obtient son diplôme en 2003. Elle travaille depuis comme accompagnatrice à l’Institut de musique A. Schnittke de Moscou et donne régulièrement des concerts aussi bien en soliste qu’en musique de chambre.

Depuis 2018, Arina et Jean-Nico réalisent régulièrement des concerts pour compte de la Fondation EME de la Philharmonie de Luxembourg. Dans le cadre de leurs « Concerts contre la solitude», ils ont enregistré en mars 2020 un récital à la Philharmonie.