27-year-old conductor Maximilian Fane is a Co-Founder and the Artistic Director of The New Generation Festival, Chief Executive of the Mascarade Opera Studio, Artistic Director of Andermatt Music, and former Artistic Director of the touring opera company Raucous Rossini and Westbourne Music in Glasgow.
Recent engagements include Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, Gluck’s Orfeo e Euridice, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2, Requiem and Don Giovanni, Rossini’s La Scala di Seta and L’occasione fa il ladro, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, Bruch’s Violin Concerto, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony no.5, and the world première of a specially composed jazz suite: The Spirit of Harlem. In 2020 Max will conduct Brahms’s Symphony No.1, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Sibelius’ Violin Concerto.
Max is graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied voice and piano. He achieved a Distinction in his MSc in Business and Management at the University of Strathclyde where he was the European Visionary Scholar and achieved a prize for his dissertation on strategy in the classical music industry.
Roger is a Co-Founder and the Creative Director of The New Generation Festival. The 30-year-old director, producer and writer has most recently produced international shows for the Young Vic Theatre and Shakespeare’s Globe. Other credits, produced with Frankie Parham, include DENIM (various, 2014-2018), Oliver Dench’s One-Man Hamlet (Théâtre National de Nice, 2016) and Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre, 2014).
Roger has been commissioned by Corniche Media to write a stage adaptation of the novel Samarkand by the distinguished French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf. He has also directed Sir Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love at the Oxford Playhouse and has worked as an assistant director at both St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev for his production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Winner of First and Public Prizes, as well as special prizes from Deutsche Grammophon and Royal Danish Opera, at the 2016 Stella Maris Competition, and of the 2014 Concours Suisse Ernst Haefliger Competition, Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan was a finalist at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition and a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden between 2013 and 2015.
A Finalist in the 2018 International Opera Awards, Anush Hovhannisyan enjoyed a “star is born moment” (The Sunday Times) on her acclaimed debut with Scottish Opera as Violetta La Traviata in 2017, also singing Amaltea Mosè in Egitto for Chelsea Opera Group, Beethoven Symphony No. 9 and Berg Seven Early Songs with the Southbank Sinfonia, BBC Radio 3’s Big Chamber Day at Saffron Hall and Passion and Poetry concert series with the Philharmonia Orchestra.
During 2018 / 2019, Anush Hovhannisyan makes her debut with Welsh National Opera as Violetta La traviata. Her current engagements further include Mirrah in the Italian première of Liszt’s Sardanapolo at the Suoni dal Golfo, Lerici, Donna Anna Don Giovanni at the 2018 New Generation Festival, Florence, Tamara The Demon for Chelsea Opera Group, Verdi Requiem at Saffron Hall and an Opera Gala at the Moscow International House of Music. She will return to Welsh National Opera in 2020 as Hélène Les vêpres siciliennes and make her debut with Opera North as Musetta in the revival of Phillida Lloyd’s acclaimed staging of La bohème.
Anush Hovhannisyan began studying violin aged six at the A. Spendiaryan Music School and went on to study singing at the Yerevan State Conservatory and at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, graduating in 2013. She is a Samling Artist and her many awards and scholarships further include the Clonter Opera Prize, the Bayreuth Prize from the Wagner Society of Scotland and the Karaviotis Prize at the Les Azuriales International Singing Competition.
Her wider engagements have included Adina L’elisir d’amore at the New Generation Festival, Florence, the title role in Maria Stuarda at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt, Sitâ Le Roi de Lahore, Donna Elvira Don Giovanni at the Teatro Verdi, Trieste, Emma Khovanschina with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the 2017 BBC Proms, Anitra Peer Gynt with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Shostakovich Symphony No. 14 with the Southbank Sinfonia, Woolf Works with the Royal Ballet.
Conductors with whom she has worked include Giedre Slekyté, Michael Altstaedt, Renato Balsadonna, David Parry, Semyon Bychkov, Gianluigi Gelmetti, Dane Lam, Jonathan Santagada, Nicola Luisotti, Gianluca Marcianò, Daniel Oren, Mark Wigglesworth, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Antonio Pappano.
Her recordings include A Century of Song, Vol. 2 for Vivat, Rimsky-Korsakov Romances for Stone Records (a Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’), Songs by Scriabin for Decca’s complete piano anthology of his music and Woolf Works, now available on Opus Arte DVD.
Frankie is a Co-Founder and the Executive Producer of The New Generation Festival (www.newgenerationfestival.org; NGF), a new music, opera and theatre festival designed to showcase emerging talent, and Director of Business Development at the Mascarade Opera Studio in Florence, Italy. NGF has recently been engaged to produce and programme the newly-built Andermatt Concert Hall in Switzerland, which opened with a concert performed by the Berlin Philharmonic in June 2019.
Credits include Much Ado About Nothing (Rose Theatre Kingston, 2018), DENIM (Soho Theatre / Edinburgh Fringe Festival / Glastonbury / VAULT Festival, 2014-2018), I Have A Mouth and I Will Scream by Abi Zakarian (VAULT Festival 2018), stand-up comedian Helen Duff (Edinburgh Fringe Festival / Brighton Fringe / VAULT Festival, 2015-2017), sketch comedy double-act Scene Selection (various, including the Tristan Bates Theatre, 2013-2017), Crocodile by Joe Eyre (VAULT Festival 2017), the UK première of Luce by JC Lee (Southwark Playhouse, 2016), Oliver Dench’s One-Man Hamlet (Théâtre National de Nice, 2016), Waiting for Godot (Arcola Theatre, 2014), Twelfth Night (UK tour, 2013), Spring Awakening (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2012), Hamlet (UK tour, 2011), Henry V (OUDS/Thelma Holt international tour to Tbilisi, Georgia, 2009) and Предложение (Anton Chekhov’s The Proposal performed in Russian, 2007).
In addition to producing JMK finalist projects in both 2014 and 2017, the 30-year-old has also worked for the RSC (Revolutions season), Moscow’s Sovremennik Theatre, Cheek by Jowl, Shakespeare’s Globe (Globe to Globe season), Theatre Royal Plymouth, Sputnik Theatre Company, Whispering Beasts, Sovereign Arts, Antic Face, Shakespeare in Italy and the critically-acclaimed Oneohone Theatre Company.
Frankie read Classics and Russian at the University of Oxford, where he and fellow NGF Co-Founder Roger Granville studied together, after which he studied Law at both SOAS and BPP University in London and qualified as a solicitor with White & Case LLP. He worked for the City law firm in London, Moscow and Paris.
The New Generation Festival is a privately-run festival founded in 2017 which has achieved great success in attracting a young, influential and international audience to its events.
The festival, co-founded by a trio of British producers: Maximilian Fane, Roger Granville and Frankie Parham, is a platform for the finest young music talent from across the globe and offers audiences an array of awe-inspiring productions, showcasing rising stars of the opera, theatre and music industry in a unique and picturesque setting: the Gardens of the Palazzo Corsini al Prato in Florence, Italy.
The purpose of the festival is to kindle the infinite potential of the human spirit, championing emerging talent across artistic disciplines with an ambitious desire to bring about no less than a renaissance of the Renaissance.
Next year’s festival will run 26-29 August 2020.
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