Born: 1813, Paris, France
Died: 1888, Paris, France

CHARLES-VALENTIN ALKAN wrote and published his Benedictus, Op. 54, for pedal piano in 1859, although Spritzer has adapted this for organ. The reference to the religious text in the title remains unexplained and open to interpretation.

New Zealand baritone Hadleigh Adams is a former San Francisco Opera Adler Fellow and a graduate of the Merola Opera Program. Hadleigh studied at the University of Auckland, the New Zealand School of Music, and was an Emerging Artist with the NBR New Zealand Opera before relocating to Australia in 2009 as the inaugural Gertrude Johnson Scholar at The Opera Studio, Melbourne.

Baritone LEIGH MELROSE has carved out a formidable reputation for the performance of new works. A wonderfully dynamic artist on both the concert and opera platform, Melrose is also in demand for core repertoire by composers such as Brahms, Britten, Mozart, Berg and Mahler. A graduate of St John’s College, Cambridge, and the Royal Academy of Music, Melrose’s opera engagements have taken him all over the world.

STEVEN VAN WATERMEULEN studied at the Conservatoire in Antwerp and has worked with numerous directors, including Guy Cassiers, Johan Simons, Ivo van Hove, Pierre Audi, Alize Zandwijk, Theu Boermans, Julie Van den Berghe, Christoph Marthaler, Peter Van Kraai, and Dora van der Groen.

Dutch baritone MATTIJS VAN DE WOERD studied at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam conservatoires with Sylvia Schlüter, Maarten Koningsberger, and Margreet Honig. He took part in master classes by Barbara Bonney, Sir Thomas Allen, Rudolf Jansen, and Roger Vignoles. In 2001 Mattijs won the Vriendenkrans and Concertgebouw prizes. In 2003 he was awarded first prize at the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition in London.