with Robert Mollicone, piano
Tenor Pene Pati has been hailed as “the most exceptional tenor discovery of the last decade” (Opéra-Online) after his early debuts as ll Duca di Mantova (Rigoletto) at San Francisco Opera under Nicola Luisotti and Percy (Anna Bolena) at Opéra National de Bordeaux under Paul Daniel. In 2022, he won the International Opera Awards 2022 Reader’s Choice Award. Now an exclusive recording artist for Warner Classics, Pene Pati’s self-titled debut album of Italian and French arias, recorded with Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Emmanuel Villaume, was released in 2022 to a string of five-star reviews and earned him the Opus Klassik 2022 Newcomer of the Year Award.
Widely recognized as one of the most exciting artists of his generation, the last few seasons have brought Pati many important debuts including L’elisir d’amore (Nemorino) at Opéra National de Paris; Roméo et Juliette (Roméo) at San Francisco Opera, Opéra Comique and Opéra National de Bordeaux; La traviata (Alfredo) at Staatsoper Berlin, Dutch National Opera and Bolshoi Theatre and Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo) at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli. On the concert stage, Pati joined Franz Welser-Möst and The Cleveland Orchestra in Verdi’s Otello (Cassio), Hans Graf and Tonkünstler Orchester for Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and Mikko Franck and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France for Beethoven’s Symphony No.9.
Pati has earned much competition success, taking the coveted Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge ‘Bel Canto’ Award (2012), First Prize at the Montserrat Caballé International Aria Competition (2014), Second and Audience Prize at Operalia (2015) and Second Prize at Neue Stimmen (2015).
Soprano Amina Edris has been hailed as a “revelation” (Forum Opera) and praised for her “lustrous” tone (Opera News). Born in Egypt and raised in New Zealand, she has blended her cultural background to create her own unique artistic identity, making her one of opera’s most intriguing young stars.
Ms. Edris made her professional debut in 2015 with Opera San José as Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro. After completing post-graduate studies, she was accepted into the 2015 Merola Program of San Francisco Opera and became an Adler Fellow the following year. In 2018, she made debuts with New Zealand Opera and Washington National Opera and, more recently, with Opéra National de Bordeaux and Detroit Opera. In 2019, she made her debut in France singing the title role in Manon at Opéra National de Bordeaux, receiving praise from the French press, including Le Monde which called her voice “beautiful and round.” The same year, she returned to the San Francisco Opera for her debut in the role of Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Ms. Edris captivated audiences in 2022 as Cleopatra in the world premiere of John Adams’ Antony and Cleopatra at the opening of San Francisco Opera’s centennial season. In her Prague debut, she performed in a gala concert alongside her husband Pene Pati.
Equally dazzling on the concert stage, Ms. Edris’s appearances include Fauré’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, gala concerts at the Opéra national de Bordeaux and with Real Filharmonia de Galicia, and the Schwabacher Recital series with San Francisco Opera.
Her many honors include First Prize and the Audience Prize at the inaugural Concours Bordeaux Médoc Lyrique 2018, the Deborah Riedel award at the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Bel Canto Competition, the prestigious Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria Competition and the Dame Heather Begg Award.
with Michael Chertok, piano
Young Chinese horn player Yun Zeng was born into a musical family in 1999 and started learning French horn with his father, Jie Zeng, at age six. In 2012, he was selected to the ‘Best of Best project’, specially provided to young talented musicians by the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China. As a soloist, Yun Zeng has performed some of the most renowned French horn repertoire with symphony orchestras and is currently shining on international stages.
He has had a chain of successes in international competitions: 2nd prize at The International Competition of Young Musicians in Vladivostok, Russia in 2012; 2nd prize at the Jeju International Brass Competition in South Korea – the youngest prize winner in its history; 2nd prize in the Professional Division of the 2015 International Horn Competition of America; 1st prize at the Lieksa International Horn Competition in Finland in 2016; 1st prize at the International Competition “Città di Porcia” in 2017; and 2nd prize at the Prague Spring International Competition in 2018.
In 2019 Zeng won first prize in the newly introduced brass instrument category of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, and in 2021 he was awarded 2nd Prize in the horn category at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany. In 2022, at age 22, Zeng won the audition for principal horn of one of the oldest orchestras in the world (founded in 1570), Staatskapelle Berlin, a much-coveted post for any brass player.
“Playing the French horn is like dancing on a high wire” Yun Zeng has observed, adding it is “difficult to play and probably the most difficult of all orchestral instruments…It’s not only about technique but also about a sense of beauty up there.”