Marina Busse – soprano.
Born in 1978 in Great Novgorod. Graduated from Music College named after
N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov (the choir-conducting faculty) in 1997. From 1995 till 2000 Marina took part in the choir of Mariinsky Theatre. 2005 – 2010 Marina studied in State Conservatory of St. Petersburg as a solo singer. She is a winner and diplomante of International competitions, among which silver diploma in Rome, Italy (2013)for brilliant performing of Mozart’s arias, Second Prize in «Admiralty star» St.Petersburg, Russia (2014).Marina has beautiful lyric-coloratura soprano of a full range which affords to sing music of different epochs from Mozart’s Queen of Night (Magic Fluite) to Prokofiev’s Luisa (The Duenna). Marina is developing her concert activity, teaching. From last two years, Marina has become a laureate of F. Chopin’s International Competition and S. Rachmaninov’s International Competition in St.Petersburgh.
Zlata Gogol – contralto.
Zlata was born on 01.11.1976 in St. Petersburg. She has graduated from City Academy of Culture (faculty of the History of Russian musical culture). Being a student began to work as a soloist of St. Petersburg Academic Philharmony. Zlata has got a deep wonderful contralto. She is a constant member of musical festivals of St. Petersburg. In her repertoire there are many arias and songs of Russian and European composers. Zlata successfully plays roles of Countess from “Queen of Spades” and Olga from “Eugene Onegin” - operas by P.Tchaikovsky. In 2013 she brilliantly performed the role of Orfeo in J.Peri’s “Euridice”. In 2014 Zlata has got the second Prize at International competition “The Angel of Hope” St.Petersburg, Russia, singing an aria-furioso of Serse by G.F.Handel. At present time, Zlata deals with Baroque Company “Le Petit Trianon” in St.Petersburg and other agencies as a solo-singer. Becides that, Zlata is a successful teacher and has a good experience as a stage director. Her stage works has received high praise from many well-known cultural figures of St. Petersburg.
Aleksandr Shagun – tenor
Was born in 1982 in Belarus. Studied at the Minsk music college, in 2011 graduated from St.Petersburg State Conservatoire named after N. Rimsky-Korsakov. In the same year became a soloist of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Singers. Since 2006 he is a soloist of Petersburg Operetta Theater, in 2008 he was a soloist of State Concervatoire Theater in Saint-Petersburgh, since 2009 he is a guest soloist of State Music Comedy Theater. Performed repertoire includes: Lensky (“Eugene Onegin” by P.Tchaikovsky), Likov (“The Tzar’s Bride” by N.Rimsky-Korsakov), Almeric (“Iolantha” by P.Tchaikovsky), Juan (“Don Quishotte” by J. Massenet), Alfred (“Die Fledermaus” by J.Strauss), Edvin (“Die Csárdásfürstin” by I.Calman), Frick (“La Vie Parisienne” by J.Offenbah). Also, the singer’s repertoire includes arias from operas of J.Verdi, J.Massenet, V.A.Mozart, Giordano, Ponchielli, P. Tchaikovsky, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, M. Glinka, J. Puccini and G. Bizet.
Alexander Urbanovich - bass
Graduated from St. Petersburg Theological Academy. He is now choirmaster of the Saint Alexander Nevsky Lavra concert choir. Alexander has led this choir's participation in many cultural events, especially organized between St. Petersburg and Helsinki (Finland). Together with the vocal ensemble "Ad libitum" he also took part in th 'Sounds of Easter' festival in Vienna (Austria) in 2014.
His own voice is wide-ranging and velvet-tembered, well capable of great delicacy and discerningly artistic projection.
Andrei Sysoev – the leader and organizer of this project.
Born in St. Petersburg in 1970. Education: St. Petersburg conservatory of music (graduated in 1993, class of V.Nesterov). He won International competition of Sacred Music in Roma, Italy in 1995 as the conductor of a chamber choir "SingerBridge". The choir took honor of Audience of POPE John Paul II then. Now Andrey works as a choir leader in St. Peter’s Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Andrey is well-known not only as a specialist in choir music of Renaissance, but as a composer. Some items of his Liturgical music has been edited in 2012 with a supporting of St. Petersburg Composer’s Unit. Andrei is taking part in music life of St. Petersburg, creating his activities with cinema music and teaching.
The usual LYRA poster: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hwrqbaRDq9C1hCMH72hpseIb4HvK3uU0
(Andrei says: ‘It looks pretty smart. It does not contain the photo of the singers, nevertheless people usually like it, as experience shows. It has a blank space where one can put all the information about the concert’)
Two advertising photos of LYRA ensemble (specially produced for this tour - use any or both):
LYRA website: www.lyra-singers.com (the photos are old but the music files and texts are up to date)