- Michael Rakotoarivony baritone
- Viviane Hagner violin
- Joshua Halpern violoncello
- Peter Serkin piano
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Michael Rakotoarivony was born in Madagascar in 1993. After completing his bachelor’s degree in English and Modern History at the University of Antananarivo he studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he won countless prizes for singing and took a bachelor’s degree (First Class Honours).
On the operatic stage he has sung the roles of Polyphemus (‘Acis and Galatea’), Masetto (‘Don Giovanni’), Dan Caïre (‘Carmen’) and Barone Douphol (‘La Traviata’). In addition he specializes in German and French lieder. His repertoire includes Beethoven’s ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ as well as Schubert’s ‘Schwanengesang’ and ‘Winterreise’ along with Mahler’s ‘Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen’, Berlioz’s ‘Les nuits d’été’ and Ravel’s ‘Histoires Naturelles’.
In addition to various awards at competitions put on by the Royal Academy of Music he won the Rosenblatt Recitals Competition in London in 2017 and in 2018 he came third at the Heidelberg competition ‘Das Lied’, whose jury is chaired by Thomas Quasthoff. He further won the John Warner Award at the Chichester Festival. Finally, Michael Rakotoarivony was recognized for his project work in his Madagascan homeland at the Good Festival Lausanne in 2017.