Rosina Fabius graduated with honours in 2013 from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands and is currently finishing her Master of Music study. During this period she studied for one year at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien (MDW) in Vienna with Professors Claudia Visca and Gabriele Fontana.
In 2014 Rosina was engaged by Holland Opera to sing the role of La Messagiera and La Speranza in their production of Orfeo Underground based on Monteverdi's Orfeo. Several performances in the Amsterdam Grachtenfestival with Studio 32 Utrecht included the role of Marcellina (The Marriage of Figaro, W.A. Mozart) in the Festival's production of NozzeDonCosi. She also took part in a production of Porgy and Bess (George Gershwin) with the Gelders Orkest. During her study in Vienna in 2015 Rosina was invited by the opera class of the MDW to sing the title role in Händel's opera Julius Caesar.
Rosina is frequently invited to sing in concerts and oratoria in the Netherlands and abroad. She took part as alto soloist in the St. Matthew Passion during the first International Bach Festival in Gran Canaria and appears regularly as soloist in baroque programmes with the London Octave in the famous church of St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Rosina enjoys performing in chamber music concerts as a member of the ARTO ensemble and the Fabius Ensemble as well as giving song recitals. Together with her duo partner Kanako Inoue she followed several intensive masterclasses including the course "Poetry and Performance of the German Lied" at the Franz Schubert Institut (Baden, Austria) in 2014, where they performed and received coaching from famous artists such as Christa Ludwig, Robert Holl and Elly Ameling.
More information on her website: www.rosinafabius.com.
Cassandra Luckhardt (Viola da gamba accompaniment)
Since winning the prize for Best Individual Performer at the 1998 Van Wassenaer Competition for Early Music in Den Haag, Cassandra Luckhardt has established an international reputation as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher on both cello and viola da gamba. In performance, Cassandra has played and recorded as principal cello and gamba with The Academy of Ancient Music, Il Complesso Barocco, Apollo Ensemble and the King's Consort. As a chamber musician, Cassandra is in equally high demand, demonstrating her flexibility as soloist with Musica ad Rhenum and La Suave Melodia. She has performed all over Europe as well as in China, Australia, Japan, Russia, Israel, the U.S. and throughout her adopted home of The Netherlands. In 2015, she was the gamba soloist in the highly-acclaimed performance by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Richard Egarr of the St. John Passion.
Cassandra's recording with Musica ad Rhenum of the Suites for viola da gamba as part of the complete chamber music of Francois Couperin has been highly acclaimed as "magnificent and indispensable" and "... a particular highlight." Her recording of the Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba exhibits "a give and take full of playfulness, sensitivity, musicality and collegiality" as well as "a beautiful performance which leaves no wish unfulfilled."
Cassandra received her Bachelor of Music and her Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Oberlin College, Ohio, in 1992 and her Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory in 1994. She moved to Paris in 1994 to study at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique under the auspices of a Harriet Hale Woolley grant, awarded that year to only three other artists in the United States. In 1996, she received third prize at the Early Music Competition for Ensembles in Bruges and in 1999 won the Public Prize at the Utrecht Early Music Festival. In 2001, Cassandra finished her studies at the Royal Conservatory in Den Haag, graduating with degrees on both viola da gamba and baroque cello.
Cassandra plays a cello built by Sebastian Kloz, Mittenwald ca. 1760 and a gamba after Guillaume Barbey, Paris 1690 by John Pringle, USA 1987. She also plays an instrument awarded by the Nationaal Muziekinstrumentenfonds, a cello built by Roger Hargrave after Montagnana, 1736.
'Torna, torna Ulisse' from Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria – Claudio Monteverdi
Munadjaat (Night song) – Timothy Nelson
'Addio Roma' from L'incoronazione di Poppea – Claudio Monteverdi
Sequenza III – Luciano Berio
Folk songs from various countries
The programme is played with a Viola da Gamba.