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Matthew Wolff was one of the first and youngest artists selected for the inaugural season of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program of the Washington National Opera Company. There he trained under the guidance of studio director, Placido Domingo and appeared on the Washington National Opera’s main stage as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, of which the Washington Post raved “Wolff took one of Opera’s toughest and most rewarding assignments… and projected a strong virile character with an excellent voice, a fine sense of dramatic nuance and a flair for legato singing.” He also appeared with the company as the Messenger in Aida, the 2nd Nazarene in Salome, Ruiz in Il Trovatore and on the televised Washington National Opera Gala in the sextet from Don Giovanni under the baton of Valery Gergiev, and was selected to compete in the final rounds of the Operalia competition in Los Angeles in 2004... read more
 
 
Denes Striny, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where he received his B.M in Voice and M.M in Conducting, as well as completing the course work for his Ph.D in Musicology. In 2006 he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Catholic University. Upon leaving the university he became the Head of the Music Department at Trinity College, also in DC, where he conducted the chorus and orchestra. Mr. Striny has been the Principal Conductor for the Amalfi Coast Music Festival Orchestra and Institute in Vietri sul mare, Italy, conducting in 2001 a performance of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana with Metropolitan Opera Soprano Myra Merritt and tenor Matthew Wolff with the Bulgarian National Symphony, which was broadcast throughout Italy on RAI, “charged with electricity…Striny conducted with precision and control, leading his forces to one exciting climax after another. It was a night to remember”... read more
 
 
The Philharmonia Orchestra was founded in London in 1945. It is made up of more than 80 musicians giving over 60 concerts in London in addition to its touring work all over the world. Their current Principal Conductor is Esa Pekka Salonen, and Honorary Conductor for Life Christoph von Dohnanyi. Others associated with the Orchestra include Otto Klemperer, Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Wilhelm Furtwangler, Arturo Toscanini, Riccardo Muti, Charles Mackerras, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. It is the most recorded orchestra in the world having over 1000 releases to its credit... read more

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