IMG Artists is delighted to announce that it has signed two thrilling singers for General Management: the rising star baritone Benjamin Appl and “mesmerising” (Musical America) mezzo-soprano Jenny Carlstedt. Both are represented by Senior Vice President of Vocal Artist Management Stefania Almansi from the company’s London office.
Hailed by Gramophone as “the current front-runner in the new generation of Lieder singers,” German baritone Benjamin Appl is earning legions of admirers for his performances on both the operatic and concert stages throughout Europe and the US including London’s Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre, New York’s Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, Wiener Konzerthaus, Kölner Philharmonie, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and Antwerp’s de Singel. An exclusive Sony Classical recording artist, Benjamin was part of the 2014/16 class of BBC New Generation Artists and both a Wigmore Hall Emerging Artist and ECHO Rising Star for the 2015/16 season.
After having trained as a chorister at the renowned Regensburger Domspatzen, Benjamin continued his studies at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater and London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He had the great fortune to be mentored by the great Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.
“In these exciting times of my professional life, I’m absolutely thrilled to start a new chapter by joining the roster of the IMG Artists. With Stefania Almansi as my new manager, with her expertise and knowledge of the business, I feel truly confident that I am in the very best hands. Hence I’m very much looking forward to working in partnership with such great people and building the future together.”
“When I first listened to Benjamin’s voice, I was struck by the warmth and beauty of his tone and his intelligent musicianship. He is elegant as an artist whom I believe will develop richly. I look forward to working with him to develop a brilliant career.”
Finnish-Swedish mezzo-soprano Jenny Carlstedt has earned acclaim throughout Europe and North America for the “luminous purity and musicality of her singing (Chicago Tribune) and “great musical and dramatic intelligence,” (Opera Today). Following her studies at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy and London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, she joined the ensemble at Oper Frankfurt. Recent highlights include her debut as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier at Oper Frankfurt, US debut as Mélisande in Debussy’sPelléas et Mélisande with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen, Idamante at the opening concert of the 2015 Stuttgart International Festival, Mélisande with the Finnish National Opera, The Smith’s Wife in Sallinen’s Kullervo and Vlasta in Weinberg’s The Passenger at the Wiener Festspiele 2016.
“I cannot tell you how pleased I am to be joining IMG Artists. It came with such perfect timing into my life and career. It means a lot to be supported by such and experienced, worldwide team – not to mention being on the same roster as many of the legendary singers who have contributed so much to my profession.”
“We are very pleased to have signed the talented Swedish/Finnish mezzo Jenny Carlstedt. She has a wealth of experience from her numerous seasons at the Frankfurt opera where she performed a wide variety of leading mezzo roles. I look forward to an exciting and fruitful collaboration”.
Watch Benjamin Appl perform “Wohin?” and listen to Jenny Carlstedt sing a selection from von Zemlinsky: Seven Songs below.