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Simon LepperPianist
Songs and arias by composers including Schumann, Mozart, Leoncavallo, Massenet, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky

Alexey Kudrya comes to Rosenblatt Recitals after a busy year which saw him make his debut at both New York’s Metropolitan Opera House and Vienna State Opera in the role of Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia. In 2009 the Russian-born tenor was awarded first prize in Plácido Domingo’s Operalia Competition. Future engagements include Der Rosenkavalier at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Così fan tutte in Munich and Tokyo, and Il Duca d’Alba and Il Viaggio a Reims at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp.

Artist Biographies


After obtaining his Degree in singing and conducting at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow, tenor Alexey Kudrya attended the Vishnevskaja Opera Centre before being selected for the prestigious Accademia Rossiniana in Pesaro. From 2003 to 2006 he was soloist at the Stanislavsky & Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow.

First Prize winner at the Placido Domingo Operalia Competition in 2009 he also won First Prize in the 22nd Iris Adami Corradetti Competition in Padua and Second Prize in the Vishnevskaja International Competition in Moscow.

Debuts include Lord Arturo in Lucia di Lammermoor in Bonn, Aristophane in Telemann’s Der geduldige Sokrates at the Staatsoper Unter der Linden in Berlin, Lensky in Eugene Onegin in Lübeck, Bojar Lykov in The Tsar's bride at the Frankfurt Opera, Conte Almaviva in II Barbiere di Siviglia in Bern, Libenskof in Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Ernesto in Don Pasquale in Monte Carlo and Nemorino in L’Elisir d’amore in Klangefurt.

His recent performances include L’Elisir d’amore in Bern, Bari and Munich, Così fan tutte in Antwerp, Ghent and at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Don Pasquale under the baton of Riccardo Muti in Cologne, Il viaggio a Reims on tour in France, Don Giovanni in La Coruña, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Moscow, Die Zauberflöte at the Opernfestspiele in St. Margareten, La Cenerentola at the Grand Théâtre in Reims, Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Palermo, Munich and Moscow, Così fan tutte in Santiago de Chile and L’Elisir d’amore in Budapest.

Future performances include performances in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Metropolitan Opera New York and the Vienna Staastoper as well as in Moscow, Budapest, Hamburg and Avignon. He will also sing the role of Lord Arturo Talbot in I Puritani and The Italian Singer in Der Rosenkavalier at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Ferrando in Così fan tutte in Munich and Tokyo, Linda di Chamounix at the Opéra de Toulon, Don Giovanni in Marseille, Don Pasquale at Washington Opera, Mitridate Re di Ponto in Munich and Il Duca d’Alba and Il Viaggio a Reims at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp.

Simon Lepper

Simon Lepper was born in Kent, read music at King’s College Cambridge and studied piano accompaniment with Michael Dussek at the Royal Academy of Mausic. Whilst a student he won every major award for piano accompaniment including the Gerald Moore Award and the accompanist prizes in the Kathleen Ferrier, Royal Overseas League and Richard Tauber competitions. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy and currently a Professor of piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, London.

Simon Lepper has established himself as one of the UK’s leading piano accompanists performing regularly on BBC Radio 3 as well as at venues and festivals including the Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre, Cologne Philharmonie, Concertgebouw, Mozarteum, Verbier Festival and BBC Proms. He has given recitals with many of Britain’s leading singers as well as being an official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize. Recordings include Warlock songs with Andrew Kennedy. His CD with violinist Carolin Widmann of works by Feldman, Zimmerman, Xenakis and Schoenberg was released last year by ECM to much critical acclaim.

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