Brigitte Wohlfarth began her vocal studies in Würzburg, Germany, where she recieved scholarships from both the „Richard Wagner-Verband“ and the „Leni- Geissler-Stiftung“. Further studies with James King in Munich (National Theater) greatly influenced her singing artistry.
Her career began as sought-after oratoria and recital singer:
Rheingaufestival, Weilburger Schloßkonzerte, Internalional Musiktage Bad Urach, Mozartfest Würzburg, Festival der Mitte Europa and the „Bregenzer Festspiele“ are only a few of her many concert stations. Ankara, Singapore (New Esplanade Hall) Salzburg as well as in Australia, France, Norway and Finland.
Mrs. Wohlfarth can be heard on numerous CD and Radio productions, among the most important are: Faust (Louis Spohr), Die Vögel (Braunfels – nominated for 40 Grammy awards), 9.Symphony (L.V. Beethoven) and Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank (G. Fried). It is with the world premiere of the latter that Mrs. Wohlfarth launched her opera career in Nürnberg Germany in 1993. In the same year, following an appearance as finalist in the international „Neue Stimmen“ competition (Bertelsmann), she debuted as „Desdemona“ (Otello/Rossini) at Staatstheater Braunschweig, where she remained until 1997.
Since then she has guested in numerous theatres:
Bologna (the opening of the ARENA DEL SOLE), Castello di Montegridolfo, Naples (Teatro San Carlo), Udine (the opening of the Nuovo Teatro), Palermo (Teatro Massimo), Festspiele Erl, Tbilisi (National Opera House), Beijing, Shanghai (Grand Theatre), Heidenheim (Opernfestpiele), Halle a.d. S., Lübeck, Trier, Frankfurt a.M., Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich ( first night “ Leonore – L.v. Beethoven ), Rome, London and Meiningen, where she enjoyed enormous success from audiences and critics alike as Sieglinde (Die Walküre) and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung) in the „RING“-staging from Christine Mielitz. Her many-sided repertoire ranges from Mozart`s Fiordiligi and First Lady to Puccini`s Turandot, Verdi`s Aida and Leonore (Trovatore), to Wagner`s Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa(Lohengrin), Brünnhilde (Götterdämmerung) and Isolde (Tristan und Isolde), Weber`s Agathe (Freischütz), Beethoven`s Fidelio-Leonore and Richard Strauss` Arabella, Salome, Ariadne, Diemut (Feuersnot) and Elektra. Brigitte Wohlfarth worked from September 2010 until August 2015 as a professor for classical voice at the Hochschule der Künste (HKB) in Bern (Switzerland). Since September 2015 she was appointed as a professor for classical voice at the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschule für Musik und Theater to Leipzig.
Italian baritone Davide Rocca started his career in Rome where he graduated (as Pianist and opera singer)
In 1993 he was the second Prize winner of the competition “Musica vocale da camera Città di Conegliano Veneto” and he attended a stage on Opera monteverdiana at Fiesole School of music held by Maestro C. Desderi. In the same year he made his debut in Monteverdi’s Incoronazione di Poppea.
In 1994 he won the first prize in the International competition “Spazio Musica” which was followed by his debut in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro in 1995 at the Teatro Cavour in Imperia.
In Dartington (UK) under the guide of E.Kirby and E.Tubb, he specialized in the Baroque style and agility.
In the subsequent years he built up his professional career which led him to perform in the most prestigious concert halls and Opera houses (Teatro Municipale di Losanna, Festival di Lubiana, Theaters in Nimes and Carcassonne, Teatro La Fenice di Venezia, Ente Teatro di Cagliari, Teatro Marruccino di Chieti, Teatro Mancinelli di Orvieto, Teatro di Lugo di Romagna, Cantiere Internazionale di Montelpulciano, Festival di Orta Estate, Teatro Carignano di Torino, Radio svizzera italiana, Teatro Coccia di Novara, conservatorio di Milano sala Verdi)
In 2004 he attended a Masterclass with Katia Ricciarelli.
In the same year he sung in two Modern Operas (Cherubini’s “Lo Sposo di tre, marito d nessuna” and “Don Falcone” by N. Jommelli)
He also took part in the production of Britten’s Billy Budd at Teatro Regio di Torino.
When Teatro all Scala di Milano reopened after its renovation, Davide Rocca performed 4 INTERMEZZI BUFFI (among them L’Arlecchinata by A. Salieri) during the “Milano Scala” musical season.
In 2003 he was Haly, in Rossini’s Italiana in Algeri, at Teatro Coccia di Novara and sung with Katia Ricciarelli in an operatic concert in Corigliano d’Otranto with Lecce Orchestra conducted by G. Palleschi
In 2004 he performed in the “Grande Messa in Si min” by J.S. Bach with Milan UECA orchestra conducted by W. Kuenstler in Lecco.
He recorded, for Bongiovanni records, ”Il carretto del venditore d’aceto” by S.Mayr (Dir. Pelucchi, Orchestra “Camerata dei laghi”)
In 2005, he recorded “Il Canvetto” by A. Filipello for Swiss Italian Radio (dir. Fedele, Reg. L.Serra) in Lugano Conference Palace, “Arrighetto” by C.Coccia at Novara Opera house in coproduction with ROF and Donizetti’s opera “Rita” in Brescia (Dir. D. Agiman) .
In 2006 he sings Don Alfonso in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, in Premeno (VB).
In 2007 Orf’s CArmina Burana and the Modern Premiere of “L’amor Mugnaio” by C. Nicolini at Piacenza Opera house.
Also in 2007 he took part to La Scala World Premiere of the opera “Teneke” by F.Vacchi, R. Abbado conducting , Director E. Olmi and Scenes by A. Pomodoro.
In 2008 he sung in W. Ferrari’s “Il Segreto di Susanna” in Piacenza and made his debut as the Sacrestano in Puccini’s Tosca at Teatro Rendano di Cosenza.
In the same year he took part to UNICEF celebrations playing some Ennio Moricone scores in the presence of the composer.
Among others, his repertoire embraces also Haendel (The Messiah), Mozart (Coronation Mass and some operatic roles), Faure (Requiem), Rossini (many operatic roles and complete operas, Petite Mese Solemnelle), C.Boccadoro’s World Premiere of the “Cantata for Ustica’s massacre”, Schubert and Mahaler (Lieder, “Winterreise)
He has performed for Italian Culture Institutes in many different countries like Algeria, Turkey, Germany, U.S., Lebano, Denmark, Greece, Albania, Egypt, Sweden as well as for some Italian Embassies .
He routinely cooperates with different orchestras and ensembles.
From 2010 his career has been constantly growing and he’s currently engaged in numerous concerts and opera productions as well as in didactics.
Two outstanding events, in the last years, were the Opera Recital Tour in Japan (Hyroshima and Kyoto) and China (Shanghai, Weng Zu and Hong Kong) .
Again for Bongiovanni Records, Maestro Rocca recorded “Le due gemelle” by G.Nicolini.
In 2015 he was engaged in two important productions at the Teatro Municipal de Sao Paulo: Handel’s Messiah with the worldwide known Italian soprano Luciana Serra and Haydn’s Creation, both conducted by Maestro Martinho Lutero Galati de Olivera.
He sung the title role in the opera for solo baritone and children’s choir “Der Schulmaister” by G.P. Telemann with La Verdi Symphony Orchestra in Milan’s Auditorium.
In parallel to his artistic career Maestro Rocca is also busy as a scrupulous vocal coach. As a teacher, he’s been involved in a number of Master classes in Italy as well as abroad. Among them, a special mention goes to the Ukrainian Master class (sponsored by the Ukraine Italian Cultural Institute), held in Kiev in 2015 which was strongly acclaimed and proclaimed cultural event of the year.