The artists

Across the music spectrum – the artists at the HOFBURG Silvesterball

In its 50th anniversary year the HOFBURG Silvesterball will cast a spell on ballgoers with unique soloists, the Wiener Staatsballett and the debutantes from the Elmayer Dance School. With 12 different orchestras, bands and a DJ to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice as you dance the night away in the imperial state rooms. You can find out more about the performers and some of the key people behind the scenes here:

Artistic directors

Herbert Fischerauer

Herbert Fischerauer is responsible for the entire artistic program at the HOFBURG Silvesterball. He received his musical training at the Vienna Mozart Boys’ Choir, studied solo singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts and at the Konservatorium Wien, where he completed the national higher education qualification for musicians. His career highlights include numerous engagements as a singer in Austria, Germany and Switzerland as well as guest appearances in Belgium and Japan. He is also highly involved in arts and culture management: he is the founder, chairman and since 1996 managing director of Kunst auf Rädern. In 2000 he was appointed chairman of the Heinrich Strecker Society. He is the organiser and artistic director of the Cross Over Competition initiated in 2001 as part of the international Heinrich Strecker song competition for opera, operetta, Wienerlied and musicals. Fischerauer directed the first production of Heinrich Strecker’s operetta Honeymoon, which premiered in June 2002 in Baden bei Wien. He is also the artistic director of the Badener Rosenfest and the Ball Royale in Baden. In 2007 he was awarded the Badener Kulturpreis, and in September 2011 Fischerauer was presented with the Gold Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria by recommendation of the president.

Christof Cremer

Christof Cremer’s is primarily responsible for the overall artistic concept that creates such a special atmosphere at the HOFBURG Silvesterball each year. He collaborates with Herbert Fischerauer to create the opening ceremony and the midnight show. He also regularly works on innovative attractions and developments for the HOFBURG Silvesterball. Cremer lives in Vienna and works internationally as a freelance costumer and stage designer. He completed his studies at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna with distinction in 1997. He specialises in plays, opera and contemporary musical theatre, as well as ballet and dance productions. He is a five-time designer of the costumes worn by the ballet dancers in the New Year’s Concert. In addition to his work in theatre, Christof Cremer is also active as an exhibition curator and works as a set designer. Sacred art is another element of his work. In this sphere, his works also extend to the development of new liturgical equipment and robes.

Pavel Singer - composer & pianist

Pavel Singer was born in Pyatigorsk in Russia and completed his comprehensive musical education at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. He also studied composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 1987 Pavel Singer was awarded second prize in Soviet Union-wide composing competition and in 1996 he won the Lower Austrian culture prize. In demand as a pianist and composer, Singer performs at various international festivals such as the Festival of 20th Century Music in Minsk, Belarus and the International Chopin Festival in Gaming, Lower Austria. He has been involved in numerous CD recordings for various broadcasters including Radio Moscow, Radio Sweden, NHK Japan and the BBC. As a composer he has been responsible for the annual Christmas fairytale at Stadttheater Baden (operated by Bühne Baden) for a number of years. Pavel Singer has composed the opening fanfare and numerous other pieces for the HOFBURG Silvesterball.
This year’s ball will feature a premiere of one of Singer’s works to mark the event’s 50th anniversary.

Artists performing at the opening ceremony and midnight show:

Ilona Revolskaya - Soprano

The Russian soprano made her debut in Tchaikovski’s Iolanta at the Moscow Conservatory opera studio. She continued her studies in Salzburg and at the Solti Accademia, and has won numerous prizes in her career. Her early engagements took her to Yekaterinburg, where she sang various roles including Adele in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss the younger, as well as performing at the Woodhouse Opera and with Opera North. Ilona Revolskaya has been a member of Royal Academy Opera since 2016, where she has sung roles in Handel’s Alcina, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Offenbach’s Orphée aux enfers, Dove’s Flight and Weill’s/Brecht’s Threepenny Opera. She was invited to perform in Handel’s Teseo by the London Handel Festival, and recently starred as Olympia in L’enfant / Olympia at Vienna’s Kammeroper. In the upcoming season she will play a number of roles at the Kammeroper including the female lead in Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice, and the first wood nymph in Dvorák’s Rusalka at the Theater an der Wien.

Boris Pfeifer - Tenor

Vienna-born actor and singer Boris Pfeifer is one of the most sought-after musical performers in the German-speaking world. He studied at the Konservatorium Wien. Various musical engagements at home and abroad followed, including roles in Jesus Christ Superstar at Oper Graz, as well as the Prince of Verona in Romeo and Juliet and Sam in Mamma Mia! for Vereinigte Bühnen Wien. He is a regular performer at Volksoper Wien and the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, where he starred as Roderich in Der Vetter aus Dingsda, Joseph Calicot in Madame Pompadour, Hysterium in Die spinnen, die Römer!, Brasilianer in Pariser Leben, Sancho Pansa in The Man from La Mancha and Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music.

Tanja Petrasek - Soprano

Tanja Petrasek lives in Vienna and studied musical theatre at the Konservatorium Wien. She graduated in 2013, by which point she had already made a name for herself with performances at various venues in Vienna. During her studies she performed in Urinetown and Frau Luna, having already been involved in productions at Felsenbühne Staatz, including roles in Evita and The Three Musketeers. In the following years Petrasek returned to the Felsenbühne on multiple occasions, including for Elton John’s Aida. She also appeared at the Festspielbühne Stockerau, where she performed in the musical Jordan. After graduating she moved to Hamburg to perform in The Phantom of the Opera, where she joined the ensemble at the Neue Flora theatre. Her most recent roles saw her as cover for Magda and Rebecca in Tanz der Vampire at Vienna’s Ronacher theatre and the Musical Dome Köln.

STEREOPARTY - pop band

Five musicians, five singers, five personalities. Stereoparty put their heart and soul into their music and songs on stage. Fun, experience and professionalism come together in an energy-packed show that takes audiences to new heights. The young musicians have already notched up an impressive portfolio of live appearances collectively and individually alongside big-name artists from the worlds of rock, pop and musical theatre. Simon Lewis, Luke Andrews, Maya Hakvoort, Sandra Pires and Caroline Vasicek are just a few of the people they have collaborated with.

Wiener Staatsballett

Vienna State Opera Ballet Association

Founded in 1994, the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association has 50 members (soloists, semi-soloists and members of the corps de ballet from the Wiener Staatsballett). Its members see themselves as the custodians of Austrian ballet’s proud 300 year history. United by a love of dance, they are dedicated to taking the medium of ballet to a wider public and raising awareness of it outside its traditional settings, the Vienna State Opera and the Volksoper. Former Vienna State Opera first soloist Gregor Hatala is President of the Vienna State Opera Ballet Association. Lukas Gaudernak is the creative force behind the HOFBURG Silvesterball choreography.

 Lukas Gaudernak - choreographer

The Viennese choreographer and dancer has been a member of the Vienna State Opera ensemble since 1987 and head of production and rehearsal at the Wiener Staatsballett since 2009. At the HOFBURG Silvesterball we will see his ballet choreography at the opening ceremony, during the traditional Blue Danube Waltz at the turn of the year and in the midnight show.

 Debutantes


The grand opening is the unparalleled highlight of every Viennese ball! Once the band strikes up Carl Michael Ziehrer’s Fan Polonaise, the young debutantes from the world-famous Elmayer dance school file in, marking the formal start to the evening. Before the words “Alles Walzer” ring out – declaring the dance floor open to all comers – around 50 debutantes from Austria and further afield, decked out in tails and pure white ball gowns, will entertain guests with a beautifully choreographed performance.

Public quadrille

Join in the fun for the popular public quadrille in the Festsaal, with instructions provided by a dance teacher from the Elmayer dance school – a great experience, even for beginners!

 Orchestras

 Divertimento Viennese - Festsaal

Vienna to Berlin in a single evening. Thanks to a special configuration, the timeless dance music of both cities will be presented in its original form. While the ensemble is committed to time-honoured Viennese dance music in all its rich variety, it has found a second means of expression in legendary tunes of the 20s and 30s, including the film and musical hits of the era. Thanks to original arrangements performed by a special line up, the music evokes the charm of this bygone era. Its appeal carries listeners on a tide, with no one able to resist the call to the dancefloor. The orchestra is conducted by Vinzenz Praxmarer.

 Vinzenz Praxmarer - conductor

Vinzenz Praxmarer was born in 1979 in Linz and began his musical studies at the age of eight, when he took his first piano lessons. In the summer of 2006 he made his debut as an opera conductor at the Bad Ischl Lehár Festival, for a production of Franz von Suppé’s comic opera Fatinitza. Highlights of his career to date including conducting the New Year’s concert by the Latvian National Orchestra, conducting two concerts with Angelika Kirchschlager, and assistant roles with Kirill Petrenko, Bertrand de Billy and Marc Albrecht. In 2011 he conducted Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Vorarlberger Landestheater in Bregenz, and Paganini at the Lehár Festival. Praxmarer is musical director of Oper Klosterneuburg, making his debut there in Summer 2011 with Le nozze di Figaro. His Volksoper debut came in December 2010 when he conducted The Land of Smiles.

 Bela Fischer´s Tanz Fusion - Festsaal

Since its foundation, Bela Fischer’s Tanz Fusion has established a strong reputation on entertainment and concert circuits at home and abroad. The upscale dance music (standard and Latin American dance) favoured by galas, parties, company events and balls is always in good hands with Tanz Fusion. Fischer has held a fixed position at Volksoper Wien since 1996, where he has worked as répétiteur, conductor (including the productions of Gigi and Max and Moritz) and impresario for ballet evenings and soirées. Bela Fischer has also worked as a composer for various venues in Vienna.

 Gassenhauer Ensemble Wien - Zeremoniensaal

The Gassenhauer Ensemble Wien was founded in 2012. Some popular compositions have been almost forgotten over the years, even though they were real crowd pleasers (known in German as Gassenhauer). The Gassenhauer Ensemble Wien led by Pavel Singer plays these alongside better known works, giving them a new lease of life. The ensemble’s repertoire covers dance music from various eras and works from the Viennese classical canon as well as more modern dance rhythms such as the tango, foxtrot, Boston waltz, samba, pasodoble and cha-cha-cha.

 Joe Hofbauer Quintett - Zeremoniensaal

Founded in 2009, the Joe Hofbauer Quintett is made up of first-class musicians with years of international acclaim to their credit. Singer Nina Schlöglhofer’s unmistakable voice and the soft timbre of Joe Hofbauer’s trumpet complement one another perfectly on stage, creating the band’s unique sound. High quality, perfect performances and their ability to turn their hand to anything are a given. The band’s international résumé includes highlights such as theBALL at the Hyatt Hotel in Shanghai and four appearances at the Gala Minerva in Monaco. Offering a repertoire of international dance music that caters to every taste, the band never fails to get audiences on their feet thanks to the obvious pleasure they derive from playing together!

Josef Strauss Salonorchester Wien - Geheime Ratstube

Josef Strauss was the second of three sons born to Johann Strauss (the elder) and his wife Anna. He was two years younger than the famous waltz king Johann Strauss (the younger). Josef composed more than 300 works of his own and often stood in for his brother Johann as Kapellmeister. Under the direction of Konzertmeister Thomas Trsek, the orchestra will treat dance fans to some of the Strauss dynasty’s greatest waltzes.

Wiener Stehgeiger Ensemble - Rittersaal and Foyer

Conductor and Volksoper Wien pianist Laszlo Gyüker and virtuoso Polish violinist Magdalena Wieckowska continue the proud tradition of standing violinist ensembles in Vienna. With compositions by famous standing violinists such as Johann Strauss and Joseph Lanner, they will whisk ballgoers back to the Biedermeier era of the first half of the nineteenth century.

Schrammel & Co - Hofburg Galerie

Just as Johann Schrammel and his quartet thrilled the audiences of their day, the Schrammel & Co ensemble will cast a spell on ballgoers. Their repertoire encompasses typical Viennese wine tavern music alongside upbeat interpretations of traditional works.

Duo Adlibitum - Foyer, Rittersaal and Geheime Ratstube

Duo Adlibitum is a byword for sophisticated musical entertainment that always strikes the right note – whatever the occasion. Its repertoire largely centres on Viennese salon music, Viennese classical pieces and well-loved examples of international concert café music.

Roman Grinberg‘s Horns-n-Keys - Rittersaal

Roman Grinberg was born in Belz, a small town in Moldova. He lived in Israel for a number of years before settling in Vienna. He graduated in music in the Austrian capital, where he has worked for around 30 years in “the Jewish cultural and music business”, forging a career that has featured countless appointments as a musician, singer, entertainer, compère and choirmaster. “Vienna is not my home town but I feel at home here. I love living in this city.” Is it Klezmer, or maybe swing? Rock? Funk? Latin? Or a little bit of all of the above? Maybe “world music” applies too. Grinberg’s compositions have been performed by Jewish musicians and singers all over the world. New arrangements of some of his global hits will provide a distinguished musical diversion in the Rittersaal, helping to make the HOFBURG Silvesterball a night full of surprises.

Ensemble Lanner - Strauss - Platzl

The Ensemble Lanner - Strauss has been captivating audiences for years with its wonderfully sensitive brand of Viennese charm. Its repertoire covers everything from upbeat classics from the golden and silver ages of operetta to traditional Viennese waltzes and pieces by the great Austrian composers.

DJ John Newton – Entreezimmer - Silver Sparkling Disco

DJ John Newton cuts an impressive figure at his sets in the city’s top clubs and at events of all kinds. He is a bona fide music lover – and his everyday work is all about immersing himself in music. Thanks to the records he has collected over the years he can transform any event into an all-out party at the drop of a hat. His intuitive understanding of the audience and his spontaneous nature turn any event into an unforgettable experience. The charming doyen of the DJ scene is an idealist and likes nothing more than entertaining people. Which is why he is only truly satisfied once the atmosphere reaches a crescendo.

 

 

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