Evelyn Czesla was born in Bonn and studied opera singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt am Main with Prof. Paula Page and song interpretation with Prof. Charles Spencer. She expanded her education with renowned teachers such as Gundula Janowitz, Hilde Zadek and Daniel-Lewis Williams.
She was selected as a scholarship holder by the Richard-Wagner-Verband Wiesbaden. From 2002 to summer 2015 she was a member of the ensemble at the Trierer Theater.
As a guest singer she sang at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, Staatstheater Mainz, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Prinzregententheater München, Theater Plauen-Zwickau, Theater Metz and at the Staatsoper Prague.
Her most important opera roles as a soprano were Adina in "L'elisir d'amore", Pamina in "The Magic Flute", Susanna in "Le nozze di Figaro", Rosina in "Il barbiere di Siviglia", Olympia in "The Tales of Hoffmann" and Musetta in "La Boheme".
She sang several times at the Antiquities Festival in Trier, at the Moselle
Music Festival and Early Music Festival “Ars & Musica Antiqua Perast Montenegro”.
In 2014 she sang the role of the angel in the revival of Georg Schmitt's choral symphony "Le Sinai" as part of the Moselle Music Festival.
In 2000 she founded the baroque ensemble "Viaggio Musicale" with historical instruments. Their first CD together was released under the name "Incantare".
With baroque arias she was heard on the Hessian radio station, as well as on the Turkish radio station together with the Ankara Philharmonic.
In addition to Germany, she has performed recitals and gala concerts in Belgium, Montenegro, Malta and Switzerland.
Michèle Kerschenmeyer began playing the piano at the age of 7 with her father and at the age of 13 received a 1st prize in piano at the Conservatory of the City of Luxembourg. Her further education took her to Metz, and then to Paris, where she won a first prize in 1992 in the "Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique" in the class of Prof. Jacques Rouvier and Pascal Devoyon.
She then studied in the master class of Prof. Pavel Gililov at the Cologne University of Music. Courses with Rudolf Kehrer, Daniel Blumenthal, Brigitte Engerer, Gérard Frémy and Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden shaped her piano playing.
Numerous concerts have taken her through Europe, to Singapore and South America. She took part in international festivals in Paris, La Roque d'Anthéron, Brussels, Ghent, Straubing, Pertisau, Cesky Krumlov, Mettlach, as well as in Wiltz and Echternach.
Michèle Kerschenmeyer has performed with the RTL Orchestra, the Solistes Européens Luxembourg, the Poznan Philharmonic, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Beethoven Academy, the Orchester National de Belgique and the Orchester Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Radio and CD recordings were made in particular with the "Solistes Européens" and the "Süddeutsche Vokalensemble Bamberg".
Chamber music forms an important part of her career. Her partners included Philippe Koch, Laurence Koch (violin), Paul Rivinius (piano), Ionel Pantea, Patricia Frères (vocals), the Quatuor Enesco, Quatuor Louvigny, Quatuor Ludwig (Paris), Quatuor des Solistes Européens Luxembourg and the Zurich String Trio .
Professor of piano at the Luxembourg City Conservatory since 1994, she sees her most important task in passing on her experience and love of music to young people.
Her special love is chamber music and above all the art of song. Meeting Evelyn Czesla and Nico Wouterse (Trier) led to the founding of the "Trio Cénacle". Together with her partners, she tries to convey the treasures of classical and romantic music to music lovers.
Bass-baritone Nico Wouterse was born in Heerlen in the Netherlands and studied at the Maastricht Conservatory. He completed his studies in classical saxophone with a diploma. He then studied singing with Mya Besselink and later with Daniel-Lewis Williams. He also took lessons from Margreet Honig in Amsterdam, from Semjon Skigin and from Jean-Pierre Blivet in Paris.
He was a finalist at the "Concours international de chant" in Marmande (France) and received a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association in Dessau.
Wouterse made his debut at the Trier Theater with the role of Leporello. He then became a permanent member of the ensemble at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau and is currently a permanent member of the ensemble at the Theater Koblenz.
As a freelance opera singer, guest engagements have taken him to various festivals and various European theaters such as the Staatstheater Schwerin, Teatr Wilki in Warsaw, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Theater aan het Vrijthof Maastricht, National Theater Weimar, the Latvian National Theater Riga, the Cologne Opera and the Staatstheater Cottbus . Engagements for opera and concerts have taken Wouterse to Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Poland, Latvia, Montenegro, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
He has worked with renowned conductors and directors such as Cornelius Meister, Antony Hermus, Stefan Soltesz, Marcus Stenz, Friedrich Haider, Thilo Reinhardt, Roland Schwab, Lorenzo Fioroni and Peter Konwitschny.
His most important roles as a bass-baritone include: Leporello (Giovanni), Don
Pizarro (Fidelio), Escamillo (Carmen), Der Wanderer (Siegfried), Kaspar (Freischütz), Biterolf (Tannhäuser), Baron Scarpia (Tosca), Klingsor (Parsifal), Ramfis (Aida), Guardiano (La forza del destino), and Trinity Moses (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny).
Wouterse sang the role of 'Rechts' in the widely acclaimed premiere of the opera 'Abends am Fluss' by Johannes Harneit at the Theater Heidelberg, directed by Peter Konwitschny. At the same theater he sang the solo part in Bernd Alois Zimmermann's work 'I turned' at the first Heidelberg Symposium.
He can currently be seen as Kapar at the Theater Koblenz, where he will also play the role of the Kissinger in Nixon in China this season.
Trio für Liedkunst