SPECIAL GUESTS: THE PLATINUM TENORS
Gary Bennett,
Thomas Greuel,  Béla Mavrák

 

June 1, 2006  Die Platin Tenöre

I have been asked by a number of fans how they might order the Platinum Tenors' CD.   


I have spoken with Martin Wohlfarth of Platin Scala and he requests you order directly via email to him (for the time being):

Die Platin Tenöre  Gary Bennett, Thomas Greuel, Béla Mavrák Send an email to Martin stating ... How many CDs you wish to purchase.  Martin will then setup a link with paypal and email it to you.  Once you open this return email, You can log into paypal and complete the purchase.

Be certain to ask about the cost of the CD in your currency as well as cost for shipping.

*These CDs make GREAT GIFTS.  I ordered 5!



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Gary Bennett
Tenor

Gary Bennett was born in Tasmania. After studying mathematics and physics he took private singing lessons and then went to London where he received a scholarship at the National Opera Studio.

He spent two years with the Cologne Opera Studio, after which he had contracts in the USA (Washington Opera, Greater Miami Opera), Canada (Canadian Opera), Australia (Australian Opera, South Australian Opera, Victorian Opera), and Israel (Tel Aviv Opera).

His travels in Europe took him to Britain (Glyndebourne, Edinburgh Festival, and the BBC), Italy (Pisa Opera, Montepulciano Festival), Austria (Salzburg Festspiele, Klagenfurt), and then Germany. There he sang in numerous opera houses, such as Cologne, Düsseldorf, Nuremberg, Chemnitz, Bremen, Hanover, Wiesbaden, Wuppertal, Saarbrücken, Lübeck, Eisenach, Giessen, Heidelberg, Hagen, Hof, and Meiningen.

Bennett lives with his family in Cologne. There he met Thomas Greuel and Béla Mavrák in 2000, and the three now appear jointly as the Platin Tenors, on stage and on TV. In 2005 they came to the notice of André Rieu who signed them up for his world tour with over 100 appearances. Some of their concerts in the Netherlands and Germany have been broadcast on television.

His repertoire covers many roles, including Hoffmann in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, the title roles in Idomeneo and Gounod’s Faust, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, the prince in Rusalka, Rodolfo in La Bohčme, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Loge in Das Rheingold, the prince in The Love of the Three Oranges, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Tamino in The Magic Flute, and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

He also sings oratorio and lieder. Here his repertoire includes the Evangelist in the St John and St Matthew Passions, Schubert’s Winterreise, and Die Schöne Müllerin.

 

Thomas Greuel
Tenor

Thomas Greuel was born in Rheinbach near Bonn. After leaving school he studied singing at the Cologne College of Music from 1987, completing his stage exams in 1993. Three years earlier he had already successfully auditioned for a place at the opera studio of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. There he sang in many roles and was able to develop his singing and acting abilities. He remained at the Düsseldorf opera house until 1996, when he became a freelance. He then made guest appearances at many different opera houses in Germany (Kiel, Bremen, Stralsund, Münster, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Hagen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Hanover, Wiesbaden, Weimar, Zwickau, Würzburg, Karlsruhe, and Augsburg). Since 2001 he has again been under contract to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he is expected to remain until 2009.

He lives with his family in Bad Münstereifel near the Belgian border. Since 2000 he has frequently sung with his colleagues Gary Bennett and Béla Mavrák, appearing as The Platin Tenors. Following many television shows they received an offer in 2005 to take part in André Rieu’s world tour with over 100 appearances. The Platin Tenors have already been seen several times on Rieu’s TV specials.

Thomas Greuel’s repertoire covers numerous roles, including Peter Ivanov in Zar und Zimmermann, Pedrillo in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Aristaeus/Pluto in Orpheus in the Underworld, Monostatos in The Magic Flute, the schoolmaster in The Cunning Little Vixen, the innkeeper in Der Rosenkavalier, the helmsman in Der Fliegende Holländer, and Canio in I Pagliacci.

In oratorio and sacred music he has a leaning towards Händel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn (The Creation, Elijah, The Seasons, etc.). In the field of lieder his strength lies in interpreting works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Richard Strauss.

Béla Mavrák
Tenor

Béla Mavrák was born in Baden near Vienna. From 1989 he studied singing at the Music Academy in Belgrade, and sang Rodolfo in La Bohčme at the Belgrade State Opera. In 1991 he toured the United States (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.) and Canada with Columbia Artists. In 1994 he received his arts diploma at the Cologne College of Music, then had private lessons with Franco Corelli in Milan and attended master classes given by Gianni Raimondi and Nicolai Gedda.

He won the gold medal in the international singing contest in Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy. After that he appeared in radio and TV productions and CD recordings (Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Vivaldi’s Magnificat) and in the world premičre of In Exitu Israel and Dixit Dominus by Marianna Martinez in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall.

In 1994 he sang in Verdi’s Requiem in the Beethovenhalle in Bonn with the Philharmonica Hungarica, then visited South America (Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Municipal in Săo Paulo), Austria (Festspielhaus in Salzburg), Hungary (Budapest), and Japan (Tokyo and Sapporo).

In 1998 the Deutsches Nationaltheater in Weimar signed him up as a soloist for two years. During that time he took the title roles in almost all the main operas. In 1999 he appeared in a charity concert in aid of the Yehudi Menuhin foundation.

Since 2000 Béla Mavrák has made guest appearances in various theatres in Germany (Lübeck, Pforzheim, Koblenz, Berlin), Italy (Bergamo and towns on the Ligurian coast), Switzerland, and Hungary (Miskolc).

In 2004 he toured Germany as Tamino in The Magic Flute, taking part in over 20 performances. The then appeared on German television, in concerts with André Rieu, and in a series of New Year concerts with the North-West German Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2005 he appeared as Alfredo in La Traviata at the Budapest spring festival, and toured Holland and Belgium as Edwin in Die Csárdásfürstin by Emmerich Kálmán.

Béla Mavrák lives in Cologne. It was there that he joined up with Gary Bennett and Thomas Greuel in 2000; since then they have appeared as The Platin Tenors, on stage and on television. André Rieu became aware of them in 2005 and engaged them for a world tour with over 100 appearances. Several concerts given in the Netherlands have also been broadcast on German TV.

His repertoire covers many roles, including Faust in Gounod’s opera of that name and Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto, Cassio in Otello, the Marquis de Chateauneuf in Albert Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann, the singer in Der Rosenkavalier, the voice of a young seaman in Tristan und Isolde, the first knight of the Grail in Parsifal, Prince Sou-Chong in Lehár’s Das Land des Lächelns, and Barinkay in The Gipsy Baron.

Besides opera and operetta he also sings oratorio and lieder. He has appeared in many concert performances.

 

 

 

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