Praised for her unique timbre and glamorous stage presence, Soula Parassidis first appeared on the international operatic scene in 2009 at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence.
As a member of the ensemble at Oper Leipzig for 3 seasons, Soula performed a wide variety of leading roles to both critical and popular success. She has performed with theTaipei Symphony, Opera Holland Park, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Opera Bordeaux, Theater an der Wien, Guanzhao Opera and Teatro Regio Torino etc.
She has also appeared in concert with the Czech Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Capitole de Toulouse, Berliner Waldbühne, GIUDITTA at the Teatro Massimo Palermo, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Theater Athenée Paris, Wüttembergische Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie and Dublin's RTÉ concert orchestra.
Soula first trained as a flutist and actor before studying voice. She completed her formal education at the University of British Columbia, subsequently studying in Europe with Brigitte Fassbaender, Cheryl Studer and Karan Armstrong.
Soula has been the recipient of a Career Development Award from the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as multiple prize winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions.
Norman Reinhardt has been a fixture of the international operatic scene for nearly 20 years after making his debut at the Houston Grand Opera at the age of 23. He has performed with some of the world’s leading conductors and directors, appearing in leading roles at Théatre des Champs-Élysées, Festspeilhaus Baden-Baden, Theater an der Wien, Dutch National Opera, Semperoper Dresden, Festival Valle d’Itria, Berlin Staatsoper, Bregenz Festival, San Francisco Opera, Teatro Real Madrid, Theater Basel.
As a member of the fest ensemble at Oper Leipzig, Norman appeared in over 20 productions in a variety of styles. He has also appeared as a guest with the company on numerous occasions.
Since graduating from the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Norman Reinhardt’s ongoing relationship with the company has included appearances as Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Bénédict(Béatrice et Bénédict), Lysander (Midsummer Nights Dream), Ernesto(Don Pasquale), Tony (West Side Story), Cassio (Otello), and Jacquino (Fidelio).
Norman Reinhardt made his debut at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, and at the Salzburg Festival as Tony in West Side Story alongside Cecilia Bartoli and conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. He sang his first Pollioine (Norma) alongside Bartoli at both Théatre des Champs-Élysées and at Festspeilhaus Baden-Baden, and he returned to the role in 2019 at the Stuttgart Staatsoper.