The South African born director and choreographer Leonard Prinsloo, has staged and choreographed more than 60 operas, operettas, dance performances and musicals internationally. Having completed his training as classical dancer as well as attaining the Master of Music degree, he initially started a career as ballet soloist in companies in South Africa, Germany and Italy. He is presently the House Director of the Lehár Festival in Bad Ischl, as well as the Artistic Director of the theatrical youth project “Etterepo” in Bad Ischl.
As of 2017, he will be the House Director for the opera house in Baden.
Apart from the classical repertoire, Prinsloo has staged several world premieres in Vienna (Burgtheater Wien, Neue Oper Wien), Linz and Klagenfurt. Apart from professional productions he has directed several operas for the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien) as well as the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (Die Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien)
Leonard C. Prinsloo
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Born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria/Spain. She studied voice at the Conservatory in her hometown and worked as a soloist in the ballet of Las Palmas. Sylvia Saavedra-Edelmann completed her Master of Arts-studies in vocal pedagogy with distinction. She continued studying in Barcelona with Tatiana Menotti and Juan Oncina.. Between 1995 and 1998 she worked as a singing teacher and Choir Conductor Assistant at the Fundacion Orquesta Filarmonica de Gran Canaria and directed the children's choir at the opera of Las Palmas. 1995 Sylvia Saavedra-Edelmann founded the Opera Studio in Las Palmas. 1998 she moved to Berlin and in 2001 to Vienna. Here she works as a singing teacher, adviser and producer. She is co-founder and organizer of the ottoedelmannsociety OES, established in 2006, who organizes numerous events, concerts, workshops and competitions such Otto Edelmann Society Audience Prize who become with the collaboration of the Music Universitiy of Vienna in the most important Singing Competition actually in Vienna, the Otto Edelmann Singing Competition. The Otto Edelmann Society is focused on the necessities of young singers and the way to the audition and their first jobs with seminars- and audition-Workshops. She has been invited to the National University of Korea in Seoul and to Riga, to the Jozef Latvja Academy and to ISA (Vienna University Summer Academy) for lectures about auditioning. She also organizes concerts at home and abroad among them Sinfonic Concerts for Temudas Festival in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the Operetta Die Lustige Witwe in Daegu, Korea, as production chief of the Seefestpiele Mörbisch in that country. She has worked as a singing teacher at Gustav Mahler Konservatorium and Since 2015 she also teaches at the Richard Wagner Konservatorium. She is the founder and artistic director PLUSOPERA., an Opera Showcase for young singers where she produced already nine shows since 2015, including modern opera, operetta, opera and musicals. She is also responsible for the organization of ISA Operetta Workshop at Seefestpiele Mörbisch.. As a singer Teacher she is regularly invited for Masterclasses by Vienna Summer Festival and World Culture Network (WCN).
She is married to Bariton, Professor (MDW) and artistic director of Seefestpiele Mörbisch Prof. Peter Edelmann.