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Avantasia

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    Avantasia, from Germany, is the side-project of Edguy singer Tobias Sammet, founded in 1999. Two concept albums were released (The Metal Opera, The Metal Opera Pt. II), their structures similar to that of an opera. Both can be classified as and/or . After the second album, Sammet announced that there would not be any more Avantasia albums. However, in January 2008 a third album was released, titled The Scarecrow. On November 16th 2007 two 6-track albums Lost in Space Part 1 and Lost in Space Part 2 were released. On April 2nd 2010 two new full-length albums were released, The Wicked Symphony and Angel of Babylon, completing the Scarecrow Trilogy. In March 2011 the first Avantasia live CD and DVD called The Flying Opera were released. The contents were based on the footage taken during The Scarecrow tour in 2008, recorded on Wacken Open Air (Germany) and Masters of Rock (Vizovice, Czech Republic) music festivals. In 2013 Avantasia released their sixth album, The Mystery of Time. Their seventh album, Ghostlights was released on 29 January 2016.

    The cast of the Avantasia project:

    The Metal Opera (Parts I and II)
    Guitar
    Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray)
    Jens Ludwig (Edguy)
    Norman Meiritz
    Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius)

    Bass
    Markus Grosskopf (Helloween)

    Drums
    Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody)

    Keyboard
    Tobias Sammet (Edguy)

    Piano
    Frank Tischer

    Singers
    Tobias Sammet (Edguy) as Gabriel Laymann
    Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween) as Lugaid Vandroiy
    David DeFeis (Virgin Steele) as Friar Jakob
    Ralf Zdiarstek as Bailiff Falk von Kronberg
    Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation) as Anna Held
    Rob Rock (Warrior) as Bishop Johann von Bicken
    Oliver Hartmann (At Vance) as Pope Clemens VIII
    André Matos (ex-Shaaman, ex-Angra) as Elderane, the Elf
    Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray) as Regrin, the Dwarf
    Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) as Mysterious Voice of the Tower
    Bob Catley (Magnum) as the Tree of Knowledge

    The Scarecrow
    Guitar
    Sascha Paeth
    Henjo Richter (Gamma Ray)
    Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray)
    Rudolf Schenker(Scorpions)

    Bass
    Tobias Sammet

    Drums
    Eric Singer (KISS)

    Keyboard
    Tobias Sammet
    Michael "Miro" Rodenburg (ex-Kamelot)

    Singers
    Tobias Sammet
    Roy Khan (Kamelot)
    Jorn Lande (Jorn)
    Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween)
    Bob Catley (Magnum)
    Amanda Somerville (ex-Aina)
    Alice Cooper
    Oliver Hartmann (At Vance)

    The Wicked Symphony
    Singers
    Tobias Sammet
    Russell Allen
    Jorn Lande
    Michael Kiske
    Tim "Ripper" Owen
    Klaus Meine
    Andre Matos
    Bob Catley
    Ralf Zdiarstek

    Bass
    Tobias Sammet

    Guitar
    Sascha Paeth
    Bruce Kulick
    Oliver Hartmann

    Orchestration
    Miro Rodenberg

    Drums
    Felix Bohnke
    Alex Holzwarth
    Eric Singer

    Angel Of Babylon
    Singers
    Tobias Sammet
    Jorn Lande
    Russell Allen
    Michael Kiske
    Jon Oliva
    Cloudy Yang
    Bob Catley
    Oliver Hartmann
    Amanda Somerville

    Bass
    Tobias Sammet

    Guitar
    Sascha Paeth
    Bruce Kulick
    Oliver Hartmann
    Henjo Richter

    Keyboard/Orchestration
    Jens Johansson
    Miro Rodenberg
    Simon Oberender

    Drums
    Felix Bohnke
    Alex Holzwarth
    Eric Singer


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