Angelika Kirchschlager

mezzo-soprano

Artistic Biography

Angelika Kirchschlager wins the prestigeous 2010 Echo Klassik Award for her CD 'Schumann Lieder' as Best Song Recording
Austrian mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager enjoys an international career as one of the most important vocal artists before the public today dividing her time between recitals and opera in Europe, North America and the Far East. She is internationally recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of Richard Strauss and Mozart. In title roles of operas such as Pelleas et Melisande, Sophie's Choice and Carmen she shows the vast variety of her voice. As a celebrated recitalist and concert performer her repertoire reaches from Bach, Berlioz, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorak, Korngold, Mahler, Mendelssohn and Ravel to Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, Weill and Wolf.

For her outstanding contributions to the Vienna State Opera the Austrian government awarded Ms. Kirchschlager the title of Kammersängerin in June 2007. In November 2009 she became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London.

For the 2010-2011 season Angelika Kirchschlager is looking forward to various concert and recital engagements in Europe and the Far East and to a role debut in her home town of Vienna.

She sings gala concerts for the season opening of the Volksoper in Vienna, recitals accompanied by Julius Drake and Malcom Martineau at London's Wigmore Hall where she also performs Wolf's Spanisches Liederbuch aside tenor Ian Bostridge and a concert with the Belcea Quartet. Further engagements include Weill's Seven Deadly Sins at the Theater an der Wien (staged) in Vienna and with the Radio Symphony in Berlin, a tour of Schubert Lieder with the Basel Chamber Orchestra to Geneva, Basel, Paris, Aix-en-Provence, Hong Kong and Vienna as well as recitals accompanied by Helmut Deutsch in Tokyo, at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. In addition she sings concerts in Leeds, Manchester, Ghent, with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields in Bonn, in Luxembourg, Cagliari, Genoa, St. Pölten, at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, at the famous Frauenkirche in Dresden, with the Bamberg Symphony in Bad Kissingen, at the Verbier Festival as well as a Händel and Schubert program on tour with the Camerata Bern to South America.

Angelika Kirchschlager returns to the opera stage at the end of the year forperformances of Orlofsky in Strauss' Fledermaus at the Vienna StateOpera. Early next year she is looking forward to her role debut as Lucretia in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia at the Theater an der Wien.

In 2010 she released a variety of CDs including the ECHO Award winning recording of Schumann Lieder (Sony), a CD of Mahler Lieder (Quinton Records) for the composer's 150th birthday, a Brahms album (Hyperion Records) and a CD of Lieder by Joseph Marx (cpo). In addition she is part of a two volume CD of Volkslieder (Sony) where she is featured together with many other famous classical singers.

Her discography also includes the Sony releases of Lieder by Hugo Wolf, an Operetta album recorded with Simon Keenlyside, an album of Christmas carols, Händel Arias ("This is a Handel recital to set beside those of Baker, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson", Hugh Canning, London's Sunday Times) and "First Encounter" (duo lieder with Barbara Bonney; Martin Martineau, piano), "Women's Lives and Loves" (lieder by Schumann and Loewe with Dame Felicity Lott; Graham Johnson, piano) on Hyperion, Le Nozze di Figaro (René Jacobs, conductor) on Harmonia Mundi as well as the Sony releases of Bach Arias, 'When night falls' a collection of classical and popular lullabies and her highly acclaimed debut album of Lieder by Alma Mahler, Gustav Mahler and Erich Korngold.

On DVD Ms. Kirchschlager can be seen as Sesto in the highly-acclaimed Glyndebourne production of Handel's Giulio Cesare on Opus Arte; as Cherubino on Le Nozze di Figaro (René Jacobs, conductor) on Bel Air, as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier from the Salzburg Festival (Semyon Bychkov, conductor) on TDK and as Sophie in the Royal Opera House release of Nicholas Maw's opera Sophie's Choice. Ms. Kirchschlager won three ECHO KLASSIK as well as a GRAMMY Award.

Born in Salzburg, Angelika Kirchschlager studied piano at the Mozarteum. Upon graduation from the "Musisches Gymnasium" in Salzburg, she enrolled at the Vienna Music Academy in 1984 where she studied voice with Professor Gerhard Kahry and the late Viennese baritone Walter Berry. In addition, Ms. Kirchschlager is a professor at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and as of 2011 at the University of Graz. She makes her home in Vienna.

October 2010