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 The rape of Lucretia 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.
In 2007 the Austrian government awarded Ms. Kirchschlager the title of Kammersängerin for her outstanding contributions to the Vienna State Opera. In 2009 she became an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2013 she won the BBC Music Magazine Award for her recording of Liszt and received the prestigious European Cultural Award for her contributions to classical music on stage and as a teacher keeping the fascination of classical music alive for the younger generation.
Concert engagements in the 2015-16 season include performances with composer and pianist Bela Koreny in Wachau and Perchtoldsdorf, Austria, seven performances as part of the “Ganymed Dreaming” project at the Vienna Historical Art Museum, a concert tour with the Camerata Bern to South America, a Korngold, Weill and Schönberg program with the Orchestra Divertimento Viennese at the Vienna Konzerthaus, and Mahler’s Symphony no.2 in Leipzig with the MDR Symphony Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi. Recital appearances include Schwarzenberg and Hohenems for the Schubertiade; Klagenfurt, Stockholm, and London’s Wigmore Hall. Opera appearances this season include a return to the Theater an der Wien as Ms. Peachum in a new Keith Warner production of Weill’s The Threepenny Opera and a tour to Japan of Die Fledermaus with the Wiener Volksoper.
Among her latest recordings are is an album of Liszt accompanied by Julius Drake on Hyperion, a Lieder CD (Preiser Records) as well as her recording “Seligkeit” featuring Schubert, Mahler and Brahms with the Philharmonia Schrammeln on Deutsche Grammophon. In 2010 she released the ECHO Award winning recording of Schumann Lieder (Sony), 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). Her discography further includes Lieder by Hugo Wolf (Sony), an Operetta album (Sony) recorded with Simon Keenlyside, an album of Christmas carols, Händel Arias and the duet lieder album “First Encounter” with Barbara Bonney, “Women’s Lives and Loves” (lieder by Schumann and Loewe with Dame Felicity Lott) 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 enrolled at the Vienna Music Academy in 1984 where she studied voice with Professor Gerhard Kahry and the late Viennese baritone Walter Berry. Today Ms. Kirchschlager teaches herself at international master classes. She makes her home in Vienna.
Photo: Nikolaus Karlinsky