The first German singer to win the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 1999, Anja Harteros has gone on to appear in the major world's opera houses, including Frankfurt, Lyon, Amsterdam, Dresden, Paris, Hamburg, Vienna, New York (Metropolitan Opera), Munich, Cologne and Berlin (Deutsche Oper), as well as the Salzburger Festspiele. She has also specialzed in Lieder recitals within Germany and internationally. Her opera roles have drawn critical praise and repertoire includes Mimì (La bohème), Desdemona (Otello), Micaëla (Carmen), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro), Arabella (Arabella), Alice Ford (Falstaff), andRead more Alcina.
"A mix of fire and control in her voice, a lirico-spinto whose top range has great dramatic potential...she holds passion and control in balance within her singing. - Evan Dickerson, MusicWeb International
"Few Lieder recital CDs provide as much enjoyment as this release from soprano Anja Harteros with pianist Wolfram Rieger. Planned originally as a programme for a live concert series, and then subsequently committed to disc under studio conditions, Harteros said, in an interview printed in the accompanying notes, 'it had to be a varied and interesting selection with no over-long items while all fitting together somehow'...finds the ideal balance between extrovert and introvert, involves one in a clear emotional journey and, above all, leaves one wanting to hear more of Harteros's ravishing voice." - John Woods, MusicalCriticism.com Read less