Christine Schäfer

Biography

Born: March 3, 1965   Country: Germany  
Christine Schäfer established one of the most stellar careers of any young German soprano in the 1990s and became known for her sensational acting and her mastery of a wide range of repertory and styles.

She enrolled in the Berlin Conservatory in 1984 and studied with Ingrid Figur, whom she considers her primary teacher and credits with giving her a firm technical foundation and a knack for clear projection of German words. She studied
Read more with American soprano Arleen Augér who, Schäfer said, taught her how to give total concentration to the work of understanding a musical compossition. Of composer Aribert Reimann, another of her teachers, she says, "His music is fantastic, and as a teacher he is even more so." From him she learned lieder interpretation. She also had master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Sena Jurinac.

After winning several prestigious prizes, she made a highly acclaimed recital debut at the Berlin Festival in 1988, singing Reimann's cycle Nachträume, and began to establish a promising recital and concert career. She has sung in Europe with the Gächinger Kantorei, the Windsbacher Knabenchor, the Stuttgarter Hymnus Chorknaban, the RIAS Kammerchor, the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, the Amsterdam New Sinfonietta, and Musica Antiqua of Cologne.

Her concert and recital career included a debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in Boston and New York with Seiji Ozawa conducting. Other conductors with whom she has worked are Sir Charles Mackerras, Uwe Gronostay, Wolfgang Schafer, Leopold Hager, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

She is active on the festival circuit, with appearances at the Baroque Festival in Würzburg, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Bach Festival of Los Angeles, the Salzburg Mozart Week, and the Ansbach Bach Week.

Her operatic debut was in 1991 as Papagena in Mozart's Magic Flute at the Théâtre du Monnaie in Brussels. Soon she sang Pamina in the same production when it was given in Salzburg, Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto in Bern, and Berg's Lulu in Innsbruck, with stage direction by Brigitte Fassbaender.

Her American operatic debut was with the San Francisco Opera during their Strauss Festival of 1993, when she appeared as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and then as Zdenka in Arabella at the Houston Grand Opera, conducted by Christoph Eschenbach. Her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York was in the 2000-2001 season.

She moved into the first rank of German opera stars when she appeared in Peter Mussbach's controversial production of Lulu at the Salzburg Festival in 1995, her debut role in that Festival. When she returned two years later, it was in a drastically different role, Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Other roles she has sung include the title role in Donizetti's Lucia di Lamermoor (Welsh National Opera); Elisa in Mozart's Il Rè Pastore (Amsterdam); Tytania in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Tel Aviv); Infantin in Der Zwerg by Zemlinsky at the Paris Opéra-Bastille; Zerbinetta in Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos (Houston); and Reimann's The House of Bernarda Alba in Munich.

She has appeared on several discs in Graham Johnson's Hyperion Schubert series and for the label also recorded a solo recital of Robert Schumann songs, also with Johnson. Read less
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    Anna Netrebko - Live from the Salzburg Festival
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002155209 Release Date: 10/21/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carlo Colombara,  Anna Netrebko,  Nino Machaidze,  Massimo Cavalletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti,  Carlo Rizzi,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Anna Netrebko - Live from the Salzburg Festival [3-Blu-ray Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002155159 Release Date: 10/21/2014  
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carlo Colombara,  Anna Netrebko,  Nino Machaidze,  Massimo Cavalletti  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniele Gatti,  Carlo Rizzi,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    C. P. E. Bach: Die Letzten Leiden Des Erlosers / Haenchen, Trekel, Schafer, Schuring, Elster
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 60808 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
    Performer:  Anette Elster,  Ellen Schuring,  Roman Trekel,  Christine Schäfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Hartmut Haenchen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  Halle Madrigalists Choir
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    Europakonzert 1999 From Krakow / Ax, Schafer, Haitink, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 13194 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Emanuel Ax
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    100 Great Symphonies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002054602 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Giovanni Battista Sammartini,  Johann Wenzel Stamitz,  Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf,  Johann Christian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Gwyneth Jones,  Hanna Schwarz,  René Kollo,  Kurt Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Kevin Mallon,  Christopher Hogwood,  Thomas Füri,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aradia Ensemble,  Academy of Ancient Music,  Camerata Bern  ... 
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    Mozart - The Great Operas [13-DVD Set]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1131 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ramón Vargas,  Ekaterina Siurina,  Magdalena Kozená,  Jeffrey Francis  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Constantinos Carydis,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Victor Pablo Pérez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Salzburg,  Salzburg Bach Choir,  Netherlands Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Boulez Conducts Mahler - Complete Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001931702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Johan Botha,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Anna Larsson,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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    Berg: Lulu / Davis, Schafer, Harries, Glyndebourne Festival [blu-ray]
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 2253 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Patricia Bardon,  Christine Schäfer,  Kathryn Harries,  Jonathan Viera
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Essential Opera Collection [19 DVDs]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6000 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi,  Daniela Dessi,  Fabio Armiliato,  Lorenzo Regazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Maurizio Benini,  Victor Pablo Pérez,  Sylvain Cambreling,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Teatro Real Orchestra,  Madrid Teatro Real Chorus,  Paris National Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Mattei, Oelze, Grant Murphy, Cambreling
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6004 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lorenzo Regazzo,  Heidi Grant Murphy,  Christiane Oelze,  Peter Mattei  ... 
    Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Downes, Alvarez, Schafer, Gavanelli
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 6005 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Paolo Gavanelli,  Marcelo Alvarez,  Peter Auty,  Christine Schäfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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  • 14.
    Pierre Boulez: The Complete Works [13-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001836502 Release Date: 07/23/2013   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Pierre Boulez
    Performer:  Sophie Cherrier,  Pierre-André Valade,  Emmanuelle Ophèle,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Diego Masson,  Roger Desormière
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Singers  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Elias / Rilling, Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach Collegium Stuttgart
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98017 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Cornelia Kallisch,  Michael Schade,  Christine Schäfer,  Wolfgang Schöne
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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  • 16.
    The Verdi Edition - 12 Great Operas
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1105 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gwynne Howell,  Peter Hoare,  Bryn Terfel,  Kenneth Tarver  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Carlo Rizzi,  Edward Downes,  Antonio Ros-Marbá  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Helmuth Rilling - Personal Selection
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98008 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  César Franck,  Benjamin Britten,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Ingeborg Danz,  James Taylor,  Andreas Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Aurelius Boys Choir of Calw  ... 
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  • 18.
    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Schoenberg: Pierre Lunaire
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001767002 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Florent Boffard,  Jeanne-Marie Conquer,  Jean-Guihen Queyras,  Sophie Cherrier  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble InterContemporain
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  • 20.
    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    Christine Schafer Sings Melodies: Chausson, Debussy
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4805769 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ernest Chausson,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Irwin Gage,  Stella Doufexis
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    Mozart: Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail / Christie, Les Arts Florissants
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59884 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Patricia Petibon,  Jurg Low,  Sophie Lamotte D'Argy  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
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  • 23.
    Christine Schafer - Arias
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 91399 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  George Frideric Handel,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Björn Colell,  Anna Carewe
    Conductor:  Julien Salemkour
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Bach Edition Ipod Touch (32 Gb)
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98638 Release Date: 09/27/2011  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff,  Arleen Augér,  Ingeborg Danz,  Christine Schäfer  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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  • 25.
    Bach: Complete Cantatas / Rilling, Stuttgart Bach Collegium
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98630 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 71
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Walter Heldwein,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Aldo Baldin,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Frankfurt Kantorei  ... 
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