Andrea Rost

Biography

Born: 1962; Budapest, Hungary  
Andrea Rost gained recognition in the 1990s as one of the world's leading new lyric sopranos. Her family was not especially musical, but, she says, she was always singing. She copied what she heard on the radio and joined the school chorus. She was 16 when she first attended the opera, at the Budapest Opera House. The fare was Donizetti's Don Pasquale. She was entranced by the blend of music, story, and dramatic staging and said, "Oh my God, I Read more have to do this." She studied voice, then entered the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Her teacher was Professor Zsolt Bende. He developed in her a strong bel canto technique, and from her remarks in a British Classic FM Magazine interview, obviously retains a place as a trusted advisor. She credits, in addition to Prof. Bende, the advice of friendly established singers, in particular Leo Nucci, Renato Bruson, and Mirella Freni. She phoned Freni during an engagement at the Salzburg Festival, seeking advice, and the famous soprano invited her over for a talk. Rost remembers in particular Freni's remark that she should "...always smile when you're singing. Not with your face, but inside. This will help you find the right color for your voice."

Rost graduated from the Budapest Academy in 1987. She was engaged that year by the Budapest Opera, debuting as Juliette in Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. From 1991 to 1996, she was a member of the company of the Vienna State Opera. There, she sang such Mozartean and bel canto roles as Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Rosina (Barber of Seville), Adina (L'Elisir d'amore), Pamina (Magic Flute), Susanna (Marriage of Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto), and Lucia di Lammermoor. During that period, she also sang Gilda in a new production at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, conducted by Ricardo Muti, which was recorded live by Sony Classical, beginning a successful relationship with that company.

Rost has established a strong operatic career. In addition to the Vienna State Opera and La Scala, she has sung at the Opéra National de Paris, the Zurich Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (where she starred in the first modern performance of Donizetti's long-lost opera Elisabetta under the baton of Carlo Rizzi), the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Teatro Comunale of Florence. She has also essayed the realm of period performance, singing the role of Drusilla in Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea, led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. On the concert stage, Rost has sung in Robert Schumann's Die Paradies und die Peri in Salzburg, Zurich, and Graz under Harnoncourt, and sang a program of Mozart and operetta arias at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

After her appearance in Rigoletto on Sony Classical, she issued her first solo CD on that label, a collection of arias called Le delizie dell'amor, in 1997. She gained outstanding reviews for her participation in what has quickly become a preferred recorded version of Lucia di Lamermoor, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras in the conductor's own scholarly edition, using Donizetti's original manuscript (rather than the often altered and error-ridden standard editions) as its source. In 2000, she issued her second solo album, Amore II. Read less
Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor / Mackerras, Rost, Et Al
Release Date: 09/08/1998   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 63174   Number of Discs: 2
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Erkel: Bank Ban / Pal, Kovats, Rost, Marton, Reti
Release Date: 11/15/2011   Label: Teldec  
Catalog: 4674364   Number of Discs: 2
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Mozart: Don Giovanni / Conlon, Allen, Vaness, Furlanetto, Rost
Release Date: 01/28/2014   Label: Arthaus Musik  
Catalog: 102319   Number of Discs: 1
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    Mahler / Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker [11-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 00206510 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Alban Berg
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Conlon, Allen, Vaness, Furlanetto, Rost
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102319 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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    Claudio Abbado - The Symphony Edition [41-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001846502 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 41
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    Claudio Abbado - A Life Dedicated To Music
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059588 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 8
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    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12041 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Pospichal,  Ernst Weissensteiner,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Wolfgang Klos  ... 
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    Erkel: Bank Ban / Pal, Kovats, Rost, Marton, Reti
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4674364 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ferenc Erkel
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Abbado, Gallo, Mcnair, Bartoli
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001572302 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carlo Allemano,  Sylvia McNair,  Boje Skovhus,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Elias / Volle, Rost, Lipovsek, Sawallisch
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 7019 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Michael Volle,  Andrea Rost,  Herbert Lippert,  Marjana Lipovsek  ... 
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    Gala Concerts From Vienna, Berlin & Dresden
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058218 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Johan Botha,  Deborah Polaski,  Falk Struckmann  ... 
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    Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg - 50 Years
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001469202 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 25
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    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 459658 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Carl Zeller
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  José Carreras,  Andrea Rost,  Eva Lind  ... 
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    A Verdi Gala From Berlin / Claudio Abbado
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2050858 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Andrea Rost,  Ramón Vargas,  Alan Titus,  Lucio Gallo
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    Gemini - Mendelssohn:  Elias / Conlon, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 50884 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Deon Van der Walt,  Andreas Schmidt,  Andrea Rost,  Cornelia Kallisch  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon
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    Mozart: Arias / Andrea Rost
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62030 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Andrea Rost
    Conductor:  Tamás Pál
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Franz Liszt Academy Chamber Orchestra
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    Strauss: Die Frau Ohne Schatten / Solti, Marton, Moser, Studer
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 071425 Release Date: 09/24/2002  
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Eva Martón,  Thomas Moser,  Cheryl Studer,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
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    Johann Strauss Gala / Mehta, Carreras, Et Al
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100025 Release Date: 08/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Andrea Rost
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Conlon, Allen, Vaness, Et Al
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 100021 Release Date: 08/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • 18.
    Amore Ii - Great Italian Love Arias
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89209 Release Date: 02/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Andrea Rost,  Marcelo Alvarez,  Richard Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Emerson Buckley,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Carlo Rizzi,  Nello Santi  ... 
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    Donizetti: Lucia Di Lammermoor / Mackerras, Rost, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63174 Release Date: 09/08/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Angela Moore,  Marten Root,  Louise Winter,  Ryland Davies  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band,  London Voices
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    Le Delizie Dell'amor / Andrea Rost, Mackerras
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62789 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Andrea Rost,  Aquiles Machado
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Highlights / Abbado, Gallo, McNair
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449838 Release Date: 04/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Sylvia McNair,  Lucio Gallo,  Ildebrando D'Arcangelo,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
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    Verdi: Rigoletto / Muti, Bruson, Rost, Alagna
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66314 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Ernesto Panariello,  Roberto Alagna,  Dimitri Kavrakos,  Mariana Pentcheva  ... 
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