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
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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  • 1.
    Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985333902 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti
    Performer:  Anthony Michaels-Moore,  Bruce Ford,  Andrea Rost,  Alastair Miles
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Voices,  Hanover Band
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  • 2.
    Brahms: Lieder & Liebeslieder Waltzes
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002498202 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Matthew Polenzani,  James Levine,  Magdalena Kozená,  Yefim Bronfman  ... 
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  • 3.
    Johann Strauss Gala / Mehta, Carreras, Rost
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102208 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Andrea Rost
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Johann Strauss Gala / Mehta, Carreras, Rost [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108174 Release Date: 01/27/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Andrea Rost
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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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
    Performer:  Eteri Gvazava,  Anna Larsson,  Renée Fleming,  Guy Braunstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orféon Donostiarra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra  ... 
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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
    Performer:  Kjell Magnus Sandve,  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Thomas Allen,  Carolyn James  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
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  • 7.
    Claudio Abbado - A Life Dedicated To Music
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059588 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Bryn Terfel,  Lucio Gallo,  Ramón Vargas  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir,  Swedish Radio Choir  ... 
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    Wolfgang Sawallisch conducts Mozart, Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Haydn, Schubert, Orff
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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  • 9.
    Erkel: Bank Ban / Pal, Kovats, Rost, Marton, Reti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4674364 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ferenc Erkel
    Performer:  Lajos Miller,  Attila Réti,  Atilla Kiss B.,  Andrea Rost  ... 
    Conductor:  Tamás Pál
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian National Chorus,  Honved Male Choir,  Hungarian Millenium Orchestra
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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  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Mendelssohn: The Great Choral Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 96464 Release Date: 05/03/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Helen Donath,  Werner Hollweg,  Hanna Schwarz,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  James Conlon,  Wolfgang Sawallisch,  Frieder Bernius  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Düsseldorf Städtischer Musikvereins Chorus,  Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra,  Wuppertaler Kurrende Boys' Choir  ... 
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  • 12.
    A Tribute To Operetta - A Franz Lehar Gala - Carreras, Et Al
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcello Viotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    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
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 14.
    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   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Eva Martón,  Thomas Moser,  Cheryl Studer,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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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
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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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
    Performer:  Ferruccio Furlanetto,  Thomas Allen,  Carolyn James,  Reinhard Dorn  ... 
    Conductor:  James Conlon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra
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  • 18.
    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  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung
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    Mozart: Le Nozze Di Figaro / Abbado, Gallo, Mcnair, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445903 Release Date: 07/03/1995   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lucio Gallo,  Sylvia McNair,  Bo Skovhus,  Cheryl Studer  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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