Angelika Kirchschlager

Biography

Born: 1966; Salzburg, Austria  
Angelika Kirchschlager is a leading European mezzo-soprano who has scored numerous critical successes both on the operatic stage and as a recitalist. She is generally regarded as among the finest interpreters of the operatic works of Mozart and Richard Strauss. She has thus sung numerous major roles in their operas: Dorabella (Cosě fan tutte), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), and the Composer Read more (Ariadne auf Naxos). But Kirchschlager has hardly limited herself to works by these two icons, having sung to great acclaim Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), and trouser roles like Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus) and modern roles like Sophie from Nicholas Maw's Sophie's Choice. Kirchschlager has appeared in the major operatic and concert venues throughout Europe and the United States, as well as many in the Far East. Much as she enjoys opera, however, Kirchschlager has expressed a slight preference for lieder, favoring works by Schubert, Korngold, Liszt, and a range of others. She has appeared on numerous recordings on many labels, including Sony Classical, EMI, Virgin, EuroArts, Hyperion, and others.

Kirchschlager was born in Salzburg, Austria, in 1966. She initially studied piano, her first advanced training on it coming at the Salzburg Mozarteum. In 1984 she enrolled at the Vienna Music Academy, where she studied voice with renowned baritone Walter Berry and with Gerhard Kahry. Oddly, she also studied percussion there for a time.

Kirchschlager soon launched her career with appearances at the Graz Opera House and Wiener Kammeroper. In 1991 she took third prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition held in Vienna. She joined the Vienna State Opera in 1993, where she successfully debuted in the role of Cherubino. She soon began to draw international notice.

Her first major recordings appeared in 1997 when Sony released a disc of lieder by Mahler, Korngold, and Alma Mahler, with Helmut Deutsch on piano. In the early years of the new century, Kirchschlager appeared on a spate of major recordings that included two discs of Bach arias on Sony (2002), Le nozze di Figaro on Harmonia Mundi (2004), and a DVD entitled Sounds like Christmas containing works by J.S. Bach, Handel, and other composers on EuroArts (2004). Kirchschlager's busy schedule for 2007 included appearances in Vienna in January singing Idamante from Mozart's Idomeneo and in London in May singing Mélisande. Read less
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    Strauss: Capriccio / Eschenbach, Fleming, Skovhus, Schade, Weiner Staatsoper
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 715908 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Michael Schade,  Bo Skovhus,  Renée Fleming,  Markus Eiche  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Strauss: Capriccio / Eschenbach, Fleming, Skovhus, Schade, Weiner Staatsoper [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 716004 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Markus Eiche,  Renée Fleming,  Bo Skovhus,  Michael Schade  ... 
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Wiener Staatsoper Live - Mozart, Verdi, Massenet
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107531 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Carlos Alvarez,  Lorenzo Ragazzo,  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Franz-Josef Selig  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Daniele Gatti,  Philippe Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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    Britten: Rape Of Lucretia / Knussen, Kirchschlager, Gritton,  Bostridge
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 26722 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Peter Coleman-Wright,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Ian Bostridge,  Susan Gritton  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliver Knussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble
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    An Evening With The Royal Opera
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1086 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Ekaterina Siurina,  Diana Damrau,  Renée Fleming,  José Cura  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
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    Christmas Celebration - Nutcracker, Hansel Und Gretel / Kessels, Davis, Royal Opera House (3 DVD)
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1090 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Engelbert Humperdinck
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Elizabeth Connell,  Diana Damrau,  Anja Silja  ... 
    Conductor:  Koen Kessels,  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Tiffin Children's Choir
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    Weihnachts Lieder Vol 1
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83009 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Götz Payer,  Traditional,  Paul Kickstat  ... 
    Performer:  Götz Payer,  Julian Prégardien,  Sibylla Rubens,  Ingeborg Danz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius,  Kay Johannsen,  Marcus Creed,  Michael Alber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Hamburger Ratsmusik,  Les Escapades  ... 
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    Liszt: Complete Songs Vol 2 / Angelika Kirchschlager, Julius Drake
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67934 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Julius Drake
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    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Symphony No 4 / Abbado
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 62826 Release Date: 07/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Kenneth Branagh,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Sylvia McNair
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ernst Senff Choir
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    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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    Berlin Opera Night / Nagano, Berlin Deutsche Opera
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053589 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Galouzine,  Anne Schwanewilms,  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Angelika Kirchschlager  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
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    Amor - Strauss: Opera Scenes & Lieder / Dessay, Pappano
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 41933 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Natalie Dessay,  Sophie Koch,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Felicity Lott
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Ioan Holender Farewell Concert / Netrebko, Domingo, Quasthoff [2 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491309 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Offenbach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Nadia Krasteva,  Herwig Pecoraro,  Michaela Selinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Antonio Pappano,  Bertrand De Billy,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Wolf, Strauss: Songs / Angelika Kirchschlager, Roger Vignoles
    Label: Wigmore Hall Live   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Roger Vignoles
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  • 15.
    Angelika Kirchschlager Sings Joseph Marx
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777466 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Marx
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Anthony Spiri
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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  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Zubin Mehta,  Christian Thielemann,  Franz Welser-Möst  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Prague Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    The Songs Of Johannes Brahms Vol 1 / Angelika Kirchschlager,  Graham Johnson
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 33121 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Graham Johnson
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    Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Pieczonka, Kirchschlager, Bychkov
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107139 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Ingrid Kaiserfeld,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Miah Persson,  Adrianne Pieczonka  ... 
    Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Wiegenlieder - Lullabies Vol. 1
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83001 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Abraham P. Schulz,  Karl Friedrich Curschmann,  Joh Friedrich Reichardt  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Gees,  Christoph Prégardien,  Juliane Ruf,  Jan Kobow  ... 
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  • 20.
    Lehar: Merry Widow / Kenny, Skovhus, Kirchschlager [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7055 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Lehár
    Performer:  Carlo Hartmann,  Boje Skovhus,  Yvonne Kenny,  Gregory Turay  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Opera Orchestra,  San Francisco Opera Chorus
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    Nicolas Maw: Sophie's Choice / Rattle, Gietz, Duesing, Kirchschlager
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1024 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nicholas Maw
    Performer:  Gordon Gietz,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Rodney Gilfry,  Dale Duesing
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Mozart: Don Giovanni / Alvarez, Muti
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107101 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Carlos Alvarez,  Franz-Josef Selig,  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Michael Schade  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel / Davis, Damrau, Allen, Silja
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 1011 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck
    Performer:  Pumeza Matshikiza,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Elizabeth Connell,  Anja Silja  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiffin Children's Choir,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Humperdinck: Hansel & Gretel / Davis, Damrau, Allen, Silja
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7032 Release Date: 07/28/2009  
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck
    Performer:  Anja Silja,  Diana Damrau,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Elizabeth Connell  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tiffin Children's Choir,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Handel: Giulio Cesare / Connolly, Kirchschlager, Christie, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment [Blu-ray]
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 7024 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sarah Connolly,  Angelika Kirchschlager,  Patricia Bardon,  Danielle De Niese
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
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