Angelika Kirchschlager enjoys an international career as one of today’s most important artists, dividing her time between recitals and opera in Europe, North America and the Far East. She is internationally recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of the operas of Richard Strauss and Mozart. In title roles of operas such as Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande
, Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice
and Britten’s The rape of Lucretia
she shows the rich variety of her voice. As a celebrated recitalist and concert performer her repertoire ranges from Bach, Berlioz, Brahms, Debussy, Dvorák, Korngold, Mahler, Mendelssohn and Ravel to Rossini, Schubert, Schumann, Weill and Wolf. She also appears with the world’s most important orchestras and conductors including the New York, Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. She has a wide discography and has won numerous awards, including a Grammy for the recording of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro
with René Jacobs. For Hyperion she has recorded the Liederspiel ‘Women’s lives and loves’ with Felicity Lott, and the first volume in the label’s survey of the complete songs of Brahms, both with Graham Johnson. In 2007 she was made a Kammersängerin of the Vienna State Opera by the Austrian Government. She is a guest professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where she is also an Honorary Fellow, and teaches at the University of Graz.
Born in Salzburg, Angelika Kirchschlager enrolled at the Vienna Music Academy in 1984 where she studied voice with Professor Gerhard Kahry and the late Viennese baritone Walter Berry. She makes her home in Vienna.