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Mojca Erdmann

Praised by critics and loved by audiences for her beauty of tone and impeccable artistry, soprano Mojca Erdmann is a fixum in the international music scene. Of her return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2012, the New York Times wrote “Mojca Erdmann brought a sweet, beguiling voice and a demure sincerity to Susanna”. Known for her versatility in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, the BBC Music Magazine praised her as an “interpreter of major gifts”.

Biography:

Praised by critics and loved by audiences for her beauty of tone and impeccable artistry, soprano Mojca Erdmann is a fixum in the international music scene. Of her return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2012, the New York Times wrote “Mojca Erdmann brought a sweet, beguiling voice and a demure sincerity to Susanna”. Known for her versatility in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, the BBC Music Magazine praised her as an “interpreter of major gifts”.

Mojca Erdmann starts off the 2018-19 season with concerts in Copenhagen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Brett Dean: From Melodious Lay) and in Tokyo with the Bach Collegium of Japan. In October she tours Israel with the IPO under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta with Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Further concert engagements take her to Zurich, Munich, Dresden, Bremen, Heilbronn, Hof, Linz and Salzburg with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, Haydn’s Creation or Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, to name but a few highlights. At the renowned Boulezsaal in Berlin Ms. Erdmann sings a recital with Malcolm Martineau, featuring a programme of Lieder by Franz Schubert. On the opera stage Ms. Erdmann stars in the premiere production of Jörg Widmann’s Babylon at the Berlin State Opera, as well as in Falstaff at The Dallas Opera.

In the 2017/18 season Ms Erdmann made her debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, singing Dvorak’s Te Deum and Mahler’s Symphony No 4 under the baton of Andrés Orozco Estrada before heading to Japan singing Berg‘s Lulu Suite at Tokyo’s NHK Hall. Mojca Erdmann was part of the WDR Rundfunkorchester’s 70th anniversary gala and sang the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s new work together with the Kuss Quartett in Hanover, Amsterdam and Berlin. On the opera stage the versatile soprano was heard as Claudia in Toshio Hosokawa‘s Stilles Meer at the Staatsoper Hamburg, under the baton of  Kent Nagano. Mojca Erdmann sang in the world premiere of Miroslva Srnka’s new opera South Pole alongside Thomas Hampson and Rolando Villazón at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich as well as Wolfgang Rihm’s Proserpina at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. 

In past seasons Ms. Erdmann was part of the Mozartwoche Salzburg (performing Beat Furrer’s Spazio immergente), the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin (works by Daj Fujikura and Harrison Birwistle), performed the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Requiem-Strophen with the Symphonieorchester of the Bayerischen Rundfunks under the baton of Mariss Jansons in Munich’s Herkulessaal and Lucerne´s KKL. She made her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona singing Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), and at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni and as Waldvogel in Siegfried. The latter production was released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon in September 2012. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera the following season for performances as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2012, she made her highly acclaimed debut as the titular character in Berg’s Lulu, in a new production conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin. After her Salzburg Festival debut in 2006 as Mozart’s Zaide under Ivor Bolton, she was invited to return to the festival in 2007 and 2009 to sing Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida. In 2013, Ms Erdmann returned to the festival to perform a series of world premieres in concert with the Scharoun Ensemble. She starred as Sophie in the festival’s new production of Der Rosenkavalier in 2014, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, and she made her operatic debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as Marzelline in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, to open the theatre’s season.

Simon Rattle invited Mojca Erdmann to sing Waldvogel in his new production of Wagner’s Siegfried in Aix-en-Provence (2008) and at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2009. In the same year, she had her debut as Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in a new production by Stefan Herheim at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, a role she also sang for the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. Mojca Erdmann appeared in a new production of Weber’s Der Freischütz, another debut, at Theater an der Wien and made her debut as Zerlina in an all-star gala performance of Don Giovanni in Baden-Baden, where she returned as Despina in a new production of Così fan tutte in 2012. Zerlina was also the vehicle for her debut at Teatro Real Madrid in 2013.

Mojca Erdmann regularly appears in concerts and recitals throughout Germany, Austria, Denmark, Spain, France, Switzerland, South Korea and Japan. She is a frequent guest at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonic Halls, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, where she was Artist in Residence in 2012-13, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg as well as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and the Kissinger Sommer. She has a vast concert repertoire and is frequently working with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Ivor Bolton, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi and Daniel Harding. She appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Nikolaus Harnoncourt invited Ms. Erdmann to the Vienna Musikverein for Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri, to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orkest for Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, and to the Berlin Philharmonic for Haydn’s Orlando Paladino. In 2009, she appeared as Sorge/Soprano 1 in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the Stockholm Radio Symphony under Daniel Harding, the DSO Berlin conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and with the Orchestra at La Scala di Milan conducted by Pinchas Steinberg in what marked her debut at La Scala.

An unusually versatile performer, Mojca Erdmann is much sought after for her interpretation of contemporary music: She made her debut with the Berlin Staatsoper in the world premiere of Takemitsu – My Way of Life, conducted by Kent Nagano. In 2009, she performed the title role in Wolfgang Rihm’s monodrama Proserpina and the following year Rihm entrusted her with the lead soprano role in his new opera Dionysos, which saw its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2010, under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, and was premiered in Germany at the Berlin Staatsoper in 2012. Also in 2012, she premiered Rodion Schchedrin’s Cleopatra and the Snake at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, conducted by Valery Gergiev.

Mojca Erdmann can be heard on many recordings, including an acclaimed version of Mahler’s Symphony No 4 with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott released by Tudor and in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, released by Sony. In 2011, RCA released a recording of Wolf´s Italian Songbook which featured Mojca Erdmann, Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber. In 2009, the soprano signed an exclusive agreement with Deutsche Grammophon, with the first solo recording, Mozart´s Garden, featuring arias by Mozart and his contemporaries, having been released in 2011. She can be heard as Zerlina and Despina respectively on Deutsche Grammophon’s recently released complete recordings of Don Giovanni and Cosi fan tutte, both conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.