SOPHIE KARTHÄUSER, soprano
Renowned worldwide as one of the finest interpreters of Mozart’s works, being called a born “Mozartian”, Sophie Karthäuser has earned such praise by singing her first ever Pamina under the baton of René Jacobs at La Monnaie and her debut Susanna led by William Christie with Opéra de Lyon. She has appeared in several other Mozart roles, such as Tamiri at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Serpetta at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Despina and Zerlina at La Monnaie and Ilia at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as well as at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Jérémie Rhorer and to thunderous applause at the Theater an der Wien again under René Jacobs.
Recent notable scenic productions include the title-role in „La Calisto“ at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under Christophe Rousset, a large scale Rameau project in Aix-en-Provence with William Christie and American choreographer Trisha Brown, Agathe in “Der Freischütz” with John Eliot Gardiner at the Opéra Comique in Paris as well as Sandrina in “La finta giardiniera” at the Theater an der Wien with René Jacobs. Further highlights of the past also feature Charpentier’s „Médée” with Emmanuelle Haïm at Théâtre de Champs-Élysées and Handel’s “Radamisto” with René Jacobs at Theater an der Wien. In January and February 2015 she will return to La Monnaie for the part of Asteria in Handel’s „Tamerlano“ with a revival in Amsterdam.
Ever since she won the audience price at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Sophie Karthäuser counts among the most coveted recitalists with frequent appearances in Antwerp, Lille, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Frankfurt, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, at the Philharmonic Halls in Berlin and Cologne as well as at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, accompanied by pianists Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti, David Lively and Cédric Tiberghien. In the following season she will charm her audiences in recitals in Oxford, Strasbourg, Antwerp, and Maastricht.
Sophie Karthäuser is an equally sought-after concert soloist and is frequently being invited by prestigious ensembles and orchestras such as The Academy of Ancient Music, Collegium Vocale Gent, Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Gewandhaus Leipzig among others. Her presence on the podium on countless occasions alongside conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Louis Langrée, Marc Minkowski, Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, and Christian Zacharias give testimony to her outstanding artistry.
Concert engagements of the 2013/14 season included a solo concert at the Schwetzingen Festival, Susanna in Mozart’s „Le Nozze di Figaro“ with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and René Jacobs, Berlioz’ “Les nuits d’été” with the Orchestre National de Belgique and Hans Graf in Brussels, Handel’s “La Resurrezione” with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and René Jacobs, Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski, Asteria in a concert version of Handel’s “Tamerlano” with Il Pomo d’Oro, as well as Marzelline in a concert version of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and Jérémie Rhorer.
In fall 2014 she will have her debut with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Ingo Metzmacher as Jemina in Schubert’s „Lazarus“, performed in Vienna, St. Pölten and Rome. The 2014/15 season will further bring her to Hamburg and the Theater an der Wien for „Tamerlano“, to Paris and on tour throughout France for Bach Cantatas, to Stockholm and Cologne avec “Pelleas et Mélisande” under the direction of Daniel Harding, as well as to Dresden with Schubert’s “Mass in E flat major”. Further highlights Mahler’s 4th Symphony under Myung Whun Chung in Dresden, at Vienna’s Musikverein in Rome at the Santa Cecilia and throughout Asia as well as “Les nuits d’été” in Mulhouse. At La Monnaie à Brussells, Sophie Karthäuser will be part of a production of „Tamerlano“, conducted by Christophe Rousset, with a revival in Amsterdam.
Sophie’s recordings include a solo album of Gretry arias (awarded with Diapason découverte), Haydn’s “Il Ritorno di Tobia” with Andreas Spering (Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Mozart’s complete songs (Cypres), Mozart arias with Kazushi Ono at La Monnaie (Cypres), Handel’s “Faramondo” (Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros), Mozart’s “La finta giardiniera” with René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi), Handel’s “Susanna” (title role) with Les Arts Florissants (Virgin Classics), Pergolesi’s “Septem verba” with René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi) as well as a solo-album of French melodies with the title “Green” inspired by Verlaine with Cédric Tiberghien (Cypres). Her new recording with French melodies by Fancis Poulenc together with pianist Eugene Asti has been released in April 2014 (Harmonia Mundi) and Handel’s „Orlando“ is planned to appear soon (Archiv).
Born in Belgium, Sophie Karthäuser completed her studies with Noelle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Season 2014/2015 (representation: concert Germany)
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