|LUISA ALBRECHTOVÁ, SOPRANO|
Luisa Albrechtová, born in Prague, simultaneously studied voice and opera staging at the Department of Voice Education at The Academy of Performing Arts Prague under Professor Naděda Kniplová, receiving a bachelor of arts. Her postgraduate studies were at The Music University Vienna under Professor Rotraud Hansmann. She simultaneously studied at the Vienna University Opera School with Professor Michael Temme and Professor Didier von Orlowsky. She premiered with a performance and recording for Naxos Publishing a recording of Strass Jr.'s Indigo with the Opera House of Banska Bystrica. Her repertoire includes Countess Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Agatha (Der Freischütz), Leonora (La forza del destino), Micaela (Carmen), Marie (The Bartered Bride), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow), and the title role of Rusalka.
Though she is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Luisa Albrechtová's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.
|MARCELA CERNO, SOPRANO (VIENNA)|
|Marcela Cerno was born in Pilsen, Czech Republic, as the daughter of an opera singer. She graduated with distinction from the Prague School of Music and Fine Arts and already had her first performances in Pilsen and Prague during the time of her musical studies. Ms Cerno is an internationally renowned opera and operetta singer, and has presented Austrian and, in particular, Viennese music in the most important opera houses and concert halls around the world. The highlights of her career so far have been performances at the State Opera Prague ("The Bat", "A Masked Ball", "Hansel und Gretel", "The Escape from the Harem", 1991-2001), at the Wiener Volksoper ("The Bat", 2005), at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich ("A Waltz Dream", 1994-1996). |
Marcela Cerno appeared in numerous television performances, radio recordings and CD recordings. She has been an ambassador of light opera music and has carried the musical heritage of Vienna into the world. With her art she has contributed to Vienna's reputation as world capital of waltz music.
|LARA CIEKIEWICZ, SOPRANO (CANADA)|
|Whether being hailed as "mesmerizing" (Classical Voice of North Carolina), "thrilling" (The New Classical 96.3 FM), or "a clear standout" (San Francisco Classical Voice), versatile soprano Lara Ciekiewicz is quickly making her mark as a compelling, intelligent, and accomplished singing-actress. Most recently she was applauded as Sylva in Toronto Operetta Theatre's CZARDASFÜRSTIN and has also been heard as Musetta in LA BOHEME for L'Opera de Montreal and Papagena in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Manitoba Opera. She returns to the Winnipeg Symphony for Beethoven's Symphony No 9 and further credits include the title role in RUSLAN I LYUDMILA for Opera in Concert, Fiordiligi in COSI FAN TUTTE for L'Atelier Lyrique de l'Opera de Montreal, San Francisco Opera's Merola Program and the title role in GRÄFIN MARITZA for Toronto Operetta Theatre. Ms. Ciekiewicz holds a Masters in Music (Opera) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours, Voice) from the University of Winnipeg. She is a laureate of Montreal's Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques.|
|ELENA DEDIU, SOPRANO (VIENNA-BUCHAREST)|
|The young Romanian soprano Elena Dediu, graduated the University of Music in Bucharest. She makes her operatic debut with roles as Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Susanna (Figaro's Marriage) Musetta (La Boheme) in her home country. She moves to Vienna where she begins to perform with different ensembles in Austria and Germany. She appears in one of the most well known Operettas Festival from Austria, Lehar Festival - Bad Ischl with the role of Laura (The beggar student). She is also a welcomed guest of Gala Concerts. Radio Symphony Orchester Bucharest, Frankfurt Synfoniker or Satu Mare Symphony Orchester are only few with whom the young soprano performs with regularity works as 9th Symphony Beethoven, Te Deum Bruckner or Requiem Faure. Elena Dediu is making her Salute to Vienna debut this 2012 season in Hamilton and Toronto.|
|KATARZYNA DONDALSKA, SOPRANO (BERLIN-WARSAW)|
|Katarzyna Dondalska is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after coloratura sopranos of her generation. She graduated with distinction in both violin and voice from the Academy of Music in Würzburg, Germany. Ms. Dondalska performs classic roles such as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) and Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte) in opera houses around the world. Performing a wide range of music from opera to popular song, she has made numerous television and stage appearances including a tour of the US West Coast. Ms. Dondalska has excelled in international music contests such as the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, the International Francesco Viñas Contest in Barcelona, the Sylvia Geszty Singing Contest for Coloraturas, and the International ARD Music Competition. A soprano of the utmost popularity, she has performed for many seasons with Salute to Vienna.|
|MÓNIKA FISCHL, SOPRANO (BUDAPEST)|
|Soprano Mónika Fischl started her career at the Hungarian State Opera and would continue on to singing in opera houses all over Europe. She has performed many famous lyric-coloratura roles such as Gilda (Rigoletto), Norina (Don Pasuale), Frasquita (Carmen), Queen of the Night (Magic Flute) and Violetta (La Traviata). Her most famous role, which she has performed over 300 times, has been the character of Sylvia from Kalman's Csárdáskirálynő. As a member of the Budapest Operetta Theatre she has sung the most primadonna roles ever for the theatre's operetta productions. The Bayreuth Summer Festival (Germany) and Teatro Verdi Genova (Italy) are just some of the many festivals and theatres where Ms. Fischl has participated. She has gained also incredible success in Vienna and Mörbisch (a city known for its largest open-air festival in the world). She has also appeared in German television productions playing the leading role in Gypsy Princess which led her to receive the Artis-Jus reward. Salute to Vienna is thrilled to have this wonderful soprano returning again as a regular guest.|
|LYNE FORTIN, SOPRANO (QUEBEC)|
|Lyne Fortin was a winner of the Pavarotti International Vocal Competition in 1988, a special prize at the CBC National Competition for Young Performers in 1986, Pauline Donalda Award, Jean Lallemand Award Special Prize for Interpretation by the Montreal Symphony in 1985, First Prize and Grand Prize in the C.I.B.C. National Competition Festival of Music, Concourse de musique de Quebec, and Commemorative Medal celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada. She is also the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Cultural Affairs Department of Quebec, and the "Prix Raoul Jobin" from Opera de Quebec.|
A notable concert artist with many title roles in major operas, Ms. Fortin has appeared as a featured soloist with the orchestras of Montreal, Quebec, Calgary, Edmonton, Kitchener-Waterloo, CBC Vancouver Symphony, Orchestra Metropolitain, Fort Myers, and Pacific Symphony. In Europe, she has appeared at the Prague Spring Festival and on tour with Violons du Roy and appeared in Paris and Montreal as the featured singer in the "Starmania" spectacle. Last season, she returned to the Akron Symphony as Soprano Soloist in Mahler's Symphony No. 2. This season includes appearances with the Edmonton Symphony for Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and the Montreal Symphony.
On radio and television, she appeared in the Canadian premiere of McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" on CBC Television, numerous concerts for CBC Radio, including, most notably Mozart's C-minor Mass and Lully's Amadis and a program of contemporary music. She has recorded an album for CBC Records with tenor Richard Margison entitled "Great Romantic Duets of French Opera, "a Christmas recording entitled "Noel" with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra for Analekta Records, a recital disc entitled "Lyne Fortin Live", also for Analekta, and a recording of Mozart arias with L'Orchestre Metropolitain for Analekta.
Ms. Fortin will debut with Salute to Vienna in Montreal and Quebec City this year.
|LÍVIA GALAMBOS, SOPRANO (BUDAPEST)|
Soprano Lívia Galambos began studying music early, initially focusing on violin but shifting her concentration to piano and voice during high school. She continued her vocal studies at the Dániel Berzsenyi College of Teaching. Her talent earned her immediate invitation upon graduation to attend the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest. Since graduating from the Academy, Ms. Galambos won the Johann Strauss Jr. singing competition at the Budapest State Opera House, receiving the title "Voice of the Year" for 1999. She has been invited to perform regularly throughout Hungary, appearing in performances with Interoperett, Music Hungarica, and the Hungarian Philharmonic. She performs regularly in operetta and oratorio concerts throughout Austria, Germany and Italy, featuring the coloratura roles of Juliette, Gilda, Violetta, Adina, Oscar, and Mignon.
Though she is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Lívia Galambos's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.
|VERONIKA GESZTHY, SOPRANO (BUDAPEST)|
|Veronika Geszthy graduated from the Franz Liszt Music Academy, specializing in opera under the instruction of Balázs Kovalik, the present artistic director of the Hungarian Opera House. She also trained at the Operetta Academy of Budapest Operetta Theatre, becoming a member of the company in 2005. Ms. Geszthy's repertoire includes popular opera and operetta literature. Among her most lauded roles are the title role of Countess Maritza, Gianetti (L'elisir d'amore), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lisa (Land of Smiles), Rolla (Mágnás Miska), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), and Baroness Gordremark (La vie parisienne). She also regularly performs at popular oratorio concerts. Among her accolades are multiple Hungarian and international competition prizes. Ms. Geszthy has appeared as a guest performer in Budapest Operetta Theatre's tours in Firenze, Munich, Bucharest, Vienna, Frankfurt, Baden-Baden, Valencia, and in Japan. She also, of course, counts Salute to Vienna among her special guest appearances.|
|HEGE GUSTAVA TJŘNN, SOPRANO (OSLO-VIENNA)|
|Born in Norway, Ms. Tjønn graduated from the Oslo Music University. She won the First Prize in the Leyla Gencer Voice Competition in Istanbul in 1997 and was awarded the „Best Norwegian Singer" Prize in the Queen Sonja Music Competition in Oslo that same year.It was at the Theatre of Vorpommer, in Germany, where she developed her vast repertoireof opera, operetta and musical theatre. Opportunities have taken her various theatre in Oslo, Regenburg, Innsbruck and Dortmund. From 2001-2002 Hege Gustava performed as member with the State Theatre of Darmstadt singing such roles as Adina ("Elisir d'Amore"), Ilia ("Idomeneo"), Titania ("A Midsummer Night's Dream"), Musetta ("La Bohème") etc. In 2009 she made her debut in the roles of Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta/Stella in "Counts of Hoffmann" at the Baden Theatre returning again in 2010 for the role of Metella in Offenbach's "La Vie Parisienna". Miss Tjønn is making her Salute to Vienna debut this 2011 season.|
|HELENA HOLL, SOPRANO (BUDAPEST)|
Dramatic soprano Helena Holl began her vocal studies at Moscow's Gnesina Musical Academy, continuing at Lunacarsky Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was then accepted into a private class with Boris Pokrovsky at the prestigious Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Immediately after completing he studies, Ms. Holl was invited to perform in numerous productions with the Moscow Operetta Theatre, the Moscow Stanislavsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, and the famous Bolshoi Theatre. Her roles included Fedora (Csárdás Princess), Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), and the title role in Aida. After moving to Budapest, Ms. Holl began performing in theatres across Germany in such roles as Sofi (The Gypsy Baron) and Sonya (Der Zarewitsch). Her performances with Interoperett, whose New Year's Eve gala concerts were broadcast throughout Europe, make her an ideal singer for North America's own New Year's Eve concert, Salute to Vienna.
Though she is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Helena Holl's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.
|MELANIE HOLLIDAY, SOPRANO (VIENNA)|
|Melanie Holliday, born in Houston, Texas, now resides in Vienna. She initially trained in classical ballet before concentrating on her vocal talents. After completing her opera degree at the University of Indiana Ms. Holliday debuted at the Theatre of Klagenfurt in Austria as Marguerite (Faust), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), and Marzelline (Fidelio) before the legendary Marcel Prawy recommended her for the operetta Candide in Vienna. Soon thereafter Ms. Holliday joined the ensemble of Vienna Volksoper, performing more than 20 leading roles over 15 years. Some of her special roles have included Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Adele (Die Fledermaus), and Olympia (Les contes d'Hoffmann) where she sang the highly sophisticated coloratura role "en pointe" in a unique interpretation benefitting from her dancing abilities. Ms. Holliday's international career and her multiple talents have taken her to all the major music festivals of Europe. She has performed at the finest concert locations, appeared in many television shows, and recorded a wide selection of CDs. Her vast repertoire of opera, operetta, and musical roles has earned her guest appearances throughout the world as well as with Salute to Vienna.|
|ZSUZSA KALOCSAI, SOPRANO (BUDAPEST)|
Soprano Zsusza Kalocsai, a graduate of the Budapest Theatre and Film Academy, is well known as the leading lady of the Budapest Operetta Theatre. In the last twenty years she has played the acclaimed roles of operetta literature such as Fedora (Csárdás Princess), Viktoria (Viktoria and Her Hussar), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Baroness Gondremark (La vie Parisienne), and the title roles in Sybill and Countess Maritza. She also has sung Zorika (Gypsy Love) many times and was awarded the TZ Rose for the role. She has also toured across the world in countries such as Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, The Netherlands, France, Finland, North America, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, Brunei, the Philippines and Israel. Due to her extraordinary accomplishments Ms. Kalocsai has been awarded the 1995 Jászai Prize, Best Operetta Actress of 2008, and by the Hungarian government in 2008.
Though she is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Zsusza Kalocsai's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.
|BEATRIX LÁZIN, SOPRANO (BUDAPEST)|
|Ms. Lazin was born in Budapest, Hungary and attained a degree from the National Philharmonic in opera and oratorio performance in 1997. Building on this education she has performed at opera and operetta galas as a member of the Budapest Opera Company and is currently a member of the Bel Canto Opera Company, the National Theatre of Gyor. Across Europe she performs in Hungary, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland on a regular basis. Some of Ms. Lazin's most lauded roles include Tosca (Tosca), Turandot (Turandot), Giulietta (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana), Szilágyi Erzsébet (Hunyadi László), Gertrudis (Bank ban), Rosalinda & Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus), Sylvia (Csárdás Princess) and Maritza (Countess Maritza).|
|MARIA-JOSÉE LORD, SOPRANO (MONTREAL)|
"...A voice of wonderful depth and pliability casting a radiant glow. Her presence is spellbinding... a very classy singer with a bright future."
Ilse Zadrozny, Montreal Gazette
Laureate of the prestigious Verviers International Voice Competition in 2001, where she placed sixth, this brilliant Canadian soprano made her professional debut at the Opéra de Québec in the role of Liù in Turandot (Puccini ) in the fall 2003. In February 2004 she amazed and conquered the Montreal public with her performance of Mimi in La Bohème (Puccini) with the Opéra de montréal. In 2005 she was a bubbly Laoula in the opera comic l'Étoile (Emmanuel Chabrier) at the Opéra de Montréal.
A winner of several voice competitions and awards, Ms Lord was recently awarded the Prix d'Excellence de la Culture 2005 from Quebec Opera Foundation, and chosen to represent Canada at the prestigious competition Cardiff Singer of the World 2005. Also she received the Public prize in the Canadian Lyric Fund competition (2001), the Raoul Jobin prize and coveted participation in several CBC Radio broadcasts.
More recently, we've heard Marie-Josée Lord in the role of Marie-Jeanne in the world premiere of Starmania (Plamondon/Berger) opera version at Opera de Québec in May 2008. In September 2006 she opened Montreal Opera season in the title role of Suor Angelica (Puccini) in which she demonstrated her great talent as interpret and a fine musical sensibility.
"... Une voix d'une profondeur et d'une souplesse étonnante, un timbre radieux et cristallin. Une présence fascinante... »
Ilse Zadrozny, Montreal Gazette
En automne 2003, la brillante soprano canadienne débute sa carrière professionnelle à l'Opéra de Québec dans le rôle de Liù dans Turandot (Puccini). En février 2004, c'est au tour du public montréalais d'être conquis par son interprétation de Mimi dans La Bohème (Puccini), une production de l'Opéra de Montréal. En octobre 2005, elle a offert une pétillante Laoula dans l'opérette l'Étoile (Chabrier), à l'Opéra de Montréal. En septembre 2006, elle a ouvert la saison de l'Opéra de Montréal dans le rôle-titre de Suor Angelica (Puccini) où elle a démontré un grand talent d'interprète et une sensibilité musicale raffinée. En mai 2008, elle a tenu le rôle de Marie-Jeanne lors de la première mondiale de Starmania (Plamondon/Berger) version opéra, à l'Opéra de Québec et à l'Opéra de Montréal en mars 2009. À l'automne 2009, Marie-Josée Lord a brillamment tenu le rôle de Nedda dans I Paggliacci
(Leoncavallo) à l'Opéra de Montréal.
Gagnante de plusieurs prix et concours, Mme Lord a reçu le Prix d'Excellence de la Culture 2005 de la Fondation de l'Opéra de Québec et a été choisie pour représenter le Canada dans le prestigieux concours Cardiff Singer of the World 2005. En 2001, elle fut lauréate du prestigieux Concours International de Chant de Verviers, où elle se mérita la sixième place. Elle a aussi reçu le Public Prize à l'occasion du concours du Canadian Lyric Fund (2001), le prix Raoul Jobin(1998) et a participé à plusieurs émissions de CBC Radio.
|ANITA LUKÁCS, SOPRANO (BUDAPEST)|
|Anita Lukács began her stage career as a child actor in her native Hungary. She pursued this talent academically at the Operetta Academy of the Budapest Operetta Theatre. Since then Ms. Lukács has performed in many musical productions in Europe, as well as in China and Israel. Since 2006 Ms. Lukács has been a leading soprano with the Budapest Operetta Theatre. Her roles have included Odette (Bajader), Lili (Baroness Lili), Szilvia (Csárdás Princess), Maria (West Side Story), Gabrielle (La vie parisienne), Rolla (Mágnás Miska), and Valencienne (The Merry Widow). Ms. Lukács debuted with Salute to Vienna in Calgary and Winnipeg and has since become a leading soprano in several performances.|
|MONICA MOSSER, SOPRANO (VIENNA)|
Born in Vienna, she completed her musical studies at the Vienna City Conservatoire. At the same time she studied singing at the University for Music in Vienna. After her opera diploma she became winner of the International Operetta Competition and began her career as a singer at the Vienna Volksoper.
Further commitments brought her to the state opera of Stettin and Danzig (Poland), to Peking and to the „Art Festival of Shanghai ", (protagonist of the first Austrian Operetta in China „merry widow"). She completed numerous operas and stage performances in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Holland and Switzerland. Their international concert activity brought her to South America, to U.S.A., Mexico, Cyprus, China, Indonesia, and Korea etc. in co-operation with orchestras like London Symphonic Orchestra, Euro Asian Philharmonic Orchestra, Strauß Festivalorchester and the Viennese Salon Solisten.
As a soprano and dancer, her impressive variety in repertoire ranges from operas such as Rigoletto and Cosi fan tutte to operettas like The Count of Luxembourg, Paganini, Clivia, Gasparone and finally, the musicals of Kiss Me Kate and My Fair Lady.
She is the first singer from Western Europe invited to Russia on a tour with the Strauss Festival Orchestra.
|AKIKO NAKAJIMA, SOPRANO (TOKYO-VIENNA)|
|Winning first prize in the Australian Singing Competition marked the beginning of an international career for Japanese soprano, Akiko Nakajima. In quick succession there followed her debut with Opera Australia in La clemenza di Tito under Christopher Hogwood, and her European debut at the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli as Musetta in La Bohème. She made her Austrian debut in the title role of Handel's Alcina for Innsbruck's Festwochen der Alten Musik, a production that received a European Broadcasting Union award. Her triumph as Lucia di Lammermoor led to her nomination as the best singer of the year in 1998 by Opernwelt magazine. Ms. Nakajima debuted at the Vienna Volksoper in 1999 as Sonja in Der Zarewitsch, and continues to perform leading roles in both Europe and Japan. Ms. Nakajima’s recordings include La pastorella and Female Portraits, a collection of operatic arias and duets.|
|REBECCA NELSEN, SOPRANO ( VIENNA)|
|Recent reviews have called her "extraordinary" (European Pressphoto Agency) and "a Star": (Wall Street Journal) Young, American soprano, Rebecca Nelsen, has already sung lead roles in some of opera's most prestigious venues including the Semperoper Dresden (Violetta, Adele, Sophie, Susanna, Blondchen), La Fenice (Violetta), the Vienna Volksoper (Julia de Weert in Der Vetter aus Dingsda and Gretel), Opera Cologne (Blondchen), and the Garsington Opera Festival (Fiorilla in Il turco in Italia). She has sung in concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony and toured through Japan as Pamina as well as completing a fest contract at the Staatsoper Braunschweig (Gilda, Musetta, Stasi in the Gypsy Princess, Sophie, Ippolito in Fedra, Blondchen, Tochter in Cardillac, Eurilla in Orlando Paladino). Future performances will feature major house debuts at the Bavarian State Opera and at the Opera House in Essen as well as a return to the Semperoper and a world premiere at the Munich Biennale. Rebecca is an active recording artist and has CDs out with the ORF Label (the opera Radek), Oehms Classics ( the opera Fedra), with the CPO Label (the opera The Brothers), with London-Based Spanish composer Toni Castells on Itunes (Momo - Creation), and with the Gramola Label (Walter Arlen Songs).|
|PATRICIA NESSY, SOPRANO (VIENNA)|
|Patricia Nessy, whose parents were both opera singers, developed her talent and love of music from an early age, first studying singing with her father and later graduating with distinction from Vienna's Conservatory of Music. In 1993 she won Germany's national singing competition and in 1997 was awarded the Berlin Artist Prize for her performance in The Pirates of Penzance. Ms. Nessy has performed extensively both in Europe and North America. Her wide repertoire includes leading roles in several operettas and musicals from The Merry Widow to Funny Girl, The Magic Flute to Cabaret. She performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in A Night of 1000 Voices and at Carnegie Hall in New York with Skitch Henderson and the New York Pops. Her love for Viennese Operetta is highlighted as artistic director of the Wiener Operettensommer and regular performer for Salute to Vienna throughout North America.|
|MONIKA REBHOLZ, SOPRANO (VIENNA)|
|The soprano Monika Rebholz from Murnau, studied at the Leopold Mozart Conservatory in Augsburg. Her artistic career began at the southeast Städtetheater Passau, followed by engagements at the Prince Regent Theatre in Munich, Pforzheim Theatre, Operetta Festival Bad Ischl, Hagen State Theatre, Operetta Festival Ludesch, Frankfurt Chamber Opera, Operetta Festival Aberdeen (Scotland) and at the State Opera Hannover. From the season 2006/2007 to 2009 she was a regular guest at the Stuttgart State Opera. In June 2008, she debuted as Zaide in eponymous opera by W.A. Mozart in the Staatsoper Stuttgart. After a stage accident in late 2010 she came back on stage and made her debut as Agathe in June 2011. In the summer of 2012, she sing the Lisa in the Land of Smiles in the Vienna Operetta Summer.|
In the fall of 2012, it will be her debut as Tosca in Japan. As a guest soprano, she has worked time and again together with well-known orchestras such as the Bruckner Symphonie Orchester Linz , the Phiharmonic Orchestra Bergen, the SWR-Rundfunkorchester , the Wiener Opernballorchester, the tschechische Nationalphilharmonie and the Johann Strauß Festivalorchester Vienna.
|RENÉE SCHÜTTENGRUBER, SOPRANO (VIENNA)|
|Soprano Renée Schüttengruber graduated from the Conservatory and University of Music and Performing Arts in her native Vienna under the musical and vocal supervision of Professor Gerhard Kahry. Schüttengruber spent five years as a member the Vienna Volksoper ensemble singing roles such as Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Sleep Fairy & Dew Fairy (Hänsel und Gretel), Esmeralda (The Bartered Bride), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Stasi (Csárdás Princess), Lisa (Countess Maritza), Mi (The Land of Smiles), Kriemhild (The Merry Nibelungs), and Pepi (Viennese Blood). Since her departure in 2008/09, Schüttengruber has regularly returned to Vienna Volksoper as a guest while cultivating a highly successful freelance career with guest performances at the Gasteig in Munich, the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Glyndebourne Summer Festival at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Graz Opera House, the open air summer festival "Seefestspiele Moerbisch," and the Summer Operetta in Kufstein. Regularly engaged in recitals and oratorios, she performed "QuerFeldEin", her own solo program, with actress Ulli Fessl and pianist Midori Ortner at the Menuhin Festival of Gstaad.|
|UTE ZIEMER, SOPRANO (VIENNA)|
After studying at Vienna's University for Music and Performing Arts, and in the Opera Program at the Vienna Conservatory, Ute Ziemer furthered her studies with voice teachers Ruthilde Boesch and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Ms. Ziemer has won several competitions, including first prize at the famous Festival Bel Canto for her performance of Amina's "mad scene" from Bellini's La Sonnambula, and the Erich Schenk Award from the Mozart Society of Vienna. Ms. Ziemer has performed Adele (Die Fledermaus) in Vienna's Schönbrunn theatre, as well as the world premiere of Jim Steinman's Tanz der Vampire in Vienna. She is a regular performer in world-renowned concert halls, Vienna's Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Munich's Philharmonie, and Leipzig's Gewandhaus and has also toured throughout Italy, Spain, the Ukraine and Hong Kong.
Though she is not an artist for Salute to Vienna 2011, we are proud of Ute Ziemer's past performances and the many high caliber artists we currently present.