Lied

Solo
In the year 2002 I met the coach and pianist Jendrik Springer at the Vienna State Opera. The way he played the Lulu score was mind-blowing.
His approach was so sophisticated that I thought I was hearing a whole orchestra out of his hands. We met each other to “finger through” some songs.
After just two hours we worked through several volumes of Schumann and Brahms Lieder and knew for sure that “this voice and these fingers want to join forces”.
We immediately started to work on a recital that shortly after was performed at the Opera at the Rhine.
Our mutual idea is to invent fine concepts and unexpected combinations, to create recitals that pass a message and inspire the listener for a deeper engagement in certain aspects of life and topics of literature and music.
One beautiful result of this inspiring time is the CD with Goethe-Lieder - "das Ewig Weibliche" that we recorded with Harmonia Mundi in 2010.
Very late in my career did I understand how rich the cosmos of Lied is and that just like opera, it also can tell stories, stories to be experienced only through the voice.

Ensembles
In the year 2006 the label Harmonia Mundi offered me to join in as soprano for the Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer recording for vocal quartet and piano for four hands.
The days with my collegues together in the studio were of such friskiness and joy that we immediately felt that this music needs more than just a CD.
Our agent managed the rather impossible task of bringing six independent artists together for around twenty performances!
The Brahms walzes, performed in the Brahms year 2008 were followed by the Spanish quartets by Robert Schumann in the Schumann year 2010 and Schubert in 2013.
And there is no end of ideas and plans.....

Current Lied Repertoire
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Cycles:

Robert Schumann Frauenliebe und -leben
Modest Mussorgsky Die Kinderstube
Richard Strauss Brentano-Lieder
Mädchenblumen
Walter Braunfels Von der Liebe süß und bitt´rer Frucht
Fragmente eines Federspiels
Neues Federspiel
Drei Goethe-Lieder
Zwei Lieder nach Carossa-Gedichten
Samuel Barber Three Songs
Wolfgang Rihm Das Rot

 

Recital programmes:
Songs of Love
Songs of Johannes Brahms, Samuel Barber, Gabriel Fauré, Henri Duparc, Hugo Wolf and Richard Strauss.
Goethe and his Literary Women
Songs of Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Hans Sommer, Max Bruch, Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowski, Robert Schumann, Alphons Diepenbrock, Hugo Wolf, Charles Ives, Nikolai Medtner, Walter Braunfels, Hermann Reutter, Ernst Krenek, Hans Eissler and Manfred Trojahn.

Schumann-Strauss-Rihm
Schumann: Frauenliebe-und Leben, einzelne Lieder von Richard Strauss, Ophelia-Lieder, Mädchenblumen, Wolfgang Rihm: Das Rot