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2004 - Christine Schäfer

The soprano Christine Schäfer has appeared in operas productions in Salzburg, Glyndebourne, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Munich, as well as performing at the most important venues in North America. She is one of the leading and most successful singers of our time, setting new standards with her interpretations of the roles of Lucia, Gilda, Sophie, Lulu, Constanze and Zdenka.
As an Artist-in-Residence Christine Schäfer can be seen several times at the Kurt Weill Festival with a song matinee at Koethen Castle, as well as a concert with the Palast Orchestra and Max Raabe in the Anhaltischen Theatre and at the Festival Café in the Steigenberger Hotel Fuerst Leopold.
Christine Schäfer studied at Berlin’s Hochschule for Musik with Ingrid Figur before completing her training with Arleen Auger, Aribert Reimann, Sena Jurinac and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. From early in her opera career she has continued to place importance on concert singing, performing German lieder and other songs. This artist has worked together with the conductors Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Andrew Davis, Leopold Hager, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Charles Mackerras, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle and Helmut Rilling. Orchestras she has sung with include the Berlin, Vienna and Munich Philharmonic, as well as the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to the classical repertoire, Miss Schäfer has also a particular interest in Baroque music and works from the 20th century.
Only some of her numerous recordings can be named: “The Creation” with Helmut Rilling, Aribert Reimann’s “Nachtträume” and “Kinderlieder”, J. S. Bach’s “St. John Passion” with the Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir, Canzonettas by Mozart with the Brass Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic ander Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the “Abduction from the Seraglio” ander William Christie with Les Arts Florissants as well as lieder by Schubert and Schumann with Graham Johnson, for which Christine Schäfer received the renowned “Grammophone Solo Vocal Award”.

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