Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mojca Erdmann Makes It Mostly Mozart In Solo Debut

Deutsche Grammophon signed an exclusive contract with soprano Mojca Erdmann in the summer of 2009. Her solo disc debut entitled Mostly Mozart will be released in Germany on April 15, 2011. The recording includes primarily arias from Mozart's operas Le Nozze di Figaro, Idomeneo, Zaide, Don Giovanni [Prague Version 1787] and Die Zauberflöte. The rest of the disc is filled with rarities from Antonio Salieri (Les Danaïdes), Johann
Christian Bach (Amadis de Gaule), Ignaz Jakob Holzbauer (Günther von Schwarzburg) and Giovanni Paisiello (Nina, o sia la Pazza per Amore). The soprano can be seen on a DVD released by the German label of the 2006 Salzburg Festival production of Mozart's Zaide. Her singing engagements for the rest of the season include Così fan tutte at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden (Germany),  Britten's Les illuminations at the Auditorio de Galicia in Santiago de Compostela (Spain), recitals in Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Antwerp featuring the music of Debussy, Mozart, Strauss, Schumann and Reimann, Mahler Symphony #4 at the Palau de la Musica in Valencia (Spain) and a performance of Ein Deutsches Requiem of Brahms at the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg (Germany). 

Salzburg 2010: Piotr Beczała, Mojca Erdmann, Russell Braun and Barlett Sher
BIOGRAPHY:
The soprano singer Mojca Erdmann, who was born in Hamburg, started taking violin lessons at the age of six and was singing in the children’s choir of the Hamburger Staatsoper. At the age of fourteen, she began her voice studies as a soloist with Evelyn Herlitzius and switched to Hans Sotin at the Cologne College of Music, where she also studied violin. She continues to work intensively with Ingrid Figur. In 2002, Mojca Erdmann did not only win the first prize at the German Federal Competition (category voice), but also the Special Prize for Contemporary Music. In August 2005, she was awarded the NDR Music Prize in the framework of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, as well as the Luitpold Prize in the framework of the Kissinger Summer. Whilst still being a student Mojca Erdmann was ensemble member of the Komische Oper Berlin and appeared as guest at various opera houses (including Deutsche Oper Berlin, Theater Basel, Nationaltheater Mannheim). After her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2006 with the title part of Mozart’s Zaide under Ivor Bolton, she had another guest performance there as early as in 2007: As Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida, (again, under the direction of Ivor Bolton, stage direction Christof Loy), she was acclaimed by audience and press alike as the surprise of the festival. This production was repeated in summer 2009. In January 2008, she for the first time sang Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Amsterdam Oper under Constantinos Carydis. Simon Rattle invited her for his new production of Wagners Siegfried as Waldvogel in Aix (2008) and in the following year for the Easter Fesival in Salzburg. In the 2009-10 season she made her debut as Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in a production of Stefan Herheim at the Staatsoper Stuttgart under Manfred Honeck and as Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz under Bertrand de Billy at the Theater an der Wien. In 2011 she will make her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni under James Levine, which she will follow with performances as Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. [Source]

Singing at the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona 2009 with conductor Fabio Luisi
TRACK LISTING:
Mostly Mozart
La Cetra Barockorchester Basel
Andrea Marcon, Conductor
CD 000289 477 8979 6
1) "Tiger! wetze nur die Klauen" Zaide (Mozart)
2) "Par les larmes dont votre fille" Les Danaïdes (Salieri)
3) "Quando avran fine omai" Idomeneo (Mozart)
4) "Padre, germani, addio!" Idomeneo (Mozart)
5) "Ruhe sanft, mein holdes Leben" Zaide (Mozart)
6) "Ma se colpa" Don Giovanni (Mozart)
7) "Batti, batti, o bel Masetto" Don Giovanni (Mozart)
8) "Il mio ben quando verrà" Nina, o sia la Pazza per Amore (Paisiello)
9) "Giunse alfin il momento" Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
10) "Deh vieni, non tardar" Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart)
11) "Es ist geschrieben" Günther von Schwarzburg (Holzbauer)
12) "Ihr Rosenstunden" Günther von Schwarzburg (Holzbauer)
13) "Vedrai, carino" Don Giovanni (Mozart)
14) "A qui pourrai-je avoir recours" Amadis de Gaule (J.C. Bach)
15) "Ach, ich fühl's" Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
16) "Père babare, arrache-moi" Les Danaïdes (Salieri)
17) "Se il padre perdei" Idomeneo (Mozart)
18) "Die Klüfte sausen!" Günther von Schwarzburg (Holzbauer)

1 comment:

  1. A superb disc!!! Superb voice!!! Hope I can see her life in Mozart in the future.

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