Mojca Erdmann

Soprano

Biography

Praised by critics and loved by audiences for her beauty of tone and impeccable artistry, soprano Mojca Erdmann is a mainstay in the international music scene. Of her return to the Metropolitan Opera in 2012, the New York Times wrote “Mojca Erdmann brought a sweet, beguiling voice and a demure sincerity to Susanna”. Known for her versatility in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, the BBC Music Magazine praised her as an “interpreter of major gifts”.

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Full Biography

Praised by critics and loved by audiences for her beauty of tone and impeccable artistry, soprano Mojca Erdmann is a star in the international music scene. She is known for her broad repertoire – ranging from baroque to contemporary music – with which she performs in major opera houses, festivals and concert halls worldwide.

The season 2020/21 focusses on some highly fascinating works: Mojca Erdmann kicks off the season with Luca Francesconi’s two-person piece Quartett, based on the play of the eponymous piece by Heiner Müller. The German version premieres under the direction of Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin, where the soprano can also be experienced as Seele in Frank Widmann’s Babylon at the end of the season. She makes her debut as Klara/Therese in a new production of Roman Haubenstock-Ramatis Amerika, based on the novel of Franz Kafka at the Zurich Opera House. The soprano’s versatility is also evident on the concert stage: Mojca Erdmann can be heard in 20/21, initially with Mozart arias together with the Akademie für Alte Musik as part of the Mozartwoche on Tour in the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin, with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Leipzig Gewandhaus and as Barmherzigkeit in Mozart’s Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots in the closing concert of the Salzburger Mozartwoche. Mozart takes Mojca Erdmann to Oslo before returning to the Boulez Hall in Berlin twice: with Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire under the baton of Thomas Guggeis and with Crumb’s Ancient Voices of Children conducted by Zubin Mehta. The soprano also performs Richard Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder with the Hof Symphony Orchestra for the first time.

Highlights of the past seasons include her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Waldvogel (Siegfried), released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon, and her role debut in Berg’s Lulu in 2012, the new production of the Berlin State Opera directed by Andrea Breth and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, also released on DVD by DG. Lulu became one of her signature roles: she sang a new production of William Kentridge at the Amsterdam Opera and Christoph Marthaler’s award-winning production of the Hamburg State Opera. In 2014, Mojca Erdmann sang Marzelline in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the famous season opening of La Scala in Milan, which is traditionally broadcasted live on TV worldwide. Mojca Erdmann is a regular guest at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Hamburg State Opera, the Theater an der Wien and the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. She appeared as Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Despina (Così fan tutte) in gala performances as part of the Mozart cycle alongside Rolando Villazón and under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Zerlina was also the role she portrayed in 2013 in her debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid. At the Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam the soprano sang the role of Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and at the Aix-en-Provence Festival she sang the Waldvogel in Siegfried with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. Since her debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006 in the title role of Mozart’s Zaide under Ivor Bolton, Mojca Erdmann has returned as Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida and as Sophie in a new production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier. In 2013 she also sang a series of world premieres with the Scharoun Ensemble as part of the Festival.

Mojca Erdmann regularly appears in concerts and recitals around the world – for example at the Schubertiade in Vilabertran and in the Berlin Boulezsaal, where she made her debut in 2018 with a Schubert evening. She is a regular guest in Japan and gives sold-out recitals for example in Tokyo with harpist Xavier de Maistre, pianists Götz Payer and Malcolm Martineau and tours with the Bach Collegium Japan. She sings in prestigious concert halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Philharmonies in Cologne and Berlin, the Alte Oper Frankfurt (where she was Artist in Residence from 2012-13), the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna, at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Tonhalle Zurich, Jones Hall of the Houston Symphony or the Berlin Konzerthaus. Mojca Erdmann has appeared repeatedly at the Salzburg Mozart Week, the Kissinger Summer, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra or the Munich Philharmonic. In 2019 she appeared in concert performances of Fidelio with the NHK Symphony Orchestra under Paavo Järvi in Tokyo. At the renowned Enescu Festival in Bucharest Mojca Erdmann sang a Mozart programme together with Rolando Villazón before she interpreted Schoenberg’s Erwartung for the first time on tour with the Basque National Orchestra in Northern Spain. In Örebro she made her debut with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra and sang orchestra songs by Richard Strauss with the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

An unusually versatile performer, Mojca Erdmann is much sought after for her interpretation of contemporary music: She made her debut with the Berlin Staatsoper in the world premiere of Takemitsu – My Way of Life, conducted by Kent Nagano. In 2009, she performed the title role in Wolfgang Rihm’s monodrama Proserpina and the following year Rihm entrusted her with the lead soprano role in his new opera Dionysos, which saw its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2010. Likewise, in 2012, she premiered Rodion Schchedrin’s Cleopatra and the Snake at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Mojca Erdmann sang in the world premiere of Miroslva Srnka’s new opera South Pole alongside Thomas Hampson and Rolando Villazón at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich as well as the role of Claudia in Toshio Hosokawa‘s Stilles Meer at the Staatsoper Hamburg, under the baton of  Kent Nagano. She performed at the Mozartwoche Salzburg (Beat Furrer’s Spazio immergente), the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin (works by Daj Fujikura and Harrison Birtwistle), and sang the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Requiem-Strophen under Mariss Jansons in Munich and Lucerne.

Mojca Erdmann can be heard on many recordings, including an acclaimed version of Mahler’s Symphony No 4 with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott released by Tudor and in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, released by Sony. In 2011, RCA released a recording of Wolf´s Italian Songbook which featured Mojca Erdmann, Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber. In 2009, the soprano signed an exclusive agreement with Deutsche Grammophon, with the first solo recording, Mozart´s Garden, featuring arias by Mozart and his contemporaries, having been released in 2011. She can be heard as Zerlina and Despina respectively on Deutsche Grammophon’s recently released complete recordings of Don Giovanni and Così fan tutte, both conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

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Mojca Erdmann: “Die Schneekönigin” wins the Supersonic Award

"Die Schneekönigin" wins the Supersonic Award, with soprano Mojca Erdmann in the main role. Congratulation!
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Mojca Erdmann: Opera “Quartett” at the State Opera Berlin

Soprano Mojca Erdmann sings the role of Marquise de Merteuil in "Quartett" in October.
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