Christiane Karg

credit Gisela Schenker

Born in Feuchtwangen (Bavaria), soprano Christiane Karg studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and in Wolfgang Holzmair's Lied class, and was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal for her master's degree in opera/musical theater. While still a student, she made her highly acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival and has been a welcome guest there ever since.Born in Feuchtwangen (Bavaria), soprano Christiane Karg studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and in Wolfgang Holzmair's Lied class, and was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal for her master's degree in opera/musical theater. While still a student, she made her highly acclaimed debut at the Salzburg Festival and has been a welcome guest there ever since.

She can be heard all over the world in the great roles of her profession: in London at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Pamina, at the Lyric Opera Chicago and at the Met in New York as Susanna, at La Scala in Milan as Sophie and Euridice, at the Vienna State Opera as Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande), at the Hamburg State Opera as Pamina, Mélisande, Daphne and Contessa, at the Staatsoper unter den Linden as Micaëla and at the Bavarian State Opera as Pamina, Calisto (La Calisto) Blanche (Dialogue des Carmélites) and Fiordiligi.

In the coming season, she has been invited to Paris to sing Pamina at the Opera de Bastille and will sing Rosalinde for the first time in a concert performance of Die Fledermaus in Graz.The soprano is also in demand internationally for concert roles. Her musical partners include conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, Daniel Harding, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Fabio Luisi, Herbert Blomstedt and Iván Fischer. She works with important orchestras all over the world.Lieder recitals are especially close to the artist's heart. She is accompanied by Malcolm Martineau and Gerold Huber, among others. With them she is a regular guest at the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna, Wigmore Hall London, Pierre- Boulez Saal in Berlin, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and Hohenems, the Salzburg Festival and the Mozart Week. In the current season, Christiane Karg is also giving recitals with the principal harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Anneleen Lenaerts.

In the 22/23 season she will sing Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Gewandhaus Orchestra under Andris Nelsons in Leipzig, Haydn's Schöpfung with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Giovanni Antonini, Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Orchestre de Paris under Klaus Mäkkelä and with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta, Mahler's 4th Symphony with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. Symphony with the Munich Philharmonic under Kristof Urbanski as well as under and Tugan Sokhiev and with the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Teodor Currentzis, Schumann's 'Paradise and the Peri' with the Czech Philharmonic under Daniel Harding and Mozart arias with the B'Rock Orchestra under René Jacobs as well as also with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Andris Nelsons.

In addition to her numerous engagements, Christiane Karg conceives and is responsible for her own concert series in her hometown of Feuchtwangen as artistic director of the KunstKlang festival, and is very committed to the project "be part of it! - Musik für Alle" (Music for All) project for music education for children and young people.

The artist has been awarded the Bavarian Culture Prize and the Brahms Prize of the Brahms Society Schleswig-Holstein e.V. for her services. Christiane Karg's unmistakable voice has been recorded on numerous CDs. Among others, the CD "Erinnerung" with songs by Gustav Mahler was released by the Harmonia mundi label in the fall of 2020. Her recording of Le nozze di Figaro under Y. Nézet-Séguin, her CD Scene! with the Arcangelo Baroque Orchestra under Jonathan Cohen, and her Lied CD Verwandlung - Lieder eines Jahres received several awards. Most recently, the CD 'Licht der Welt - A Christmas promenade', which was highly praised by the press, was released in 2021.

 

As of July 2022