credit Stephan Polzer
Elisabeth Kulman is one of the most sought-after singers and artists of the international classical music scene. She impresses audiences and critics with her warm, colourful timbre, charisma and creative independence.
She presents her multi-genre music show “La femme c’est moi” at important venues from Vienna to Tokyo. With finesse and a subtle sense of humour Elisabeth Kulman blends different musical styles from opera, classical song and musical to pop, thus forming a coherent unity and showing her virtuoso versatility. An important collaborator not only on this show is the Viennese arranger Tscho Theissing. He also wrote the arrangements of Zarah Leander songs which Elisabeth Kulman performed at the New Year’s Eve Concert 2017 under Christian Thielemann, televised from the Semperoper Dresden by the ZDF broadcasting station. Furthermore both artists developed projects like “Mussorgsky Dis-Covered” with international jazz quartet and “Hungaro Tune” with symphony orchestra and jazz soloists.
Elisabeth Kulman’s dramaturgically conceived and carefully constructed lieder recitals with her long-time pianist Eduard Kutrowatz always receive special praise. Regular appearances at the Schubertiade and other important song festivals as well as several CD recordings testify to their successful collaboration.
After an international career as an opera singer, spanning almost twenty years and covering all the important roles of her repertoire from Gluck to Wagner, Verdi and Weill, Elisabeth Kulman decided in 2015 to shift her focus to concert performances. She is a regular guest with the leading orchestras in the metropolitan centres of the music world and performs her vast repertoire under conductors such as Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, Simon Rattle, Philippe Jordan, Herbert Blomstedt, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Teodor Currentzis and Marek Janowski. She enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
She studied voice with Helena Lazarska at the Vienna Music University, made her debut as Pamina in 2001 at the Volksoper in Vienna and enjoyed early success as a soprano. Since 2005 Elisabeth Kulman has been singing the major roles of the mezzo and alto repertoire. As a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera she quickly became a favourite of the audience. She uses her popularity to campaign for fair conditions in the world of classical music. She is co-founder of the association art but fair, managing editor of the YouTube channel What’s Opera Doc and initiator of #voiceit for a culture of dignity.
As of October 2020