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Genia Kühmeier was born in Salzburg and initially studied music and vocal teaching at the Hochschule "Mozarteum" in Salzburg before continuing her studies for solo voice at the University for Music in Vienna as a student of KS Margarita Lilova and KS Marjana Lipovsek. Further coaching with both continues to take place on a regular basis.
In January 2002, Genia Kühmeier was awarded the first price at the 8th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg which was the beginning for an international career in which she already worked with such conductors as William Christie, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Colin Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Paavo Järvi, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Mark Minkowski, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Simon Rattle, Franz Welser-Möst and Christian Thielemann.
From 2003-2006 Genia Kühmeier was a member of the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, where she received the "Eberhard Waechter - Medaille" for her interpretation of Inès/LA FAVORITE. She further appeared in such roles as Pamina/DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, First Flower Maiden/PARSIFAL, Adina/L'ELISIR D'AMORE, First Maid/DAPHNE, Marzelline/FIDELIO, Zdenka/ARABELLA, Micaela/CARMEN and her highly acclaimed Ilia/IDOMENEO in a new production of the Vienna State Opera at the Theater an der Wien. Genia will return for future engagements.
The part of Pamina became Genia Kühmeier's signature role which she has performed at the Wiener Staatsoper, Ruhr-Triennale, Bayerische Staatsoper, Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and at her highly acclaimed opera debut at the Salzburg Festival under the artistic direction of Riccardo Muti in 2005 and in the new production of Pierre Audi in 2006. In 2008 she returned to Salzburg with this role and concerts of Brahms' REQUIEM, both led by Riccardo Muti.
Further highlights of her young carreer include her debut at the Scala in Milan in December 2002 in the role of Diane/IPHIGÉNIE EN AULIDE under the baton of Riccardo Muti. She returned to the Scala in Milan for the reopening of the Operahouse in December 2004 as Asterio in Salieri's L'EUROPA RICONOSCIUTA under the artistic direction of Riccardo Muti. In January 2005 she sang the role of Ilia in a concert performance of Mozart's IDOMENEO under the baton of Daniel Harding within the Mozart-Festival in Salzburg.
During the last seasons Genia Kühmeier had several debuts such as at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in Mozart's FINTA GIARDINIERA and at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in Bizet's CARMEN as well as the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Recent debuts include Ilia at the San Francisco Opera, Micaela in Los Angeles and at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam.
In 2009/10 and 2010/11 Genia Kühmeier sings Zdenka/ARABELLA and Pamina/DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Wiener Staatsoper, Micaela/CARMEN and Pamina at the Bayerische Staatsoper as well as Pamina at the Met and the Scala in Milano. Further she performs the role of Euridice in Gluck's ORFEO ED EIRIDICE at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Riccardo Muti.
Genia Kühmeier is a frequent guest of renowned concert halls and festivals such as the Wiener Musikverein, Salzburg Summer and Easter Festival, the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, RuhrTriennale, styriarte, Rheingaufestival as well as the Lucerne Festival and performed with orchestras such as the Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre National de France, Concentus Musicus Wien and Camerata Salzburg.
Recent engagements have included concerts with Brahms' REQUIEM with the Vienna Philharmonic under Nikolaus Harnoncourt and with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Sir Colin Davis as well as with Sir Charles Mackerras, Haydn's CREATION with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle at the Easter Festival in Salzburg as well as with the Concentus Musicus and Nikolaus Harnoncourt Haydn's SEASONS at the styriarte Festival Graz.
Concert engagements of the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons include Pergolesi's STABAT MATER with Bernarda Fink and the Berliner Barock Solisten in Luzern and the final terzett of Strauss' ROSENKAVALIER with the Staatskapelle Dresden on tour. Further plans include Mahler's 2nd SYMPHONY under Mariss Jansons in Munich and under Marek Janowski in Geneva as well as Bach's B-MINOR MASS under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Wiener Musikverein.
In recital Genia Kühmeier appeared at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Vienna Musikverein, Innsbruck and at the Schubertiade Festival in Schwarzenberg. Next season, she will take part in quartet recitals of Brahms' LIEBESLIEDERWALZER on tour throughout Europe and USA.
Her discography includes Mozarts ZAUBERFLÖTE with Riccardo Muti (on DVD from the Salzburg Festival, released by Decca), Haydn's CREATION with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants (EMI), a solo-recital album with lieder by Mozart, Schubert, Dvorák and Strauss (ORF), Schubert's AUF DEM STROME (Naxos), a special DVD of Mozart's ZAUBERFLÖTE for children produced at the Wiener Staatsoper with Seiji Ozawa as well as the Rosenkavalier Final, which has been recorded for DVD and CD on the occasion of the 50th anniversary after the reopening of the Wiener Staatsoper. Haydn's JAHRESZEITEN with Concentus Musicus and Nikolaus Harnoncourt as well as Brahm's REQUIEM with Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.