credit Felix Broede
Praised by critics and loved by audiences for her beauty of tone and impeccable artistry, soprano Mojca Erdmann is a rapidly rising star 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”.
Mojca Erdmann kicks off the 2017/18 season making her debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, singing Dvorak’s Te Deum and Mahler’s Symphony No 4 under the baton of Andrés Orozco Estrada and heading to Japan singing Berg‘s Lulu Suite at Tokyo’s NHK Hall. Brahms‘ Ein deutsches Requiem is the vehicle for her return to the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in November. Mojca Erdmann sings the gala concert of the WDR Rundfunkorchester’s 70th anniversary and the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s new piece together with the Kuss Quartett in Hanover, Amsterdam and Berlin. With the HR Sinfonieorchester the versatile soprano performs Mahler‘s Symphony No 4 at the Alte Oper Frankfurt and Brett Dean’s From Melodious Lay at Zurich’s famous Tonhalle. She is also guest of the Mozartfest Wurzburg performing Jörg Widmann’s Versuch über die Fuge with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Brahms‘ Liebesliederwalzer in Grafenegg. She closes the season with a recital at the Schubertiade Vilabertran together with pianist Gerold Huber. On the operatic stage the versatile soprano can be heard as Claudia in Toshio Hosokawa‘s Stilles Meer with the Staatsoper Hamburg, under the baton of Kent Nagano. Another very exciting project in the artist’s diary is an internship at the renowned Villa Massimo in Rome throughout April 2018.
The 2016/17 season took Mojca Erdmann to Ankara, the Mozartwoche Salzburg (performing Beat Furrer’s Spazio immergente), the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin (works by Daj Fujikura and Harrison Birwistle), to Munich’s Herkulessaal with the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s Requiem-Strophen with the Symphonieorchester of the Bayerische Rundfunk under the baton of Mariss Jansons in Munich’s Herkulessaal and Lucerne´s KKL, as well as the Tonhalle Zurich performing Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Tonhalle Orchestra. In Berlin’s renowned Konzerthaus the soprano joined the Delian Quartett performing Schubert and Schönberg before closing the season with Luigi Nono’s Il Canto sospeso with the SWR Sinfonieorchester at the Konzerthaus Freiburg. On the operatic stage, Mojca Erdmann made her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona singing Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and returned to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich as Landlady in Miroslav Srnka’s South Pole.
In the 2015/16 season Mojca Erdmann was heard on a tour together with the Japan Bach Collegium with concerts in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kobe. The programme was recorded for a CD release. On the concert stage, the sought after lied singer performed twice at the Schubertiade Festival in Hohenems and Schwarzenberg, sang in Istanbul together with the Kuss Quartett and presented a recital at the Mozart Festival Wurzburg. She sang the soprano part in Mozart‘s Requiem with the Munich Philharmonics under the baton of Zubin Mehta and returned to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, where she performed a piece by Wolfgang Rihm together with the SWR Symphony Orchestra. In spring 2016 Mojca Erdmann returned to Japan for recitals with Malcolm Martineau in Tokyo. On the operatic stage, 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 Wolfgang Rihm’s Proserpina at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
In 2011, the soprano made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni and as Waldvogel in Siegfried. The latter production was released on DVD by Deutsche Grammophon in September 2012. She returned to the Metropolitan Opera the following season for performances as Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In 2012, she made her highly acclaimed debut as the titular character in Berg’s Lulu, in a new production directed by Andrea Breth and conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Staatsoper Berlin. After her Salzburg Festival debut in 2006 as Mozart’s Zaide under Ivor Bolton, she was invited to return to the festival in 2007 and 2009 to sing Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida (again under the direction of Ivor Bolton in a production by Christof Loy). In 2013, she returned to the festival to perform a series of world premieres in concert with the Scharoun Ensemble. She starred as Sophie in the festival’s new production of Der Rosenkavalier in 2014, conducted by Franz Welser-Möst, and she made her operatic debut at Milan’s Teatro alla Scala as Marzelline in a new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, to open the theatre’s season. Ms. Erdmann reunited with Daniel Barenboim later in the season for performances of Berg’s Lulu at the Berlin Staatsoper and for a concert featuring music by Pierre Boulez.
Mojca Erdmann made her debut at Opera Amsterdam as Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, conducted by Constantinos Carydis and returned in the role of Lulu for a new production by William Kentridge in 2014. Simon Rattle invited her to sing Waldvogel in his new production of Wagner’s Siegfried in Aix-en-Provence (2008) and at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2009. In the same year, she had her debut as Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in a new production by Stefan Herheim at the Staatsoper Stuttgart, a role she also sang for the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. Mojca Erdmann appeared in a new production of Weber’s Der Freischütz, another debut, at Theater an der Wien and made her debut as Zerlina in an all-star gala performance of Don Giovanni in Baden-Baden, where she returned as Despina in a new production of Così fan tutte in 2012. Zerlina was also the vehicle for her debut at Teatro Real Madrid in 2013.
Mojca Erdmann regularly appears in concerts and recitals throughout Germany, Austria, Denmark, Spain, France, Switzerland, South Korea and Japan. She is a frequent guest at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonic Halls, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, where she was Artist in Residence in 2012-13, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg as well as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg and the Kissinger Sommer. She has a vast concert repertoire and is frequently working with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Ivor Bolton, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi and Daniel Harding. She appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Symphony, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The soprano made her debut at the Lucerne Festival with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott, performing Ligeti’s Requiem. Nikolaus Harnoncourt invited her to the Vienna Musikverein for Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri, to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orkest for Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, and to the Berlin Philharmonic for Haydn’s Orlando Paladino. In 2009, she appeared as Sorge/Soprano 1 in Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s Faust with the Stockholm Radio Symphony under Daniel Harding, the DSO Berlin conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, and with the Orchestra at La Scala di Milan conducted by Pinchas Steinberg in what marked her debut at La Scala. In 2011 Ms. Erdmann joined the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on their tour to Asia and for concerts in Dortmund and Leipzig, performing Mahler´s Symphony No 4.
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 under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, and was premiered in Germany at the Berlin Staatsoper in 2012. Also in 2012, she premiered Rodion Schchedrin’s Cleopatra and the Snake at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, conducted by Valery Gergiev.
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 Cosi fan tutte, both conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
As of September 2018