Mojca Erdmann – Biography
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 theMetropolitan 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 begins the 13/14 season with gala concerts in Aarhus, followed by her debut performances with the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival and the Zermatt Festival. The soprano returns to the Beethoven Fest Bonn and to Bremen for concert performances of Fidelio with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. On the opera stages, she performs in this season mainly the role of Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, at the Vienna Staatsoper (debut) the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees in Paris. She performs Mozart’s Zaide in concert at the Mozart Festival Reutlingen. Mojca Erdmann can be heard extensively in concert and recital this season, with appearances at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Musikverein Graz, the Frankfurt Opera and Alte Oper, the Helsinki Music Centre, the new concert hall in Aalborg, the Vienna Musiverein and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Japanese audiences can hear her twice, in performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana in Tokyo and on a multi-city recital tour with harpist Xavier de Maistre.
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 led 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 made her debut at Opera Amsterdam as Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, conducted by Constantinos Carydis. Simon Rattle invited her to sing Waldvogel in his new production of Wagner’s Siegfried in Aix (2008) and at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2009. In the same year she debuted as Sophie in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in a new production by Stefan Herheim at the Staatsoper Stuttgart and appeared in a new production of Weber’s Der Freischütz, another debut, at Theater an der Wien. Ms Erdmann 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 with Teatro Real Madrid in 2013. She has performed Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Cologne Opera and Marzelline in Fidelio with Nice Opera.
Mojca Erdmann regularly appears in concert and recital in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Spain, France Switzerland, Japan and South Korea. She is a frequent guest at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Cologne and Berlin Philharmonie, the Alte Oper Frankfurt where she was Artist in Residence in 2012-13, the Musikverein and Konzerthaus in Vienna and the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg. She has a vast concert repertoire and is frequently working with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Ivor Bolton, Manfred Honeck, Kent Nagano, Fabio Luisi and Daniel Harding. She appeared with the Berliner Philharmonic, the 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 4th Symphony 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.
Born in Hamburg, she started taking violin lessons at the age of six, while also singing in the children’s choir of the Hamburger Staatsoper and taking up private singing lessons. Mojca Erdmann studied singing with Hans Sotin at the Cologne College of Music, where she also studied violin. In 2002, the soprano won the first prize at the German Federal Competition (category voice), as well as the Special Prize for Contemporary Music. In August 2005, she was awarded the NDR Music Prize in the framework of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, as well as the Luitpold Prize during the Bad Kissinger Summer.