Mojca Erdmann – Biography
“Perfection . . . a performance of great warmth and charm, and conquering stratospheric passages with power and gleaming tone . . . Erdmann is on the verge of a major career.”
– Opera News, New York (2009 Salzburg Festival review)
Born in Hamburg, Mojca Erdmann began violin lessons at the age of six and sang in the children’s chorus at the Hamburg State Opera. At 14, she began vocal studies with Evelyn Herlitzius, then worked with Hans Sotin at the Cologne Musikhochschule, where she also studied the violin. Currently she coaches with Ingrid Figur. In the 2002 Bundeswettbewerb Gesang (German Federal Competition), Mojca Erdmann won both First Prize and the Special Prize for Contemporary Music. In August 2005, she was awarded the NDR (North German Radio) Music Prize at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival as well as the Luitpold Prize at the Kissingen Summer Festival.
While still a student, Mojca Erdmann was a member of the ensemble at Berlin’s Komische Oper and also appeared at Berlin’s Deutsche Oper and in Basle and Mannheim in roles including Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Norina (Don Pasquale), and Humperdinck’s Gretel. She made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2006 in the title part of Mozart’s Zaide under Ivor Bolton (available on DVD on Deutsche Grammophon) and returned the following year as Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida, also under Bolton. With the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, she sang in and recorded Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilčges. Rattle also invited her to sing the Forest Bird in a new production of Wagner’s Siegfried at Aix-en-Provence and the Salzburg Easter Festival. During the 2009/10 season she made her debut as Sophie in Strauss’s Rosenkavalier in Stuttgart under Manfred Honeck and as Ännchen in Weber’s Freischütz under Bertrand de Billy at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien.
Also a sought-after interpreter of contemporary music-theatre works, Mojca Erdmann made her Berlin Staatsoper debut in the world premiere of Takemitsu’s My Way of Life, conducted by Kent Nagano. She is also highly regarded as a concert artist and recitalist. Nikolaus Harnoncourt invited her to sing in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri at the Vienna Musikverein as well as in Schumann’s Scenes from Faust at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. In 2009 she appeared with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, toured Spain with the Wiener Symphoniker under Fabio Luisi in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and performed Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with baritone Christian Gerhaher and pianist Gerold Huber on tour in Germany and at London’s Wigmore Hall. In 2010 she scored a major triumph at the Salzburg Festival singing the lead soprano role in the world premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s new opera Dionysos.
During the 2010/11 season, Mojca Erdmann’s engagements include Despina in a new production of Cosě fan tutte and Zerlina in Don Giovanni in Baden-Baden, her Nice Opera debut as Marzelline in Fidelio, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte in Cologne, and her Bavarian State Opera debut as Adele in Die Fledermaus. Concert appearances include Mahler’s Symphony no. 4 and selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Dortmund and Leipzig and on a Far East tour as well as Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Munich Chamber Orchestra in Munich and Cologne.
In 2010, Mojca Erdmann became an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. Her first studio recording under the new contract, Mostly Mozart with Andrea Marcon conducting the Basle Baroque orchestra La Cetra, will be released in April 2011.