Deutsche Grammophon signs Exclusive Recording-Agreement with Soprano Anna Prohaska

© Monika RitterhausEnglish-Austrian soprano is earning an impressive reputation in opera and concert repertoire from Baroque to contemporary

Hamburg, January 2011. Deutsche Grammophon has signed an exclusive recording-agreement with Anna Prohaska.

This young English-Austrian soprano is already being called one of the most exciting singers of her generation. She is currently a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin, where her acclaimed roles have included Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Blonde in Die Entführung, and Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina.

Writing about her Handel performance, Opera News exclaimed that “she sculpted her phrases elegantly, singing with confidence and emotional conviction. Her vocal range was impressive, extending from richly resounding low notes to soaring, brilliant coloratura passages.”

She also has already appeared with such top ensembles as the Berliner Philharmoniker and Cleveland Orchestra, at major festivals including Salzburg and Lucerne, and with leading conductors – including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, René Jacobs, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Sir Simon Rattle, and Franz Welser-Möst.

Michael Lang, President of Deutsche Grammophon, says: “It’s with admiration and pleasure that we welcome Anna Prohaska to our family of DG artists. We look forward to a wide range of exciting recording projects with Anna.”

Anna Prohaska adds: “I feel truly honoured to be asked to record with Deutsche Grammophon. Growing up in a family of musicians, I got to know many classic performances of the great masterpieces from those wonderful records with the yellow labels. Now that I’m becoming a part of that great tradition myself it’s very exciting!”

Born into a distinguished musical family in Vienna (her great-grandfather was the composer Carl Prohaska, her grandfather the conductor and teacher Felix Prohaska) Anna Prohaska studied in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music and made her debut in 2002 at the Komische Oper in Harry Kupfer’s production of Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and then in Willy Decker’s production of Albert Herring.

After taking on the role of Frasquita (Carmen) at short notice in a production conducted by Daniel Barenboim at the Berlin Staatsoper, she was engaged a member of its permanent ensemble.

In 2008 she made her Salzburg Festival debut in Rusalka under Franz Welser-Möst, in 2009 she returned to Salzburg for Luigi Nono’s Al gran sole carico d’amore, and in 2010 sang her first Zerlina there.

As well as in concerts with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester and the Berlin Konzerthausorchester under Lothar Zagrosek, Anna Prohaska has worked closely since 2007 with the Berliner Philharmoniker, including with various chamber music ensembles at the Salzburg Easter Festival, and in the world premiere of a work by Wolfgang Rihm in a ceremony for Claudio Abbado.

In 2008 she performed orchestral songs by Webern conducted by Rattle – and recently she was the soloist in Berg’s Lulu Suite with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra conducted by Abbado in Venezuela and Lucerne.

Besides contemporary music and standard repertoire, Anna Prohaska also devotes herself to early music and has worked with the RIAS Kammerchor, Moderntimes_1800 of Innsbruck, the Akademie für Alte Musik of Berlin, and Concerto Köln.

She has given recitals at the Berlin Staatsoper, Bregenz Festival, Salzburg Mozarteum, and Vienna Musikverein.

Future engagements include Blonde at the Bavarian State Opera and the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin; Despina in Così fan tutte under Marc Minkowski at the Salzburg Festival and in Berlin, Marzelline in Fidelio with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna, Berg’s Lulu Suite with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Claudio Abbado and with the Vienna Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez, Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle and with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons, Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream with Daniel Harding in Munich, and Vladimir Jurowski at the Lucerne Festival – also solo recitals with Maurizio Pollini and Eric Schneider; and Elliott Carter’s new song-cycle What Are Years with Barenboim in Berlin.

Anna Prohaska was awarded the Daphne Prize in 2008 and the Schneider-Schott Music Prize in 2010.

Her first studio recording for Deutsche Grammophon is scheduled for 2012.

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