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Mojca Erdmann

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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 Kissingen Summer.

After her Salzburg Festival debut in 2006 as Mozart’s Zaide under Ivor Bolton, she was invited to return to the festival in 2007 where she sang Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida, (again, under the direction of Ivor Bolton, in a production by Christof Loy).

Praised by critics and loved by audiences for her beauty of tone and impeccable artistry, young soprano Mojca Erdmann is a rapidly rising star in the international music scene. Of her return to the Salzburg Festival in 2007, a critic wrote “The surprise of the evening, however, was Mojca Erdmann. (…) young, slim, blond, sporty, she was Mozart’s “Zaide” last year here in Salzburg. Now she sings “Zelmira”, a strong personality, a beautiful, warm, technically perfect voice that is highly expressive. She deservedly received the greatest applause.”

This production was revived in 2009. In 2008, she gave her debut as Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Opera Amsterdam, conducted by Constantinos Carydis. Simon Rattle invited her to sing Waldvogel in his new production of Wagners Siegfried in Aix (2008) and at the Salzburg Easter Fesival in 2009.

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