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Mojca Erdmann

  • Soprano


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 Basel 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, and returned the following year as Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida, also under Bolton – and was acclaimed by audiences and the press as the “surprise of the festival”.
With the Berliner Philharmoniker under Sir Simon Rattle, she sang in and recorded Ravel’s L’Enfant et les sortilèges. Rattle also invited her to sing the Forest Bird in his new production of Wagner’s Siegfried in Aix-en-Provence and at the Salzburg Easter Festival. During the 2009/10 season she will make 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 well regarded in concerts and recitals. Nikolaus Harnoncourt invited her to sing in Schumann’s Paradies und die Peri at the Vienna Musikverein as well as in Schumann’s Scenes from “Faust” at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
In 2009 she has appeared with the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, 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. At the end of the 2009/10 season she will perform in the world premiere of a new opera by Wolfgang Rihm (commissioned by the Salzburg Festival).
Mojca Erdmann’s first studio recording for Deutsche Grammophon is scheduled in 2010 – to be released around her European tour in 2011.