Anna Prohaska

Biography

Anna Prohaska made her debuts at the Komische Oper at the age of 17, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin at 23 and the Berliner Philharmoniker at 24. Awards include the Echo Klassik, the Daphne Preis and the Schneider-Schott-Preis.  Anna is currently a “Junge Wilde” artist at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund.

At the Salzburg Festival her appearances have included Zerlina and Despina, and concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Philharmoniker.  For the Bayerische Staatsoper she has sung Blonde and Inanna (Babylon), and for the Teatro alla Scala Milan she has sung Zerlina, a role she repeated for the company’s tour to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. For the Theater an der Wien she has sung Marzelline (Fidelio) and Anne Trulove, and for the Royal Opera House in London Constance (Dialogues des carmélites)

She is a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin where her roles have included Pamina, Anne Trulove, Susanna, Sophie, Blonde, Zerlina, Despina, Poppea (Handel’s Agrippina), Oscar, and Frasquita with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher and René Jacobs.  

As both a modern and early music specialist Anna’s wide-ranging repertoire includes Jörg Widmann’s Babylon, composed for her and premiered at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Wolfgang Rihm’s Samothrake, dedicated to her and premiered with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Rihm’s Mnemosyne with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado.  On the early music scene, Anna performs regularly with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Academy of Ancient Music, and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Appearances on the concert platform include the Wiener Philharmoniker (Boulez), the Berliner Philharmoniker (Rattle, Harding and Abbado), the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Jansons, Harding and Labadie), the London Symphony Orchestra (Rattle), Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Abbado), Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (Abbado), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Dudamel) and the Boston Symphony (von Dohnanyi). In recital she appears in Schwarzenberg, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Berlin, Vienna, London and Amsterdam, where her pianists include Eric Schneider, Maurizio Pollini and Daniel Barenboim.

Recordings include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Bernarda Fink for Harmonia Mundi, and two DVD releases for Accentus Music: Berg’s Lulu Suite with the Simón Bolívar  Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and Claudio Abbado; and Mozart’s Requiem with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado. Her first solo album, Sirène, was released in 2011 on the Deutsche Grammophon label.  Her second album, The Enchanted Forest, re-launched the Archiv label and Anna toured the programme in London, Vienna, Frankfurt, Berlin, Essen and Munich.

Anna’s most recent recording, released in June 2014 by Deutsche Grammophon, is entitled Behind the Lines.  This recital programme marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and focuses on the people involved in the Great War and their lives.  The programme was premiered by the Radialsystem Berlin and in the anniversary year tours London, Berlin, Vienna, Dortmund, Cologne and Munich, and the Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals.

This is for information only and should not be reproduced. Please contact Mary Donald for an updated biography and for performance details.

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Repertoire

OPERA REPERTOIRE: 
 
J. Massenet 
Werther: Sophie
Manon: Pousette
        
H. Purcell
Dido und Aeneas: Belinda
       
C. W. Gluck 
Orféo ed Euridice: Euridice 
       
W. A. Mozart 
Die Zauberflöte:  Pamina
La Clemenza di Tito: Servilia
Entführung aus dem Serail: Blondchen
Le Nozze di Figaro: Susanna
Don Giovanni: Zerlina 
Cosi fan tutte: Despina
       
G. Bizet 
Carmen: Frasquita
       
G. F. Händel
Giulio Cesare: Cleopatra
Jephtha: Iphis
       
J. P. Rameau 
Hippolyte et Aricie:  Amour
       
G. Verdi 
Don Carlo: Tebaldo
Un Ballo in Maschera: Oscar
       
G. Donizetti 
L'elisier d'amore: Giannetta
       
M. Mussorgsky 
Boris Godunov:  Xenia
       
K. Weill 
Dreigroschenoper:  Polly
       
A Schönberg 
Moses und Aron: 1. Solostimme / 1. Nackte Jungfrau
       
C. Mello 
Destino das Oito: Susy

CONCERT REPERTOIRE:

J. S. Bach 
Johannespassion 
Matthäuspassion
Weihnachtsoratorium
Kantaten und Arien
    
A Berg 
Der Wein
    
H. v. Bingen 
"O virga ac diadema"
"O euchari in leta vita"
"Et ideo"
"Cum erubuerint"
"Deus enim rorem"
"O rubor sanguinis"
"O vos felices"
    
G. Carissimi 
Jonas
Historia d'Ezechia
    
G. Crumb 
Ancient Voices of Children
    
C. D. v. Dittersdorf 
Giob: "Aria der Sarah"
    
A Eberl 
Kantate "Bey Mozarts Grabe"
    
G. Fauré 
Requiem
    
C. Franck 
"Panis Angelicus"
    
G. F. Händel 
Neun Deutsche Arien
Messiah
Solomon (Queen of Sheba)
Joshua (Achsah)
Saul (Michal)
Alexander's Feast
div. Kantaten und Arien
    
J. Haydn 
Kleine Orgelmesse: "Benedictus"
Schöpfung (Gabriel, Eva)
Nelson-Messe
    
C. Ives 
The Unanswered Question (Trompetenstimme)
    
L. Janácek 
Kinderreime (1. Sopran)
    
G. Ligeti 
Aventures
    
F. Liszt 
Via Crucis
    
G. Mahler 
Sinfonie Nr. 4
    
C. Monteverdi 
Marienvesper
Laudate Dominum
    
W .A. Mozart 
Requiem
Thamos
Grabmusik 
Laudate Dominum F-Dur
Kantate "Exsultate Jubilate" 
    
G. B. Pergolesi 
Stabat Mater
    
H. Purcell 
The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation
"In the black dismal dungeon of despair"
    
A Schönberg 
Die Jakobsleiter (Der Sterbende, Die Seele)
Streichquartett Nr. 2 (Sopranstimme)
    
L. Spohr 
Des Heilands letzte Stunden
    
G. Ph. Telemann 
Kantaten aus dem Harmonischen Gottesdienst
    
A Vivaldi 
Motetto "In furore iustissimae irae"
    
B. A. Zimmermann 
Solokantate "Omnia Tempus Habent"

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    Anna Prohaska performs at the Deutscher Bundestag

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Schedule

Palais Garnier, Paris

MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Philippe Jordan, conductor

Zabou Breitman, director

Jürgen Maurer: Selim 
Erin Morley: Konstanze 
Anna Prohaska: Blonde 
Bernard Richter: Belmonte 
Paul Schweinester: Pedrillo 
Lars Woldt: Osmin

Orchestre et Choeur de l’Opéra national de Paris

Further information available here

Palais Garnier, Paris

MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Philippe Jordan, conductor

Zabou Breitman, director

Jürgen Maurer: Selim 
Erin Morley: Konstanze 
Anna Prohaska: Blonde 
Bernard Richter: Belmonte 
Paul Schweinester: Pedrillo 
Lars Woldt: Osmin

Orchestre et Choeur de l’Opéra national de Paris

Further information available here

Palais Garnier, Paris

MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Philippe Jordan, conductor

Zabou Breitman, director

Jürgen Maurer: Selim 
Erin Morley: Konstanze 
Anna Prohaska: Blonde 
Bernard Richter: Belmonte 
Paul Schweinester: Pedrillo 
Lars Woldt: Osmin

Orchestre et Choeur de l’Opéra national de Paris

Further information available here

FreiRaum, Autostadt, Wolfsburg

BEHIND THE LINES 1914-2014

A recital programme that marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The programme focuses on the varying perspectives of the people involved in the Great War. 

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Eric Schneider, piano

BR Funkhaus, Studio 2, Munich

BEHIND THE LINES 1914-2014

A recital programme that marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The programme focuses on the varying perspectives of the people involved in the Great War. 

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Eric Schneider, piano

Philharmonie, Cologne

BEHIND THE LINES 1914-2014

A recital programme that marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The programme focuses on the varying perspectives of the people involved in the Great War. 

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Eric Schneider, piano

Konzerthaus, Berlin

BEHIND THE LINES 1914-2014

A recital programme that marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. The programme focuses on the varying perspectives of the people involved in the Great War. 

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Eric Schneider, piano

Konzerthaus, Berlin

JS Bach: Ouvertüre C-Dur BWV 1066
JS Bach:"Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten" BWV 202 
JS Bach: Konzert d-Moll BWV 1060 
JC Bach: Sinfonie B-Dur op.6 Nr.4 

Ton Koopman, conductor
Anna Prohaska, soprano
Lothar Strauß, violin
Gregor Witt, oboe 
Staatskapelle Berlin 

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RECITAL TOUR: 'Behind the Lines' 1914 / 2014

In conjunction with the release of her latest solo recording Behind the Lines / Hinter den Linien for Deutsche Grammophon in June 2014, Anna Prohaska is embarking on a European recital tour of the programme which marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.   The programme focuses on the varying perspectives of the people involved in the Great War.  It was premiered last year by the Radialsystem Berlin, and in the current anniversary year tours the following ten European cities:

14 June 2014 - Wigmore Hall, LONDON

17 June 2014 - Konzerthaus, VIENNA

19 June 2014 - Bad Kissingen, GERMANY

24 June 2014 - Konzerthaus, DORTMUND

30 July 2014 – Salzburger Festspiele, SALZBURG

18 August 2014 - Edinburgh International Festival, EDINBURGH

13 November 2014 - Autostadt, WOLFBURG

17 November 2014 – Bayerischer Rundfunk, MUNICH

19 November 2014 – Philharmonie, COLOGNE

2 December – Konzerthaus, BERLIN


Click here to see Anna perform Robert Schumann's Der Soldat from the Behind the Lines programme, recorded in the ARTE Lounge on 10th May 2014

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RECITAL

Behind The Lines

Queen's Hall, Edinburgh International Festival / Eric Schneider, piano

"Putting heart and soul into a brilliantly conceived programme...it was the traditionally inspired material, including Quilter’s setting of the funeral song from Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, that served best in revealing her persuasive voice as refreshingly unaffected and possessing a natural gloss." The Scotsman, Carol Main, 19 August 2014
"This recital was a superbly-conceived programme of 25 soldiers' songs taken from her recent Deutsche Grammophon album Behind the Lines....Little wonder Prohaska is being tipped as one of Europe's most exciting young voices." The Herald, Kate Molleson, 19 August 2014
"Prohaska has a rich, full soprano, full of careful inflections and a vibrant middle." Seen and Heard, Simon Thompson, 19 August 2014

INTERVIEW

Lieber Soldatenanzug als das Gedöns mit der Robe

Anna Prohaska talks to Die Welt about her latest recording 'Behind the Lines'

Click here to read full article Die Welt, 5 July 2014

CD

Behind the Lines

Deutsche Grammophon

"This is a superbly conceived and wonderfully performed collection about war and its emotional impact. ... The imagination and care that has gone into this compilation is exceptional, and the results are totally compelling."
5 stars: Nicholas Kenyon, The Observer, 6 July 2014
"Prohaska has a rich palette of expressive colours to draw on and she sings with effortless confidence through several languages and moods, sensitively partnered by her responsive pianist Schneider. This is a very rewarding disc, both moving and stirring."
5 stars: Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 22 July 2014

RECITAL

Behind the Lines

Eric Schneider, piano / Wiener Konzerthaus

Wiener Zeitung review - please click the link below Wiener Zeitung, Lena Drazic, 20/06/14
Die Presse review - please click the link below Die Presse, Walter Weidringer, 20 June 2014
Kronen Zeitung review - please click the link below Kronen Zeitung, 20 June 2014

RECITAL

Behind the Lines

Eric Schneider, piano / Wigmore Hall, London

Supported by Eric Schneider’s always conscientious piano accompaniment, she was magnificent, and very penetrating in her top register. ...
What joy, too, to find two artists creating a concept album and recital that actually makes musical and intellectual sense. The 25 songs about the dreams and realities of soldiering often involved big jumps in style: another of Eisler’s firecracker songs, from the Hollywood Liederbook, exploded right after one an exquisite meringue by Roger Quilter, "Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun". But in this year marking the anniversary of the First World War, every juxtaposition, sometimes bridged by songs sharing the same key, made the audience think and feel. Prohaska and Schneider’s most stunning coup was to follow the high romance of Schubert’s "Ellens Gesang", to flowery words by Sir Walter Scott, with the Expressionist screams of a poem by Georg Trakl, belligerently set by a young Wolfgang Rihm."
Geoff Brown, The Arts Desk, 15th June 2014

INTERVIEW

Anna Prohaska: A soprano on the warpath

Anna Prohaska talks to Neil Fisher about her Covent Garden debut and her latest recital programme 'Behind the Lines'

To read the full article, please click on the link below (subscription required), or here Neil Fisher, The Times, 7 June 2014

Henze

Being Beauteous: 1 June 2014

London Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle / Barbican Centre, London

"The harp of Bryn Lewis and the cello of that LSO stalwart Jennifer Brown provided a strong, assertive, grounding musical presence, which gave the gloriously clean-toned coloratura soprano of Anna Prohaska her freedom."
Sebastian Scotney, The Arts Desk, 2 June 2014
"Anna Prohaska gave a crystalline account of Henze's 1963 Rimbaud setting Being Beauteous, accompanied by four London Symphony Orchestra cellists and a harpist under Rattle's sympathetic direction."
Martin Kettle, The Guardian, 3 June 2014
"Soprano Anna Prohaska’s voice is beautifully pure, and she performed this monstrously challenging work with an effortless that belied the fact that the notes jump from middle C to nearly two and half octaves above, with very little help with pitching in the accompaniment."
Jack Johnson, Bachtrack, 3 June 2014

Poulenc

Les Dialogues des Carmélites

Simon Rattle / Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

"Anna Prohaska makes a shining debut as Constance"
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 30th May 2014
"Anna Prohaska sparkles prettily as the naive Constance"

Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 30 May 2014
"outstanding performances from Sally Matthews and Anna Prohaska, the one ardent, the other bubbling with life"
Fiona Maddocks, The Observer, 1 June 2014

Purcell

Dido & Aeneas: 16 February 2014

MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis, Anna Prohaska (Dido), Tobias Berndt (Aeneas), Nuria Rial (Belinda), Philharmonie Berlin

To read the full review in Kulturradio, click the following link: Andreas Göbel, kulturradio
To read full review in Berliner Zeitung click the following link: Peter Uehling, Berliner Zeitung, 17 February 2014

Anna Prohaska on her latest recording, 'Behind the Lines'

Recorded at the Bayerische Rundfunk with Eric Schneider for Deutsche Grammophon

Please click in the following link to hear Anna Prohaska talk about 'Behind the Lines' BR-Klassik February 2014

Interview for Tutti Magazine: 11 June 2013

Paris, France

Click here to read the interview Philippe Banel, Tutti Magazine, 11 June 2013

Beethoven 'Fidelio': 19 March 2013

Theater an der Wien, Vienna

"Anna Prohaska is the one to pull off such a show with both down-to-earth credibility and an ethereal tone that proved particularly pleasing in the quartet" bachtrack.com, 27 March 2013

CD: Enchanted Forest

Anna Prohaska, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen

Please click here for a link to a compilation of press quotes for Enchanted Forest March/April 2013

Widmann

Babylon / November 2012

Bavarian State Opera

"Finally the true highlight of the opera appears: Babylonian priestess and Tammu-lover Inanna. Or, more precisely, the impossibly charming and enchanting Anna Prohaska, who embodies a rôle so dominant in aesthetic appeal that it seems the whole opera was written around and indeed for her. She descends from above: a tempting upper body in the color of pale-olive clay, statuesque except for a bedazzling brassier; attached to a torso of silver balloons. The titillating appearance makes sense; Inanna represents free love, an offer into which Tammu dips liberally as he hallucinates of the ‘Horror of the Flood’." Seen and Heard, 29 November 2012, Jens F. Laurson

CD: Sirène

Eric Schneider, piano

Click here for review in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
Click here for Crescendo feature, June - August 2011
Crescendo, April 2011
Click here for Berliner Zeitung review Peter Uehling, 20 May 2011
Click here for Aachener Zeitung review Aachener Zeitung, 20 May 2011
Click here for Kultiversum article
Jürgen Kesting, Opernwelt, May 2011
Click here for Deutsche Welle Interview  Deutsche Welle

Recordings

Sirène

Anna Prohaska, soprano
Eric Schneider, piano

Anna Prohaska's debut recording with Deutsche Grammophon
Includes works by Purcell, Dowland, Lawes, Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Wolf, Dvorak, Fauré, Debussy, Bizet, Szymanowski and Honegger.


Deutsche Grammophon

Enchanted Forest

Francesco Cavalli
Georg Friedrich Handel
Claudio Monteverdi
Henry Purcell
Antonio Vivaldi

Anna Prohaska
Arcangelo
Jonathan Cohen

International Release: 15 March 2013
Archiv Produktion