Christiane Karg was born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria. She studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and Wolfgang Holzmair, where she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal, and at the Music Conservatory in Verona. In 2009 she was named Young Performer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine, and the following year was awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik prize for her first Lied CD, ‘Verwandlung – Lieder eines Jahres’, accompanied by Burkhard Kehring.
She was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Hamburg State Opera before joining the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera in 2008 where her roles included Susanna, Musetta, Pamina, Servilia, Zdenka and the title role of La Calisto. She returned to Frankfurt in 2013 to sing Mélisande to great critical acclaim in Claus Guth’s new production of Pelleas et Mélisande.
In 2006 she made an auspicious debut at the Salzburg Festival and has returned to sing Amor/Orfeo ed Euridice with Riccardo Muti and Zerlina/Don Giovanni with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She is a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien where she has sung Ismene/Mitridate, Telaire/Castor and Pollux and Hero/Beatrice et Benedict. At the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich she has sung Ighino/Palestrina, at the Komische Oper Berlin Musetta/La Boheme and Norina/Don Pasquale and at the Opera de Lille, Anne Trulove/The Rakes Progress. In 2013 she made her debut at the Glyndebourne Festival singing the role of Aricie/Hippolyte et Aricie. She returned last season for Sandrina/La Finta Giardiniera; and also made her role debut as Sophie/Der Rosenkavalier at the Flanders Opera and at the Dresden Semperoper. This season she makes her house debuts at the Lyric Opera, Chicago and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
In concert, Christiane Karg has recently appeared with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien, Daniel Harding and the Dresden Staatskapelle on tour in the U.S.A. (Brahms Requiem), Mariss Jansons in Tokyo with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra (Beethoven 9), Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival (Brahms Requiem), Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the Mostly Mozart Festival New York (Haydn Nelson Mass), Laurence Equilbey at the Salzburg Festival (Mozart C Minor Mass), Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic (Mahler 4), and Jonathan Nott and the Bamberg Symphony (Mahler 4). In the 2013/14 season she made her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras with Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Mahler 4), the Czech Philharmonic with Manfred Honeck, and returned to the Salzburg Mozartwoche with Ivor Bolton. This season includes performances with Bernard Haitink and the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, Christian Thielemann with the Dresden Staatskapelle and a return to the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Emmanuelle Haïm.
Christiane Karg is a committed and distinguished recitalist and has appeared at the Vienna Musikverein, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival (where she was awarded the Herald Angel award). Other recent appearances include the Mozarteum Salzburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Essen, Cologne, Schwetzingen, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. 2014/15 recitals include Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Luxembourg Philharmonie, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Oxford Lieder Festival and the Wigmore Hall where she is now a regular favourite.
Her discography includes a new release this year, an album of Strauss lieder with Malcolm Martineau; she has also recorded two solo recital CDs with Burkhard Kehring and Malcolm Martineau and a CD of arias by Mozart, Gluck and Gretry with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo.