IntroductionChristiane 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. She has twice been awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik prize: in 2010 for her debut Lied CD ‘Verwandlung – Lieder eines Jahres’, accompanied by Burkhard Kehring and in 2016 for her disc of concert arias “Scene!” with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo.
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 and in 2015 to sing Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier.
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 Nézet-Séguin. She is a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien where she has sung Ismene/Mitridate, Telaire/Castor and Pollux and Hero/ Béatrice et Bénédict. At the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich she has sung Ighino/Palestrina, Pamina and Blanche/Les Dialogues des Carmelites. At the Komische Oper Berlin she has sung Musetta/La bohème and Norina/Don Pasquale and at the Opera de Lille, Anne Trulove/The Rake’s Progress. At the Dresden Semperoper she has sung Sophie with Christian Thielemann. Last season she made house debuts at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing Pamina; at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, singing Sophie and her US operatic debut singing Susana at the Lyric Opera, Chicago; she returns to the Lyric Opera this season for Pamina/Die Zauberflöte.
In concert, Christiane Karg has appeared with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien; Daniel Harding with the London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Dresden Staatskapelle on tour in the USA; Mariss Jansons in Tokyo with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra; Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival and with the Berlin Philharmonic; Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and at the Mostly Mozart Festival, New York; Jonathan Nott with the Bamberg Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada with the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra; Ivor Bolton at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Laurence Equilbey at the Salzburg Festival. 2016/2017 engagements include the Chicago Symphony (Brahms’ Requiem), Orchestre de Paris (Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri) and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust). Christiane will also tour to Asia with the London Symphony Orchestra (Mahler’s Symphony No. 4) and to the USA with The English Concert (Ariodante/Ginevra). She is Artist in Residence at the 2017 Würzburg Festival.
Christiane Karg is a
committed and distinguished recitalist and has appeared at the Vienna
Musikverein, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh International
Festival (where she was awarded the Herald Angel award).
Other appearances include the Mozarteum Salzburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Essen, Cologne, Schwetzingen, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. 2015/2016 recital highlights included Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, the Wigmore Hall and her Japanese and USA recital tour debuts with Malcolm Martineau, including an NHK television broadcast at Oji Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Hall, New York.