Lydia Teuscher

Biography

Lydia Teuscher was born in Freiburg, Germany and studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama and at the Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim.  Early appearances included the Göttingen Handel Festival, the Stadttheater Heidelberg and the Nationaltheater Mannheim.

On the concert platform she has sung with Graham Johnson in recital in London, Cologne and Antwerp; with the Bachakademie Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling, at the Ludwigsburger Festspiele, Kammer-musikfestival Schloss Moritzburg, the Hamburg Camerata, the Barockorchester L’Arco, the Fronteras Festival London and The Sao Paolo Roberto Monczuk Festival.  She has appeared with the Hanover Band in Brighton and London, with the Gürzenich Orchester, Cologne/Markus Stenz, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Sir Roger Norrington, with Double Bande /René Jacobs (with whom she has also recorded Telemann’s Brockes Messe), with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in London and on tour in Korea and Japan, and with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich/David Zinman.  She has toured Canada with Bernard Labadie, and toured Europe with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque.

Recent concert engagements include J.C Bach’s Lucio Silla with Ivor Bolton for the Salzburg Mozartwoche, Haydn’s Paukenmesse with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Labadie, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen, and Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo with Le Concert d’Astrée/Emmanuelle Haïm. Engagements this season include a tour of Vivaldi and Bach Magnficats with Il Giardino Armonico, concerts with the San Francisco Symphony, St Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Labadie.

She was a resident artist at the Semperoper/Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden, where her roles included Pamina, Susanna, Aennchen, Valencienne and Gretel.  She has since appeared with the Bavarian State Opera as Pamina and as Ighino in the new production of “Palestrina”; at the Glyndebourne Festival as Gretel, Susanna and Cherubino; at the Aix-en-Provence Festival and the Salzburg Mozartwoche with René Jacobs; at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin as Pamina; and most recently at the Saito Kinen Festival with Seiji Ozawa as Cherubino.

Please contact Mary Donald for an updated biography and for performance details.

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Repertoire

Opera Repertoire

JC BACH
Lucio Silla: Cecilio

LEHAR  
Die lustige Witwe: Valencienne

HANDEL
Il parnasso in festa: Clio

HUMPERDINCK 
Hänsel und Gretel: Gretel

MASSENET
Manon: Pousette

MOZART  
Le nozze di Figaro: Susanna
Idomeneo: Ilja
Die Zauberflöte: Pamina

PFITZNER
Palestrina: Ighino

Concert Repertoire - please contact Marcus Spreitzer.

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Euskalduna Auditorium, BILBAO

MENDELSSOHN: 'Ein Sommernachtstraum' op.21 & 61

Conductor: Christoph Spering

SOPRANO: LYDIA TEUSCHER
Mezzo-soprano: Eva Vogel
Tenor: Dominik Wortig
Bass: Thomas Bauer

Das Neue Orchester
Chorus Musicus Köln
Coral de Bilbao

Concertgebouw Amsterdam, AMSTERDAM

J.S. BACH St Matthew Passion

Conductor: Ivor Bolton

Tenor: James Gilchrist
BASS: CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN
Soprano: Carolyn Sampson
SOPRANO: LYDIA TEUSCHER
COUNTER TENOR: DAVID DANIELS
Alto: Lawrence Zazzo
Tenor: Jeremy Ovenden
Bass: Thomas Oliemans

Groot Omroepkoor
Nationaal Jongenskoor

Concertgebouw Amsterdam, AMSTERDAM

Conductor: Ivor Bolton

Tenor: James Gilchrist
BASS: CHRISTOPHER MALTMAN
Soprano: Carolyn Sampson
SOPRANO: LYDIA TEUSCHER
COUNTER TENOR: DAVID DANIELS
Alto: Lawrence Zazzo
Tenor: Jeremy Ovenden
Bass: Thomas Oliemans

Groot Omroepkoor
Nationaal Jongenskoor

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Press

Mozart

Requiem

Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto

"The soloists were well cast, and for ensemble numbers, blended beautifully. The two highlights were bass-baritone Philippe Sly and soprano Lydia Teuscher. ...Teuscher’s voice was warm and glorious, and came effortlessly."
Michael Vincent, The Star, 23 January 2016
"soloists were uniformly excellent – Lydia Teuscher has a brilliant consoling soprano" Robert Harris,The Globe and Mail, 22 January 2016
"The four soloists were all terrific. Making her local debut was German soprano Lydia Teuscher whose voice is absolutely ideal for the role. Michael Johnson, ConcertoNet, January 2016

Handel

Messiah: December 2015

Bernard Labadie / Chicago Symphony Orchestra & St Louis Symphony Orchestra

"[Lydia Teuscher]...communicates the emotional core of her lyrics. Resplendent in a gold gown, she simply glowed in "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion" and in the recitatives leading up to the chorus's "Glory to God in the highest."
Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX.com, 5 December 2015
"Lydia Teuscher displayed a clear and flexible soprano, handling “Rejoice greatly” impressively at a fast tempo and bringing poised expression to “I know that my redeemer liveth.” Lawrence A. Johnson, Chicago classical Review, 11 December 2015

Mozart and Bach: 31 January 2015

San Francisco Symphony/Paul Goodwin, Davies Symphony Hall

"Teuscher’s voice is simultaneously agile and lyrical; she sensitively but very precisely shifts from one mood to another. Her high register is delicate, her middle register more darkly hued, and her low notes could sometimes be mistaken for those of a mezzo.
Teuscher’s singing reflects the musical tradition she was trained in. Her performance is highly technical, but not in an intrusive way. She is playful and measured, with impeccable diction and only a faint trace of her native German in the Italian of the Figaro aria."
Niels Swinkels, San Francisco Classical Voice, 3rd February 2015
INTERVIEW: "In conversation with Lydia Teuscher" Sean Martinfield, San Francisco Examiner, 30 January 2015

Handel

Messiah

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Koerner Hall, Toronto

"Lydia Teuscher’s brilliant and beautiful soprano provided warmth and clarity to everything she sang." 
Robert Harris, The Globe Mail, 19 December 2014

Handel

Aci, Galatea e Polifemo

Le Concert D'Astree/Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York

"In the mingled-sex fashion of the Baroque, Aci was a soprano, Lydia Teuscher, and Galatea a mezzo-soprano, Delphine Galou. Both, in their New York debuts, were excellent. Ms. Teuscher was especially lovely in tone to the top of her range"
James Oestreich, New York Times, 27 October 2013
"Teuscher revealed a sweetly shining soprano which reveled in Aci’s high-lying music. Her warm quick vibrato made a welcome change from the straight-toned voices one sometimes hears in the part ... she was particularly winning in “Qui l’augel da pianta in pianta,” Aci’s “bird” aria"
De Caffarrelli, Parterre.com, 27 October 2013

Le nozze di Figaro - Cherubino

Glyndebourne

"There's a great Cherubino, funny yet touching, from Lydia Teuscher."
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 10 June 2013
"Lydia Teuscher’s Cherubino is pure joy" Laura Battle, Financial Times, 10 June 2013
"but the best performance, by a short head, is Lydia Teuscher as Cherubino.  Last year, when I saw Isabel Leonard in the role, I doubted that she would ever be matched, but Teuscher (who played Susannah last year) brings the same air of pure mischief to the part and is a pure delight." 
William Hartson, The Express, 11 June 2013

Interview with Lydia Teuscher

Glyndebourne

Lydia Teuscher talks to the LPO about her role as Cherubino in Glyndebourne’s latest production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro.  Follow link below for full interview
Feature on Glyndebourne website

Humperdinck

Hänsel und Gretel - CD recording

Glyndebourne Festival Opera

"...Teuscher’s clean, even soprano illuminates Gretel’s essential goodness, while also capturing her youthful freshness — for example, her wild abandon at the thought of the scrumptious pudding soon to be devoured when a jug of cream is discovered in the bare pantry. Teuscher wonderfully conveys the young girl’s tender innocence as she gathers ripe fruit in the forest; her folk-like duet with a smooth clarinet melody supported by light pizzicato strings affirms her naive joy in the beauty and abundance of the natural world. Waking from her dream, in Act 3, Gretel questions, ‘Where am I? Am I awake of dreaming?’; Teuscher introduces a marvellous note of wonder mixed with hesitation, as if young girl has not quite shaken off the otherworldliness of her nocturnal meanderings. 

And, the siblings’ voices blend mellifluously, whether they are stealing the cream, dancing playfully, or stumbling across the cottage of their dreams — all candies, bonbons, buns and chocolate. Coote and Teuscher entwine artlessly and wondrously in the ‘Evening Prayer’, first in rich homophony and then in dialogue, Gretel’s pure melody aloft supported by Hansel’s chromatically sliding harmonies. Ticciati calls for a firm bass line but reins in the horns and clarinets until the children have finally drifted into their dreamland; the slightest hint of a rubato before the final extended cadence is stirring."
Opera Today / Claire Seymour / August 2013

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Recordings

J.S. BACH: Mass in B Minor

A glorious new recording of Bach’s masterpiece, made following a thrilling performance at the Tetbury festival.

Conductor: Jonathan Cohen
Soprano: Lydia Teuscher
Soprano: Ida Falk Winland 
Countertenor: Tim Mead 
Tenor: Samuel Boden 
Bass: Neal Davies 
Arcangelo
Hyperion

LEHAR: Die Lustige Witwe

Recorded live at the Semperoper Dresden

Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Baron Mirko Zeta: Gunther Emmerlich 
Valencienne: Lydia Teuscher
Graf Danilo Danilowitsch: Bo Skovhus
Hanna Glawari: Petra-Maria Schnitzer
Dresden State Opera Chorus
Dresden Staatskapelle
Euro Arts