Sylvia Schwartz

Introduction

Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz is fast becoming one of the most exciting lyric singers of her generation.

Sylvia has appeared at many of the world’s finest opera houses and festivals including La Scala Milan, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, The Bolshoi Theatre, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Edinburgh, Baden Baden, Salzburg and Verbier festivals.

She is also much in demand in concert and is a celebrated recitalist and regularly works with pianists such as Wolfram Rieger, Charles Spencer and Malcolm Martineau; and has worked with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Philippe Jordan, Rene Jacobs, Fabio Luisi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel Patrick Fournillier, Marc Minkowski, Ivor Bolton, Alan Curtis, Yves Abel, Jean Christophe Spinosi, Helmut Rilling, Marc Minkowski and Christopher Hogwood.

Highlights of recent seasons include a concert tour of Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Jean-Christophe Spinosi; the role of Maria in a new production of The Sound of Music at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris; a return to the Verbier festival alongside Bryn Terfel, Anne Sofie von Otter and Christoph Pregardien; as part of a quartet with Bernarda Fink, Michael Schade and Thomas Quasthoff in a major tour of the USA and Europe accompanied by Malcolm Martineau & Justus Zeyen, and recitals at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, at the Wigmore Hall as part of the 'Decade by Decade' series, for the Rosenblatt Recital Series at St John’s Smith Square, at De Singel Antwerp and for the Verbier Festival.

Recent highlights on the concert platform include a Christmas concert in Norway (broadcast on television worldwide), her debut recital at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, appearances in Vienna (with José Carreras), Dusseldorf, Prague, Lisbon, Grenoble, Halle, Copenhagen, Oslo, and for the Verbier Festival, Salzburg Mozartwoche & Salzburg Festival with Ivor Bolton and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. On stage, recent appearances include at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro Real Madrid and Maggio Musicale Florence.

The 2013/14 season sees further opera appearances at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Wiener Staatsoper, Teatro Real Madrid and in concert singing Fidelio at Verbier Festival and, and Vienna Konzerthaus with Cornelius Meister. Sylvia also appears in recital at Wigmore Hall, Schubertiade and the Oxford Lieder Festival. 

Sylvia first solo disc of Spanish Songs (with Malcolm Martineau) was released in February 2013 on Hyperion Records to unanimous critical acclaim.

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Repertoire

OPERA

Bellini

La Sonnambula (Amina)

 

Bizet

Carmen (Micaëla) [IN PREPARATION]

Les pêcheurs de perles (Leila) [IN PREPARATION]

 

Debussy

Pelléas et Mélisande (Melisande) [IN PREPARATION]

 

Donizetti

Don Pasquale (Norina)

L'elisir d'amore (Adina)

 Gluck

Orfeo ed Euridice (Euridice)

 

Handel

Alcina (Morgana)

Arianna a Creta (Arianna) [IN PREPARATION]

Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra)

Trionfo Del Tempo E Del Disinganno (Bellezza) 

 

Humperdink

Hänsel und Gretel (Gretel)

 

Janacek

Jenufa (Karolka)

The Cunning Little Vixen (Bystrouska)

 

Mozart 

Cosi fan tutte (Despina)

Die Zauberflöte (Pamina)

Don Giovanni (Zerlina & Donna Anna)

Idomeneo (Ilia)

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Countess) [IN PREPARATION]

Le Nozze di Figaro (Susanna)

La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia)

 

Pucccini

Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta)

Turandot (Liu)

 

Offenbach

Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Antonia)

 

Rogers and Hammerstein 

Sound of Music (Maria)

 

Rossini

Il Barbiere de Siviglia (Rosina)

Semiramide (Semiramide)

Il Turco in Italia (Fiorilla)

 

Smetana

The Bartered Bride (Marenka)

 

Strauss, R.

Arabella (Zdenka)

Ariadne auf Naxos (Echo)

Intermezzo (Anna)

Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie)

 

Verdi

Un ballo in maschera (Oscar)

Falstaff (Nanetta)

 

Weber

Der Freischütz (Ännchen)

 



CONCERT:

 

Bach

B Minor Mass

St John Passion

St Matthew Passion

 

Brahms 

Deutsches Requiem

Liebesliederwalzer 

 

Dvorak

Stabat Mater

 

Pergolesi 

Stabat Mater

 

Mahler

Symphony 4 + 8

 

Mendelssohn

St Paul


Monteverdi 

Il Vespro della Beata Vergine

Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda

Madrigals (various)

 

Mozart 

Coronation Mass

C minor mass

Exsultate Jubilate

Vesperae Sollennes De Confessore

Vesperae de Dominica

 

Pergolesi 

Stabat Mater

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Canciones Españolas (Hyperion Records)

Sylvia Schwartz (soprano) Malcolm Martineau (piano)

"Soprano Sylvia Schwartz's reputation as a rising star is confirmed by her Hyperion debut album, a programme of songs from her native Spain, finely accompanied by Malcolm Martineau...There are some exquisite songs in Catalan, too, by Eduardo Toldá; and Schwartz's performance of Jesús Guridi's torrid Seis Canciones Castellanas is all the more remarkable for being so admirably restrained."

The Guardian

Liedmatinee (October 2, 2011)

Hugo-Wolf-Medaille

"Songs by Schubert, Wolf, Richard Strauss and Jesús Guridi framed the celebration, interpreted with wonderful intuition by Sylvia Schwartz and the pianist Wolfram Rieger. It was with elaborate and exquisite beauty that the young Spanish soprano illustrated in brilliant cantilena the devotional enthusiasm of the lied “Wie blitzen die Sterne so hell durch die Nacht” and that she plumbed the emotional depth in the text “Du bist die Ruh”. […] Sylvia Schwartz knows to express the nuances of such romantic art songs with outstanding vocal culture, her piani for example are of finest quality. But even more impressive is the interpretation of different atmospheres. […] One could hardly imagine that a tenor had made the emotions shine as intensively as Sylvia Schwartz succeeded together with the outstanding accompanist Wolfram Rieger" Esslinger Zeitung, 05/10/2011
"Undoubtedly a very good opera singer was the young Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz who stepped in at short notice. The attractive singer with the pleasant timbre had her strongest moments in four songs by Richard Strauss. In the operatic gesture she could show off best her bright voice and her security in the upper register."  Stuttgarter Zeitung, 04/10/2011

"Decade by Decade" Recital (July 16, 2011)

Wigmore Hall

"Schwartz and Martineau judged the acoustic to perfection, Martineau creating atmospheres without blurring, Schwartz well able to convey the ongoing sense of nostalgia or desolation.

"The last items were selections from Schoenberg’s Brettl-Lieder. By now Schwartz was at her best – slinky in extremis for the first number (with Martineau superb in the quixotic nature of the accompaniment), wonderful as narrator in the second (‘The Contented Suitor’) and wonderful in her graphic vocal illustration of a heart-beat in the final song"


The Classical Source

Marriage of Figaro, February 2011

Vienna State Opera

"Sylvia Schwartz was the star among a stellar cast. Vocally, visually and dramatically, she was the embodiment of the maid Susanna, who conspires with husband-to-be Figaro and others to foil the amorous Count Almaviva. The enjoyment level was high – and a toss-up between her comic abilities and her fluid and flexible voice." San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press, February 2011
"Bleiben Sylvia Schwartz und Luca Pisaroni, die als Susanna und Figaro nicht nur stimmlich am meisten zu bieten hatten, sondern auch das Spiel besonders lebendig vorantrieben und so die Erwartungen mehr als erfüllten."

OÖNachrichten Zeitung, February 2011

Recordings

OUVERTURE SPIRITUELLE

Mozart from Salzburg Festival 2012

Sylvia Schwartz, soprano; Elisabeth Von Magnus, mezzo-soprano; Jeremy Ovenden, tenor; Florian Boesch, baritone 
Concentus Musicus Wien; Arnold Schoenberg Chor 
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor 


Euroarts

Canciones españolas

Songs by Enrique Granados, Jesus Guridi, Joaquin Turina, Eduardo Toldra, Xavier Montsalvatge

Sylvia Schwartz (soprano)
Malcolm Martineau (piano)

"Soprano Sylvia Schwartz's reputation as a rising star is confirmed by her Hyperion debut album, a programme of songs from her native Spain, finely accompanied by Malcolm Martineau." (The Guardian)

Released February 2013

Hyperion

Friederike

Music by Franz Lehar

Munich Radio Orchestra
Ulf Schirmer (conductor)

Kristiane Kaiser, Sylvia Schwartz, Klaus Florian, Vogt Daniel Behle

CPO

Romantic Spanish Song

Songs by Wolf, Brahms, Grieg, Schumann, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Kjerulf, Rubinstein.

Sylvia Schwartz (soprano)
Julio Munoz (piano)

EMEC