Sylvia Schwartz

Introduction

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

In 2014-2015 and beyond her engagements include: Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) at the Teatro Real, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Luxemburg Philharmonic, Arvo Pärt’s “Como cierva sedienta” with the Spanish National Orchestra, Hildegard in Emma & Eginhard at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and Brahms’s Requiem at the Cite de la Musique in Paris.

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

Sylvia is also much in demand in concert and is a celebrated recitalist and has worked with pianists such as Wolfram Rieger, Charles Spencer and Malcolm Martineau; and 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, Yves Abel, Jean Christophe Spinosi, Helmut Rilling and Christopher Hogwood.


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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)

 

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


Zemlinsky
Lyric Symphony

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Schedule

Theater an der Wien, Vienna

GLUCK: Demofonte

Timante, Iestyn Davies
Dircea, Sylvia Schwartz
Creusa, Marie-Claude Chappuis
Demofonte, Colin Balzer
Cherinto, Romina Basso
Matusio, Vittorio Prato
Adrasto, Nerea Berraondo

Conductor, Alan Curtis
Orchestra, Il complesso barocco

Teatro Real, Madrid

Hansel and Gretel

Musical director: Paul Daniel (Feb. 1, 3, 5, 7 · Jan. 20, 22, 24, 30)
Diego García Rodríguez
Stage Director and Costume Designer: Laurent Pelly

Peter: Bo Skovhus
Gertrud: Diana Montague
Hänsel: Alice Coote
Gretel: Sylvia Schwartz
Witch: José Manuel Zapata
Sandman: Elena Copons
Dew Fairy: Ruth Rosique

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Press

Mendelssohn Psalm 42

Wiener Konzerthaus

Please click here  for the review in Der Standard Stefan Ender

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