Soprano

Sylvia Schwartz

“Sylvia Schwartz was the star among a stellar cast. Vocally, visually and dramatically.”

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Introduction

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

In 2016/2017 her engagements include performances at Teatro Real Madrid (in a new production of Clemenza di Tito), her debut at the Bergen National Opera (Il turco in Italia), and Don Giovanni with the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival.

She 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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Discography

  • 27 Apr 14 Mendelssohn Psalm 42
    Wiener Konzerthaus
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    Please click here  for the review in Der Standard
    Stefan Ender

  • 07 Feb 13 Canciones Españolas (Hyperion Records)
    Sylvia Schwartz (soprano) Malcolm Martineau (piano)
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    “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

  • 01 Feb 11 Marriage of Figaro, February 2011
    Vienna State Opera
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    “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 201″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

  • 02 Oct 11 Liedmatinee (October 2, 2011)
    Hugo-Wolf-Medaille
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    “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

  • 16 Jul 11 "Decade by Decade" Recital (July 16, 2011)
    Wigmore Hall
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    “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

Repertoire

BELLINI

La Sonnambula (Amina)

BIZET

Carmen (Micaëla)

Les pêcheurs de perles (Leila)

DEBUSSY

Pelléas et Mélisande (Melisande)

DONIZETTI

Don Pasquale (Norina)

L’elisir d’amore (Adina)

GLÜCK

Orfeo ed Euridice (Euridice)

HANDEL

Alcina (Morgana)

Arianna a Creta (Arianna)

Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra)

Trionfo Del Tempo E Del Disinganno (Bellezza)

Semele (title role)

HUMPERDINCK

Hänsel und Gretel (Gretel)

JANÁČEK

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)

PUCCINI

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

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

DVOŘÁK

Stabat Mater

HAYDN

Die Schöpfung

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