Renowned worldwide as one of the finest interpreters of Mozart’s works, being called a born “Mozartian”, Sophie Karthäuser has earned such praise by singing her first ever Pamina under the baton of René Jacobs at La Monnaie and her debut Susanna led by William Christie with Opéra de Lyon. She has appeared in several other Mozart roles, such as Tamiri at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Serpetta at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Despina and Zerlina at La Monnaie and Ilia at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as well as at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Jérémie Rhorer and to thunderous applause at the Theater an der Wien again under René Jacobs.
Recent notable scenic productions include the title-role in La Calisto at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under Christophe Rousset as well as at La Monnaie under René Jacobs, a large scale Rameau project in Aix-en-Provence with William Christie and American choreographer Trisha Brown, Agathe in Der Freischütz with John Eliot Gardiner at the Opéra Comique in Paris as well as Sandrina in Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera at the Theater an der Wien with René Jacobs. Further highlights of the past also feature Charpentier’s Médée with Emmanuelle Haïm at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Polissena in Handel’s Radamisto with René Jacobs at Theater an der Wien. In January and February 2015 she returned to La Monnaie for the part of Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano with a revival in Amsterdam. March 2016 brought her back to La Monnaie as Héro in Béatrice et Bénédict (Berlioz), a role in which she appeared also at the 2016 edition of the Glyndebourne Festival.
Ever since she won the audience prize at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Sophie Karthäuser counts among the most coveted recitalists with frequent appearances in Antwerp, Lille, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Frankfurt, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, at the Philharmonic Halls in Berlin and Cologne as well as at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, accompanied by pianists Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti, David Lively and Cédric Tiberghien. In the past two seasons she charmed her audiences in recitals in Brussels, London, Oxford, Strasbourg, Antwerp and Maastricht.
Sophie Karthäuser is an equally sought-after concert soloist and is frequently being invited by prestigious ensembles and orchestras such as The Academy of Ancient Music, Collegium Vocale Gent, Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Gewandhaus Leipzig among others. Her presence on the podium on countless occasions alongside conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Louis Langrée, Marc Minkowski, Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, Jérémie Rohrer, Christophe Rousset and Christian Zacharias give testimony to her outstanding artistry.
Highlights of the season 2015/2016 were a tour with Haydn’s Die Schöpfung under the baton of René Jacobs, a concert version of Don Chisciotte by Conti in Vienna, Paris and Cologne, also with René Jacobs, Handel’s Susanna with Martin Haselböck at the Vienna Musikverein, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Pablo Heras-Casado in Vienna, Bach cantatas in Berlin, a tour with Lalande’s Leçons de Ténèbres with the Ensemble Correspondances, arias by Mozart with the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne as well as a concert version of Mozart’s Idomeneo in Vienna under the baton of René Jacobs which will also be performed in New York in August 2016.
Besides recitals in Schwarzenberg, Oxford, Brussels, Innsbruck and the London Wigmore Hall, the season 2016/2017 will see concerts in Grafenegg of Beethoven’s Egmont with Christian Jost and of Handel’s Messiah with Matthew Halls, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Hamburg with the NDR-Elbphilharmonie Orchester under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock and Mozart’s Requiem with the Freiburger Barockorchester under René Jacobs in Stuttgart, Freiburg, Paris, Essen, Berlin and Zurich. Furthermore, Sophie Karthäuser can be heard with cantatas by Telemann under the baton of Reinhard Goebel in the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Semperoper Dresden as well as in the Kölner Philharmonie.
Sophie Karthäuser’s recordings include a solo album of Grétry arias (awarded with Diapason découverte), Haydn’s Il Ritorno di Tobia with Andreas Spering (Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Mozart’s complete songs (Cypres), Mozart arias with Kazushi Ono at La Monnaie (Cypres), Handel’s Faramondo (Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros), Mozart’s La Finta Giardiniera with René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi), Handel’s Susanna (title role) with Les Arts Florissants (Virgin Classics), Pergolesi’s Septem Verba with René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi) as well as a solo-album of French melodies with the title “Green” inspired by Verlaine with Cédric Tiberghien (Cypres). Her recording with French melodies by Francis Poulenc together with pianist Eugene Asti (Harmonia Mundi) was released in April 2014. Her CD with de Lalande’s Leçons de Ténèbres (Hamonia Mundi) with the Ensemble Correspondances and Sébastien Daucé, highly acclaimed by the press, appeared in March 2015 and was awarded the Diapason d´Or 2015. Her most recent CD „Kennst du das Land”, also with pianist Eugene Asti and released in April 2016 by Harmonia Mundi, contains songs by Hugo Wolf upon poems by Goethe, Mörike and Eichendorff and has been highly acclaimed by the critics.
Born in Belgium, Sophie Karthäuser completed her studies with Noelle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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