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 (Théâtre des Champs-Elysées), Sandrina (Theater an der Wien), Serpetta (Berlin Konzerthaus), Despina and Zerlina (Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie) and Ilia (Aix-en-Provence Festival, Salzburg Mozartwoche, Bremen, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Theater an der Wien).
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, Charpentier’s Medée with Emmanuelle Haïm at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Polissena in Händel’s Radamisto at Theater an der Wien. In January and February 2015 she returned to La Monnaie with Händel’s Tamerlano with a revival in Amsterdam. March 2016 brought her back to La Monnaie as Héro in Béatrice et Bénédicte (Berlioz), a role in which she appeared also at the 2016 edition of the Glyndebourne Festival (Laurent Pelly production). Further highlights have been a production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte at the Theater an der Wien and the title role in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw.
Ever since she won the audience price at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Sophie Karthäuser counts among the most coveted recitalists with 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, Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Brussels Palais des Beaux Arts, Frankfurt and Paris, accompanied by pianists Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti, Cédric Tiberghien and David Lively. In the past two seasons she charmed her audiences in recitals in Brussels, London, Oxford, Strasbourg, Zürich, Stuttgart, Paris, Cologne and at the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin.
In addition to numerous recitals, the 2019-2020 will bring Händel’s Delirio Amoroso on tour through Asia with AKAMUS, French Opera Arias with the Ensemble Concert de la Loge in Paris, Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido in Palermo, Bach’s Christmas-Oratorio in Göteborg, Beethoven’s IX. Symphony in Helsinki and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater in Grafenegg. Further Highlights include a Vivaldi-programme on tour with Les Arts Florissants in France and Germany. With rarely performed works by Mendelssohn and Weber she can be heard together with the renowned choir accentus, the Insula Orchestra and Laurence Equilbey in Aix-en-Provence, Paris, Dortmund and on tour through Asia.
Born in Belgium, Sophie Karthäuser completed her studies with Noelle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
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