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„Creative Ideas“: Renowned Soprano Anne Schwanewilms becomes new voice professor at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar

Anne Schwanewilms | Photo: Javier del Real

„Creative Ideas“: Renowned Soprano Anne Schwanewilms becomes new voice professor at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar

At the beginning of winter semester 2018/19, a new professor will begin teaching at the Beethovenhaus in the midst of the beautiful Belvedere Palace park: The soprano Anne Schwanewilms, renowned worldwide, has been newly appointed as a voice professor by the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar.

“I am very happy about the appointment and look forward to my new teaching responsibilities at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT. At the master classes I have taught over the past years at large opera houses and international competitions I have become aware how important it is to me to work with young singers,” Anne Schwanewilms explains.

„It is my goal to equip students with solid training as motivation to utilize their own creative ideas and opportunities and to prepare them as well as possible for their singing career. I will continue to pursue my own international opera and concert engagements alongside my tasks in Weimar. I am especially happy that I am able to accept this professorship at one of the most renowned music universities in Germany and help further expand its extraordinary reputation,” Schwanewilms continues.

Recognized as one of the leading interpreters of the works of Richard Strauss, Anne Schwanewilms has achieved worldwide renown. Her extensive repertoire comprises such roles as Arabella, Ariadne („Ariadne auf Naxos“), Chrysothemis („Elektra“), Feldmarschallin („Der Rosenkavalier“), Empress („Die Frau ohne Schatten“) and Danae („Die Liebe der Danae“) and also includes roles such as Elsa („Lohengrin“), Elisabeth („Tannhäuser“), Desdemona („Otello“), Marie („Wozzeck“) and Madame Lidoine („Dialogues des Carmélites“). The soprano is a regular guest at all significant international opera houses.

Her performances have taken her to Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Vienna, Zurich, London, Rome, Madrid, Barcelona, Milano, New York, Chicago and Tokyo, etc. She celebrated great successes as Arabella and Chrysothemis (“Elektra”) under musical direction of Christian Thielemann at the Semperoper Dresden, and she reprised these roles at the Vienna Staatsoper under the baton of Ulf Schirmer and Franz Welser-Möst.

Anne Schwanewilms was a guest at the Bayreuth and Salzburg Festivals: her performances in Salzburg as Carlotta in Schreker’s “Die Gezeichneten” and as the Empress in “Die Frau ohne Schatten” left lasting impressions. At the Bayreuth Festival, she sang the role of Eva in the new production of the “Meistersinger von Nürnberg” in 2017.

She appears regularly with renowned conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst, Kent Nagano, Stefan Soltesz, Vladimir Jurowski, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Simone Young, Christoph Eschenbach, and Riccardo Chailly.

She feels just as at home on the concert stage and appears regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France.

Lied is Anne Schwanewilms’ true love. She has developed into one of the most renowned artists in this area and is a frequent guest at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Festival. In addition, she leads numerous master classes and is a member of the jury of the International Louis Spohr Competition. Anne Schwanewilms has assembled a comprehensive discography. In May 2016, her new CD “Schöne Welt...” with Lieder by Franz Schubert, Franz Schreker and Erich Wolfang Korngold was released.

The artist has won many prizes and awards. In 2002, she was named “Singer of the Year”. In 2014, she received a GRAMMY Award nomination for her CD recording of Strauss’ “Elektra” under the direction of Christian Thielemann, in which she sings the role of Chrysothemis. The recording of Alban Berg’s “Wozzeck” with Hans Graf and the Houston Symphony Orchestra, in which Anne Schwanewilms sings the role of Marie, received the ECHO Klassik Award 2017 and a GRAMMY Award 2018.

Further details at: www.anneschwanewilms.com