Christine Schäfer soprano from Germany

Christine Schäfer soprano from Germany

Christine Schäfer is a graduate of the Berlin Conservatory, where she studied with Professor Ingrid Figur, the late Arleen Augér, Aribert Reimann, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Sena Jurinac and enjoys one of the most successful international opera, concert, recital and recording careers of her generation.

Christine Schäfer soprano from Germany

Christine Schäfer’s diverse opera credits include the roles of Konstanze, Cherubino and Donna Anna at the Salzburg Festival; Konstanze, Gilda, Sophie and Asteria at Covent Garden; Lulu, Gretel, Sophie and Gilda at the Metropolitan Opera; Messiaen’s St Francois d’Assise, Donna Anna, Cherubino and Traviata at the Opera National de Paris; Pamina, Cleopatra and Alcina for De Nederlandse Opera, Sophie in San Francisco and Lulu at the Glyndebourne Festival. Christine Schäfer is now a regular guest at the Staatsoper Berlin, where her roles there include Traviata, Konstanze, Adele and Cherubino.

Concert-repertoire

In an impressively diverse concert repertoire, Christine Schäfer enjoys a flourishing career with regular appearances on the major stages of Europe and America and collaborations with many of today’s pre-eminent conductors including Abbado, Levine, Harnoncourt, Boulez, Eschenbach, Haitink, Harding, Gatti, Mehta, Metzmacher, Thielemann and Rattle. Her 2011 concert schedule was particularly impressive and included:

  • Brahms – Requiem: Vienna Philharmonic, Daniele Gatti, Vienna
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles; Britten – „
  • Illuminations“: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France Paris,
  • Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Händel – „La Resurrezione“: Concentus Musicus,
  • Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Vienna; „Messiah”: Lautten Compagney Berlin,
  • Erwin Ortner, Vienna; Mahler – 4. Symphonie: Berlin Philharmonic,
  • Simon Rattle; Mahler – das klagende Lied: Berlin Philharmonic,
  • Vladimir Jurowski; Mozart – concert arias: Lucerne Festival Orchestra,
  • Claudio Abbado; Schönberg – „Pierrot Lunaire“: Staatskapelle Berlin,
  • Daniel Barenboim and Klangforum Wien,
  • Michael Boder; Strauss – orchestral songs: Munich Philharmonic,
  • Christian Thielemann; Zemlinsky – lyric symphonie: Vienna Philharmonic, Franz Welser-Möst, Salzburg.

After a successful 1988 recital début at the Berlin Festival singing Aribert Reimann’s Nachträume, Christine Schäfer has gone on to develop an international recital career, making regular tours of North America and Japan, and frequent appearances at such renowned venues as London’s Wigmore Hall and Vienna’s Musikverein. As part of the inaugural Ruhr Triennale in 2002, Christine Schäfer presented an acclaimed interpretation of Schubert’s Die Winterreise in a staging by Oliver Hermann and accompanied by Irwin Gage.

Discography

A much-recorded artist, Christine Schäfer’s discography includes Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Les Arts Florissants/Christie (Erato); Mozart and Strauss arias with the Berlin Philharmonic/Abbado, Bach’s Wedding Cantatas with MAK/Goebel, Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Boulez’ Pli selon Pli with the Ensemble Intercontemporain/Boulez and a recital disc of Debussy and Chausson, accompanied by Irwin Gage, all for Deutsche Grammophon. Together with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christine Schaefer has recorded for Teldec, Bach St Matthew Passion and Mozart Missa Breves, and for BMG Mozart Requiem and Handel Messiah. Christine Schaefer is also featured on Graham Johnson’s acclaimed series of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms Lieder for Hyperion. Sony will present her first opera album “Christine Schäfer ARIAS” in autumn 2011.

On the Capriccio label, Christine Schaefer performs on the multi award-winning Zemlinsky Lyrische Sinfonie (Eschenbach/Orchestre de Paris) and together with the Petersen Quartet, in an Aribert Reimann collection of Mendelssohn/Schumann song transcriptions, ”…. oder soll es Tod bedeuten?”, winner of the 2007 ECHO Klassik Award for Best Lied recording. A more recent collaboration with Onyx Classics has earned her outstanding reviews for Schubert’s Die Winterreise and her highly-personalised collection of Purcell and Georg Crumb, both accompanied by Eric Schneider.

Operatic highlights

Operatic highlights of Christine Schaefer’s recent seasons have included Violetta in Marthaler’s controversial new production of La Traviata at Paris’ Palais Garnier, her return to the Met for a new production of Hansel and Gretel, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, a first foray into Rossini in David Alden’s new Il Turco in Italia as well as Konstanze in a new Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, conducted by Philippe Jordan, both at Berliner Staatsoper.

Her Vienna operatic debut as Handel’s Partenope in a new production at the city’s historic Theater an der Wien, conducted by Christoph Rousset was conducted in 2009, she returns there for Orphelia from Hamlet in 2012. At Munich State Opera she opened the 2011 summer festival with Angel/St. Francois d´Assise by Messiaen. She´ll return there in summer 2014 as Cherubino.

Guest professor

Since autumn 2011 Christine Schäfer is a guest professor at Berlin Music University “Hanns Eisler”.
On the Capriccio label, Christine Schaefer performs on the multi award-winning Zemlinsky Lyrische Sinfonie (Eschenbach/Orchestre de Paris) and together with the Petersen Quartet, in an Aribert Reimann collection of Mendelssohn/Schumann song transcriptions, ”…. oder soll es Tod bedeuten?”, winner of the 2007 ECHO Klassik Award for Best Lied recording.

A more recent collaboration with Onyx Classics has earned her outstanding reviews for Schubert’s Die Winterreise and her highly-personalised collection of Purcell and Georg Crumb, both together with Eric Schneider.

Operatic highlights of Christine Schaefer’s recent seasons have included Violetta in Marthaler’s controversial new production of La Traviata at Paris’ Palais Garnier, her return to the Met for a new production of Hansel and Gretel, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, a first foray into Rossini in David Alden’s new Il Turco in Italia as well as Konstanze in a new Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, conducted by Philippe Jordan, both at Berliner Staatsoper. Last season also marked her Vienna operatic debut as Handel’s Partenope in a new production at the city’s historic Theater an der Wien, conducted by Christoph Rousset and saw her reprise Donizetti’s Lucia at Oper Frankfurt.

Christine Schaefer’s appearance at the 2009 Salzburg Festival the title role in Handel’s Theodora was highly acclaimed. The year ended with Adele/Die Fledermaus, conducted by Zubin Mehta, at the Berliner Staatsoper. 2010 began with a return to the Met in Der Rosenkavalier with James Levine and to Covent Garden with Asteria in Handel’s Tamerlano. Recent Concert appearances took her to Berlin with Metzmacher, London with Haitink, Vienna with Jurowski, San Francisco with Eschenbach and Paris with Gatti. Recitals venues include Istanbul, Cologne, Frankfurt, Barcelona, New York and Vienna.

The immediate future will include opera productions in Munich, Vienna, Berlin and New York; concerts in Berlin (Rattle), Los Angeles (Dudamel), Vienna (Harnoncourt) and Munich (Thielemann). Recitals will include Munich, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon and Luxembourg.

Metropolitan Opera

[Met Performance] CID:333606
Lulu {26}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/09/2001
Debuts: Christine Schäfer, Andrew Gangestad, Robin Blitch Wiper, David Brimmer
[Met Performance] CID:333624
Lulu {28}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/2001
[Met Performance] CID:333639  Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Lulu {29}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/21/2001
Last Broadcast sponsored by Texaco
[Met Performance] CID:333648
Lulu {30}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/24/2001
[Met Performance] CID:350027
Lulu {31}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/12/2002
Debuts: Katharine Goeldner, Daniel Sutin, Kristine Winkler
[Met Performance] CID:350028
Lulu {32}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/16/2002
[Met Performance] CID:350029 Opera News 1 Opera News 2
Lulu {33}
Metropolitan Opera House; 04/20/2002
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352268  
New Production
Hänsel und Gretel {240}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/24/2007
Debuts: Richard Jones, John Macfarlane
Review
[Met Performance] CID:352273
Hänsel und Gretel {241}
Metropolitan Opera House; 12/29/2007
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352278 
Hänsel und Gretel {242}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/01/2008
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:352284
Hänsel und Gretel {243}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/04/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352293
Hänsel und Gretel {244}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/08/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352296
Hänsel und Gretel {245}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/11/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352308
Hänsel und Gretel {246}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/23/2008
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:352312
Hänsel und Gretel {247}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/26/2008
[Met Performance] CID:352325
Hänsel und Gretel {248}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/31/2008
Debut: J. David Jackson
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353270
Der Rosenkavalier {374}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/01/2010
Debut: Erica Strauss
[Met Performance] CID:353285
Der Rosenkavalier {375}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/06/2010
Broadcast/Streamed
[Met Performance] CID:353293 
Der Rosenkavalier {376}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/09/2010
HD Simulcast
[Met Performance] CID:353309
Der Rosenkavalier {377}
Metropolitan Opera House; 01/15/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353568 
Rigoletto {827}
Metropolitan Opera House; 09/29/2010
Debuts: Paolo Arrivabeni, Catherine MiEun Choi-Steckmeyer, Francesco Meli, Andrea Silvestrelli, Nino Surguladze
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:353572
Rigoletto {828}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/02/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353587
Rigoletto {830}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/08/2010
[Met Performance] CID:353595
Rigoletto {831}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/14/2010
[Met Performance] CID:354605
Le Nozze di Figaro {453}
Metropolitan Opera House; 10/26/2012
Debut: John Graham-Hall, Irene Roberts
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354621
Le Nozze di Figaro {454}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/03/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354639
Le Nozze di Figaro {455}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/07/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354645
Le Nozze di Figaro {456}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/10/2012
[Met Performance] CID:354653
Le Nozze di Figaro {457}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/13/2012
Broadcast
[Met Performance] CID:354660
Le Nozze di Figaro {458}
Metropolitan Opera House; 11/17/2012
[Met Concert/Gala] CID:356002
Celebrating the Life of Margaret Juntwait (1957-2015)
Peter J. Sharp Theater, The Juilliard School, New York; 09/16/2015

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