Angelika Kirchschlager

Angelika Kirchschlager (born 24 November 1965, Salzburg) is an Austrian mezzo-soprano opera and lieder singer.

Angelika Kirchschlager
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Angelika Kirchschlager in 2010
Born (1965-11-24) 24 November 1965 (age 56)
Salzburg, Austria
OccupationOperatic mezzo-soprano
Years active1993–present
OrganisationVienna State Opera


Kirchschlager began her musical training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she studied percussion and piano. In 1984, she went to the Vienna Music Academy, where she studied with Gerhard Kahry and Walter Berry.[1] Her first engagements were at the Wiener Kammeroper and the Graz Opera. Kirchschlager won 1st Prize together with Morenike Fadayomi in Wien's international Operncafé HArtauer-COmpetition and third prize in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition both in 1991. Her stage debut was in Graz in 1993 as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).[1] In 1993, she became a member of the Vienna State Opera, and made her debut there as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro). Also in 1993, she was awarded the Mozartinterpretationspreis of the Mozart Society of Vienna.[2]

In 2002, Kirchschlager sang the role of Sophie in the world première of Nicholas Maw's opera Sophie's Choice at the Royal Opera House in London,[3] the American premiere of the revised version of the opera at the Washington Opera, and the Austrian premiere at Volksoper Wien.[4] She is a regular guest of the annual Lieder festival Schubertiade Schwarzenberg in Vorarlberg, Austria. Her regular collaborators include Helmut Deutsch and Simon Keenlyside.[5][6]

Kirchschlager resides in Vienna. She has a son, Felix, from her marriage to the baritone Hans Peter Kammerer.[1] Kirchschlager and Kammerer are currently separated.[7]



  1. ^ a b c Tim Ashley (18 January 2002). "The accidental diva". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2007.
  2. ^ "Prizes and Awards". Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 20 December 2012.
  3. ^ Tim Ashley (9 December 2002). "Sophie's Choice (Royal Opera House, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2009.
  4. ^ Anne Midgette (23 September 2006). "A Novel Transformed Into Opera, Its Heartbreaking Story Intact". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 April 2009.
  5. ^ Tim Ashley (12 September 2002). "Kirchschlager/Keenlyside (Wigmore Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2009.
  6. ^ Tim Ashley (7 November 2008). "Keenlyside/Kirchschlager/Minkowski (Barbican, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2009.
  7. ^ Hugh Canning (5 April 2009). "Down-to-earth diva Angelika Kirschlager [sic]". The Times. London. Retrieved 8 April 2009.

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