Soloist – Anna Prohaska, Soprano
Anna Prohaska made her debuts at the Komische Oper at the age of 17, the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin at 23 and the Berliner Philharmoniker at 24. Awards include the Echo Klassik, the Daphne Preis and the Schneider-Schott-Preis. Anna is currently a “Junge Wilde” artist at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund.
At the Salzburg Festival her appearances have included Zerlina and Despina, and concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Philharmoniker. For the Bayerische Staatsoper she has sung Blonde and Inanna (Babylon), and for the Teatro alla Scala Milan she has sung Zerlina, a role she repeated for the company’s tour to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. For the Theater an der Wien she has sung Marzelline (Fidelio) and Anne Trulove.
She is a member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin where her roles have included Pamina, Anne Trulove, Susanna, Sophie, Blonde, Zerlina, Despina, Poppea (Handel’s Agrippina), Oscar, and Frasquita with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher and Rene Jacobs.
As both a modern and early music specialist Anna’s wide-ranging repertoire includes Jörg Widmann’s Babylon, composed for her and premiered at the Bayerische Staatsoper, and Wolfgang Rihm’s Mnemosyne, dedicated to her and premiered with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. On the early music scene, Anna performs regularly with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
Appearances on the concert platform include the Wiener Philharmoniker (Boulez), the Berliner Philharmoniker (Rattle, Harding and Abbado), the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Jansons, Harding and Labadie), Lucerne Festival Orchestra (Abbado), Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (Abbado), Los Angeles Philharmonic (Dudamel) and the Boston Symphony (von Dohnanyi). In recital she appears in Schwarzenberg, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Berlin, Vienna, London and Amsterdam, where her pianists include Eric Schneider, Maurizio Pollini and Daniel Barenboim.
Recordings include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Bernarda Fink for Harmonia Mundi and two DVD releases for Accentus Music: Berg’s Lulu Suite with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela and Claudio Abbado; and Mozart’s Requiem with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Claudio Abbado. Her first solo album, Sirène, was released in 2011 on the Deutsche Grammophon label. Her second album, The Enchanted Forest, re-launched the Archiv label and Anna toured the programme in London, Vienna, Frankfurt, Berlin, Essen and Munich.
Anna’s most recent recording, released in June 2014 for Deutsche Grammophon, is entitled Behind the Lines. This recital programme marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and focuses on the people involved in the Great War and their lives. The programme was premiered by the Radialsystem Berlin and in the anniversary year tours London, Berlin, Vienna, Dortmund, Köln, Munich and the Edinburgh and Salzburg festivals.