Soprano Anna Prohaska, who is the daughter of an Irish-English singer and an Austrian opera director, was born in 1983 in Neu-Ulm, Germany, and studied voice with Norma Sharp and Brenda Mitchell at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin; she also studied lieder performance with Wolfram Rieger. In 2002, when she was 19, Prohaska made her stage debut as the child Flora in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at the Komische Oper Berlin; she was awarded the Bavarian Theater Prize for her performance. Since the 2006-07 season Prohaska has been a permanent member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, where her roles have included Blonde in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, and Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina. Among the productions for which the Salzburg Festival has engaged her are Dvorák’s Rusalka, Nono’s Al gran sole, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and, in the summer of 2011, Così fan tutte. Last December Prohaska appeared in the season opening of La Scala in Milan as Zerlina in a new staging of Don Giovanni. Prohaska has sung orchestral songs by Webern with the Berlin Philharmonic under Simon Rattle and has performed concert arias by Mozart with Claudio Abbado. She has also appeared with the Vienna Philharmonic and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, working with Pierre Boulez, Daniel Harding, and Mariss Jansons. As a lieder singer, Anna Prohaska has performed at the Bregenz Festival, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Vienna Musikverein; in the spring of 2011 she released a complete recording of the lieder of Bernd Alois Zimmermann as well as a lieder recital titled Sirène. In 2010 Prohaska received the Schneider-Schott Music Prize.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 19 March 2010 in Berg’s Lulu Suite under Claudio Abbado.