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The soprano Anna Prohaska, who is the daughter of an Irish-English singer and an Austrian opera director, was born in 1983 in Neu-Ulm and studied voice with Norma Sharp and Brenda Mitchell at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. She made her stage debut at the age of 18 as Flora in Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera The Turn of the Screw at the Komische Oper Berlin, receiving the Bavarian Theater Prize for her performance. Since the 2006-07 season Prohaska has been a member of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin ensemble, where she has performed Mozart roles (Blonde in Abduction and Susanna in Figaro), Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina, Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo, and Sophie in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier. Her credits at the Salzburg Festival include Dvořák’s Rusalka, Nono’s Al gran sole, and Mozart’s Da Ponte trilogy; in 2017 she will perform there as Cordelia in a new production of Reimann’s Lear. Anna Prohaska has also sung at La Scala in Milan and Bavarian Staatsoper and in London, Paris, and Aix-en-Provence. She enjoys a close association with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle: most recently, in February 2017, she took part in performances of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in the staging by Peter Sellars. Additional appearances in the current season have taken her to Dutch National Opera (Handel’s Jephtha) and the Theater an der Wien (Purcell’s The Fairy Queen). Anna Prohaska is equally devoted to early and contemporary music; Wolfgang Rihm composed the pieces Mnemosyne and Samothrake for her. As a lieder singer she performs such thematic recitals as Faith and Ecstasy, Sirènes, Behind the Lines, and, together with the actor Lars Eidinger, Hamlet and Ophelia. Anna Prohaska received the Schneider-Schott Music Award in 2010 and the Berlin Art Prize in 2016.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 19 March 2010 in Berg’s Lulu Suite under Claudio Abbado.