Born in Neu-Ulm in 1983, the soprano Anna Prohaska studied singing with Norma Sharp and Brenda Mitchell at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Academy of Music and made her stage debut at the age of 18 in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw at the Komische Oper Berlin. In 2006 she became an ensemble member at the Staatsoper Berlin, with which she is still regularly associated. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque music, including works by Handel and Purcell, and the great Mozart operas and Romantic stage dramas, to mod-
ern classics such as Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress and Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites and contemporary scores like Nono’s Al gran sole and Reimann’s Lear, which she has appeared at the Salzburg Festival. Prohaska has performed at La Scala in Milan and the Bavarian Staatsoper, as well as in London, Paris, and Aix-en-Provence. She made her role debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper in 2019 as Debussy’s Mélisande, and in 2021 she sang the role of Vitellia in Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito for the first time at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival. In the concert hall, Prohaska has worked with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, London Symphony, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, as well as with such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Gustavo Dudamel, Daniel Harding, Mariss Jansons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and Sir Simon Rattle. Wolfgang Rihm composed the pieces Mnemosyne and Samothrake for her. As a lieder singer, Prohaska presents thematic evenings such as Faith and Ecstasy, Sirènes, Behind the Lines, and Hamlet and Ophelia. In 2021 she introduced her new project, Endor, which ranges from the Baroque to Rihm and Widmann. Anna Prohaska was awarded the Schneider-Schott Music Prize in 2010, the Berlin Art Prize in 2016, and the International Classical Music Award for her album Serpent and Fire in 2017. 2022 saw the release of her most recent CD, Celebration of Life in Death, which features music from Machaut to McCartney.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 19 March 2010 in Berg’s Lulu Suite under Claudio Abbado.

June 2022