Carolina Ullrich

soprano

The soprano Carolina Ullrich is a native of Temuco, Chile, which is a center for German-Chileans. Born in 1982, she received her degree in voice with Ahlke Scheffelt at the Universidad Católica in Santiago. A scholarship brought her to Germany in 2005, and she continued her studies at the Munich Academy of Music taking Edith Wiens’ master class in concert singing and music theater. In 2006 she won the National Singing Competition in Berlin and took second prize at the International ARD Music Competition in Munich; in 2009 she also won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York. Ullrich made her operatic debut at the age of only 19 at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago de Chile. Since 2010 she has been a permanent ensemble member at the Sächsische Staatsoper in Dresden, which conferred on her the Christel Goltz Prize in 2011. In Dresden she performs a widely varied repertoire of operas for lyric soprano and lyric coloratura. These have included such Mozart roles as Pamina, Susanna, Servilia, Zerlina, and Despina; Adina in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore; Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera; and Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème. She has also performed in Baroque opera, appearing as Angelica in Handel’s Orlando, and has undertaken such operetta roles as Adele in Die Fledermaus and Valencienne in Lehár’s The Merry Widow. Her conducting partners include such figures as Bertrand de Billy, Jonathan Darlington, Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, and Christian Thielemann. Ullrich has performed as a lieder recitalist at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg; in the concert hall she has sung works like Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and Mozart’s Requiem.

August 2015