Elisabeth Kulman


Elisabeth Kulman, who was born in 1973 in Burgenland, Austria, initially studied Slavic languages and Finno-Ugrian at the University in Vienna before deciding in 1995 to take up voice. She completed her training with Helena Lazarska with distinction in 2001. In the same year Kulman made her debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Vienna Volksoper and launched a successful career as a soprano. But in 2005 she changed her vocal Fach and since then has been singing the mezzo and alto repertoire. Her credits in this area include such roles as Gluck’s Orpheus at the Opéra National de Paris and the Salzburg Festival; Prince Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), and Herodias (Salome) at the Vienna Staatsoper; and Carmen at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. The historical as well as stylistic spectrum that she covers is remarkably extensive, ranging from Baroque opera through the bel canto era to Richard Wagner and contemporary music – including the world premiere of Reimann’s Medea in 2010 at the Vienna Staatsoper. Kulman has worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt for many years. In 2013 she sang in Offenbach’s Barbe-Bleue under his direction at the styriarte festival; in 2014 she took on the roles of Cherubino and Despina in Harnoncourt’s Mozart-Da Ponte cycle at the Theater an der Wien, and in July 2015 she joined him to perform in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at the Salzburg Festival. In the 2014-15 season she has additionally been part of the Ring cycle presented by the Bavarian Staatsoper under Kirill Petrenko and has performed in Das Rheingold and Die Walküre under Simon Rattle at the Vienna Staatsoper. Other aspects of her artistry include ambitious lieder projects and excursions into jazz. Elisabeth Kulman is committed to the “art but fair” initiative, which strives to improve the working conditions of artists.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut in the summer of 2013 as Fricka and Waltraute in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.

August 2015