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Genia Kühmeier, a native of Salzburg, received her vocal training at the Mozarteum and at the University of Music in Vienna, where she was taught by Margarita Lilowa and Marjana Lipovšek. Winning first prize at the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 2002 laid the foundations for her career, leading to a permanent engagement at the Vienna Staatsoper, of whose ensemble she was a member from 2003 to 2006. Her signature role is Pamina in The Magic Flute, with which she made her Salzburg Festival debut and which she has also performed at the Ruhrtriennale, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Bavarian Staatsoper, and the Royal Opera House in London. Genia Kühmeier has twice appeared as part in the season opening at La Scala in Milan: under the direction of Riccardo Muti as Diane in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Aulide and as Asterio in Salieri’s L’Europa riconosciuta. Additional credits include at San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, and the Opéra national de Paris. Her repertoire also includes roles like the Countess in Mozart’s Figaro, Eurydice in Gluck’s Orfeo, and Antonia in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, as well as such Strauss roles as Zdenka in Arabella and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. In the 2016-17 season, Genia Kühmeier appeared as Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen at the Dresden Staatsoper and sang in Mozart’s Requiem in Milan, Salzburg, and Munich, as well as in Bach’s St. John Passion in Vienna and Schubert’s Mass in A-flat in Berlin. In the concert hall, Genia Kühmeier has worked with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Marc Minkowski, Seiji Ozawa, Kirill Petrenko, and Sir Simon Rattle. The Vienna Staatsoper has awarded her the Eberhart Wächter Medal.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 6 September 2010 in a performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Berlin Baroque Soloists.