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Soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, who was born in 1985 in Mannheim, began voice lessons at 11 and studied with Rudolf Piernay at the Mannheim University of Music. Master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Julia Varady, Edith Wiens, Elly Ameling, and Thomas Hampson played an important role in her formation. In 2010 she became a member of the Bavarian Staatsoper Opera Studio, whose permanent ensemble she will join beginning in the 2012-13 season. Müller will appear there as Pamina in The Magic Flute, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, and Gretel in a new production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel. In the same season she is scheduled to make her debut at the Hamburg Staatsoper as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, followed by appearances as Adele in Die Fledermaus. Other credits include engagements at Rheinsberg Chamber Opera and at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. Müller is also a sought-after concert singer. She has performed in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony under Kent Nagano and in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, and in July 2012 she sang in Bach’s B minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion under Helmuth Rilling at the Oregon Bach Festival in Eugene. As a lieder singer she appeared in 2011 with pianist Wolfram Rieger at the Heidelberg Spring Festival. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller has garnered awards in many international competitions. She won the International Lied Competition in Enschede and in 2011 received first prize at the Ada Sari Competition, along with prizes for all categories in the competition. In 2010 she won the highly lucrative music prize of the Cultural Committee of German Business.