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Susanne Bernhard (Soprano)

Born: 1978 (?) - Munich, Bavaria, Germany

The German soprano, Susanne Bernhard, began her vocal studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich in 1995. She was taught by Angelica Vogel and attended Helmut Deutschís Lied class, but also had private lessons with KS Jan-Hendrik Rootering, Dietrich Schneider, Carol Byers, and Richard Trimborn.

Since the beginning of her studies, Susanne Bernhard participated in numerous productions of the Bayerische Theaterakademie. In 1997, she gave her debut as Susanna in Mozartís Le Nozze di Figaro at the Munich Prinzregententheater. In the year 2000, at the young age of 23, she became an ensemble member at the Kiel Opera. There she performed in numerous roles, such as Lisa in Schrekerís Christophorus, Violetta in Verdiís La Traviata, and gave guest performances in roles such as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss and as Musetta in Pucciniís La Bohème.

In addition to her capacity as opera singer, Susanne Bernhard dedicates herself to singing lied, oratorios, and concerts. Her numerous engagements in this field have led to collaborations with such orchestras and ensembles as the Georgian Chamber Orchestra (under Markus Poschner), Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic, Ader Paris ensemble, Neue Hofkapelle München (with Christoph Hammer), Russian National Orchestra (with Alexander Sladovsky), Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (with Wolfgang Gönnenwein), International Bach Academy Stuttgart (with Helmuth Rilling), St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and Herrenchiemsee Castle Festival (with Ljubka Biagioni). Under Semyon Bychkov, she had a guest performance with the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln. At the Saarländischer Rundfunk, she sang at the gala for the 50th anniversary of the orchestra under Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (L.v. Beethovenís Symphony No. 9), which was also broadcasted on TV.

In 2007, she performed Brucknerís Te Deum at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, sang with the Camerata Academica Salzburg at the Beethoven Festival Warsaw, and performed in Felix Mendelssohnís Paulus with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. In November, she very successfully filled in for Luba Orgonasova and performed the soprano part in Verdiís Missa di Requiem on a tour with Enoch zu Guttenberg and the Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, which led her to the Berlin Philharmonie, the Dortmund Konzerthaus, as well as to the Alte Oper Frankfurt. More recently, she performed in L.v. Beethovenís Missa Solemnis under Enoch zu Guttenberg at the Herrenchiemsee Festival, and at the Kölner Philharmonie.

Susanne Bernhard has collaborated in a number of recordings.

Source: Farao Classics Website; Naxos Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2010)

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Links to other Sites

Susanne Bernhard - Soprano (Farao Classics)
Susanne Berhard Biography (Naxos)

Susanne Bernhard, Sopran (Westdeutsche Konzertdirektion Köln) [German]

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