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Juliane Claus (Soprano)

Born: Germany

The German soprano, Juliane Claus, studied music from 1972 at Hochschule für Musik "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig with Professor Gerda Schriever and Bernd. In 1977 she finished her studies there with diploma and training capability.

Juliane Claus' first engagement was at Theater Nordhausen, of DDR-Praxis. After three years there arrived in 1980 her first apprance on a central stage, as Nero in George Frideric Handel’s Agrippina at Landestheater Halle. Future engagements followed anf from 1981 she appeared in many major opera roles, such as Gretel, Rosina, Despina, Blonde, Ännchen, Zerbinetta, and Queen of the Night etc. She also performed important G.F. Handel roles, including Regie under the direction of Peter Konwitschny. In 1986 she won the Händel prize. In subsequent years she appeared in many G.F. Handel productions, including in Poland, Austria, with the "Prager Frühling" and the "Karlsruher Händeltagen".

From the beginning of her career Juliane Claus has also had frequent engagements as concert soprano singer, with important ensembles, such as Leipzig's Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Thomanerchor Leipzig, Dresdner Kreuzchor, and Berliner Domkantorei. She has particulary excelled in works like the solo soprano cantatas of J.S. Bach, Exsultate, jubilate by W.A. Mozart, and Kleinen geistlichen Konzerten by Heinrich Schütz. From 1989 she has worked as free-lance with guest appearances at the Dresdner Semperoper. In 1991she was guest soloist with the Salzburger Bachchor. She has also appeared in Great Britain, Poland, Hungary, France, Italy; Austria and Israel.

From 1989 Juliane Claus began to work as singing teacher with private pupils. In 1993 she started to training activity on free-lance basis at the Institut für Musikpädagogik der Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Later she became a regular teacher there. In 1998 she was Dozentin in the Bach-Akademie in Cluj (Romania)

Juliane Claus has participated in many CD broadcast and TV productions.

Source: Halle Universitry Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (November 2003)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2003)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Georg Christoph Biller


Radio: BWV 168

Matthias Eisenberg


BWV 211, BWV 212

Günther Hoff


BWV 248/1-4

Martin Schirrmeister


BWV 232

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Juliane Claus (Halle University) [German]


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