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Christiane Oelze (Soprano)

Born: October 9, 1963 - Cologne, Germany

The German soprano, Christiane Oelze, studied with Klesie Kelly-Moog, attended master classes given by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and received further instruction from Erna Westenberger. The lied figures prominently in her artistic endeavours as can be seen from the awards that have been conferred on her, notably at the Hugo Wolf Competition in 1987 and at the German Intercollegiate Competition for Song Duos in 1988 (first prize).

Christiane Oelze was subsequently invited to take part in international festivals (including Lake Constance and Berlin). She has toured Europe, the USA, South America and Japan. Performing a repertoire ranging from the baroque period to contemporary works, she has made guest appearances in all major concert halls of Europe with conductors such as Sir Neville Marriner, Frans Brüggen, Pierre Boulez, Horst Stein and Sir Colin Davis.

Since 1990-1991 Christiane Oelze has taken part in opera productions, notably as Despina in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte in Ottawa, Constanze in W.A. Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Salzburg Festival and in Zurich) and Pamina in W.A. Mozart's The Magic Flute in Leipzig under the baton of Sir Yehudi Menuhin).

CD releases on the Berlin Classics label include Lieder on poems by Goethe (various composers), Jephtha by George Frideric Handel and concert arias by W.A. Mozart. Christiane Oelze, distinguished by a large repertoire, has already sung the soprano voice in Helmuth Rilling’s recording of the Mass in C minor and the Requiem by W.A. Mozart, as well as in J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244). Together with the young aspiring alto Birgit Remmert, she has also recorded J.S. Bach's paraphrase of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Tilge Höchster meine Sünden BWV 1083.

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Source: Liner notes to the CD ’Bach: Sacred Music in Latin 2’ conducted by Helmuth Rilling (Hänssler, 1999); Liner notes to the 13-CD album ‘ Bach Made in Germany - Vol. V’ conducted by Ludwig Güttler (Dresden Classics, 2000)
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Aryeh Oron (May 2001); All photos in this page Nadine Wichmann (September 2002)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Karl-Friedrich Beringer


BWV 245

Eric Ericson


BWV 248

Michael Gielen


BWV 10, BWV 243

Ludwig Güttler


BWV 51, BWV 191, BWV 245, BWV 248

Seiji Ozawa


BWV 244

Helmuth Rilling


BWV 30a, BWV 36b, BWV 242, BWV 244, BWV 1083

Peter Schreier


BWV 247

Links to other Sites

Christiane Oelze in Interview with Melanie Eskenazi (MW) Oelze, Christiane [German]
Matthias Vogt Artists' Management: Christiane Oelze
Christiane Oelze (Alface Voadora) [Poruguese] Christiane Oelze [German]

Christiane Oelze (BR-Online) [German/English]
Internationales Beethovenfest 2002: Christiane Oelze [German]
Biografia Christiane Oelze, Soprano (Gulbenkian) [Potuguese]
Christane Oelze – Sopran (Official Website)
Christiane Oelze – Biography (Augstein) [German]

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