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Charlotte Pistor (Soprano)

Born: Beale Air Force Base hospital, near Marysville (not far from Sacramento), California, USA

The American soprano, Charlotte Pistor, received her musical training at the University of Oregon and completed in 1990 her musical studies at Portland State University in Portland. They were followed by master-classes in 1990 at the renowned "Internationalen Stiftung Mozarteum" (Mozarteum International Summer Academy) in Salzburg with masters such as Peter Schreier and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. She mentions her first voice teacher, Carol Beaumier, retired Portland State voice teacher Ruth Dobson and conductor Norman Leyden as mentors.

Charlotte Pistor then started her first operatic engagement at the Salzburg Landestheater (Salzburg State Theater) in 1991, singing the coloratura-soubrette roles there through 1995. She worked there under directors such as Harry Kupfer and John Cox.

A freelance artist since 1995 (or 1996), Charlotte Pistor is much in demand as a concert, Lieder, operetta and operatic soloist. For the past 17 years, she has lived and performed in Salzburg, Austria, where she is married and has a family. She has garnered the reputation as an outstanding Mozart interpreter, performing the demanding C Minor Mass, Requiem and Coronation Mass - as first soprano soloist at the Salzburg Cathedral. She has had numerous engagements in Salzburg, but also travels and sings throughout Europe, with regular guest appearances in Japan and the USA. In 2006 she sang Johannes Brahms Requiem with the Spokane Symphony, Mozart at the Astoria Music Festival and other repertoire with regional orchestras in the Northwest. She recently sang for Seattle Opera's Speight Jenkins and Seattle Symphony Orchestra's Gerard Schwarz. In 2008 she sang a tour of America's Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Her warm, vibrant, lyric soprano voice combined with her heartfelt interpretations have delight audiences wherever she sings.

Charlotte Pistor sang the entire J.S. Bachs Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) in Salzburg. In January 2012, she sang Austrian operetta in the beautiful Sala 1 Pau Casals in L'Auditori in Barcelona, Spain. She sang Austrian operetta in St. Wolfgang, Austria, in June 2012. In September 2012 she gave Lieder concerts of water songs sung in French, German and English in Washington State and in Oregon.

Source: Oregon Performing Arts Website (May 2008); Spokane Symphony Website (October 2006); Bruckmühle Website (January 2009), English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2009); Walter Pistor (Charlotte's father, September-October 2012)
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Aryeh Oron (April 2009); Walter Pistor (October 2012)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Johannes Hömberg


BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Live Music Preview: Charlotte Pistor (Oregon Performing Arts)
Spokane Symphony: Requiem showcases another Brahms highlight

Bruckmühle: Neujahrskonzert der Jungen Philharmonie Salzburg [German]

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