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Letizia Scherrer (Soprano)

Born: June 20, 1968 - Trun, Switzerland

The Swiss soprano, Letizia Scherrer, was born into a musical family, together with her four brothers and sisters Angelika, Judit, Rosvita and Clau. In the Scherrer house music was constantly made and sung. After the Matura in Disentis she studied first singing at the Konservatorium für Vorarlberg in Feldkirch and in Zürich at the Musikhochschule with Jane Mengedoht. She continued her training in Tel-Aviv with Tamar Rachum at the Samuel-Rubin Academy and participated in master-lasses with Judith Beckmann and Hilde Zadek. With Kurt Widmer at Musikhochschule in Basel she completed her studies with training diploma for singing instruction (honour) and the soloist diploma.

From the "Soras Scherrer" developed a young, rising, engaged and successful ensemble, which was constantly inquired and engaged: The radio Rumantsch took up the first songs, followed by concert appearances in Trun, Laax, Chur, Zürich and other places. The concerts met with so much approval that they were engaged for appearances beyond the national borders in Germany and Austria. Owing to the musical level and the great acceptance by the media and the audience, "Schibettas" had their first CD production, supported by "Romania", nothing more in the way.

In 1990 the "Soras Scherrer" was honoured with the Promotion Prize of the Canton Graubünden, in 1992 with the prize of the Cuminanza Radio Rumantsch and in 2002 with the Aurax Prize. Letizia Scherrer won already numerous further prizes, such as: in 1989 Promotion Prize of Canton Graubünden, 1994, 1995, 1997 study prizes of the Migros-Genossenschafts-Bundes, 1998 2nd Prize with the 11th International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, 2000 1st Prize with the International Competition "Franz Schubert und die Moderne" in Graz, as well as 1st Prize of the Basler-Orchester-Gemeinschaft (BOG) for young musicians.

At the Salzburg Festival Letizia Scherrer sang as soloist under the direction of Jordi Savall works of Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. At the New York's Carnegie Hall she could be heard as soloist under the baton of Helmuth Rilling in the Deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms.

He favourite repertoire: Pamina in Zauberflöte, Ilia in Idomeneo, Ein Deutsches Requiem by J. Brahms, Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) by J.S. Bach, Schöpfung by J. Haydn, 7 Frühe Lieder by Alban Berg, Quattro liriche die A. Machado by Luigi Dallapiccola, and Lieder of Schubert & Schumann.

Source: Various websites (see below, English translation by Aryeh Oron (April 2005)
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Aryeh Oron (April 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Klaus Hövelmann


BWV 248/1-3,6

Roderich Kreile


BWV 232 [2nd]

Hans-Christoph Rademann


BWV 244

Links to other Sites

Portrait Letizia Scherrer (Musaios) [German]
Neumarkter Konzertfreunde: Biographie Letizia Scherrer [German]
Eliette von Karajan fördert Bündner Musikerinnen [German]

Johannes Passion (Vokalensemble Luzern) [German]
DeSingel: Letizia Scherrer [Dutch]
Letizia Scherrer - biografia (Gulbenkian) [Portuguese]

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