Praised by critics and loved by audiences for her beauty of tone and impeccable artistry, young soprano Mojca Erdmann is a rapidly rising star in the international music scene. Of her return to the Salzburg Festival in 2007, a critic wrote “The surprise of the evening, however, was Mojca Erdmann. (…) Young, slim, blond, sporty, she was Mozart’s ‘Zaide’ last year here in Salzburg. Now she sings ‘Zalmira’, a strong personality, a beautiful, warm, technically perfect voice that is highly expressive. She deservedly received the greatest applause.”
Mojca Erdmann began the 2011-2012 season with a double debut at the Metropolitan in New York as Zerlina in a new production of Don Giovanni conducted by James Levine and as Waldvogel in Siegfried. Another important highlight of this season is her debut in the title role of Lulu at Berlin State Opera under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. She returns here later in the season to reprise her role as Ariadne in Rihm’s Dionysos for the German premiere of the work. Ms Erdmann can be heard in concert and recital extensively this season. Following her recording debut with the album Mozart’s Garden, she takes her program of arias by Mozart and his contemporaries on a European tour, which includes Basel, Prague, Munich, Baden-Baden, Berlin and Vienna. Other appearances include concerts of Rihm’s Fremdes Licht as part of the prestigious Matinee series at Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Mahler’s Symphony No 4 with Bamberg Symphony Orchestra at the Canary Islands Festival, Le Rossignol with Cologne Philarmonie, Haydn’s Die Schoepfung at the Graffenegg Music Festival and recitals in recital in Vilabertran, Bonn, Graz and Vienna.
After her Salzburg Festival debut in 2006 as Mozart’s Zaide under Ivor Bolton, she was invited to return to the festival in 2007 where she sang Zelmira in Haydn’s Armida, again, under the direction of Ivor Bolton, in a production by Christof Loy. This production was revived in 2009. In 2008, she gave her debut as Blondchen in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Opera Amsterdam, conducted by Constantinos Carydis. Simon Rattle invited her to sing Waldvogel in his new production of Wagners Siegfried in Aix (2008) and at the Salzburg Easter Fesival in 2009. She debuted the same year as Sophie in Strauss’ Rosenkavalier in a new production by Stefan Herheim at the Staatsoper Stuttgart and appeared in a new production of Weber’s Der Freischütz, another debut, at Theater an der Wien, conducted by Bertrand de Billy. Last season Ms Erdmann gave her debut as Despina in a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte in Baden-Baden where then returned as Zerlina in an all-star gala performance. Two other debuts followed Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Cologne Opera and Marzelline in Fidelio with Nice Opera.
An unusually versatile performer, she is much sought after for her interpretation of contemporary music: She gave her debut with Berlin State Opera in the world premiere of Takemitsu – My Way of Life, conducted by Kent Nagano. In 2009 she performed the title role in Wolfgang Rihm’s monodrama Proserpina and the following year Rihm entrusted her with the lead soprano role in his new opera Dionysos, which saw its world premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2010 under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher.
Mojca Erdmann can be heard on many recordings, including an acclaimed version of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Jonathan Nott released by Tudor and in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, released by EMI. In 2011 EMI released a recording of Wolf’s Italian Songbook, which featured Mojca Erdmann, Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber. In 2009, the soprano signed an exclusive agreement with Deutsche Grammophon, with the first solo recording, Mozart’s Garden, featuring arias by Mozart and his contemporaries, having been released in 2011.
Born in Hamburg, she started taking violin lessons at the age of six, while also singing in the children’s choir of the Hamburger Staatsoper and taking up private singing lessons. Mojca Erdmann studied singing with Hans Sotin at the Cologne College of Music, where she also studied violin. In 2002, the soprano won the first prize at the German Federal Competition (category voice), as well as the Special Prize for Contemporary Music. In August 2005, she was awarded the NDR Music Prize in the framework of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, as well as the Luitpold Prize during the Bad Kissingen Summer.