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Renowned worldwide as one of the finest interpreters of Mozart’s works, being called a born “Mozartian”, Sophie Karthäuser has earned such praise by singing her first ever Pamina under the baton of René Jacobs at La Monnaie and her debut Susanna led by William Christie with Opéra de Lyon. She has appeared in several other Mozart roles, such as Tamiri at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Serpetta at Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Despina and Zerlina at La Monnaie and Ilia at the Aix-en-Provence Festival as well as at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with Jérémie Rhorer and to thunderous applause at the Theater an der Wien again under René Jacobs.

Recent notable scenic productions include the title-role in LA CALISTO at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées under Christophe Rousse as well as at La Monnaie under René Jacobs, a large scale Rameau project in Aix-en-Provence with William Christie and American choreographer Trisha Brown, Agathe in DER FREISCHÜTZ with John Eliot Gardiner at the Opéra Comique in Paris as well as Sandrina in Mozart´s LA FINTA GIARDINIERA at the Theater an der Wien with René Jacobs. Further highlights of the past also feature Charpentier’s MÉDÉE with Emmanuelle Haïm at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Polissena in Handel’s RADAMISTO with René Jacobs at Theater an der Wien. In January and February 2015 she returned to La Monnaie for the part of Asteria in Handel’s TAMERLANO with a revival in Amsterdam. March 2016 will bring her back to La Monnaie with BÉATRICE ET BÉNÉDICTE.

Ever since she won the audience price at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Sophie Karthäuser counts among the most coveted recitalists with frequent appearances in Antwerp, Lille, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Frankfurt, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels, at the Philharmonic Halls in Berlin and Cologne as well as at New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, accompanied by pianists Graham Johnson, Eugene Asti, David Lively and Cédric Tiberghien. In the following season she will charm her audiences in recitals in Oxford, Strasbourg, Antwerp, and Maastricht. In the 2014/2015 season she can be heard in recitals in Oxford, Strasbourg, Antwerp and Maastricht.

Sophie Karthäuser is an equally sought-after concert soloist and is frequently being invited by prestigious ensembles and orchestras such as The Academy of Ancient Music, Collegium Vocale Gent, Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, the Freiburger Barockorchester and the Gewandhaus Leipzig among others. Her presence on the podium on countless occasions alongside conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Louis Langrée, Marc Minkowski, Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, Jérémie Rohrer, Christophe Rousset and Christian Zacharias give testimony to her outstanding artistry.

Highlights of the 2014/2015 season include concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Schubert´s LAZARUS under Ingo Metzmacher performed in Vienna, St. Pölten and Rome as well as at the Salzburg Festival in summer 2015, Handel´s TAMERLANO in Hamburg and at Theater an der Wien, a concert version of PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE with the Swedish Radioand Daniel Harding in Stockholm, Mahler´s IV Symphony with Staatskapelle Dresden and with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Myung-Whun Chung in Rome, Dresden and at Vienna´s Musikverein, Berlioz´ LES NUITS D´ÉTÉ in Mulhouse as well as Mozart-Arias with the Ensemble B´Rock.

Concert projects of the season 2015/2016 comprise a tour with Haydn´s SCHÖPFUNG under the baton of René Jacobs, a concert version of Conti´s DON CHISCIOTTE in Vienna, Paris and Cologne also under René Jacobs, Handel´s SUSANNA with Martin Haselböck at the Musikverein in Vienna, Beethoven´s IX Symphony with Pablo-Heras Casado at Vienna´s Konzerthaus, a concert version of Mozart´s IDOMENEO at Theater an der Wien, Bach cantatas with the DSO in Berlin, a tour with de Lalande´s LECONS DE TÉNÈBRES with the Ensemble Correspondances as well as Mozart arias with the Gürzenich Orchstra in Cologne.

Sophie’s recordings include a solo album of Grétry arias (awarded with Diapason découverte), Haydn’s IL RITORNO DI TOBIA with Andreas Spering (Jahrespreis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Mozart’s complete songs (Cypres), Mozart arias with Kazushi Ono at La Monnaie (Cypres), Handel’s FARAMONDO (Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros), Mozart’s LA FINTA GIARDINERA with René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi), Handel’s SUSANNA (title role) with Les Arts Florissants (Virgin Classics), Pergolesi’s SEPTEM VERBA with René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi) as well as a solo-album of French melodies with the title “Green” inspired by Verlaine with Cédric Tiberghien (Cypres). Her recording with French melodies by Francis Poulenc together with pianist Eugene Asti (Harmonia Mundi) as well as Handel’s ORLANDO (Archiv) was released in April 2014. Her latest CD, Lalande´s  “Leçons de Ténèbres” (Hamonia Mundi) with the Ensemble Correspondances and Sébastien Daucé, highly acclaimed by the press, appeared in March 2015.

Born in Belgium, Sophie Karthäuser completed her studies with Noelle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Season 2015/2016 (representation: concert Germany, Management: Daniela Spering, Administration: Stephanie Watin)

Generalmanagement: Helga Machreich


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