Angelika Kirchschlager

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Angelika Kirchschlager
Angelika Kirchschlager at the Wiener Festwochen, 2008
Background information
Born (1965-11-24) November 24, 1965 (age 53)
Salzburg, Austria
Occupation(s)Opera singer
InstrumentsVocals, piano, percussion
Associated actsVienna State Opera

Angelika Kirchschlager (born November 24, 1965, Salzburg) is an Austrian mezzo-soprano opera and lieder singer.


Kirchschlager began her musical training at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she studied percussion and piano. In 1984, she went to the Vienna Music Academy, where she studied with Gerhard Kahry and Walter Berry.[1] Her first engagements were at the Wiener Kammeroper and the Graz Opera House. Kirchschlager won third prize in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in 1991. Her stage debut was in Graz in 1993 as Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier).[1] In 1993, she became a member of the Vienna State Opera, and made her debut there as Cherubino (The Marriage of Figaro). Also in 1993, she was awarded the Mozartinterpretationspreis of the Mozartgemeinde Wien.[2]

In 2002, Kirchschlager sang the role of Sophie in the world première of Nicholas Maw's opera Sophie's Choice at the Royal Opera House in London,[3] the American premiere of the revised version of the opera at the Washington Opera, and the Austrian premiere at Volksoper Wien.[4] She is a regular guest of the annual Lieder festival Schubertiade Schwarzenberg in Vorarlberg, Austria. Her regular collaborators include Helmut Deutsch and Simon Keenlyside.[5][6]

Kirchschlager resides in Vienna. She has a son, Felix, from her marriage to the baritone Hans Peter Kammerer.[1] Kirchschlager and Kammerer are currently separated.[7]



  1. ^ a b c Tim Ashley (2002-01-18). "The accidental diva". The Guardian. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  2. ^ "Prizes and Awards". Archived from the original on 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2012-12-20.
  3. ^ Tim Ashley (2002-12-09). "Sophie's Choice (Royal Opera House, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  4. ^ Anne Midgette (2006-09-23). "A Novel Transformed Into Opera, Its Heartbreaking Story Intact". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  5. ^ Tim Ashley (2002-09-12). "Kirchschlager/Keenlyside (Wigmore Hall, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  6. ^ Tim Ashley (2008-11-07). "Keenlyside/Kirchschlager/Minkowski (Barbican, London)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-04-08.
  7. ^ Hugh Canning (2009-04-05). "Down-to-earth diva Angelika Kirschlager [sic]". The Times. London. Retrieved 2009-04-08.

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