Claudia Eder

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Claudia Eder
Born (1948-02-07) 7 February 1948 (age 69)

Claudia Eder (born 7 February 1948)[1] is a German mezzo-soprano in opera and concert, and an academic in Mainz.[2]


Claudia Eder was born in Augsburg, Germany. She studied voice and cello at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München, the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, in Budapest and Milan. Her voice teachers were Elsa Cavelti, Marianne Schech, Jenö Sipos and Maria Castellani.[2]

Her debut was in 1973 at Bielefeld in the part of Nicklausse in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann. She sang at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz from 1975, at the Vienna Volksoper from 1982, and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf from 1995.[1][3]

In Vienna she appeared in 1987 in the opera Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke of Siegfried Matthus (1984). In Düsseldorf she sang the title role of Bizet's Carmen. Other roles included Dorabella in Mozart's Così fan tutte, Rossini's La Cenerentola, Meg in Verdi's Falstaff, and Hansel in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel.[1]

She sang the parts of La Muse and Nicklausse on a recording conducted by Seiji Ozawa, with Plácido Domingo, Edita Gruberová, Christa Ludwig, Gabriel Bacquier and Justino Díaz, among others.[4] A review of Andrew Lamb states: "I very much like Claudia Eder as Nicklausse, though. Her voice is full of youthful confidence and flexibility, and her singing of her alternative Act 2 song Voyez-la sous son eventail is a real delight."[5] In 1993 she appeared at the Salzburg Festival as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier of Richard Strauss.[1] In 2002 she sang in Mainz in the premiere of the opera on Johannes Gutenberg by Gavin Bryars, G (Being the Confession and Last Testament of Johannes Gensfleisch, also known as Gutenberg, Master Printer, formerly of Strasbourg and Mainz), the part of Frau Beildeck.[6]

She brought dramatic action to the concert stage as well, singing the alto part in Honegger's Le roi David in a performance in 1980 in the Marktkirche in Wiesbaden with the Rheingauer Kantorei and the Radiosinfonieorchester Frankfurt, conducted by Frank Stähle, portraying the young David as well as the Witch of Endor. On 21 November 1981, she sang in Bach's Mass in B minor with the same choir as part of the Vierte Wiesbadener Bachwochen (Fourth Wiesbaden Bach Weeks).

She has been teaching voice at the Hochschule für Musik der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz since 1984 and was appointed Professor in 1988. In a concert to mark her appointment she performed a cantata Arianna a Naxos of Joseph Haydn, a new composition by the conductor Wolfgang Hofmann, Wirklichkeit unserer unverläßliches Märchen after Rose Ausländer, Ottorino Respighi's Il Tramonto, and Zigeunerlieder of Johannes Brahms.[7] She became "Prorektorin" (Vice President) of the Hochschule in 1999, founded its international summer school in 2004, and received a Fellowship of the Gutenberg Forschungskolleg in 2010.[8]

In 2006, she received, as the first woman artist, the Akademiepreis des Landes (Academy prize of the State Rhineland-Palatinate).[9] In 2009 she became a member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur (Academy of the Sciences and Literature).[10]


  1. ^ a b c d Cummings, David M., ed. (2003). International Who's Who in Classical Music 2003. London: Europa Publications. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Claudia Eder" (in German). Gutenberg website. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  3. ^ Claudia Eder Singing Summer, International Summer School of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, 2008
  4. ^ Les Contes d'Hoffmann on the operone website
  5. ^ Offenbach: The Tales Of Hoffmann / Ozawa, Domingo, Gruberova on ArkivMusic, review Andrew Lamb, Gramophone (3/1990)
  6. ^ Praefcke, Andreas. "List of operas performed, Germany". Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  7. ^ "Ausdrucksstark und flexibel", (Expressive and flexible), review by Helmut Hampel in the Wiesbadener Kurier of a concert on the occasion of becoming Professor, 30 April 1988, quote: "Die Stimme (Mezzosopran) ist bemerkenswert ausgeglichen. Glockenrund, warm und beseelt, tragfähig und schlank zugleich. Ausdrucksstark und flexibel. Die Wortverständlichkeit lässt keine Wünsche offen."
  8. ^ "Claudia Eder von der Hochschule für Musik erhält Fellowship des Gutenberg Forschungskollegs" (in German). 25 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 
  9. ^ "Akademiepreis des Landes für Claudia Eder, Mit Eder wird erstmals eine Künstlerin ausgezeichnet" (in German). 27 November 2006. 
  10. ^ "Claudia Eder und Norbert Paul in die Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur aufgenommen" (in German). 27 November 2009. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

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