Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

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Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, 2014
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, 2014
Background information
Birth nameHanna-Elisabeth Müller
Born (1985-05-03) May 3, 1985 (age 38)
Mannheim, Germany
Occupation(s)Opera singer (Soprano)

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (born 3 May 1985 [1] in Mannheim) is a German soprano in opera, concert and recitals.


Musical education[edit]

As a child, Müller took violin lessons with Dinu Hartwich and later joined a choir. Since the age of 11, she took vocal lessons with Judith Janzen[2] to sing solo parts. In 1998, she performed the boy soprano in Leonard Bernstein's MASS during the Kultursommer Ludwigshafen.[3] She continued singing as a hobby during her high school education and earned several prizes in the junior musician's competition Jugend musiziert.

Early career[edit]

Following her high school degree, she studied vocal arts in the soloist class of former opera singer Rudolf Piernay at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim. To complete her studies, she attended master classes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,[4] Júlia Várady, Edith Wiens, Elly Ameling, Thomas Hampson and Wolfram Rieger.

In the song duo competition 2009 at Enschede, Netherlands, she gained, together with her accompanist Mihaela Tomi, the highest award, the audience award and the award for the best interpretation of a contemporary opus.[5] In 2010 she gained the 1st prize in the competition Ton und Erklärung – Werkvermittlung in Musik und Wort of the Kulturkreis der Deutschen Wirtschaft.[6] This award was given by a jury of nine experts chaired by Francisco Araiza[7] and attests that she is not only able to perform music on the highest level but also to explain it convincingly.[8] In 2011, she obtained awards in the Ada Sari International Vocal Art Competition at Nowy Sącz.[9]

Her first stage debuts in important roles were Euridice in Orfeo ed Euridice (April 2010) at Kammeroper Rheinsberg[10] and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (November 2011) at Theater & Philharmonie Thüringen, Gera.[11] She also represented this role at the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma in March 2012.[12] On 22 December 2013 she was featured by Rolando Villazón in the series Stars de Demain by Arte.[13]

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, December 2016

Bavarian State Opera[edit]

At the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, Müller was member of the opera studio in the season 2010/11 and member of the company from the season 2012/2013 to 2015/2016.[14] This resulted in a number of successful role debuts, e.g. as Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel (March 2013), Zerlina in Don Giovanni (May 2013), Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (September 2013), Sophie in Werther[15] (October 2015) und Marzelline in Fidelio[16] (February 2016). Furthermore, she presented roles which she already had performed at other opera houses, i.e. Zdenka in Andreas Dresen's new production of Arabella during Munich Opera Festival in July 2015[17] and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier in July 2016.[18] In 2013 she obtained the "Festspielpreis der Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Münchner Opernfestspiele".[19]

Other opera houses[edit]

On 12 April 2014 she debuted as Zdenka in Arabella by Richard Strauss during the Salzburg Easter Festival. She was on stage together with Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson and convinced the audience as well as the critics.[20][21] This success was crucial for the election as Nachwuchskünstlerin des Jahres (upcoming artist of the year) by the critics of the journal Opernwelt.[22] As Zdenka she also debuted at the Semperoper Dresden in November 2014.[23] On 5 September 2015 she debuted as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam.[24]

In 2017 Müller passed important milestones of her international career, namely her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, as Marzelline in Jürgen Flimm's production of Fidelio (March 2017),[25] and at La Scala, Milan, where she had her role debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.[26] Her first performance at Zürich Opera House was in February 2018 in the new role of Ilia in Idomeneo,[27]

Oratorios and recitals[edit]

Beside her engagements at opera houses, Müller frequently sings in recitals and oratorios. Sponsoring by Südwestrundfunk in the SWR2 New Talent Program from 2013 to 2015[28] gave her the opportunity to reach a broad audience with the audio transmissions of two song recitals. One of them was her debut at Schwetzinger Festspiele, together with the pianist Juliane Ruf, on 26 May 2013.[29]

In October 2014 she sang the soprano solo in Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms in a performance transmitted by 3sat together with the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. In China she was featured by Staatskapelle Dresden during their concert tour in November 2015, singing the soprano part of the Symphony No. 4 by Gustav Mahler.[30] In March 2016 she debuted with Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss in concerts of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias at Bilbao (Spain)[31] and with the WDR Symphony Orchestra at Viersen[32] and Duisburg.[33] In the opening concert of Salzburg Festival 2016 she sang the soprano part (Gabriel and Eva) in The Creation by Joseph Haydn,[34] and in the season opening concert at Philharmonie de Paris in September 2016 she debuted as Gretchen in Szenen aus Goethes Faust by Robert Schumann.[35] On 11 January 2017 she replaced at short notice the indisposed Camilla Tilling at the opening concert of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg for in the fourth movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.[36]

Record Label[edit]

In 2019 Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, has signed an exclusive, multi-album agreement with Pentatone.


Müller performed the following roles in well-renowned opera houses:

Her concert repertoire includes the soprano parts of numerous oratorios and masses als well as orchestral songs and concert arias from Baroque to Late Romanticism, for example The Creation and the Missa in angustiis (Nelsonmesse) by Joseph Haydn,[38] the Missa Solemnis by Ludwig van Beethoven,[39] the fifth movement "Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit" of A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, the fourth movement of the 4th Symphony by Gustav Mahler, songs by Franz Schubert as orchestrated by Felix Mottl,[40] Seven Early Songs by Alban Berg[41] and Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss.

In recitals, which were broadcast by Südwestrundfunk, she performed songs by Benjamin Britten, Francis Poulenc, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, William Walton and Hugo Wolf.



  • Mass No. 3 in f minor by Anton Bruckner, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Anke Vondung, Dominik Wortig, Franz-Josef Selig, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bamberger Symphoniker, Robin Ticciati. Tudor, April 2014.
  • "Traumgekrönt"; songs by Richard Strauss, Arnold Schönberg and Alban Berg. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, soprano; Juliane Ruf, piano. Belvedere, June 2017.
  • Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 4 in G major. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Soprano; Duisburger Symphoniker, Ádám Fischer. CAvi, August 2017.
  • Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller as Sophie, Camilla Nylund as Marschallin, Paula Murrihy as Oktavian, Peter Rose as Baron Ochs von Lerchenau. Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Marc Albrecht. Live recording of September 2015, Challenge Classics, September 2017.
  • "Reine de coeur", Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano, Juliane Ruf piano (Francis Poulenc, Robert Schumann, Alexander von Zemlinsky), February 2020, Pentatone
  • "Sinnbild Strauss Songs", Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano, WDR Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, June 2022, Pentatone



  1. ^ "Portrait on the page of Ada Sari International Vocal Art Competition (in Polish)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-07-25.
  2. ^ "Erfolgsgeschichten (statements of former students)". Bühne frei, Speyer, Germany. Retrieved 2017-01-29.
  3. ^ Interview with Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, 15 July 2014, Münchner Merkur
  4. ^ Video document of participation in the master class of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, May 2009
  5. ^ Webseite der Musikhochschule Mannheim: Biografie von Mihaela Tomi
  6. ^ Preisträgerportrait im Portal des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft
  7. ^ Hanna-Elisabeth Müller erhält Musikpreis des Kulturkreises der deutschen Wirtschaft, Neue Musikzeitung, 20 September 2010]
  8. ^ Video report of the competition "Ton und Erklärung" 2010 in Kaiserslautern
  9. ^ University of Music Mannheim, Preise und Auszeichnungen Frühjahrsemster 2011
  10. ^ Premierenkritik Orpheus und Eurydike in Rheinsberg, Tagesspiegel, 8 April 2010
  11. ^ Premierenankündigung Zauberflöte in Gera, November 2011
  12. ^ Audio and photo document of debut of Hanna-Elisabeth Müller at Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
  13. ^ Video excerpt of Stars de Demain with Rolando Villazon, 22 December 2013
  14. ^ Biography of Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Bavarian State Opera]
  15. ^ Review Werther, Der Neue Merker
  16. ^ Review of Fidelio performance on 10 February 10 2016 in Munich (in Spanish)
  17. ^ Review of Arabella at Bavarian State Opera, Munich, 17 Juli 2015, The New York Times
  18. ^ "Short review Munich Opera Festival: Der Rosenkavalier". Süddeutsche Zeitung. 15 July 2016.
  19. ^ Gesellschaft Freunde der Künste, 1 August 2013]
  20. ^ Bericht im Salzburger ORF-Portal vom 13. April 2014
  21. ^ Portrait von Hanna-Elisabeth Müller in den Salzburger Nachrichten vom 17. April 2014
  22. ^ Kritikerumfrage 2014 der Zeitschrift Opernwelt
  23. ^ Kritik über die Dresdner Arabella, November 2014 in Der Neue Merker, Vienna
  24. ^ Announcement of Rosenkavalier for September 2015 by De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam
  25. ^ "Review: Spruce and Taut, the Met Opera's Fidelio Looks Good at 17" by Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 17 March 2017
  26. ^ Gandetto, Pietro (May 7, 2017). "Chi son io tu non saprai (Review of Don Giovanni at La Scala on May 6, 2017)". L'Ape musicale (in Italian). Retrieved May 9, 2017.
  27. ^ Kübler, Susanne (2018-02-06). "Ein Trauma namens Neptun (opening night review of Idomeneo at Zürich)". Tages-Anzeiger, Zürich (in German). Retrieved 2018-04-08.
  28. ^ Vorstellung von Hanna-Elisabeth Müller im Portal des SWR
  29. ^ "Review in www.lokalmatador.de". Archived from the original on 2014-06-06. Retrieved 2015-07-20.
  30. ^ Review of concert by Staatskapelle Dresden at Shanghai, 9 November 2015; CRI online in German language
  31. ^ Gran éxito del trompista Monte de Fez y la OSPA en el festival Musika-Música (Announcement of concert) (in Spanish)
  32. ^ Müllers makelloser Schöngesang (Review of the concert by WDR Symphony Orchestra at Duisburg on March 11, 2016), in RP online
  33. ^ Review of the concert by WDR Symphony Orchestra at Duisburg on March 12, 2016, in RP online
  34. ^ "Review of opening concert of Salzburg Festival, Drehpunkt Kultur, Salzburg, 24 July 2016".
  35. ^ Clément Taillia (2016-09-20). "Faust avoué... Szenen aus Goethes Faust, Schumann - Paris (Philharmonie)" (in French). Retrieved 2016-09-20.
  36. ^ da Fonseca-Wollheim, Corinna (2017-01-13). "Review: The First Concert at the New Elbphilharmonie in Germany". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  37. ^ Review: The Magic Flute @ Royal Festival Hall, London; musicOMH, May 10, 2016
  38. ^ Augsburger Allgemeine, Review as of March 30, 2015
  39. ^ Review of a performance of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with the RIAS-Kammerchor, Der Tagesspiegel, 3 January 2012
  40. ^ Albrecht, Dieter (2012-01-27). "2. "Dialoge"-Konzert in der Gothaer Margarethenkirche". Thüringer Allgemeine (in German). Retrieved 2017-05-07.
  41. ^ Albrecht, Klaus (2016-09-24). "Eine sinfonische Großtat". Der Westen (in German). Retrieved 2017-05-07.

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