This summer Annika Schlicht performs the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola for children as part of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival. In July 2014 she was invited by Brigitte Fassbaender to perform Strauss Lieder at the Eppaner Liedsommer. Since the beginning of the 2013/14 season the young mezzo-soprano has been a Liz Mohn Cultural Foundation Fellow at the International Opera Studio at Berlin State Opera and she made her debut as Flosshilde in Elfriede Jelinek’s Rein Gold, as well as appearing as the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte and Annina in La traviata. She sang the Stepmother in Wolf-Ferrari’s Cinderella, Judy in Birtwistle’s Punch and Judy and appeared as a soloist with the Staatskapelle in the Advent Concerts, as well as performing the Slave in a revival of Salome, working with Zubin Mehta and Harry Kupfer. Born in Stuttgart in 1988, she continues to learn with Renate Faltin at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, where she also studies opera interpretation with Júlia Várady and Lieder with Wolfram Rieger. She received a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association and has been especially influenced by masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender, Deborah Polaski, Christine Schäfer and Patricia McCaffrey. She won the Grand Prix and several special awards at the International Giulio Perotti Competition in 2012, third prize in the Lieder category at the DEBUT Competition, as well as the Bronnbach Klassik sponsor’s prize, and she was the second prizewinner at the 2013 Anneliese Rothenberger Competition. Her other roles include Dorabella (Così fan tutte in concert), Child (L’Enfant et les sortilèges), Mother (Martinů’s Les Larmes du couteau), Zita (Gianni Schicchi in concert), Sorceress (Dido and Aeneas) and Croûte-au-pots (Offenbach’s operetta Mesdames de la Halle). Annika Schlicht also performs in concert and in oratorios and has been the alto soloist in Bruch’s Gruß an die heilige Nacht, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s St Paul, Schumann’s Der Rose Pilgerfahrt and Saint-Saëns’s Oratorio de Noël.
Current as of July 2014