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Julie Kaufmann
Julie Kaufmann  

B108010   B 108 010
G. F. Händel: Xerxes
B108030   B 108 030
G. F. Händel: Ariodante
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Julie Kaufmann has established herself as one of the most sought after lyric sopranos in Europe. Her dynamic stage presence, vocal prowess and interpretative abilities have won her critical and popular acclaim in concert and chamber music, opera, recital and through her many recordings. On the recital stage Julie Kaufmann excels in German repertoire. Schönberg’s Buch der hängenden Gärten, Hindemith’s Marienleben, Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch, and songs of Pfitzner, Strauss, Franz Schreker, Anton Webern, Aribert Reimann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and Mozart are frequently composers. She is equally at home with the French repertoire of Debussy, Poulenc, Fauré, Liszt, Chausson, Saint Saens and Messiaen, and in the American repertoire sings Argento, Hoiby, George Crumb and Barber. Regular recital tours take her to France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, the USA and throughout Germany. A tour of three highly acclaimed thematic recitals with Donald Sulzen entitled "…of dreams, fairy tales and magic", "Voices of nature", "All about Eve" and "Songs of heaven and earth" are presently on the roster. With the American Tenor, James Taylor, and Donald Sulzen, piano, she performs an evening of American composers. With Irwin Gage she presently has a program of Schönberg, Pfitzner and Strauss which they have performed in Spain and Germany. The 2003/04 season she opened with a concert at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival with the Italienisches Liederbuch. Her partners were Andreas Schmidt (baritone) and Burkhardt Kehring at the piano. With the choir of the Philharmonie Berlin, conducted by Jörg-Peter Weigle, she will perform Liszt‘s Missa solemnis and Kodály‘s Te Deum in March 2004. Recitals will bring her, beyond others, to Amsterdam Concertgebouw (with Irwin Gage). At the World Exposition 2000 in Hanover, Julie Kaufmann participated in the ambitious week of recitals "Lied-Strahl" including songs of all composition periods and 12 world premieres. Julie Kaufmann’s concert repertoire includes Bach’s St Mathew Passion with Peter Schreier and the Chicago Symphony; Brahms’ Requiem with Sir Colin Davis and the Bavarian Radio Symphony, with Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos and the Madrid Symphony, with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the NHK Symphony; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Kurt Masur and the Leipziger Gewandhaus, with David Zinman and the Zurich Tonhalle; Britten’s Les Illuminations with Sir Neville Marriner and the South German Radio Symphony, with Sir Colin Davis and the Bavarian Radio Symphony; Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with Claus Peter Flor and the North German Radio Symphony; Haydn’s Creation with Bernhard Haitink and Bavarian Radio Symphony; Franz Schmitt’s Buch der Sieben Siegel with Franz Welser-Möst and the Zurich Tonhalle, with Leon Botstein and the Dusseldorf Symphony; Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with Wolfgang Sawallisch and the Bavarian Radio Symphony; Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with Herbert Blomstedt and the Munich Philharmonic; Mendelssohn’s Elijah with Fabio Luisi and the Middle German Radio Symphony; Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with Gilbert Kaplan; Mahler’s 8th Symphony with Horst Stein and the Bamberg Symphony, with Michael Tilsson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony; Griegs’s Peer Gynt Suite with the Radio Orchestra Turin; Wagner’s the Ring des Nibelungen and Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel with Marek Janowski and the Radio Orchestra of France; La Bohème with Guiseppe Sinopoli and the Israel Philharmonic; and Hindemiths Sancta Susanna with Mario Venzago and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.

In 1991 Julie Kaufmann was awarded the high honorary title of Bayerische Kammersängerin and in 2000 the Bavarian governor awarded her the highly respected Bayerischer Verdienstorden. In 1999 she accepted a vocal professorship at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Julie Kaufmann is a sought after juror for competitions, for instance in the jury of the prestigious ARD Voice competition in Munich and the Paula Salomon-Lindbergh competition in Berlin. She has given master classes in such places as Middlebury, Vermont, at the Musik Hochschule in Hamburg and at the Richard Strauss Institute in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. A native of Iowa, Julie Kaufmann studied at the University of Iowa in Iowa City with Professor Herald Stark, where she was a member of the Rockefeller Foundation supported Center for New Music. She studied at the International Opera Studio in Zurich before finishing her studies at the Musikhochschule in Hamburg, where she studied singing with Professor Judith Beckmann and 20th century Lied with Aribert Reimann. She received her diplomas in opera and Liedgesang.

Stand: 2007/2008