Michaela Selinger, mezzosoprano
The Austrian Mezzosoprano is equally present on the stage in the opera
and in the recital field.
In both cases the most important for her are the exact exploration of musical and lyrical fine structures in the role creation and in the interpretation. That she traces finest nuances, the concentrated exploration of musical and linguistic finesse and the openness of the new made her to one of the most interesting interpreters in her repertoire.
After her debut at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and first experiences at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt and the Landestheater Innsbruck, Michaela Selinger was at the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera under the direction of Ioan Holender. In the years 2005-2010 Michaela Selinger sang in Vienna all relevant mezzo-parts including Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Magdalena (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier). She also performed Octavian at the Theater Bern, Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Aalto-Musiktheater Essen and at her Moscow debut in summer 2015.
Other operatic engagements led the singer to the Vienna State Opera, at the Zurich Opera, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival, to the Staatstheater Braunschweig and to China, where she sang in October 2014 in cooperation with the Leipzig Opera the Chinese premiere of Strauss´Ariadne auf Naxos at the Beijing Music Festival. For several years, Michaela Selinger is a frequent guest of the Opéra de Lyon. Here she excelled recently in January 2016 as Hannah Arendt in the premiere of Michel Tabachniks Benjamin, dernière nuit.
The outstanding opera productions of her 2015/16 season include Richard Wagner's Tristan und Isolde at the National Opera Warsaw, where she had her role debut of Brangäne, and her debut at the Salzburg Festival. In Salzburg Michaela Selinger sang Alkmene in the new production of Die Liebe der Danae conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.
In addition to her career as an opera singer Michaela Selinger is an excellent recital singer.
After two CDs with songs by Hugo Wolf (Italian and Spanish Songbook) Michaela Selinger recorded in April 2016 together with Helmut Deutsch songs by Franz Schubert. In autumn 2016 will perform Wagner's Wesendonck Songs in Taipei.
On the concert sector her next projects are her debut with the Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart and a Christmas Oratorio tour with the French Ensemble Accentus and Laurence Equilbey. She will return to the Orchestra dell´Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Roma for a gala with Strauss' Fledermaus. In the recent past she sang Dvorak's Stabat Mater with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, Mozart´s Requiem with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Leopold Hager, Schubert´s mass No.5 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Riccardo Muti and with the Wiener Symphoniker under Ivor Bolton at the Konzerthaus Wien.
Michaela Selinger studied at the University of Music in Vienna with Walter Berry and Robert Holl, and at the Conservatory of Basel, where she participated in master classes with René Jacobs. She was awarded with the Eberhard Waechter Prize for young singers of the Vienna State Opera and she won the operetta prize at Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna of 2003.