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Michaela Schuster

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Michaela Schuster in action.
Michaela Schuster in Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

German mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster sings Klytämnestra (Elektra) and Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten) for The Royal Opera in the 2013/14 Season. Schuster made her debut with The Royal Opera in 2008 as Herodias (Salome), and has since sung Princesse de Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur) and Venus (Tannhäuser) with the Company.

Schuster was born in Bavaria and after a brief career as an oboist studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. She was a member of the ensemble of Darmstadt State Theatre 1999–2002 before beginning a freelance career. She now sings regularly for all the leading German opera houses, and also sings for companies including Vienna State Opera, Paris Opéra, La Scala, Milan, and for the Salzburg Festival. In concert she has worked with leading orchestras and conductors including Barenboim, Bychkov and Thielemann.

Her wide repertory includes many Wagner roles such as Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Ortrud (Lohengrin), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) and Kundry (Parsifal), 20th-century roles such as Marie (Wozzeck) and Judit (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), several roles in operas by Richard Strauss, and Italian repertory including Amneris (Aida), Eboli (Don Carlo) and Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana). Her varied discography includes CDs of Mahler’s Symphony no.2, Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Götterdämmerung, Siegfried Wagner’s Sonnnenflammen and Glanet’s Caligula, and DVDs of Lohengrin and The Royal Opera’s Salome.

Photos

Michaela Schuster as the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michaela Schuster in Die Frau ohne Schatten, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress and Michaela Schuster in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife, Michaela Schuster as Nurse and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michaela Schuster as Nurse and Elena Pankratova as Barak's Wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Emily Magee as the Empress, Michaela Schuster as Nurse and Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michaela Schuster as Nurse and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michaela Schuster as Nurse, Emily Magee as the Empress and Johan Botha as the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michaela Schuster as Nurse, Emily Magee as the Empress and Johan Botha as the Emperor in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014

Michaela Schuster as Klytemnestra and Christine Goerke as Elektra in Elektra © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Louise Armit as Confidante and Michaela Schuster as Klytemnestra in Elektra © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Jennifer Check as Fifth Maid and Michaela Schuster as Klytemnestra in Elektra © ROH / Clive Barda 2013

Emily Magee and Michaela Schuster in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Elena Pankratova, Falk Struckmann and members of the chorus in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Elena Pankratova, Michaela Schuster, Emily Magee and Falk Struckmann in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Elena Pankratova, Michaela Schuste, Emily Magee and actors in Die Frau ohne Schatten, La Scala, Milan, 2013 © Monika Rittershaus/Teatro alla Scala

Michaela Schuster as Princesse de Bouillon, Alessandro Corbelli as Michonnet, Angela Gheorghiu as Adriana Lecouvreur and Bonaventura Bottone as Abbé de Chazeuil in Adriana Lecouvreur © ROH / Catherine Ashmore 2011

Michaela Schuster