Biography

The Austrian soprano Astrid Kessler received her first singing lessons in Seoul, South Korea. After a theatre workshop at Oswego State University (New York) she studied classical singing at the University of Music Nuremberg with Prof. Elisabeth Kovacs and continued her studies with Reiner Goldberg and Peter Anton Ling.

In the current season Astrid Kessler will make her debut as Marschallin in Strauss´ Rosenkavalier and as Elisabeth in Wagners Tannhäuser under the baton of Alexander Soddy. In the past season she returned to Deutsche Oper am Rhein in the role of Angèle Didier, and made her debuts as Wally at Vienna Volksoper under the baton of Marc Piollet, and as Genoveva in Mannheim, conducted by Alexander Soddy.

Astrid Kessler started her operatic career as Donna Elvira and Angèle Didier at the Theatre of Osnabrück. In 2014 she performed her debut as Countess Mariza at Volksoper Vienna, and appeared as Donna Elvira, one of her favourite roles, at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. At the National Theatre Mannheim she has sung all the major roles of her repertoire, including Liú, Mimí, Nedda, Contessa Almaviva, Elettra, Alice Ford, Hanna Glawari and Rosalinde, and gave an outstanding debuts as Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw and as Rachel in Halevy’s La Juive under the direction of Peter Konwitschny.

Astrid Kessler won prizes at the German Singing Competition Berlin, at the Brahms Competition of Pörtschach (Austria) and the competition of Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. 2010 saw the release of her first CD (telos music), followed by a complete recording of Lehàrs Graf von Luxemburg in 2014 (cpo).

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