Biography

Astrid Kessler started her vocal training at the age of 16 at the International School of Seoul, South Korea. After an acting course at the Oswego State University in New York she studied classical singing at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremberg with Prof. Elisabeth Kovacs, afterwards continuing her education under the instruction of Prof. Reiner Goldberg in Berlin and Prof. Peter Anton Ling in Hannover.

A prize winner in the German category at the 2018 International Meistersinger Nuremberg competition, Astrid Kessler can be seen in the 2018/2019 season as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, conducted by Alexander Soddy. At the Theater Chemnitz she will perform her debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre and will also sing this role at the Ludwigburger Festspiele alongside Klaus Florian Vogt and Catherine Foster. For the second season she can be seen at the Staatstheater Saarbruecken as Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco.

In 2017 Astrid Kessler performed as a guest at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Angèle Didier in Franz Lehars Operette Der Graf von Luxemburg. At the Wiener Volksoper she debuted in the title role in Alfredo Catalani’s Wally conducted by Marc Piollet, and debuted in Mannheim as the Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and Elisabeth in Wagner’s Tannhäuser.

In her current engagement in the ensemble of the Nationaltheater Mannheim Astrid Kessler has sung all the major roles of her Fach, such as Liú (Turandot, Puccini), Nedda (Pagliacci, Leoncavallo), Contessa Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus, J. Strauss), Hanna Glawari (The Merry Widow, Léhar), Alice Ford (Falstaff, Verdi), Mimí (La Boheme, Puccini), and has made debuts as The Governess in Benjamin Brittens The Turn of the Screw and as Rachel in Halevys La Juive, directed by Peter Konwitschny.

In 2014 Astrid Kessler performed her acclaimed debut as Emerich Kálmáns Graefin Mariza and guest performed in the same year as Donna Elivira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the Deutscher Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf and Duisburg.

Alongside numerous other engagements, Astrid Kessler has performed at the Teatro Real Madrid, as Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco at the Theater Bielefeld and at the Dresden Staatsoperette as Sonja in Franz Léhar’s Operette Der Zarewitsch. Astrid Kessler started her career at the Theater Osnabrück as Donna Elvira and Angèle Didier.

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