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.

Upcoming projects of Astrid Kessler are Sieglinde in a new production of Die Walküre directed by Peter Konwitschny in Dortmund, Agathe in Der Freischütz and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung, both at Nationaltheater Mannheim, as well as Elsa in Lohengrin with Klaus Florian Vogt in Ludwigsburg Festival.

In 2020/2021 Astrid Kessler made her debut in the title role of Strauss´ Arabella in Leipzig and took over the same role in Zurich, directed by Robert Carsen under the baton of Fabio Luisi. In Mannheim she sang Ellen Orford in Britten’s Peter Grimes and Ciociosan in Puccini´s Madama Butterfly. She also gave her debut as Rosalinde in Strauß´ Die Fledermaus at New National Theatre Tokyo as well as Staatsoper Stuttgart with Cornelius Meister. At New Year’s Eve 2018/19 she took over the same role on short notice at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, conducted by Manfred Honeck.

A prize winner in the German repertoire category at the 2018 International Meistersinger Nuremberg competition, Astrid Kessler has performed the Wagnerian roles of Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, and Sieglinde in Die Walküre alongside Catherine Foster and Klaus Florian Vogt. Other acclaimed performances include Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, and Abigaille in Verdi’s Nabucco.

Astrid Kessler has performed as a guest at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and as Angèle Didier in Franz Lehar’s operetta Der Graf von Luxemburg. A successful debut at the Vienna Volksoper in the title role of Emmerich Kalman’s Gräfin Mariza was followed Alfredo Catalani’s Wally, conducted by Marc Piollet.

In her current engagement in the ensemble of the Nationaltheater Mannheim Astrid Kessler has developed a wide-ranging repertoire, including Nedda in Pagliacci, Mimí in La Boheme, Contessa Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow, the titlerole in Iolanta and Alice Ford in Falstaff. Notable debuts have included The Governess in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Rachel in Halevy’s La Juive, directed by Peter Konwitschny. Her operatic career began 2011 at Theatre Osanabrück as Donna Elvira and Angèle Didier.

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