The mezzo-soprano Michaela Schuster can be considered one of today’s most important exponents of her vocal category. She can be heard on all the important stages internationally.
From 1999 to 2002 she was a member of the ensemble of the Staatstheater in Darmstadt, where she sang such roles as Charlotte in Werther, Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann, Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana, and Carmen.
She has undertaken numerous important guest engagements, among them Fricka (Das Rheingold) at the Staatstheater in Stuttgart; Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Kundry (Parsifal), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) and Venus (Tannhäuser) at the Berlin Staatsoper; Sieglinde at the Semperoper in Dresden, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Vienna Staatsoper; the Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten) at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; Marie (Wozzeck) at the Hamburg Staatsoper; Laura (La Gioconda) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Ortrud (Lohengrin) at the Norske Opera in Oslo and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich; Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam; Amneris (Aida) at the Festival Baden-Baden; Florinda in Schubert‘s Fierrabras and Preziosilla in La forza del destino at the Frankfurt Opera; and Herodias (Salome) at Covent Garden. To these one can add The Woman in Schönberg’s Erwartung (in concert) and Caesonia in the world premiere of Detlef Glanert’s Caligula at the Frankfurt Opera and later at the Cologne Opera. During the 2008-09 season in Munich, she sang Marie in a new production of Wozzeck and also Ortrud in the Munich Festival’s new production of Lohengrin.
She has enjoyed other great successes, including her role debut as Eboli in Don Carlo at the Frankfurt Opera, as Fricka in a new production of Die Walküre at the Vienna Staatsoper, and recently her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as Brangäne.
The artist works regularly with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Simone Young, Christoph von Dohnányi, Sebastian Weigle, Franz Welser-Möst, Marc Albrecht, Ingo Metzmacher, Philippe Jordan, Semyon Bychkov, Kazushi Ono and Kent Nagano. Among the important directors with whom she has collaborated are David McVicar, Robert Wilson, Richard Jones, Stefan Herheim, Peter Konwitschny, David Alden, and Andreas Kriegenburg, among others.
The verstaile singing actress’s lieder and concert repertoire includes works from the Baroque to the modern. Among her important appearances in concert have been Bach’s Passions and Christmas Oratorio (Berlin Philharmonic); Handel’s Messiah and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder (Radio France in Paris); Rossini’s Messe Solennelle, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Verdi’s Requiem (Alten Oper Frankfurt); Mendelssohn‘s Elijah (Stuttgart Liederhalle); Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Schönberg’s Gurrelieder, Berg’s Altenberg-Lieder and Seven Early Songs, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Kindertotenlieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Amsterdam Concertgebouw); Vivaldi’s Gloria, Eisler‘s Deutsche Symphonie, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (La Scala, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
The mezzo-soprano was both in Fürth (Bavaria). After completing oboe studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, she studied singing there with Helena Lazarska as well as at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin with Jarmila Rudolfowa Kratzer. In 1996 she completed her education with honors. She also undertook master classes with Christa Ludwig, Aribert Reimann, and Julia Hamari.
She won first prize in the Bayreuth and “Debut in Meran“ international competitions for Wagner voices, and she was awarded the special Wagner Prize in the “Francisco Viñas“ compeition (Barcelona).
The artist’s future projects include leading roles in her vocal category with the Berlin Staatsoper, Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Milan’s La Scala, Beijing, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam.