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Katharina Ruckgaber


German soprano Katharina Ruckgaber is a graduate of Munich´s University of Art and Drama as well as the Frankfurt Opera Studio.

Her time in Oper Frankfurt saw many appearances on the stage including Susanna in Mozart`s Le Nozze di Figaro, Frasquita in the Barrie Kosky`s highly praised production of Carmen, and the Waldvogel in Wagner`s Siegfried.

She sang Fennimore in Kurt Weil`s Silver Lake at the Konzerthaus Berlin under Iván Fischer and Serpetta (Mozart La Finta Giardiniera) with the Bamberg Symphony under Ainars Rubikis.

Under the batton of René Jacobs Katharina Ruckgaber sang Papagena in the premiere production of The Magic Flute at Theater an der Wien and gave her debut as Pamina at Staatstheater Darmstadt.

Last season the young soprano became a member of the ensemble at the Freiburg opera, singing various main roles such as Mélisande (Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande), Musetta (La Bohème), Adele (Die Fledermaus), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Zerlina (Don Giovanni).

Recently, she made her Konzerthaus Wien debut with acclaimed pianist Graham Johnson, was invited for a Schubert evening at Wigmore Hall (piano: Sholto Kynoch), sang Clizia in Händels Teseo at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, recorded a song CD with renowned pianist Helmut Deutsch, returned to the Frankfurt Opera for a song recital and gave her debut at the Bayreuth festival, singing a song recital at the prestigious Villa Wahnfried.

Katharina is a scholarship holder of the Deutsche Bühnenverein, the Richard-Wagner-Society and was awarded the much sought after Jury prize from Michael Schade in the Stella Maris competition and in the Anneliese-Rothenberger-Competition.

After stepping in at short notice in 2018, Katharina now returns to the Oxford Lieder Festival.

Last updated: Sep 2019