Brigitte Schweizer

Sängerin (Konzert & Oper)


Brigitte Schweizer

Born and raised in Bad Kreuznach (Germany), now residing in Basle, Switzerland, began her training as a singer in the opera school and song masterclass of Prof. Gertie Charlent at the Conservatory of Music "Peter Cormelius" of Mainz, Germany. She continued her studies with Frieder Lang, Biel, and Nadine Asher-Washington at the Academy of Music "Dreilinden" Lucerne, Switzerland, where she completed her teaching diploma and her master‘s degree. In addition she attended a masterclass of "Style and Interpretation" at the Schola Cantorum in Paris with prof. Patrick Crispini, finishing with a superiour diploma. Ms. Schweizer participated in several international masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender and Peter Schreier ("International Verbier Festival & Academy"), Irwin Gage, Laura Sarti, Julia Hamari,Wolfgang Rihm ("International Hugo-Wolf-Academy Stuttgart") and Francisco Araiza.

While studying in Germany, Switzerland and France, she received several sholarships and awards, like the 1st Prize of Bayreuth Competition, Mainz/ Germany, the 1st and 2nd Prize of the National German Voice Competition of Young German Performing Artists (VdMK), Frankfurt/Berlin and a special prize for her interpretation of Contemporary Music of the Swiss Association of Artists. She won a scholarship of the Heineman Foundation New York for the "International Verbier Academy".

A theatre enthusiast, she made her debut in the title role of "Zemire" in Louis Spohr‘s opera "Zemire & Azor" for the Western German Broadcasting Cologne. She is regularly invited as soloist of several opera productions and festivals in Switzerland, Germany and France, for example for the International Opera Festival of Avenches, Switzerland (Sinfonietta Lausanne; Rico Saccani, Budapest, conductor), the Swiss Contemporary Music Festival (including Radio Recording), the Chamber Opera of Hamburg and the opera house of Basle, the role of Prince Orlowsky in Vaduz, Liechtenstein and the witch "Taven" in Gounod‘s rare-played opera „Mireille“ for the Festival "Arles en Musique" (with maestro Roberto Rizzi, La Scala di Milano and Nathalie Marin, Venice). After her change to the dramatic "Fach" debut as "Mimi", "Tosca", "Liù" and "La Wally" with the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Frankfurt with maestro Timor Chadik, Staatstheater Darmstadt.For the Summerfestival Arosa, Switzerland, she performed the role of "Arminda" ("La Finta Giardiniera"/Mozart) and as "Witch" in Humperdinck‘s opera "Haensel and Gretel" for the Bad Hersfeld Summerfestival.

In addition to her work on the opera stage, Ms. Schweizer is an accomplished concert soloist, performing regularly with the English National Players and English Chamber Choir (St. John‘s, Smith Square; Guy Protheroe, cond.), the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir (Musikhalle Hamburg; Matthias Janz, conductor), with the Symphonic Orchestra of Zurich (Tonhalle Zurich) and the Handel-Choir Lucerne, Cultural Congress Centre of Lucerne. She gave her debut in Berlin on the New Year‘s Eve in the Concerthall of Radio Berlin-Brandenburg as "Carmen" with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prague and with Lili Boulanger‘s "Hymne au soleil" in the well-known "Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt" with the Symphonic Orchestra of Berlin. She was invited for the "International Arts Festival Jerusalem" ("Messiah"/Haendel) and again as a guest of the Jerusalem Oratorio Choir and the Jerusalem Opera House ("Elijah"/Mendelssohn). Debut at the Philharmony of Cologne with Gerd Albrecht (Dvorak-opera "Cert a Kaca"). Maintaining an active recital schedule, she dedicates herself to the performance of lesser known song and concert repertoire as well as presenting various new works (opera, oratory and "Lied").

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