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Soloist Concert: Angelika Kirchschlager & Julius Drake at Vienna’s State Opera

Opera and Lieder Singer KS Angelika Kirchschlager

Acclaimed Opera and Lieder singer KS Angelika Kirchschlager will be joined by pianist Julius Drake in a concert at Vienna’s State Opera on October 11, 2018.

Kirchschlager trained in music at Salzburg Mozarteum, where she studied piano and percussion. In the early 1980’s she joined the Vienna Music Academy, where her knowledge of music got enriched further by studying with Austrian greats Walter Berry and Gerhard Kahry. Her first musical work was at the Graz Opera House and Vienna’s Kammer Opera. In 1991, Kirchschlager won the third prize in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition. In 1993, she made her stage debut as Octavian for the opera “Der Rosenkavalier” at Graz. The same year Kirchschlager was inducted as a member of Vienna’s State Opera. She debuted here with“The Marriage of Figaro” as Cherubino. More appreciation came her way when she won the prestigious Mozart Medal of the Mozartgemeinde in Vienna.

In 2002, the big moment came for Kirchschlager as Sophie in Nicholas Maw's “Sophie’s Choice” at London’s Royal Opera House. She reprised her role for the opera’s revised version too, which premiered in the US at the Washington Opera and in Austria at Vienna’s Volksoper. Kirchschlager is a regular guest of Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the annual Lieder festival that takes place every year at Vorarlberg, Austria. Simon Keenlyside and Helmut Deutsch are some of Kirchschlager’s frequent collaborators. Some of her notable roles in Opera are, Annio in La clemenza di Tito, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Idamante in Idomeneo, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi and Melisande in Pelleas et Melisande among many others.

British Pianist Julius Drake has never been carried away by accolades. The master pianist says on his website that “I feel tremendously lucky to be able to earn my living playing the piano. I am constantly stretched and stimulated by the music I play and I’m inspired by many marvelous friends and colleagues with whom I share the platform. I am very privileged.” Drake studied music at the Royal College of Music and the Purcell School.

Drake was educated at the Purcell School and the Royal College of Music. He debuted in 1981 at the Purcell Room. He went on to develop a predilection for Robert Schumann’s music. Apart from teaching music at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Northern College of Music, Drake is involved with the Jean Meikle Music Trust, a charity he started in remembrance of his mother.

The concert is on October 11, 2018 at The Vienna State Opera, Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria

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