Michaela Kaune


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The internationally highly demanded soprano Michaela Kaune has invitations to major operacompanies all over the world. Recently she sang Sieglinde in Beijing in WALKÜRE, a coproduction of the Salzburg Easter Festivaland the Beijing Music Festival. With the same role she has been invited to the Grand Théâtre de Genève. At the Staatsoper Berlin she will sing the role of Leonore in FIDELIO.In June 2018 she made her Glyndebourne Festival debutas Marschallin in ROSENKAVALIER. Later this year, in September, Michaela Kaune sang the same roleat the Ópera de Colombiain Bogotá.The Marschallin, one of her signature rolesshe sang inhouses like the Opéra de Paris, the Bavarian State Opera, the Deutsche OperBerlin,theChina National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijinga.o. She made her Elbphilharmonie-debut with the final scene of CAPRICCIO under Marek Janowski.

In the title role of JENUFA she was invited to the New National Theatre, Tokyoand the Deutsche Oper Berlin. The DVD of this production with Michaela Kaune had been nominated for the Grammy Award 2016. Furtherengagements include Elettra in IDOMENEO (roledebut) at the Teatro la Fenice, Ellen Orford in PETER GRIMES at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Sieglinde in WALKÜRE at the Budapest Wagner Festival and in concert performances with the Bamberg Symphonic Orchestraand the title role of ARIADNE AUF NAXOS at the Zurich Opera. Furthermore she appeared regularly at the Bavarian State Opera Munich and at the Semperoper Dresden and was invited to the Opéra National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, the New National Theatre Tokyo,the Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, the Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, the Grand Théâtre de Genèveand the Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, as well as to the Salzburg Festival, the Bayreuth Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Budapest Festival, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Festival de Radio France, the Bremen festival, the Carnegie Hall New York and to the NHK Symphony orchestra Tokyo.

From 2007-2011 the artist sang Evain DIE MEISTERSINGER at the Bayreuth Festival.In her key repertoire you can find: the title roles of KATJA KABANOVA, RUSALKA, ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and ARABELLA, Countess in CAPRICCIO, Desdemona in OTELLO, Tatjana in EUGEN ONEGIN, Agathe in DER FREISCHÜTZ, Blanche in LES DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES, Marie in THE BARTERED BRIDE, Rosalinde in DIE FLEDERMAUS andLeonore in FIDELIO.Michaela Kaune works with conductors such as: Zubin Metha, Christoph Eschenbach, Simone Young, Christian Thielemann, Marek Janowski, Jun Märkl, Kent Nagano, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marc Minkowski Gary Bertini, Friedemann Layer, Stefan Soltesz, Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Stenz, Lothar Zagrosek, Philippe Jordan, Marc Albrecht, Peter Schneider, Alan Gilbert,Dennis Russell Davies, Esa-Pekka Salonen, EliahuInbal, Eiji Oue and Peter Ruzicka.

Her broad concert repertoire reaches from baroque to the 21st century.A special focus is onthe works by Mahler and Strauss.With LIED RECITALS she has been heard for example at the Dresden Music festival, at the International Beethovenfest in Bonn, the Hugo Wolf Academy, Stuttgartand at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival.She collaborated with pianists like Christoph Eschenbach, Helmut Deutsch, Irwin Gage, Eric Schneider etc.

Recordings: STRAUSS ORCHESTRA SONGS with NDR Hannoverunder Eiji Oue, Henze’s NACHTSTÜCKE UND ARIEN with NDR Hamburgunder Peter Ruzicka, Mahler’s 2ndSYMPHONY with NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyounder Jun Märkl and Penderecki’s SYMPHONY NO. 8 (Lieder der Vergänglichkeit) with the Warsaw Symphony Orchestraand Antoni Wit, Janacek’s JENUFA on DVD Deutsche Oper Berlinand Mahler’s 8THSYMPHONIE with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra under Gabriel Feltz.

Michaela Kaune was born in Hamburg and studied with Prof. Judith Beckmann at the Music Academy of her hometown.She has been a prize winner at the Belvedere Wettbewerbin Vienna (1996), was awarded the Otto-Kasten-Preis of the Deutsche Bühnenverein in 1999 and the Music award of the NDR Hamburg.For her intensive collaboration with the Deutsche Oper Berlin she hasbeen awarded as Berliner Kammersängerin.


Michaela Kaune