© Monika Rittershaus
© Monika Rittershaus

Hanna Schwarz

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Hanna Schwarz is a world renowned concert and opera singer. After her studies of psychology she began studying voice at the musical academy of Hannover, where she made her debut as Sigrune in Walküre. She soon after obtained an award at a competition in Berlin, and was engaged at the Hamburg State Opera. Since 1975 she has been singing in Bayreuth the roles of Erda, Fricka, Brangäne and Waltraute, and with James Levine she made a recording as Waltraute in New York with the Deutsche Grammophon.


From then on Hanna Schwarz started an international career, bringing her among others with Ring productions to San Francisco, Metropolitan Opera New York under James Levine, to the Bavarian State Opera under Wolfgang Sawallisch, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg and Royal Opera House Covent Garden under Bernard Haitink.


The Salzburg Festival engaged Hanna Schwarz for Parsifal and Zauberflöte under Herbert von Karajan, followed by Lulu / Geschwitz and Salome / Herodias. Also she had great success with roles such as Octavian, Orpheus, Carmen (in a production of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle with Placido Domingo), as Amme (Die Frau ohne Schatten) and Klytämnestra (Elektra). With this role Hanna Schwarz had been chosen „Singer of the Year 1997“.


Hanna Schwarz equally dedicates herself to concerts and recitals.

Among others she has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna, Berlin and Boston and the Concertgebouw Orchestra with Karl Böhm, Seji Ozawa, James Levine, Zubin Mehta, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Lorin Maazel, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph von Dohnanyi und Leonard Bernstein.


Hanna Schwarz is also a renowned interpreter of contemporary music and has already performed works by the composers Hans Werner Henze, Mauricio Kagel, Pierre Boulez, Alfred Schnittke and Leonard Bernstein.


Projects in the past were new productions of Les dialogues des Carmélites and Pique Dame in Basel, concerts Die Dreigroschenoper in Vienna, London, Paris and Hamburg, Salome in Valencia, Rheingold in Sevilla,Salome at the New National Theatre Tokyo, a new production of Jenufa at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as well as Salome at the Canadian Opera Toronto.


At the Salzburg Festival at Easter 2011 Hanna Schwarz sang the part of Herodias in Salome under Sir Simon Rattle.


Future engagements include Jenufa at the Staatsoper Berlin and at Theater an der Wien, Peter Grimes at the Theater an der Wien, Sleepless (P. Eötvös) at the Staatsoper Berlin and in Geneva.


Hanna Schwarz participated in numerous opera and concert recordings.

October 2021 – For the most recent biography please contact Ms. Nicola Kamphausen