KS. GABRIELE FONTANA
When the austrian Soprano Gabriele Fontana marked her Debut at the Age of 21 as Pamina in the Frankfurt Opera House,she already was a Member in the Opera Studio at the Vienna State Opera, and had won the Bachprize at the international Competition in Leipzig, and the R. Tauber Memorial Prize in London. Her early Career continued when she became a member at the Hamburg State Opera, where she sang parts such as Pamina,Contessa,Fiordiligi,Elvira a.o. and where she created the Role of Sophie Scholl in U. Zimmermann´s “Weisse Rose”. Since then Fontana has been a regular presence at the world’s best opera houses making appearances in Hamburg,Berlin, Munich,Amsterdam, Barcelona, Geneva, Tokyo, Philadelphia, and New York with Major Roles like Fidelio, Chrysothemis,Kaiserin, Marschallin,Siglinde and Senta a.o.She has also been a regular performer at the Salzburg Festival and has made appearances at the Glyndebourne Festival, Vienna Festival, the Bregenzer Festspiele, the London Proms, Prague Spring Festival, and at festivals in Berlin, Dresden, Israel, the USA and Japan.
She has worked regularely with conductors as Blomstedt, Boulez, Barenboim, Davis, von Dohnanyi, Haitink, Leinsdorf, Mazur,.Mehta,Sawallisch, Tate, Welser-Möst u.o. A new „Ring“ Production brought Fontanas Debut in Bayreuth under Thielemann.
A wide Discography documents her artistic way, like “Schubert-Lieder”, Bach Cantatas, ZDENKA/Arabella and Rheingold for DECCA, ROSALINDE/Naxos, Moses ans Aron/DG, Lieder by H.Wolf/R.Strauss/Preiser and the first recording of all Songs by Clara Schumann.
Since 2007 she was o. Prof. for Lied and Oratorio at the Music University in Vienna, and has Masterclasses New York, Washington, Hamburg, England, Savonlinna, Amsterdam, Tokio, Taiwan.