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Judith Graf (Soprano)

Born: Rüti, Canton of Zürich, Switzerland.

The Swiss soprano, Judith Graf, played violin for vten years before she began her vocal training at the Zurich Konservatorium Zürich with Professor Carol Smith. After teaching diploma at Ruth Rohner, she conducted further studies to London with Vera Rozsa and at the famous Juilliard School in New York. She attended master-classes with Kammersängerin Edith Mathis at Internationale Musikfestwochen Luzern, as well as with Luisa Bosabalian in Weimar. She is winner of a scholarsihp from the Ernst-Göhner-Stiftung/Migros. In Basel she finished the Opera Studio with distinction.

Since then Judith Graf is a popular opera and concert singer, both at home and abroad. She has sung all the great W.A. Mozart roles of her voice (Pamina, Fiordiligi, Contessa, Donna Elvira, Vitellia, etc.), as well as numerous roles from the Baroque to the contemporary repertoire (including Poppea by Monteverdi, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky, Marguerite in the eponymous opera by Charles Gounod, the title role in Anna Bolena by Donizetti, opera by H.W. Henze, G.A. Derungs, G. Schedl). In the operetta field Gräfin Máriza and Sonja in Der Zarewitsch belong to their repertoire. She has appeared at opera houses such as the Staatstheater Stuttgart (W.A. Mozart, Strauss and Monteverdi-roles), Landestheater Salzburg, Théâtre Municipal de Lausanne, Theater Basel, Stadttheater St. Gallen, Musiktheater Biel, etc.

Her concert activituy has led Judith Graf to all major Swiss concert halls as well as in Germany, including Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe, Düsseldorf, etc., etc. also to Austria, France, Holland, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Japan. Her repertoire includes major works by J.S. Bach, George Frideric Handel, Haydn and W.A. Mozart, among others; concert arias with conductor Armin Jordan, L.v. Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Symphony No. 9 (including Bern Bundesplatz with conductor Dmitri Kitaenko, as well as Festival in Varna), the soprano part in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Bruckner's Masses, Johannes Brahms' Requiem, Robert Schumann's Faust Szenen, Das Paradies und die Peri, Felix Mendelssohn's Paulus, Elias (in Karlsruhe, Victoria Hall Genève, Casino Bern), Messe Solennelle by Rossini, Dvorák's: Requiem, Stabat Mater, works by Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint-Saëns, Gade, Edward Elgar, Benjamin Britten's War Requiem (Cathédrale de Lausanne) and Verdi's Requiem (performances at Tonhalle Zürich, Victoria Hall Genève, Düsseldorf, and Japan: Osaka Symphony Hall and Kyoto Concert Hall). Other highlights in her career include working with Philippe Jordan in Aix-en-Provence and in Lausanne with Dominique Meyer. in addition, she has given numerous recitals and chamber music concerts at home and abroad..

Judith Graf has participated in various interviews, radio broadcasts and CD recordings.

Since 1999, Judith Graf sh has educational activities with private students. She is Vice-President of Association "NowaCanto". founded in Austria 2011

Source: Judith Graf - Michael Nowak Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2016)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Links to other Sites

Judith Graf (Judith Graf - Michael Nowak Official Website) [German]

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