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Hermine Haselböck (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: March 7, 1967 - Melk, (Lower) Austria

The Austrian mezzo-soprano, Hermine Haselböck, studied at the University of performing Arts in Vienna under Rita Streich as well as the Hochschule für Musik Detmold in Germany under Ingeborg Ruß, qualifying both with performers’ and vocal education diploma. Master-classes and singing lessons by Sena Jurinac, Marjana Lipovšek, Christa Ludwig, Eva Randova, Brigitte Fassbaender and Carol Blaickner-Mayo provided her with the vital impetus to pursue an artistic career.

Hermine Haselböck has collaborated with conductors such as Bertrand de Billy, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Vladimir Fedosejev, Manfred Honeck, Gustav Kuhn, Fabio Luisi, Kirill Petrenko, Martin Sieghart, Christian Thielemann, Erwin Ortner, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Franz Welser-Möst, Jaap van Zweden and orchestras such as the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, Münchner Philharmoniker, Residentie Orkest Den Haag, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Wiener Symphoniker, RSO Wien, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Haydnorchestra of Bolzano and Trento, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresdner Philharmonie, Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra, Spirit of Europe and Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her opera roles include Hänsel in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel (Volksoper Vienna), Dorabella in W.A. Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (Concertgebouw Amsterdam), Ramiro in W.A. Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera (New National Opera Tokyo), 2nd Lady in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (Theater an der Wien and Grand Theatre de la Ville Luxembourg), Mercedes in Georges Bizet's Carmen (with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Festival Styriarte) and Ernesto in Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna (Brucknerhaus Linz). Since 2010 also dramatic mezzo-soprano roles's 3. Magd in Strauss's Elektra (Festival Baden-Baden), Magdalene in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Flosshilde in Wagner's Rheingold (Rome under Kirill Petrenko), Brangäne in Wagner's Tristan und Isolde (Tyrolean Festival Erl), Gertrud in E. Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel (Operahouse Graz), Azucena in Verdi's Il Trovatore and Fricka in Wagner's Rhine Gold and Valkyrie.

International recital and concert performances have led her to Carnegie Hall - New York, Musikverein Vienna, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Konzerthaus Vienna, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Mozarteum Salzburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Philharmonie im Gasteig Munich, Frauenkirche Dresden, Brucknerhaus Linz and Teatro San Carlo Naples as well as to festivals such as Styriarte, Wiener Festwochen, KlangBogen Vienna, Gustav Mahler Music Weeks Dobbiaco /Toblach, Bachfest Leipzig, Brucknerfest Linz, Festival Sagra Musicale Umbra - Perugia, Kunstfest Weimar, MDR Musiksommer Leipzig, Tyrolean Festival and the Haydnfestival Eisenstadt.

Her repertoire includes works by J.S. Bach (Cantatas, Passions), George Frideric Handel (Messiah), Felix Mendelssohn (Elias), L.v. Beethoven (Symphony N. 9, Missa Solemnis) as well as Gustav Mahler (Songs of a Wayfarer, Songs on the Death of Children, Rückertsongs, Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3, Song of the Earth), Wolf (Italian and Spanish Sonbook), Zemlinsky (Maeterlinck Songs), Wagner (Wesendoncklieder) and Verdi (Requiem).

Hermine Haselböck‘s both Solo CD's received Awards: For "Songs by Zemlinsky" (Bridge Records) she won the Pasticcio Prize of Austrian Classic Radio Ö1 2004 and the International Alexander Zemlinsky Prize 2005, presented to her at a concert in the Musikverein, Vienna. For her CD with „Mahler Kindertotenlieder, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Rückertlieder“ (also at Label Bridge Records) she got the Supersonic Award of the Journal Pizzicato. Furthermore her discography includes: G. Donizetti: Adelia (Sony-BMG), L.v. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Col Legno), F. Schubert: Mass in A flat major (ORF), F. Schubert: Mass in E flat major (Gramola), F. Schreker: Lieder (Bridge Records), L.v. Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (Col Legno), G. Mahler: Song of the Earth (Cavi-Music) and R. Strauss: Elektra on DVD (Unitel).

Source: Hermine Haselböck Website; Photos 01-08: by Kurt Pinter
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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Video: BWV 90

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Mezzosoprano Hermine Haselbock (Official Website)
Hermine Haselböck on LinkedIn
Hermine Haselböck, mezzosoprano (IAAC)
Biographie de la Mezzo-soprano Hermine Haselböck (Danart) [English/French]

Hermine Haselböck (Wikipedia)
Hermine Haselbock - Bio (Naxos)

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