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Ursula Langmayr (Soprano)

Born: Linz, Austria

The Austrian soprano, Ursula Langmayr, received her early musical education in the music-high school of her hometown Linz. This was followed up with studies at the Mozarteum-University in Salzburg, where she was trained by Ingrid Janser-Mayr and Wolfgang Holzmayr.

Ever since Ursula Langmayr has been very much in demand, performing in national and international festivals, such as Wien Modern, Wiener Festwochen, Steirischer Herbst, Styriarte, Bregenzer Festspiele, Salzburger Festspiele, Carinthischer Sommer, Märzmusik Berlin, Berlin Modern, Warsawautumn, Wagner Festival Wels and many others. She has been cooperating with conductors and artists like Silvian Cambreling, Riccardo Chailly, Lorenz Duftschmid, Beat Furrer, Sebastian Gottschick, Paul Gulda, Uwe Christian Harrer, Martin Haselböck, Erwin Ortner, Emilio Pomàrico, Johannes Prinz, Dennis Russel Davies, Russel Ryan, and with such orchestras as the Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Recherche, Wiener Philharmoniker, Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, and Brucknerorchester Linz.

Ursula Langmayr is also active as an opera singer, performing in various Mozart-operas as well as in the Austrian premiere of Orpheo by Philipp Glass as Euridice and the world premiere of Begehren by Beat Furrer.

Another scope of her singing is Lied-repertiore, which includes recitals of songs by Kurt Schwertsik and the premiere of Tehellim by Steve Reich.

As an oratorio singer she has been performing J.S.Bachís St. John Passion (BWV 245), St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and Mass in B minor (BWV 232) (in co-operation with Orchester Wiener Akademie directed by Martin Haselböck), J. Haydnís Creation, Johannes Brahmsí Deutsches Requiem, Mozartís Mass in C minor and practically all masses by Bruckner, Haydn and Schubert.

As a flexible and versatile artist she has been performing in festivals and concert halls all over Europe (including Italy, Sardinia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Serbia and Bosnia) as well as the USA, Japan and China, New Zealand..Her latest projects included the role of Sandrina in Mozartís La finta giardiniera (performed in the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Luxembourg Philharmonie), Weltgeist in Mozartís Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots (Carinthischer Sommer 2006), the opera I hate Mozart by Bernhard Lang and the Engel in Thomas Daniel Schleeís Ich, Hiob (Carinthischer Sommer 2007). She has also appeared as Maria in Die Geburt des Täufers by Jyrki Linjama, and in the premiere of the opera Len Lye in Auckland, New Zealand. She had additional engagements at the Opéra Garnier, the Centre Pompidou, the Salzburger Festspielen, the Grazer Oper and the IGNM Tagen in Bern, where she performed György Kurtág's Kafka Fragments.

2013-2014 season includes CD recordings in Finland and New Zealand, performances at the Theater an der Wien, the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Linzer Brucknerhaus, as well as Lieder recitals and concerts at home. The CD "What can we poor females do?" That Ursula Langmayr has recorded with the mezzo-soprano Christa Ratzenböck and pianist Russell Ryan was awarded the Pasticciopreis of OE1



Source: Ursula Langmayr Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (November 2013); Auckland Choral Society Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2013)

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Elisabeth Zottele

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BWV 244

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Ursula Langmayr (Official Website) [German]

Ursula Langmayr Ė soprano (Auckland Choral Society)

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