Silvia Berghammer                                                                       

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Biography  

 

German lyric soprano Silvia Berghammer studied vocal pedagogics, gaining a first-class honours degree at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg.

   

In 2006 she received her 'Bachelor' diploma in Vocal Performance at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (with teachers Diane Forlano, Rita Dams, Lenie van den Heuvel and coach Peter Nilsson). In 2005/2006 Silvia Berghammer was a member of the elementary class of the Opera Academy (Amsterdam-The Hague). In january 2009 she finished her studies with the 'Master of Music' degree (with emphasis on opera and oratorio) at the Conservatory in The Hague.

 

   

At the moment she is completing her studies by working intensively  with Diane Forlano and the renowned vocal teacher and voice researcher Maestro David Jones (New York).

   

She has followed masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Janet Williams, Michael Chance, Cathy Pope, Alison Pearce, David Wilson-Johnson, Ron Murdock, Paula de Wit, Renate Schulze-Schindler, Kurt Widmer, Jard van Nes and Barbara Pearson.

 

   

During her studies at the Mozarteum in Salzburg Silvia Berghammer already gained experience in teaching by giving singing lessons at German music schools. Since then she has specialized in her own vocal studio in teaching the Swedish/Italian School of Singing (in collaboration with Maestro David Jones).

 

 

This lyric soprano is much in demand as a soloist in song and oratorio. She regularly gives concerts and song recitals in Germany, The Netherlands, Austria and Italy. Her opera and concert repertoire spans all genres of music  from Baroque to Contemporary with emphasis on the Classical and Romantic periods.

In opera her voice is especially suitable for the lyric Mozart roles (e.g. Contessa, Pamina, Fiordiligi a.o.) and the operas of Richard Strauss.

 

 

In 2013 Silvia Berghammer was jury-member of the well-known competition "Jugend musiziert" in Germany.

In 2011 Silvia Berghammer performed "2. Edelknabe" (Tannhäuser) with conductor Thomas Hengelbrock at the Richard-Wagner Festival in Bayreuth, Germany. 

In August 2010 and 2011 she sang “Edeldamen”  in the Lohengrin production of the Richard-Wagner Festival in Bayreuth with conductor Andris Nelsons.

She was honoured with the Mendelssohn prize and was prize winnar of the Mendelssohn - Competition in Frankfurt a. M. in october 2010.

She gave an opening-concert of the Mendelssohn-Days with the “Philharmonie Baden-Baden” at the “Alte Oper” in Frankfurt with conductor Dr. Paulus Christmann.

November 2009 she performed Saffi in Der Zigeunerbaron from Joh. Straub with conductor Rutger van Leyden.

2008 she made her debut at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels  with the winners from the Queen-Elizabeth Competition in Belgium on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the European Union Choir. Onder conductor Theodor Guschlbauer and the National Orchestra of Belgium she performed the soprano-part in Mendelssohn's Elijah with great success.

Among her concert activities have been her debut as Governess in Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw and Albert Herring (Harry) under conductor Kenneth Montgomery and engagements at the YO-Festival (Youth Opera Festival) in Utrecht, the National Theatre in The Hague, the international festivals for contemporary music in Den Bosch, Gent and Herne as well as Pfingsten Barock Festival in Salzburg.

 

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