Christiane Karg was born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria. She studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and Wolfgang Holzmair, where she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal, and at the Music Conservatory in Verona. In 2009 she was named Young Performer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine. She has twice been awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik prize: in 2010 for her debut Lied CD ‘Verwandlung – Lieder eines Jahres’, accompanied by Burkhard Kehring and in 2016 for her disc of concert arias “Scene!” with Jonathan Cohen and Arcangelo. Her latest disc ‘Parfume’ is a collection of French songs recorded with David Afkham and the Bamberger Symphoniker.

She was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Hamburg State Opera before joining the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera in 2008 where her roles included Susanna, Musetta, Pamina, Servilia, Zdenka and the title role of La Calisto. She returned to Frankfurt in 2013 to sing Mélisande to great critical acclaim in Claus Guth’s new production of Pelleas et Mélisande and in 2015 to sing Sophie / Der Rosenkavalier.

In 2006 she made an auspicious debut at the Salzburg Festival and has returned to sing Amor/Orfeo ed Euridice with Riccardo Muti and Zerlina/Don Giovanni with Yannick Nezet-Seguin. She is a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien where she has sung Ismene/Mitridate, Telaire/Castor and Pollux and Hero/Beatrice et Benedict. At the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich she has sung Ighino/Palestrina, Pamina and Blanche / Les Dialogues des Carmelites. At the Komische Oper Berlin she has sung Musetta/La Boheme and Norina/Don Pasquale and at the Opera de Lille, Anne Trulove/The Rakes Progress. At the Dresden Semperoper she has sung Sophie with Christian Thielemann. In 2015 she made her house debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, singing Pamina; in 2016 she made her house debut at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan, singing Sophie and her U.S operatic debut singing Susana at the Lyric Opera, Chicago; she returned to the Lyric Opera in the 16/17 season for Pamina / Die Zauberflöte.


In concert, Christiane Karg has appeared with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien; Daniel Harding with the London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Dresden Staatskapelle on tour in the U.S.A; Mariss Jansons in Tokyo with the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra; Christian Thielemann at the Salzburg Easter Festival and with the Berlin Philharmonic; Yannick Nézet-Séguin with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and at the Mostly Mozart Festival New York; Jaap van Zweden with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Jonathan Nott with the Bamberg Symphony; Andrés Orozco-Estrada with the Accademia Santa Cecilia Orchestra; Ivor Bolton at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Laurence Equilbey at the Salzburg Festival. Last season she sang her first Strauss’ Vier letze Lieder with the Czech Philharmonic and Manfred Honeck and toured to the U.S.A with the English Concert.

2017/18 operatic engagements include her debuts at the Wiener Staatsoper as Mélisande, at the Metropolitan Opera Company as Susanna, and returns to la Scala for Euridice and the Bayerische Staatsoper for Calisto. She will appear in concert with the Orquesta Nacional de España and David Afkham, Tonhalle Zurich and Florian Helgath, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester and Rafael Payare, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and London Symphony Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov and a European tour with Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra.

Christiane Karg is a distinguished recitalist and has appeared at the Vienna Musikverein, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Wigmore Hall and the Edinburgh Festival (where she was awarded the Herald Angel award). Other appearances include the Mozarteum Salzburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Essen, Cologne, Schwetzingen, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Stuttgart. Recent highlights include her Japanese and U.S recital tour debuts with Malcolm Martineau, including an NHK television broadcast at Oji Hall and Carnegie’s Weill Hall, New York.

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