Michaela Kaune

Michaela Kaune is an internationally highly demanded soprano and gets invitations to major opera companies from all over the world. Recently she sang Sieglinde in Beijing in Walküre, a coproduction of the Salzburg Easter Festival and the Beijing Music Festival. In the same role she is invited to the Grand Théâtre de Geneve. In June 2018 she will make her Glyndebourne Festival debut as Marschallin in Rosenkavalier. Later this year, in September, Michaela will also stage this role at the Ópera de Colombia in Bogotá. The renowned soprano sang this role already in houses like the Opéra de Paris, the Bavarian State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin etc. The Glyndebourne-debut confirms Michaela Kaune’s position as one of the leading Strauss-interpreters of our time.

In November 2017 made her Elbphilharmonie-debut with the final scene of Capriccio under Marek Janowski.

Future engagements include a concert in Barcelone, where she will sing Mahler’s 4th Symphony under Kazushi Ono. She is invited for Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (incl. CD) and Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with the Brandenburg Staate Orchestra.

Recently she appeared in the role of Marschallin in a series of eight performances of Strauss Rosenkavalier at the Opéra National de Paris (MD Philippe Jordan). In the title role of Jenufa she was invited to the New National Theatre, Tokyo. The DVD of this production with Michaela Kaune had been nominated for the Grammy Award 2016.

Further engagements include Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and at the China National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing, Elettra in Idomeneo (role debut) at the Teatro la Fenice, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes at the Deutschen Oper Berlin, Sieglinde in Walküre at the Budapest Wagner Festival and in concert performances with the Bamberg Symphonic Orchestra, Schoenberg’s Gurre Lieder at the Opéra de Paris, Bruch’s Loreley at the Bavarian Radio Munich in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Zurich Opera, with Mahlers 8. Symphony in Graz, as well as in the 75th Anniversary concerts for Christoph Eschenbach at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival 2015.

From 2007-2011 the artist sang Eva in Die Meistersinger at the Bayreuth Festival.

For her intensive collaboration with the Deutsche Oper Berlin she has been awarded as Berliner Kammersängerin.

Furthermore she appeared regularly at the Bavarian State Opera Munich and at the Semperoper Dresden and was invited to the Opéra National de Paris, the Vienna State Opera, the New National Theatre Tokyo, the Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam, the Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, the Grand Théâtre de Geneve and the Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp, as well as to the Salzburg Festival, the Bayreuth Festival, the Ravinia Festival, the Budapest Festival, the Maggio Musicale in Florence, the Festival de Radio France, the Bremen festival, the Carnegie Hall New York and to the NHK Symphony orchestra Tokyo.

In her key repertoire you can find: the title roles of Katja Kabanova, Rusalka, Ariadne auf Naxos and Arabella, Countess in Capriccio, Desdemona in Otello, Tatjana in Eugen Onegin, Agathe in Der Freischütz, Blanche in Les dialogues des Carmelites, Marie in The bartered bride, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus and Leonore in Fidelio.

Michaela Kaune works with conductors such as: Zubin Metha, Christoph Eschenbach, Simone Young, Christian

Thielemann, Marek Janowski, Jun Märkl, Kent Nagano, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marc Minkowski Gary Bertini, Friedemann Layer, Stefan Soltesz, Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Stenz, Lothar Zagrosek, Philippe Jordan, Marc Albrecht, Peter Schneider, Alan Gilbert, Dennis Russell Davies, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Eliahu Inbal, Eiji Oue and Peter Ruzicka.

Her broad concert repertoire reaches from baroque to the 21st century. A special importance have the works by Mahler and Strauss. With Lied recitals she has been heard f.e. at the Dresden Music festival, at the International Beethoven fest in Bonn, the Hugo Wolf Academy, Stuttgart and at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. She collaborated with pianists like Christoph Eschenbach, Helmut Deutsch, Irwin Gage, Eric Schneider etc.

Recordings: Strauss Orchestra Songs with NDR Hannover under Eiji Oue, Henze’s Nachtstücke und Arien with NDR Hamburg under Peter Ruzicka, Mahler’s 2nd Symphony with NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo under Jun Märkl and Penderecki’s Symphony No. 8 (Lieder der Vergänglichkeit) with the Warsaw Symphony Orchestra and Antoni Wit and Janacek’s Jenufa on DVD Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Michaela Kaune was born in Hamburg and studied with Prof. Judith Beckmann at the Music Academy of her hometown. She has been a prize winner at the Belvedere Wettbewerb in Vienna (1996), was awarded the Otto-Kasten-Preis of the Deutsche Bühnenverein in 1999 and the Music award of the NDR Hamburg.