University of Music and theater Munich - Katharina Konradi

Katharina Konradi was born in Bischkek, Kyrgyzstan and is the first soprano from this country to have an international career as a lied, concert and opera singer. In 2009 she began her singing training with Julie Kaufmann in Berlin and subsequently completed her master’s degree in lied interpretation with Christiane Iven and Donald Sulzen at the Munich Academy of Music and Theatre. Attending masterclasses by Helmut Deutsch and Klesie Kelly-Moog gave Katharina Konradi’s career as a soprano further musical and artistic momentum.

In 2015 Katharina Konradi became a member of the ensemble of the Hessen State Theatre in Wiesbaden for three years, where she sang many important soprano roles, including Pamina, Gretel, Adele, Susanna, Zerlina and Nannetta. Following her remarkable debut in Hamburg, singing Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz, Katharina Konradi joined the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera at the beginning of the 2018/19 season. In the same season she made her debut as Zdenka in Arabella by Richard Strauss at the Semperoper in Dresden.

In spring 2021 the artist will make her debut as Sophie in the new production Der Rosenkavalier by R. Strauss (Staging: Barrie Kosky) at the Bavarian State Opera (Munich). In summer 2021 she will return to the Bayreuth Festival in the role of the Young Sheperd in Richard Wagners Tannhäuser (Staging: Tobias Kratzer).

Since the autumn of 2018 Katharina Konradi has been supported by the BBC in the context of the two-year program New Generation Artist with various engagements and recordings in Great Britain. Winning the German Music Competition in 2016 already led to important concert engagements with renowned orchestras such as NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, the Symphony Orchestra of the MDR, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as well as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble under conductors such as Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck, Paavo Järvi, Kent Nagano and Daniel Harding.

In the coming season Katharina Konradi will be the soprano soloist in Mozart`s Mass in c-minor in Oslo (Oslo Philharmonic, Klaus Mäkelä) and in Brahms` Ein Deutsches Requiem with Thomas Hengelbrock in Baden-Baden, followed by a tournee to Hamburg, Bremen, Salzburg, Freiburg, Dortmund, Brussels and Paris. Furthermore she can be heard among other things in Mozart`s Requiem as well in Pittsburgh conducted by Manfred Honeck as with Antwerp Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Philippe Herreweghe. Together with Schumann-Quartett Katharina Konradi will be guest in Madrid and Barcelona to perform the fifth string quartet by J. Widmann and songs by Robert Schumann arranged by A. Reimann.

Lied interpretation is a big passion of the young artist. In the meantime she has appeared with various programs for example at Schubertiada in Vilabertran, in Kölner Philharmonie and in the Wigmore Hall in London, where she will return to for another song recital in October 2020. Further performances will follow among others in Oxford Lieder Festival, at Schubertiade in Hohenems, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and Boulez-Saal in Berlin. Katharina Konradi appeared as a guest in the TV broadcast Stars of Tomorrow on arte hosted by Rolando Villazón and she took part in a film documentary about Clara Schumann (directed by Andreas Morell), which was screened for the first time in September 2019 on arte.