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Judith Spiesser, soprano

The German soprano was born 1982 in Gräfelfing, Bavaria. She studied voice at the Academy of Music and Theater in Munich with Wolfgang Brendel. Concurrently with her studies, she has performed at renowned festivals such as the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, the Simon Mayr Festival and -with a scholarship- at the Young Artists' Festival at Bayreuth Margravial Opera House. Her first opera engagements led her to the Pasinger Fabrik and the Opera Festival Gut Immling. She completed her studies in master classes with Lioba Braun and Marlis Petersen, and took lessons in lied interpretation from the noted lied accompanist Helmut Deutsch.

With the Georgian Chamber Orchestra she sang the role of Raguel in the cd production of the oratorio "Tobias" by Simon Mayr for Naxos lable. She was a finalist at the 14th Louis Spohr International Singing Competition in Kassel and was awarded the Audience Prize. In 2009, she made her debut in Qatar as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and was frequently reinvited as a guest soloist.

This was followed by roles such as of Adele/Die Fledermaus (The Bat), Despina/Così fan tutte and Fauno in Mozart’s Ascanio in Alba. For the last mentioned role the press praised her "flawless voice" and "very unique timbre, with which she joins the guild of excellent coloratura singers".
The concert repertoire of the young soprano includes works such as Handel's Messiah, Exsultate, Jubilate by Mozart and the German Requiem by Brahms. The latter, she sang alongside Wolfgang Brendel in the Hercules Hall of the Munich residence, broadcast live for Bayerischer Rundfunk, conducted by Hayko Siemens.

She took part in the project `Business meets Opera´ which has led her to Hongkong, Cannes, Amsterdam, Lisbon and Vienna.

In the 2012-13 Season, Judith Spiesser was a member of the Landestheater Neustrelitz, where she appeared in roles such as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, Anna in Menotti’s Der Konsul, Belotte in Madame Pompadour and Anne in La Cage aux Folles.

In 2013-14 she has performed Germaine in the operetta „Tanz auf dem Pulverfass“ by G. A. Kerker at the Stadttheater Gießen. In 2014-15, she made her role debut as Gilda/Rigoletto at Pflalztheater Kaiserslautern to great acclaim. In addtion, she appeared as Queen of the Night at the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich.

 

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