Sylvia Greenberg

Sylvia Greenberg portrait
Distinguished Artist in Residence

The Israeli soprano made her vocal debut in a concert with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. During the years as a member of the Zurich Opera House and of the Deutsche Oper Berlin she sang many coloratura roles, such as Zerbinetta, Blonde, Oscar and Sophie. However, Mozart's Queen of the Night became the artist's hallmark at virtually all of the major European opera houses. Guest engagements have led her to the festivals in Salzburg, Bayreuth and Aix en Provence as well to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan where she sang the title role in Donizetti's “Lucia di Lammermoor”. She appeared in world premieres of operas by Manzoni and Berio in Milan and in Salzburg.

During the early 1990’s, Konstanze in Mozart's “Abduction from the Seraglio” became a major role of her repertoire, and she has sung this at the Vienna State Opera, as well as in Bonn, Toulouse, Ludwigsburg, and Wuerzburg . Since then the artist has moved to the more lyric repertoire, first as Pamina, then as Micaëla and Donna Elvira. She sang Donna Anna for the first time in Munich in 2001.

The artist is as established in the concert world as she is on the opera stage. She made her highly acclaimed U.S. debut singing Haydn's “The Creation” under George Solti in Chicago, and her New York debut in Carl Orff's “Carmina burana” under Zubin Mehta. Sylvia Greenberg has worked with many of the world’s leading conductors, including Abbado, Bertini, Blomstedt, Chailly, Dohnanyi, Flor, Frühbeck de Burgos, Harnoncourt, Lopez-Cobos, Luisi, Maazel, Muti, Nagano, Norrington, Rilling, Roshdestvensky, Sawallisch, Tilson Thomas and Varviso. She appears frequently with the great orchestras of Europe and abroad. Her wide concert repertoire includes Bach's passions, Mahler's symphonies, Dvorák's, Szymanowski's and Poulenc's Stabat Mater, and virtually all of Mozart’s sacred works. Furthermore she has sung world premieres of music by Krzysztof Penderecki and Gil Shohat.

Sylvia Greenberg can be heard on numerous recordings which include Mozart's “Abduction”, Haydn's “Creation” and “L'anima del filosofo”, Gluck's “Paride ed Elena”, sacred music by Poulenc and Bizet as well as Orff's “Carmina burana” and Berio's “Un re in ascolto”. The artist's most recent releases are concerning Mahler's 8th Symphony under Kent Nagano with Sylvia Greenberg singing the 1st soprano as well as the newly rediscovered cantata "Crudel tiranno amor" by George Friedrich Haendel (recorded 2006). Her schedule includes frequent recitals, and she is also highly respected as a teacher, holding classes primarily in Munich and Vienna.

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