SILKE HARTSTANG MEZZOSOPRAN

The german opera and concert singer Silke Hartstang began her singing career as a pop and rock singer. After her award as best pop singer of Germany 1995 (DRMV) she completed her artistic training in singing at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. There she was taught by Prof. KS Reinhard Leisenheimer and by Prof. Klesie Kelly-Moog. After successfully passing the Diploma examination in the categories opera / song / oratorio she studied the postgraduate course “Konzertexamen” and completed successfully with the ”Solistische Konzertreife”

Since then she has collaborated with well-known international musicians, singers, educators, conductors, directors, choreographers and pianists, ia. with KS Prof. Kurt Moll, Prof. Dunja Vejzovic, Prof. Michael Hampe, Wolfgang Quetes, Uwe Hergenroeder, Prof. Karl-Josef Görgen, Prof. Cornelis Witthoeft, Prof. Jürgen Glauß, Michael Gees, Pal Molnar, Michael Jurowski, Zolty Nagi or Nayden Todorov.

In 2013 the mezzo-soprano made her Verdi debut as Fenena, in the opera Nabucco, and the following year in her first major Verdi role as a dramatic mezzo-soprano in the opera "Aida", as the king's daughter Amneris, at the State Opera Rousse (Bulgaria). Since then she has been seen and heard internationally and nationally with these roles. Amongst others she appeared as Fenena in November 2016 at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia.

Other stages of her theatre and concert activities led Silke Hartstang amongst other things to the Croatian National Theatre Zagreb, the Opera Cologne, the Theater Hagen, the Wuppertal Bühnen, the Abbey Church Maria Laach, to Baden-Baden and to Berlin in the "Rotes Rathaus".

In addition to more serious roles in the opera repertoire Silke Hartstang proves her comedic talent for example as Countess Novalska, in Carl Millöckers operetta "The Beggar Student".

The "... charismatic stage diva ..." (Allgemeine Zeitung), "... sovereign stage appearance ..." (Rhein-Zeitung) with a "special expressiveness of her voice" (Rhein-Zeitung) is furthermore a requested singer for numerous concerts, vernissages, galas, sacred music and oratorios as well as song, opera and operetta events, which were partly recorded by radio and television (WDR, SWR). The artist was a n invited guest with Azerbaijani songs to the Turkish channel Kanal Avrupa (Kanal Europa) as well as in the series "Baśarli hayatar" of the Turkish channel TRT-Avaz.

As a popular Oratorien singer Silke Hartstang has sung the alto solo part in Johann Sebastian Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" as well as in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem"several times. In addition to masses by Jospeh Haydn or such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and cantatas and oratorios of the Baroque period (St. John Passion, Johann Sebastian Bach, "The Messiah", George Frideric Handel) her repertoire mainly includes works from the Romantic period such as Giuseppe Verdi's "Messa da Requiem", Giocchino Rossini's " Stabat mater ", the" Te deum "by Anton Bruckner or the" Requiem in D minor "by Franz Suppé, as well as in the contemporary repertoire, as in the church opera" Jeremias "by the composer Petr Eben (Part of the mother) or the sole solo part in Karl Jenkins "Mass of peace".

She has performed with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic and the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra (Bulgaria) several times and was a solo artist at the anniversary event "50 Years of the Marketing Club Rhein-Mosel", at the fashion gala of the designer Alfredo Pauly "The Modical 2010 - Opera Ball" in the Kurhaus in Bad-Neuenahr, also on Schloß-Burg Namedy and at the festival "Baroque on the Rhine 2011" at Schloss Engers, in collaboration with the Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz.

In 2006 she was prizewinner at the International Song Competition for Women's Voices of the GEDOK. She was fellow of the Richard Wagner Association-Cologne in 2005 and in 2007 fellow of the European Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Montepulciano (Italy).

In 2010 Silke Hartstang completed her studies studies of vocal pedagogy very successfully at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. Besides she works as a freelance singing teacher and since april 2011 as an academic at the University of Cologne and the University of Koblenz-Landau.