New signing Barbara Kozelj makes her debut as Brangäne for Oper Leipzig’s Tristan und Isolde this autumn. During a busy concert season she returns twice to the Residentie Orkest for...MORE
with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
with the Ebony Band from the CD “Around Prague” (Channel Classics)
with Bas Wiegers & Phion Orkest
“Mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj, whose voice has a beautiful liquid gleam, delivered her aria “Können Tränen meiner Wangen” magnificently, poised and stately, yet suffused with emotional immediacy. “Erbarme dich” was profoundly moving.”
- Haydn Harmoniemesse & Frank Martin In Terra Pax – Radio Filharmonisch Orkest c. Peter Dijkstra
- Elgar Sea Pictures – Residentie Orkest, c. Richard Egarr
- Mahler lieder and Berio folksongs – Asko|Schönberg Ensemble
- Wagner Wesendonck Lieder – Residentie Orkest, c. Laurence Rennes
- Brangäne Tristan und Isolde – Oper Leipzig
Slovenian mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj began her musical studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
Throughout her career Barbara has collaborated with conductors including Richard Egarr, Antony Hermus, Neeme Järvi, Reinbert de Leeuw, Cristian Măcelaru, Paul McCreesh, Kenneth Montgomery, Stefan Soltesz, Otto Tausk, Jan-Willem de Vriend, and Jaap van Zweden, and with orchestras including Academy of Ancient Music, Essener Philharmoniker, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona, Orchestra of St Luke’s, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tiroler Symphonie Orchester Innsbruck, and most of the Dutch orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Barbara also has a close rapport with conductor Iván Fischer, and made her BBC Proms debut in Mozart’s Requiem with his Budapest Festival Orchestra. She subsequently joined the Orchestra on European tours including Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, as well as in the Requiem, and US tours including Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (subsequently released on disc by Channel Classics), and her Carnegie Hall debut performing Bach’s St Matthew Passion.
Her versatility has excited the attention of many composers, and she has given numerous world premières including Max Knigge’s “Dobro do – Episodes from the life of a singer” (based on her own life story), at the Concertgebouw with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, and Jan van de Putte’s Pessoa Cycle with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble.
Barbara also has a strong affinity with Lieder, performing recitals with Thomas Beijer, Julius Drake, Richard Egarr and Phyllis Ferwerda. Her debut release with the Ebony Band, ‘Around Prague’, was released on Channel Classics to high praise from both national and international press.
On the opera stage Barbara has distinguished herself in leading roles including Ruggiero, Cyrus, Galatea and Juno (Händel), Orfeo (Gluck), Donna Elvira and Dorabella (Mozart), L’Enfant (Ravel), Flosshilde (Wagner), Page (R. Strauss), Kasturbai and Mrs. Alexander (Glass), la Femme de chambre (Philippe Boesmans) and Néris (Cherubini), for houses including Essen, Bonn and Dutch National Opera. She received international critical acclaim for her role debut as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with the Academy of Ancient Music and Rchard Egarr, at the Festival Enescu Bucharest and in London’s Barbican Hall, alongside Ian Bostridge as Ulisse.
Recent and future highlights include Mahler Lieder with Nieuw Amsterdams Klarinet Kwartet for Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, a recital with Richard Egarr for Philharmonia Baroque, and concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, Asko|Schönberg Ensemble, Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne (Rossini Petite Messe Solenelle and Mozart Requiem) for Aix-en-Provence Festival de Pâques, PHION (formerly Het Gelders Orkest, Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne) Residentie Orkest (Elgar Sea Pictures; Pergolesi Stabat Mater; Respighi Il Tramonto; Wagner Wesendonck Lieder), Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Haydn Harmoniemesse, Martin In Terra Pax), and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a series of world premieres for Alba Rosa Viva! Festival at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, and returns to Oper Leipzig both to reprise her role as Brangäne Tristan und Isolde and in further role debuts.This biography should not be edited without permission from Maxine Robertson Management.
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