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
Recorded for the podcast "Dido en de noodlottigheid van het bestaan" for Noorderkerkconcerten and VPRO, together with Holland Baroque at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht
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.”
Slovenian mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj began her musical studies at the Academy of Music in Ljubljana, and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
- 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; Magdelone in Nielsen Maskarade – Oper Leipzig
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 Soltész, 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 Simfònica de Barcelona, Orchestra of St Luke’s, Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Tiroler Symphonieorchester 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 premieres 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 Cyclus with the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble.
Barbara also has a strong affinity with Lieder, giving recitals with Thomas Beijer, Julius Drake, Richard Egarr and Phyllis Ferwerda. Her debut release with the Ebony Band, Around Prague 1922 – 1937, 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 (Handel), 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 Richard Egarr at the George Enescu International Festival Bucharest and in London’s Barbican Hall, alongside Ian Bostridge as Ulisse.
Recent highlights include Elgar Sea Pictures and Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Residentie Orkest; Mahler Lieder with Nieuw Amsterdams Klarinet Kwartet at Concertgebouw Amsterdam; a recital with Richard Egarr for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra; concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music; Canteloube Songs of the Auvergne with PHION (formerly Het Gelders Orkest), and Haydn Harmoniemesse and Frank Martin In terra pax with Radio Filharmonisch Orkest.
Highlights this season and beyond include Asko|Schönberg Ensemble Bettison The light of lesser days; Schönberg’s chamber arrangement of Mahler Das Lied von der Erde with Camerata RCO at the Flanders Festival Ghent; Wagner Wesendonk Lieder, Respighi Il tramonto and Mozart Requiem with the Residentie Orkest; Beethoven Symphony No 9 with the Athens State Orchestra; a revival of Tristan und Isolde and her role debut as Magdelone Nielsen Maskarade for Oper Leipzig; Giovanni Battista Ferrandini Il pianto di Maria and Handel Dixit Dominus with Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra; a world premiere for Alba Rosa Viva! festival at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam; a recital with organist Tomaž Sevšek at the Liszt Academy Budapest and Rossini Petite messe solenelle and Mozart Requiem with Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne for the Aix-en-Provence Festival de Pâques.This biography should not be edited without permission from Maxine Robertson Management.