Elisabeth Attl


Born in Vienna, Elisabeth Attl received her musical education at the University of Music of Vienna. She gave solo recitals (piano) as well as chamber music concerts already at a very young age and was invited to radio and TV recordings. It was only at a later stage that she changed from the piano to conducting which she learned during her studies with James Moore (USA), Michael Gielen (Salzburg) and Leopold Hager (Vienna). In 1998, she debuted as a conductor in Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart at the Wiener Volksoper.

She accepted the invitation of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as conductor and assistant of the chief conductor Bertrand de Billy. Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti, Figaro and Zauberflöte by Mozart, Un ballo in maschera by Verdi as well as Turandot by Puccini were played under her musical direction. Furthermore, she assisted in productions of operas by Bellini, Verdi, Saint-Saëns, Janacek and Strauss together with soloists such as Edita Gruberová, José Carreras, Anja Silja and Thomas Moser.

In 2003, Elisabeth Attl returned to Vienna with the premiere of the ballet Symphony in three movements by Stravinsky at the Wiener Volksoper to which she has had a close relationship from then on. In the context of this engagement, she could develop her repertoire with Don Giovanni by Mozart, La Cenerentola by Rossini, La Traviata by Verdi, Madama Butterfly by Puccini, Carmen by Bizet, Les Contes d'Hoffmann by Offenbach, Martha by Flotow and Der Evangelimann by Kienzl as well as the operetta repertoire by Strauß and Lehár. With new productions of The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky, Erwartung by Schönberg, Il Prigioniero by Dallapiccola and with a new programme of the Vienne State ballet in 2012, she celebrated an enourmous personal success.

The festival de musique in Strasbourg assured itself the repeated collaboration with the Austrian Maestra, especially for the concert series "Révélations Jeunes Solistes", in which later stars such as David Guerrier, Juliette Hurel or David Garrett presented themselves for the first time to a greater audience. Elisabeth Attl undertook the direction of the orchestras of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Komische Oper Berlin, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Symphonique de Mulhouse, the Brandenburger Symphoniker and the Rheinische Philharmonie. In recent years, Attl developed a regular cooperation with the Niederösterreichsiches Tonkünstlerorchester and with the Symphonic Orchestra of Montenegro with which she successfully gave a concert at the Kotor Festival in 2014 together with the violinist Lidia Baich. Also new, experimental concert forms are part of Attl's work: 2014 she gave her interpretation of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony combined with literature and puppet theatre at the Wiener MuTh.

In concert and opera, Elisabeth Attl works on a manifold reperoitre. With regard to the 300 year-anniversary of Christoph Willibald Gluck's birth, she made a production of Orfeo ed Euridice in Ireland after having rediscovered and interpreted the opera rarity Talestri by the composer Maria Antonia Walpurgis in Vienna. A very special emphasis, however, is the Austrian music of the 20th century in all its diverging orientations. Zemlinsky, Korngold, Mahler, Schreker, Schmidt, von Einem and also the composers of the 2nd Wiener Schule have become her main interest and occupation.

September 2019

Short Biography

Born in Vienna and having studied the piano at the university of music of her hometown, Elisabeth Attl made the change to her studies of direction (with James Moore, Michael Gielen and Leopold Hager) thanks to her experience of directing a choir. After her debut in 1998 with Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart at the Volksoper in Vienna, she was engaged as conductor and assistant to the chief conductor Bertrand de Billy at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona. In 2003, she returned to the Volksoper in Vienna to which she remained connected with a manifold repertoire of opera, operetta and ballet. Numerous invitations lead her to Strasbourg, Luxemburg, Berlin and many times to Podgorica (Montenegro). Elisabeth Attl works on a manifold repertoire in both concert and opera with a special emphasis on the Austrian music of the 20th century in all its diverging orientations. 


Interview with Elisabeth Attl / Der Neue Merker 2013


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