Singer Soprano

Sylvia Greenberg


The Israeli soprano Sylvia Greenberg received both a vocal education and an education as violoncellist. She gave her debut as singer at a concert of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta. She then found her first steady engagement at the Opera Zurich where she sang the high coloratura repertoire (Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Königin der Nacht in Die Zauberflöte). Mozart's flaming queen became Sylvia Greenberg's speciality and subsequently lead her to engagements in Glyndebourne, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Cologne, Frankfurt, Vienna and Paris.

In 1980, she changed from the Opera Zurich to the Deutsche Oper Berlin where she broadened her repertoire (Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera and Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier). In 1982, Sylvia Greenberg first appeared at the festival in Salzburg where she sang the world premiere of Un re in ascolto by Luciano Berio in 1984 and where she has regularly been reinvited.

International engagements brought her to the festival Bayreuth, to Nizza, Aix-en-Provence and to the Scala in Milan where she celebrated great success as Königin der Nacht, Lucia di Lammermoor by Donizetti and in the world premiere of Giacomo Manzoni's Doctor Faustus.

In the 1990ies, Sylvia Greenberg was highly acclaimed for her performances as Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in Bonn, Toulouse, Ludwigsburg, Würzburg and at the Vienna State Opera. Afterwards, her voice changed to the lyric soprano; from then on, she has sung Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (in Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich and Helsinki), Donna Elvira and – from her role debut in Munich in 2001 on – Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). She also added Micaëla (Carmen) to her repertoire.

Sylvia Greenberg has also established herself as fine concert artist. She gave her magnificent debut in the USA in Chicago with Die Schöpfung by Haydn under the baton of Sir Georg Solti. Her first appearance in New York was with Carl Orff's Carmina burana under the musical direction of Zubin Mehta.

In Salzburg, she performed the symphony n° 8 by Gustav Mahler together with the Vienne Philharmonic Orchestra and Lorin Maazel. Apart from the already mentioned conductors, Sylvia Greenberg has also sung under the direction of Abbado, Bertini, Chailly, Flor, Frühbeck de Burgos, Harnoncourt, Lopez-Cobos, Muti, Nagano, Norrington, Rilling, Sawallisch, Soustrot, Tilson Thomas and Varviso. Regular engagements have brought about a tight collaboration with renowned European and American orchestras. Her multifaceted concert repertoire reaches from Bach's passions to Mahler's vocal symphonies, from Vivaldi's Gloria to the one by Francis Poulenc and from Dvoƙák's Stabat Mater  to the one by Karol Szymanowski.

The extensive discography of Syvia Greenberg comprises amongst others Die Entführung aus dem Serail by Mozart as well as L'anima del filosofo and Die Schöpfung by Haydn, Paride ed Elena by Gluck, sacred music by Poulenc and Bizet, Carmina burana by Orff and Un re in ascolto by Berio. Recent releases of hers have been the symphony n°8 by Haydn (soprano 1) under Kent Nagano, symphony n° 9 by Beethoven under Herbert Blomstedt and also the rediscovered cantate Crudel tiranno amor by Handel. Sylvia Greenberg is a highly demanded singer of the lied and a renowned pedagogue with a professorship in Munich and Vienna.

January 2019


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