Anja Harteros

Season 17/18 Artist
© Marco Borggreve

After studying with Liselotte Hammer in Cologne, Anja Harteros made her debut at the age of 23 at the opera houses of Gelsenkirchen and Bonn. After winning the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1999, she was invited to the Bavarian State Opera, Munich to sing Agathe in Der Freischütz. Her career then took on an international dimension, and engagements rapidly followed at top opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; La Scala, Milan; Covent Garden, London; the Bavarian State Opera, Munich, and the State Operas of Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg; the Semperoper, Dresden, and the opera houses of Florence, Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo, Lyon, Berlin and San Diego, as well as at the Edinburgh and Salzburg Festivals. She has sung under many leading conductors, including Marco Armiliato, Ivor Bolton, Sylvain Cambreling, Jesus Lopez Cobos, James Conlon, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano and Christian Thielemann. She received the Munich Opera Festival Prize for the 2004-2005 season and the Kölner Opernpreis in 2010, and was appointed Kammersängerin at the Bavarian State Opera in 2007. She has sung the roles of Mimi (La Bohème), Violetta (La Traviata), Desdemona (Otello), Elisabetta (Don Carlos), Amelia (Simone Boccanegra), Alice Ford (Falstaff), Micaela (Carmen), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), the Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Electra (Idomeneo), Eva (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin), and the title roles in Alcina, Tosca and Arabella. More recently, she sang Leonora in Il Trovatore and La Forza del Destino at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Elisabetta at the Salzburg Festival, Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, Zurich Opera and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and Amelia Grimaldi at the Berlin State Opera. She also performs in concert with leading symphony orchestras (Strauss's Four Last Songs, Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis).

Creations at the Opera

  • Micaela

    Carmen - 2002

  • Fiordiligi

    Così fan tutte - 2003

  • Eva

    Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - 2003

Currently in

Career history

Cologne Academy of Music and Dance Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy


Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1999