Portrait of the singer Hanna Elisabeth Mülller
„Makelloser Schöngesang von faszinierender Intensität“
“Impeccable, beautiful singing with spellbinding intensity”
Rheinische Post, „Müllers makelloser Schöngesang“, Heidi Oehmen, 15. März 2016
„Young soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller […] reconfirmed that she has a great future.”
Seen and Heard International, “High Expectations Met in New Dresden Arabella”, 18.11.2014
“A Lieder recital is sung speech. So it is my job as an interpreter on the song to lead those listeners speedily and simply into this sphere, to open the way for them into this quite different world. On this CD are songs that I have grown into. Straight away Alban Berg with his “Seven Early Songs”, I definitely wanted to record them in their original version for piano, although I do sing the orchestral version as well these days. Then I searched with pianist Juliane Ruf – she is really on my wavelength – and we soon found Lieder from Richard Strauss. I am in my element with his music and it fits in well with Berg’s fin-de-siècle feeling. Then we targeted our search on songs that leave reality behind, and came upon songs with flowers as their theme. There is a lot of ambiguity in them. I believe the feelings that are portrayed, addressed, analysed in these songs are absolutely contemporary feelings as well. Since they were composed decades have passed, there is much that we may express in different words today, as a singer, I translate that state into the present day. They are beautiful, wonderfully executed paintings of girls, miniatures on an imaginary wall, which speak directly to us.”
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller about her CD recording “Traumgekrönt”
1 – 4 Mädchenblumen op. 22
5 Die Georgine op. 10 Nr. 4
6 Die Zeitlose op. 10 Nr. 7
7 – 10 Vier Lieder op. 2
11 Das Rosenband op. 36 Nr. 1
12 Gefunden op. 56 Nr. 1
13 Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden op. 68 Nr. 2
14 Säusle, liebe Myrthe op 68 Nr. 3
15 Waldseligkeit op. 49 Nr. 1
16 – 22 Sieben frühe Lieder
23 Die erwachte Rose o.O.
24 Weißer Jasmin op. 31 Nr. 3
25 Ein Röslein zog ich mir
26 Rote Rosen o.O.
28 Malven op.posth.
Hanna-Elisabeth Müller studied with Rudolf Piernay with whom she still closely collaborates. The multi award winning soprano later fine-tuned her skills in masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Julia Varady, Elly Ameling and Thomas Hampson. In March 2017 she made her debut at the MET in New York as Marzelline in Jürgen Flimm’s Fidelio. In May, she will make both a role and house debut at the Scala in Milan as Donna Anna in Robert Carson’s production of Don Giovanni. She will return to the MET, as Pamina, in December 2017, followed by her debut at the Opera Zurich as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo. In 2014, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller achieved her international breakthrough at the Salzburg Opera Festival with her sensational debut as Zdenka alongside Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson under the baton of Christian Thielemann and, shortly afterwards, was distinguished by German magazine Opernwelt as Young Artist of the Year. She later resumed the role at Semperoper Dresden and at the Munich Opera Festival. In Amsterdam, she made her house and role debut as Sophie in a new production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier in 2015. From 2012 to 2016, she was a member of the Bavarian State Opera, where she appeared as Pamina, Zerlina, Susanna, Servilia, Gretel, Zdenka, the Infanta Donna Clara in Zemlinsky’s The Dwarf, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther and Marzelline, amongst others. She made her farewells to the ensemble as much-acclaimed Sophie in Strauss’ Rosenkavalier during the Munich Opera Festival, but will remain associated to the house as a guest. In the 2017-2018 season, she will accompany the Bavarian State Orchestra on tours to Japan (Pamina) and the Carnegie Hall New York (Sophie, Rosenkavalier). She will return to Munich as Zdenka in summer 2018. The versatile singer is a regular guest on the concert stage. Hanna-Elisabeth Müller celebrated the arrival of 2017 in spectacular style, stepping in at the opening concerts of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with Beethoven’s 9th symphony. In 2016-2017, she also appeared at the Philharmonie de Paris, Philharmonie Essen, Philharmonie Cologne (with WDR Symphony Orchestra), and the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf. In the 2017-2018, she will perform Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézét-Seguin and Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with the Bilbao Orkestra under Erik Nielsen.
With her permanent piano partner Juliane Ruf, she regularly appears at major recital venues such as Heidelberger Frühling, Philharmonie Cologne, deSingel Antwerp and at the Festival RheinVokal. In summer 2017, she will release her first CD recital Traumgekrönt with songs by Strauss, Berg and Schönberg.
The pianist Juliane Ruf studied German language and literature, music for schools and piano chamber music at the colleges of music in Heidelberg and Mannheim and Lied interpretation with Irwin Gabe in Saarbrücken. Master classes with Helmut Deutsch, Graham Johnson and Rudolf Piernay complemented her studies. Juliane Ruf was awarded numerous first prizes at such competitions as the Concours International Lili et Nadia Boulanger in Paris a. a. She has performed in concerts at the Schwetzinger Festival and the Ruhr Piano Festival, in the Cologne Philharmonie and London’s Wigmore Hall. Juliane ruf joined soprano Hanna Elisabeth Müller for recitals in the Philharmonie im Gasteig, Munich, and at the Heidelberg Spring Festival. Since 2010 she has also worked for the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – Music.
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Since 2011, Maria Walburga Stürzer has been in charge of repertoire and production. End of 2013 she was appointed as managing director, together with Francois Duplat.
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Beginning 2014 belvedere has started an exclusive cooperation with the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg and releases CDs and DVDs with milestone recordings from the Mozarteums’s archive, like „Peter Schreier sings Mozart“ or „Der Schauspieldirektor“ with Nicolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien.
Production: Edition Befana www.kulturbüro-steiner.de
Recorded at Teldex Studio Berlin, 1.-4. Dez. 2016
Recording Producer and Editor: Martin Sauer
Total time: 75:25 Minuten
Cast & Crew
- Uli Aumüller
- Director of photography
- Chris Gonz (Photos)
- Editor (Cut)
- Sebastian Rausch