Born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria, Christiane Karg studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and Wolfgang Holzmair, where she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal. While still a student she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival and has been a welcome guest ever since, last seen as Pamina in a new production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in 2018.
After a first engagement in the opera studio of the Hamburg State Opera she joined the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera. Today, she can be heard worldwide with the great roles of her repertoire: in London at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Pamina, at the Lyric Opera Chicago and at the Met in New York as Susanna, at La Scala in Milan as Sophie and Euridice, at the Vienna State Opera as Mélisande (Pelléas et Mélisande) and at the Hamburg State Opera as Pamina, Mélisande and Daphne. New in the repertoire: the Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Micaëla in a new production of Carmen at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim and the Contessa in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, among others, in Hamburg and at Salzburg’s Mozart Week 2020. In the winter of 2020/2021 she will appear again, this time as Pamina, at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Christiane Karg is also in demand internationally for concert roles. Her musical partners include conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Andrew Manze, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Christian Thielemann. She works with important orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Bamberg and Vienna Symphony Orchestra as well as the Munich Philharmonic. Upcoming projects of the current season include, among others, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Selected Songs with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Jonathan Nott, Korngold’s Simple Songs Op. 9 (selection) and Haydn’s Creation with the Vienna Symphony under Andrés Orozco-Estrada, as well as Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach.
Christiane Karg is a distinguished recitalist and regularly appears at the Schubertiade in Hohenems/Schwarzenberg, at the Wigmore Hall in London (where she was Artist in Residence in 2019/2020) and at all great festivals. In addition to her numerous engagements, Christiane Karg, as artistic director of the festival KunstKlang, conceives and is responsible for her own concert series in her hometown Feuchtwangen and is very committed to her project "be part of it! - Musik für Alle" project to promote music education for children and young people. For her merits, the artist was awarded the Bavarian Culture Award in the art category and recently the Brahms Prize of the Brahms Society Schleswig-Holstein e.V.
In spring 2017, Christiane Karg’s latest solo recording Perfume with settings of poems by Charles Baudelaire, Leconte de Lisle, Paul Verlaine, Tristan Klingsor and Victor Hugo was released on Berlin Classic and has won high acclaim by the press. She also received the coveted Echo Klassik award for her recording of Le nozze di Figaro under Yannick Nézet-Séguin in the category Opera Recording of the Year. In addition to this award, her recording Scene!, together with the Baroque ensemble Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen, as well as her first Lied recording Verwandlung – Lieder eines Jahres was honoured in the category Soloist Recording. Her recordings Amoretti with arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christoph Willibald Gluck and André Grétry, as well as Heimliche Aufforderung with songs by Richard Strauss are also available on Berlin Classic. Her most recent new release is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Choral Fantasy with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra under Pablo Heras-Casado, released by Harmonia Mundi.
2020 | 2021
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Christiane Karg, Sophie Harmsen, Werner Güra, Florian Boesch
Freiburger Barockorchester & Zürcher Sing-Akademie
Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Label: Harmonia Mundi | 2020
Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
Christiane Karg, Matthias Goerne
Swedish Radio Choir & Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Label: Harmonia Mundi | 2019
Wolfgang Amandeus Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Matthias Goerne, Mauro Peter, Albina Shagimuratova, Christiane Karg, Adam Plachetka, Michael Porter, Klaus Maria Brandauer et al.
Wiener Philharmoniker | Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Conductor: Constantinos Carydis
Director: Lydia Steier
Label: Unitel | 2019
Christoph Willibald Gluck: Orphée et Euridice
Juan Diego Flórez, Christiane Karg, Fatma Said
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Conductor: Michele Mariotti
Director: Hofesh Shechter & John Fulljames
Label: Concorde | 2018