Soprano

Sylvia Schwartz

“Sylvia Schwartz was the star among a stellar cast. Vocally, visually and dramatically.”
(Washington Post)

© Gisela Schenker

Introduction

Sylvia Schwartz is one of the most versatile and exciting lyric sopranos of her generation. A true musician’s musician, she combines pure beauty of tone with exquisite musicality, wit and authenticity, as well as a passion for the acting side of the profession.

In 2019-20, her engagements include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni on tour with Kammerorchester Basel and Giovanni Antonini at the Enescu Festival and at Theater an der Wien; Falstaff with the Budapest Festival Orchestra in New York; Beethoven Symphony no. 9 on tour in Japan with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra; a series of concerts with Sir András Schiff and Cappella Andrea Barca at the Vicenza Festival; and concerts and recitals across Europe and beyond.

She has appeared at many of the world’s finest opera houses and festivals including La Scala Milan, Berlin Staatsoper, Wiener Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Staatsoper Hamburg, Teatro Real Madrid, The Bolshoi Theatre, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Edinburgh, Baden Baden, Salzburg and Verbier festivals.

Sylvia is also much in demand in concert and is a celebrated recitalist and has worked with pianists such as Wolfram Rieger, Charles Spencer and Malcolm Martineau; and with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Philippe Jordan, Rene Jacobs, Fabio Luisi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Colin Davis, Gustavo Dudamel Patrick Fournillier, Marc Minkowski, Ivor Bolton, Yves Abel, Jean Christophe Spinosi, Helmut Rilling and Christopher Hogwood.


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Discography

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    09 Aug 17 MOZART Don Giovanni - Budapest Festival Orchestra
    Festival Theatre - Edinburgh
    “Sylvia Schwartz’s vulnerable Zerlina, her own innocence shining through in Batti, batti with extraordinary sensitivity from the orchestral accompaniment.”
    Carol Main, The Scotsman
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    27 Apr 14 Mendelssohn Psalm 42
    Wiener Konzerthaus

    Please click here  for the review in Der Standard
    Stefan Ender

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    07 Feb 13 Canciones Españolas (Hyperion Records)
    Sylvia Schwartz (soprano) Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    “Soprano Sylvia Schwartz’s reputation as a rising star is confirmed by her Hyperion debut album, a programme of songs from her native Spain, finely accompanied by Malcolm Martineau…There are some exquisite songs in Catalan, too, by Eduardo Toldá; and Schwartz’s performance of Jesús Guridi’s torrid Seis Canciones Castellanas is all the more remarkable for being so admirably restrained.”

    The Guardian

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    01 Feb 11 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
    Wiener Staatsoper

    “Sylvia Schwartz was the star among a stellar cast. Vocally, visually and dramatically, she was the embodiment of the maid Susanna, who conspires with husband-to-be Figaro and others to foil the amorous Count Almaviva. The enjoyment level was high – and a toss-up between her comic abilities and her fluid and flexible voice.”
    San Francisco Chronicle / Associated Press

    “Bleiben Sylvia Schwartz und Luca Pisaroni, die als Susanna und Figaro nicht nur stimmlich am meisten zu bieten hatten, sondern auch das Spiel besonders lebendig vorantrieben und so die Erwartungen mehr als erfüllten.”
    OÖNachrichten Zeitung, February 2011

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    02 Oct 11 Liedmatinee (October 2, 2011)
    Hugo-Wolf-Medaille

    “Songs by Schubert, Wolf, Richard Strauss and Jesús Guridi framed the celebration, interpreted with wonderful intuition by Sylvia Schwartz and the pianist Wolfram Rieger. It was with elaborate and exquisite beauty that the young Spanish soprano illustrated in brilliant cantilena the devotional enthusiasm of the lied “Wie blitzen die Sterne so hell durch die Nacht” and that she plumbed the emotional depth in the text “Du bist die Ruh”. […] Sylvia Schwartz knows to express the nuances of such romantic art songs with outstanding vocal culture, her piani for example are of finest quality. But even more impressive is the interpretation of different atmospheres. […] One could hardly imagine that a tenor had made the emotions shine as intensively as Sylvia Schwartz succeeded together with the outstanding accompanist Wolfram Rieger”

    Esslinger Zeitung, 05/10/2011

    “Undoubtedly a very good opera singer was the young Spanish soprano Sylvia Schwartz who stepped in at short notice. The attractive singer with the pleasant timbre had her strongest moments in four songs by Richard Strauss. In the operatic gesture she could show off best her bright voice and her security in the upper register.”

    Stuttgarter Zeitung, 04/10/2011

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    16 Jul 11 "Decade by Decade" Recital (July 16, 2011)
    Wigmore Hall

    “Schwartz and Martineau judged the acoustic to perfection, Martineau creating atmospheres without blurring, Schwartz well able to convey the ongoing sense of nostalgia or desolation. The last items were selections from Schoenberg’s Brettl-Lieder. By now Schwartz was at her best – slinky in extremis for the first number (with Martineau superb in the quixotic nature of the accompaniment), wonderful as narrator in the second (‘The Contented Suitor’) and wonderful in her graphic vocal illustration of a heart-beat in the final song”

    The Classical Source

Repertoire

BELLINI
La Sonnambula  Amina

BIZET
Carmen  Micaëla
Les pêcheurs de perles  Leïla

DEBUSSY
Pelléas et Mélisande  Mélisande

DONIZETTI
Don Pasquale  Norina
L’elisir d’amore  Adina

GLÜCK
Orfeo ed Euridice  Euridice

HANDEL
Alcina  Alcina
Arianna a Creta  Arianna
Giulio Cesare  Cleopatra
Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno  Bellezza
Semele title role

HUMPERDINCK
Hänsel und Gretel  Gretel

JANÁČEK
Jenůfa  Karolka
The Cunning Little Vixen  Bystrouska

MOZART
Così fan tutte  Despina, Fiordiligi
Die Zauberflöte  Pamina
Don Giovanni  Donna Anna
Idomeneo  Ilia
Le nozze di Figaro  Susanna, Countess
La clemenza di Tito  Servilia

PUCCINI
Gianni Schicchi  Lauretta
Turandot  Liù

OFFENBACH
Les Contes d’Hoffmann Antonia

ROGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
Sound of Music  Maria

ROSSINI
Il barbiere de Siviglia  Rosina
Semiramide  title role
Il turco in Italia  Fiorilla
Tancredi  Amenaide

SMETANA
The Bartered Bride Marenka

STRAUSS
Arabella Zdenka
Ariadne auf Naxos Echo
Intermezzo Anna
Der Rosenkavalier Sophie

VERDI
Un ballo in maschera  Oscar
Falstaff  Nanetta

WEBER
Der Freischütz  Ännchen

CONCERT:

BACH
B Minor Mass
St John Passion
St Matthew Passion

BRAHMS
Deutsches Requiem
Liebesliederwalzer

DVOŘÁK
Stabat Mater

HAYDN
Die Schöpfung

MAHLER
Symphony 4 + 8

MENDELSSOHN
St Paul
Elijah

MONTEVERDI
Il Vespro della Beata Vergine
Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Madrigals (various)

MOZART
Coronation Mass
C minor mass
Exsultate Jubilate
Vesperae Sollennes De Confessore
Vesperae de Dominica

PERGOLESI
Stabat Mater

ZEMLINSKY
Lyric Symphony