Katja Pieweck was born in Hanover. She studied voice with Judith Beckmann at the
Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, where she participated in various masterclasses,
including those with Elio Battaglia, Brigitte Fassbaender, and James Wagner.
Katja is a prize-winner of numerous competitions, including the Oberdörfer-Prize
2007 by the Körber-Foundation, the ‘Kulturpreis der Berenberg Bank Stiftung’, and
was the winner of the International Robert Stolz Singing Competition 2000 in Hamburg.
From 1997 to 1999 she was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Hamburg
State Opera, where she appeared in roles such as Sélysette in the new production
of Ariane et Barbe-Bleue (Dukas) conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, and as Siegrune in
Die Walküre/The Valkyrie under Gerd Albrecht. In the Season of 1998-99, she sang
Mercédès in Carmen (Bizet) and Alisa in a new production of Lucia di Lammermoor under
the baton of Frédéric Chaslin.
In 1999, Katja became a member of the Hamburg State Opera’s ensemble. The roles of
her first seasons included: Mother in Les Contes d’Hoffmann,First Lady in DieZauberflöte/The
Magic Flute,Mother in Hansel and Gretel,Marcellina in Le Nozze diFigaro,Suzuki
in Madama Butterfly and Annina in Der Rosenkavalier(Strauss) directed by Peter Konwitschny.
In the 2002-03 Season, she appeared as Magdalena in the premiere of Die Meistersinger
von Nürnberg (Wagner), directed by Konwitschny as well.
Further roles at the Hamburg State Opera have been: Fenena in Nabucco under the direction
of Karoline Gruber; Mère Marie in Dialogues des Carmélites, Marquise de Berkenfield
in La Fille du Régiment (Donizetti), Emilia in Otello, and Klementia in a concert
performance of the opera Sancta Susanna by Hindemith. In 2007, Katja made her role
debut as Brangaene in Tristan und Isolde under Simone Young, and sang the alto-solo
in the ballet version of J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio directed by John Neumeier.
In the new 2008 production of Wagner’s Ring cycle she made her role debut as Fricka
in the premiere of Das Rheingold. Other notable roles in 2008-09 were Meg Page in
Falstaff and Adelaide in Arabella. In the 2009-10 Season, Katja appeared as Donna
Elvira in Don Giovanni and made her role-debut as Alice Ford in Falstaff. In 2010-11,
she repeated Fricka, Marcellina and 1st Lady. In 2011/12, she sang the role of Goneril
in A. Reimann’s Lear to great acclaim. In 2012-13, her roles in Hamburg included
Ortrud/Lohengrin, Fricka/Das Rheingold, Sieglinde/Die Walküre/The Valkyrie (understudy)
and Brangaene. As a special highlight she made her role-debut as Adriano in R. Wagner’s
Rienzi. Role debuts in 2013-14 have included the title-role in R. Strauss’ Ariadne
auf Naxos and Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio. A new part in 2015 will be Marguerite
in Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher alongside renowned French actress Fanny Ardant
Outside her engagements with the Hamburgische Staatsoper Katja was a guest soloist
at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin in 2003-04 as the First Maid in Elektra(Strauss),
and in 2003 performed at the Staatstheater Mainz as Eglantine in Euryanthe(Weber)
with great success. In 2005 she appeared in two concerts of Jenufa (Janáček) with
the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle and also in the same year
as Aufseherin in Elektra at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich under Peter Schneider.
At the 2004 and 2006 International Herrenchiemsee Festpiele she sang the part of
Marcellina in Le NozzediFigaro, and in 2007 made her role debut as Donna Elvira
in Don Giovanniunder Enoch zu Guttenberg. In 2010 and 2011, she returned to the
Herrenchiemsee Festspiele as 2nd Lady in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In 2013, she has
guested at the noted Lucerne Festival in Wagner’s Valkyrie with the Bamberger Symphoniker
under Jonathan Nott. In 2015, she will return to the Bayerische Staatsoper for Strauss’
Besides her operatic activities, Katja Pieweck is a passionate concert-, lied- and
oratorio-singer. Concert engagments led her to various European countries as well
as to Israel, Russia, Japan and the USA. She has worked with distinguished conductors
such as Ingo Metzmacher, Gerd Albrecht, Rolf Beck, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Günter Jena,
Sebastian Weigle, and Krzysztof Penderecki. Last update September 2014