Sonja Leutwyler
Mezzo - soprano
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Sonja Leutwyler was born in Zürich. She studied viola and voice at the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich with Maria Cavazza, Christian Gerhaher and Helmut Deutsch. While studying, she sang roles at the Prinzregenten Theatre Munich including Sesto, Larina and Dorabella.

Sonja Leutwyler was awarded a scholarship by the Richard Wagner Society.

She has absolute pitch, and a remarkable three-octave range.

She was employed as a soloist at the State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz München where she sang roles including Cherubino, 2nd Lady, Mercedes, Hänsel and Suzuki. Further engagements took her to the Margravial Opera House Bayreuth (Princess Galsuinde/ Fredegunda), the Cuvilliés Theatre Munich (Cherubino) and the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (Il canto sospeso). At the Zürich Opera House, she sang in Stravinsky’s The Nightingale (Maid/ Death) in a production for children in 2017, and was engaged for the following season as Idamante/ Idomeneo in another production for children.

She recently sang a leading role in the opera “Kein Licht” by Philippe Manoury in an Opéra-Comique Paris production, and then gave guest appearances with the production at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and at the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg.

As a concert soloist, Sonja Leutwyler has performed with renowned orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony, the Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Ulf Schirmer, the Zurich and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Helmut Rilling. She is a welcome guest at major festivals such as the Richard Strauss Festival Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, the Musikfest Stuttgart, as well as the St. Martin-in-the-Fields concert series London. She performs regularly in the Tonhalle Zürich and in the Vienna Konzerthaus. Furthermore, the mezzosoprano is collaborating on an ongoing basis with musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic.

As a versatile singer, Sonja Leutwyler is also much in demand for her interpretations of contemporary works. She performed at the Prinzregenten Theatre Munich with the Munich Radio Orchestra in one of the main roles (Stella) in Elliot Carter’s opera “What Next“. With the RSO Vienna she sang in the opening concert of the “Wien Modern” series conducted by Cornelius Meister, and she took part in a concert tour of Italy with works by Luigi Nono conducted by Roberto Abbado. The widow of the composer Ernst Krenek invited Sonja Leutwyler to sing works by her husband together with musicians from the Vienna Philharmonic on a US concert tour. She recently performed Berio’s “Folksongs” in a number of concert halls in Switzerland with great success.

High points of the past three years include Mendelssohn’s Walpurgisnacht at the Rheingau Musik Festival conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada with the hr-Sinfonieorchester, concerts and a CD recording with the RSO Vienna in the Viennese Konzerthaus, a solo evening with arias by Haydn and Vivaldi with the Camerata Zürich in the Tonhalle Zürich, J.S. Bach’s St John Passion with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra in Tromsø, C.P.E. Bach’s Magnificat with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra conducted by Diego Fasolis, and a Lieder recital in the Tonhalle Maag Zürich.

In July 2018, her CD Hymne à la beauté was released by Solo Musica and it received the Pizzicato Supersonic Award.

Last Update March 2019