Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka

The training of opera and concert singer Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka began at the Richard Strauss Music Conservatory and the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. Her teachers were Lorenz Fehenberger and Josef Metternich.

She attended master classes by Erika Köth and Erik Werba and received scholarships from the Walter Kaminsky Foundation (Munich), the Richard Wagner Society (Munich) and the Richard Wagner Foundation (Bayreuth). She was winner of numerous competitions in Germany and Austria. Her vocal mentors are Ute Vinzing and Richard Trimborn. Her vocal support is in the hands of Sophie Raynaud and Stellario Fagone of the Bavarian State Opera (Munich).

Elsa, Elisabeth, Senta, Isolde and Brünnhilde - the young women in Richard Wagner's operas are the focus of her repertoire, as well as the Empress, Ariadne, Salome, Marschallin, Chrysothemis and Elektra in the operas of Richard Strauss.

Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka occurs worldwide at major opera houses including at the Vienna State Opera, the San Francisco Opera, the Saxonian State Opera Dresden (Semperoper), the German Opera in Berlin, the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, the Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste and the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos in Lisbon.

The artist sang at the Richard-Strauss-Days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Guntram, Taillefer, Daphne), the Autumnal Music Days in Bad Urach (I Masnadieri, Rainulf and Adelasia), the Tyrolean Festival Erl (Elektra, Ring - Siegfried) and at the Festival Besançon, Lyon and Lille.

Over the years the singer has worked with many conductors:
Christian Thielemann, Lorin Maazel, Adam Fischer, Gustav Kuhn, Jun Märkl, Kazushi Ono, Roberto Paternostro, Christof Prick, Donald Runnicles, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Stefan Soltesz und Pinchas Steinberg.

On the concert stage the soprano appears with the major European and international orchestras, recently with a performance of Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and a concert with works by Richard Wagner at the "Festival di Ravello".

Meanwhile, there have been several opera recordings with Elisabeth-Maria Wachutka in the leading roles:
Guntram (Richard-Strauss-Days - 1998), Siegfried (Tyrolean Festival Erl - 1999), Ariadne auf Naxos (Teatro San Carlo in Naples - 2000), the world premiere of Siegfried Wagner's opera Rainulf und Adelasia (Autumn Music Days in Bad Urach - 2003) and Elektra (Tyrolean Festival Erl - 2005) as well as a CD (Studio 2009) with opera scenes of Richard Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" and "Götterdämmerung", Richard Strauss' "Elektra" and "Ariadne auf Naxos" and Ludwig van Beethoven's "Fidelio" with the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Roberto Paternostro. This CD has been presented at "Klassik Radio" at a special broadcast with an interview (CD-Tipp Sondersendung).

2013, Mrs. Wachutka has been extremely successful to hear in the production "The ring on an evening" with all "Brünnhildes" at the Theater Ulm.

In the near future she will appear with "Tristan and Isolde", "Turandot", "Elektra" and "The woman without shade, the empress".

2015, she will sing the "Leitmetzerin" in "Der Rosenkavalier" under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

January 2014 


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