Katja STARKE  Mezzosopran
 
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"But the greatest discovery of the evening was Katja Starke. She mastered the highly dramatic role with sweeping passion." Westfalen-Blatt the magazine „Westfalen-Blatt“ wrote on Katja Starke’s debut as EBOLI in „Don Carlo“ at the Bielefeld Theatre at the beginning of the season 16/17. Previously, sthe artist had already succeeded at this very theatre as ZIA PRINCIPESSA in” Suor Angelica”.

Katja Starke studied singing at the Würzburg Conservatory of Music with prof. H. Günter, in Zurich, with E. Coelho in Vienna, with H. Raymond in Geneva and with Nicola Martinucci. Sie was a scholarship holder of the Richard-Wagner-Association and of the Opera Zurich. Master classes took her to Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Hampson, Elisabeth Schwarzopf, Charlotte Lehmann and Laszlo Polgar.

After graduating, she first was a member of the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera, where she could be seen as ANNINA in“ La Traviata”, DONNA FULVIA in “La Pietra del Paragone”, ALISA in “Lucia di Lammermmoor”, FLORENCE PIKE in “Albert Herring”, GIOVANNA in “Rigoletto” and NINETTA in “I Vespri Siciliani”.

From 2004 to 2013 Katja Starke was a member of the St. Gallen Theatre ensemble. Here, she sang a broad range of roles ,including ADALGISA in Bellini’s “Norma”, DONNA ELVIRA in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”, DORABELLA, in “Cosi fan tutte”, the 3rd DAME in „Die Zauberflöte“, Frau REICH in „DieLustige Weiber von Windsor“, the COMPOSER in “Ariadne auf Naxos”, HÄNSEL in “Hänsel und Gretel”, LOLA in “Cavalleria Rusticana”, OLGA in “Eugen Onegin”, ORLOVSKY in “Die Fledermaus”, POLLINA in “Pique Dame”, SONJETKA in “Lady Macbeth of Mzensk”, ULRICA in” Un ballo in mascara” and CARMEN in George Bizet’s opera.

In 2007 she sang Tisbe in Rossini’s “La Cenerantola” together with Cecilia Bartoli in a New Year’s gala Concert at the Zurich Opera House. In 2005 Katja made a concert tour through Italy with the Orchestra Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini under the musical direction of Yuri Temirkanov, singing the part for mezzo soprano in Mozart‘s “Requiem”.

Recently, guest engagements brought her once again to the Zurich Opera House as Suzuki in „Madama Butterfly“,as the COMPOSER in “Ariadne auf Naxos” to the St. Gallen Theatre , as ERDA in “Das Rheingold” and “Siegfried” and as KABANICHA in” Katja Kabanova” to the Opera de Dijon and to the Hannover State Opera as ULRICA in “Un ballo in maschera”.

In the season 2017/18 Katja Starke sings KABANICHA in „Katja Kabanova“ at the Aachen Theatre, EBOLI in “Don Carlo” at the Munster Teheatre and the 3rd DAME in “Die Zauberflöte” at the Bielefeld Theatre. She sings the alto part in Mahler‘s 2nd SYMPHONYwith the Aachen Symphony Orchestra.

 

 
 
 
KRITIKEN
 
Theater Bielefeld – Don Carlos - EBOLI
As Katja Starke as Eboli, rejected by Don Carlos, vows vengeance, she stands out with her brilliant mezzo voice, seemingly effortless effectiveness and perfect technique. But also lyrically, she is very persuasive, which she proves in her aria „O don fatale".
Westfalen Blatt Oktober 2016
As Katja Starke as Eboli has a voluminous middle register. In her aria "O don fatale" she convinces with huge dramatic outbursts in the high registers.
Online Musik Magazin
www.omm.de
Theater Bielefeld - Il Trittico - ZIA PRINCIPESSA
The intersity in Angelica’s encounter with her aunt ..., cannot be outdone. Katja Starke plays the characcter’s the most relentless moments with icy coldness and power of steel in her perfectly guided and focused voice.
Neue Westfälische, 2. Mai 2016
Staatsoper Hannover - Un ballo in maschera - ULRICA
Katja Starke a smoothly earthed Ulrica
Wolfenbüttler Zeitung
www.wolfenbuetteler-zeitung.de
 
 
 
SZENENFOTOS
Theater Bielefeld – Don Carlos - EBOLI