Biography – Katrin Küsswetter
At the beginning of her career, Katrin Küsswetter focused on baroque music. She also took part in some master classes with famous singers, namely Jessica Cash, Klesie Kelley-Moog and Anna Reynolds. Soon she expanded her repertoire, however, under the tutelage of the renowned Birgit Ströbel-König (Nuremberg) and KS Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö (Munich and Stockholm). Her unusually broad repertoire spans from the early baroque to the contemporary. She has performed the premieres of a number of renowned contemporary composers. Her stage repertoire comprises such leading roles as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, Konstanze in W.A. Mozart´s Abduction, Queen of the Night and Pamina in Mozart´s The Magic Flute, that of Olympia in Offenbach´s The Tales of Hoffmann, and the role of Cunigonde in Bernstein´s Candide. In 2022 she is expected to sing “Zerbinetta” in R. Strauss´”Ariadne auf Naxos” in an opera-production in Munich.
Her church music repertoire spans all the leading roles of the genre; her concert repertoire also comprises most of the famous Concert-Arias by W.A. Mozart. Meanwhile she´s made a name for herself with her unconventional interpretation of international songs. Not shy of testing and overcoming artistic boundaries, Katrin Küsswetter produces and arranges a broad musical repertoire, while collaborating with other musicians in refreshingly unconventional ensembles.
Katrin Küsswetter has participated in prestigious musical festivals such as the European Music Festival Stuttgart, the Tage für Alte Musik Innsbruck, the Easter Festival at Bayreuth and the Bayreuth Festival, where she was engaged for several years. She has worked with internationally renowned conductors, namely Hartmut Keil, Christoph U. Meyer and Sebastian Weigle. She has also performed with well-known period instrument ensembles such as the Neuen Nürnberger Ratsmusik, La Banda, Augsburg, and La Ciaccona, Munich, and sings frequently with major orchestras such as the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
Numerous live television and radio recordings and lately livestreaming of her performances have documented her mastery of a staggeringly eclectic, virtuosic repertoire. After her overwhelming success with Mozart Concert-Arias at the Rieser Kulturtage in 2018, a CD with this repertoire was released last year favoring the Medical Paracelsus University Nuremberg. In 2021 a recording of recently discovered secular cantatas by Franz Bühler is planned with the international Arsatius Consort under the baton of Prof. Herrmann Ullrich.
It is a pleasure for Katrin Küsswetter to teach her skills of singing and her knowledge of music at several institutes and to private pupils and students. She is a member of Bund Deutscher Gesangspädagogen (BDG) and Deutscher Tonkünstlerverein (DTKV).