It is the symbiosis of intense stage presence, perfect voice control and musical sensitivity that marks her out, both in opera performances and in lieder recitals and concerts, as a truly great artist.
Her international career began when she won the 1999 Cardiff Singer of the World competition and before long the artist was being invited to all the world’s major opera houses: the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the State Opera in Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, and the opera houses of Florence, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo and many more, plus the Salzburg Festival.
Her extensive operatic repertoire embraces such leading roles as Contessa (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Elettra (IDOMENEO), Mimì (LA BOHÈME), Feldmarschallin (DER ROSENKAVALIER), Elisabetta (DON CARLOS), Alice Ford (FALSTAFF), Leonora (IL TROVATORE), Violetta Valéry (LA TRAVIATA), Desdemona (OTELLO), Amelia (SIMON BOCCANEGRA), Maddalena di Coigny (ANDRÉ CHENIER), Sieglinde (THE VALKYRIE), Elsa (LOHENGRIN), Elisabeth (TANNHÄUSER) and the title roles in TOSCA, ALCINA and ARABELLA.
Anja Harteros works with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Christian Thielemann.
Anja Harteros was chosen as Female Singer of the Year at the 2015 International Opera Awards, having received the Europa-Medaille of the Bavarian State Government in 2013. Awarded the French art critics’ ORPHEE D’OR prize for her lieder CD “Von ewiger Liebe” in 2010, she was the first recipient of the Cologne Opera Prize later that year. She was Opernwelt magazine’s Female Vocalist of 2009 and in July 2007, in recognition of her outstanding artistic achievements, she was the youngest bearer to date of the honorific title of Kammersängerin in Bavaria.