German soprano Claudia Barainsky studied in her hometown Berlin at the University of the Arts with Ingrid Figur, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Aribert Reimann and is internationally considered to be one of the most versatile singers whose extensive repertory covers all eras of music.
She appears regularly at the Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin and Vienna State Opera. The part of Marie in Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s “Die Soldaten” became a milestone in her career, as she sang this role several times in top-class productions (Willy Decker / Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam and David Pountney / Ruhrtriennale following an invitation with him to the Lincoln Center Festival in New York).
For her outstanding interpretation and performance in the title role of Aribert Reimann’s German premiere of »Medea« at the Frankfurt Opera Claudia Barainsky was awarded the German Theatre Prize »Der Faust«.
Her wide variety of repertory includes soprano parts of numerous cantatas, oratorios, orchestra songs and symphonies. She is a regular and welcome guest at major concert venues and festivals (amongst others at Grafenegg, “Wien Modern” Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Bayreuth and Salzburg Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival) and she performs with orchestras such as Philharmonia Orchestra and BBC Orchestra London, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Munich Philharmonic and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokio, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
As chamber music and recitals are of great significance in her musical creativitiy her artistic partners are time and again Lied accompanists Eric Schneider, Burkhard Kehring as well as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Concerto Köln and Scharoun Ensemble.