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Christine Schäfer

Christine Schäfer’s exceptional singing career began in the 1990s. Thanks to her vocal gift, extraordinary acting skills and broad repertoire, the young soprano, who is at home in a wide array of styles, became a celebrated star of the world’s major opera houses and concert halls. She started her studies in 1984 in the Berlin conservatory, with Ingrid Figu, whom she still considers her most important teacher, though she has also studied with Arleen Augé, the world-famous American soprano, to whom she owes the skill of concentrating on the music, and the willingness to understand it. She considers composer Aribert Reimann another one of her masters, who taught her the art of the lied. She has also attended the master classes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Sena Jurinac. Following important competition victories and awards, her concert career began in 1988. She made her American debut with Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, performed in Boston and New York with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. In the early phase of her career she already worked with conductors like Sir Charles Mackerras, Uwe Gronostay, Wolfgang Schafer, Leopold Hager, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Simon Rattle, Helmuth Rilling, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. She is considered one of the greatest whether she sings operas, oratorios or lieder.