For those of you who have been reading my blog for some time, it should be of no surprise that I am always thrilled when I “discover” a new musician with whom I am very impressed. Such is the case with the young soprano, Anna Prohaska.
Born into a distinguished musical family in Vienna (her great-grandfather was the composer Carl Prohaska, and her grandfather was the conductor Felix Prohaska), Anna Prohaska studied in Berlin at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music and made her debut in 2002 at the Komische Oper.
She also has already appeared with such top ensembles as the Berliner Philharmoniker and Cleveland Orchestra, at major festivals including Salzburg and Lucerne, and with leading conductors – including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, René Jacobs, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Sir Simon Rattle, and Franz Welser-Möst.
What I immediately noticed was Ms. Prohaska’s absolutely amazing voice quality: It is lush, warm, powerful, musical, and seemingly very well trained. What a pleasure it was to listen to her!
Here are a few video samples:
First, here’s sample of her voice quality
Second, here’s Anna Prohaska singing Franz Schubert’s “Des Fischers Liebesglück” from her new album “Sirène”
And here she sings under the direction of Claudio Abbado at the Lucerne Festival at Easter 2010, from Alban Berg’s Lulu (See minute 3:00)
Tags: Anna Prohaska, Schubert, Berg