Anja Harteros is internationally acknowledged as one of the leading sopranos of our day and has been acclaimed in the world’s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Vienna State Opera, Semper Oper, Dresden, Opera National de Paris and many others as well as at the Salzburg Festival where she made a sensational debut as Elettra in Idomeneo in 2006. In May of 2008 she made her long awaited debut at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Amelia in Simon Boccanegra.
Engagements for the 2013/2014 season include her return to the Vienna State Opera as Elisabeth von Valois in Don Carlos, and in La Forza del Destino at the Bayerische Staatsoper, amongst others. In the 2014/2015 season, Anja Harteros will return to the Bayerische Staatsoper for several engagements, including Tosca, Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, and for Arabella and Don Carlo at the Munich Opera Festival.
Her 2012/2013 season included her performing as Leonora in Il Trovatore at the Metropolitan Opera House, and a return to the Bayerische Staatsoper alongside Jonas Kaufmann in Don Carlo.
Her 2011/2012 season included her first performances in the role of Angelica in Suor Angelica at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, a new production of Don Carlos at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Don Carlos in Munich. She also returned to the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in La Boheme and Otello and sing in Der Rosenkavalier in Vienna. Highlights of Harteros 2010/2011 season include Otello in Baden Baden and Paris under Daniel Harding, a new production of Alcina at the Vienna Staatsoper and La Boheme in Munich. She also sang her first Leonora in Il Trovatore in Cologne and her first Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier in Munich.
Anja Harteros regularly collaborates with eminent conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Riccardo Muti, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta, Christian Thielemann, Fabio Luisi, Ivor Bolton and many others. She commands a vast concert repertoire of works such as Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Verdi’s Requiem, and Strauss’s Four Last Songs. She also dedicates a part of each season to Lieder recitals all through Europe. Harteros has recorded the Four Last Songs and a Solo Aria Album for BMG as well as complete recordings of Alcina and La Traviata recorded from live performances in Munich. Her performance of Idomeneo from Salzburg is available on DVD.
Anja Harteros completed her musical studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Cologne where she was a pupil of Proessor Liselotte Hammes. While still a student, she was already invited for her first engagements to the opera houses of Gelsenkrichen and Wuppertal. She then joined the ensemble in Bonn for two seasons. In 1999 Harteros won the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and her subsequent debut in Munich rapidly led to appearances all over the world. Born in Germany and of German and Greek heritage, Harteros is acclaimed in both the Italian and German Repertoire.