Judging Panel 2020

Prof. Christine Schäfer
Prof. Christine Schäfer
Soprano
About Prof. Christine Schäfer
The soprano Christine Schäfer is one of the most successful singers of our time with her international opera and concert performances. Her extensive repertoire, with which she has appeared at the world's leading opera houses, ranges from Handel, Mozart's Donna Anna, Cherubino and Konstanze to Donizetti's Lucia de Lammermoor, Verdi's Gilda and Violetta, Strauss' composer, and Berg's Lulu.

Christine Schäfer studied at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik with Professor Ingrid Figur. Later she was a regular guest at the Salzburg Festival.

Her performances have taken her to Glyndebourne, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Brussels, London, Paris, Madrid, Vienna,
New York and to both Berlin opera houses. During this time she worked closely with Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Pierre Boulez and Claudio Abbado.

As a lied singer she has performed with Irwin Gage, Graham Johnson, Eric Schneider, Helène Grimaud, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Christoph Eschenbach, Ingo Metzmacher and Daniel Barenboim, among others. There are also numerous CD recordings.

Christine Schäfer has been the recipient of the Hessian Culture Prize since 2006. In 2007 the artist was awarded the "Echo Klassik" for the best song recording, before she was honoured with the Federal Cross of Merit in 2008; in 2009 she was appointed member of the Berlin Academy of Arts and in 2013 member of the Bavarian Academy of Arts. Christine Schäfer was appointed full professor at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin for the fall semester of 2015.