Elisabeth Kulman is one of today’s most sought-after singers and leading authorities in the international classical music scene. She impresses audiences and critics alike with her rich, colourful timbre, her charismatic stage personality and her musical versatility.
She studied voice with Helena Lazarska at the Vienna Music University, made her debut as Pamina in 2001 at the Volksoper in Vienna and enjoyed early success as a soprano. Since 2005 Elisabeth Kulman has been singing the major parts of the mezzo and alto repertoire and quickly became a favourite of the audience. Her operatic repertoire, which she established in large parts as a member of the ensemble at the Vienna State Opera, includes works from Gluck, Wagner and Verdi to Weill. Her symphonic repertoire ranges from the Passions by Bach, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, Dvořák’s Stabat mater and Mahler’s Lieder for orchestra to Schnittke’s Faust-cantata.
Since 2010 Elisabeth Kulman has been working as a freelance artist. She is a much sought-after soloist in the metropolitan centres of the music world: Vienna, Paris, London, Munich, Berlin, Tokyo, Salzburg, Moscow, etc. She works regularly with world-class orchestras and conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, Philippe Jordan, Herbert Blomstedt, Mariss Jansons, Kent Nagano and Marek Janowski. She enjoyed a particularly close collaboration with Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Since 2015 Elisabeth Kulman has been focusing her artistic activities on recitals (together with her longtime accompanist Eduard Kutrowatz), concerts and operas in concert. She is especially devoted to unconventional projects: “Mussorgsky Dis-Covered” with an international jazz quartet, “Mahler Lieder” and “Wer wagt mich zu höhnen?” with the ensemble Amarcord Wien as well as “Hungaro Tune” with symphony orchestra and jazz soloists. In her latest solo programme, the music show “La femme c’est moi”, Elisabeth Kulman joyfully correlates different genres with each other in a very personal way, always meeting the highest artistic standards. Arranged for chamber orchestra by Tscho Theissing she performs famous opera arias (not only from the mezzo repertoire), classic “Lieder”, show tunes as well as songs by the Beatles and Michael Jackson.