Christina Landshamer

Born in Munich, Christina Landshamer studied at the city’s Academy of Music and Drama under Angelica Vogel, and subsequently in Konrad Richter’s recital class and Dunja Vejzović’s soloist class at the State Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. She is now a versatile and internationally highly sought-after concert, opera and recital singer. Her work with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Alan Gilbert, Sir Roger Norrington, Marek Janowski, Christian Thielemann and Riccardo Chailly has taken her to Europe’s most distinguished orchestras, including the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, the Munich and Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, and the Swedish Radio Orchestra Stockholm. In the USA and Canada she has performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2019/20 season Christina Landshamer is a soloist in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise) with the Munich Philharmonic under Thomas Hengelbrock and with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, in Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra both under Herbert Blomstedt, as well as in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Orchestre National de France under Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Riccardo Chailly. Furthermore she sings in Bach’s St. John Passion with the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam under Trevor Pinnock and in Bach’s Mass in B minor with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester conducted by Andris Nelsons. She can be heard with the European Union Youth Orchestra in Mahler’s Fourth Symphony conducted by Ivàn Fischer in Italy, Vienna and Grafenegg, as well as in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi.

Early in her career Christina Landshamer had opera engagements at the Stuttgart State Opera, at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg, and at the Komische Oper in Berlin. She sang under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien, and at the Salzburg Festival with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. This was followed by engagements for instance as Pamina in Simon McBurney’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at Amsterdam Opera, as Ännchen in the new production of Weber’s Der Freischütz conducted by Christian Thielemann, as Almirena in Rinaldo in Glyndebourne and as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. At the Bavarian State Opera she sang Woglinde in Wagner’s Rheingold conducted by Kirill Petrenko in 2018, and in the same year Christina Landshamer was to be heard in Haydn’s Creation in a spectacular version staged by La Fura dels Baus in Paris and in New York.

Moreover her warm, lyrical voice makes the soprano an ideal recital singer. With her piano accompanist Gerold Huber her first recital CD uniquely combines songs by Robert Schumann and Viktor Ullmann (Oehms Classics). The duo was already to be heard at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg and at London’s Wigmore Hall. She made her American debut as a lied singer with the Ensemble Midtvest in the Weill Recital Hall of the Carnegie Hall. This season, again together with Gerold Huber, she performs her programme Wider than the Sky in the Kioi Hall Tokyo for the first time; she has also been invited by Thomas Hampson to perform a Schubert programme in the Pierre Boulez Hall in Berlin.

Christina Landshamer’s artistic activity as a concert and opera singer is documented on many recordings, including, among others, on CD Mozart’s Mass in C minor with the Bavarian Radio Chorus conducted by Howard Arman (BR-KLASSIK), Haydn’s oratorios The Seasons and The Creation under Philippe Herreweghe (PHI), Bizet’s Carmen under Simon Rattle (EMI), and on DVD Haydn’s Il mondo della luna with the Concentus musicus under Nikolaus Harnoncourt (UNITEL), Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Riccardo Chailly (DECCA/ACCENTUS), in Bach’s Mass in B minor under Herbert Blomstedt (ACCENTUS) and in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Nederlandse Opera (OPUS ARTE).


photo © Marco Borggreve