German operatic soprano Anja Harteros, who this year won the International Opera Award for the best opera singer in the world, will be performing in Zagreb on Saturday…
Harteros, who in 1999 became the first German to win the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, will sing at Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall in the Croatian capital on 7 November.
Harteros was born in Germany to a Greek father and a German mother and took up classical music at a young age. Her first performances were in music institute concerts and in a school production of The Marriage of Figaro in 1990, as the Countess. In 1992 she gave her first concert at the Kantonsschule Schwyz in Switzerland.
After completing high school in 1991, Harteros continued her voice studies under Liselotte Hammes at the Cologne University of Music. In 1993 and 1994 she toured Russia and the United States, which helped her gain a lot of attention. In 1996 she became a member of the ensemble at the opera in Bonn.
Her major breakthrough came in 1999 when she won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. The win helped propel her onto the world stage and led to invitations for concerts and guest performances. Harteros has appeared at all the major world opera houses, including Amsterdam, London, Paris, Hamburg, Vienna, New York (Metropolitan Opera), Berlin and Munich.
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