Elisabeth Kulman

Elisabeth Kulman (born 28 June 1973) is an Austrian classical singer who has performed operatic roles in soprano, mezzo-soprano and contralto repertory. She has appeared at opera houses in Vienna and internationally. She has performed early operas such as Legrenzi's Il Giustino as well as new works, creating the role of Gora in the premiere of Reimann's Medea at the Vienna State Opera. She recorded Lieder by Mussorgsky, Bach's Christmas Oratorio with Peter Schreier and Beethoven's Missa solemnis with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. From 2015, she has focused on concert singing.

Elisabeth Kulman
Kulman in 2010
Born (1973-06-28) June 28, 1973
EducationUniversität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien
OccupationClassical singer (soprano, mezzo-soprano and contralto)


Born in Oberpullendorf, Kulman achieved the Matura in 1991. She studied Russian, Finno-Ugristics and musicology. She was a choir singer in several notable choirs in Vienna, including Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Vocalis Wien, Wiener Singakademie, Wiener Kammerchor and Chorus sine nomine. She began voice studies in 1995 at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien with Helena Lazarska.[1] She completed her studies in both Oper and Lied und Oratorium as a master of arts mit Auszeichnung. She was immediately engaged to appear as Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at the Wiener Volksoper in 2001,[2] followed by other Mozart roles such as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.[1]

In 2004, Kulman changed to mezzo-soprano,[2] with the title role of Suppé's Boccaccio, staged by Helmuth Lohner. She appeared as Orpheus in Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice at the Opéra National de Paris in June 2005. In the New Year's Eve 2006 production of Die Fledermaus, she was Prince Orlofsky, a performance that garnered her the Eberhard-Waechter-Medaille.[2][3] She sang the title role of Bizet's Carmen at the Staatsoper Berlin in 2007. In 2010, she appeared as Gora in the premiere of Aribert Reimann's Medea at the Vienna State Opera.[2] In 2011 she appeared in Berlin again as Smeton in Donizetti's Anna Bolena, alongside Anna Netrebko in the title role and Elīna Garanča as Giovanna Seymour.[1]

In the field of historically informed performance, she appeared in two opera revivals at the Schwetzingen Festival, both conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock, in 2005 in Alessandro Scarlatti's Telemaco, and in 2007 in the title role of Giovanni Legrenzi's Il Giustino.[1]

As a Lied singer, often with Walter Moore as the pianist, she has focused on unusual repertory such as Mussorgsky Dis-Covered, a project of Tscho Theissing, and Mahler arrangements with the ensemble Amarcord Wien.[1] She recorded Bach's Christmas Oratorio on DVD, conducted by Peter Schreier who also performed the part of the Evangelist, with the Münchener Bach-Chor, the Bach Collegium München, Sibylla Rubens, Martin Petzold and Andreas Scheibner.[4] In 2013, she recorded Beethoven's Missa solemnis, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, with the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and alongside Marlis Petersen, Werner Güra and Gerald Finley.[5]

From April 2015, she has focused on concerts.[6]


  • 2007: Eberhard-Waechter-Medaille[3]
  • 2014: Helga de Oro as best mezzo-soprano[7]


Mezzo-soprano and contralto (from 2004)

Soprano (1998–2004)

  • Susanna – Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroUniversität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien 1998 and 1999
  • Frau Fluth – Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien 2000
  • Contessa Almaviva – Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro – 4. Grazer Gartenfestival 2000; Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien 2001; Volksoper Wien 2003 and 2004[1]
  • Mme Euterpova – Menotti: Help! Help! The Globolinks! – Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien 2001
  • Rosalinde – Strauss: Die Fledermaus – Akademie für Musik Krakau 2001
  • Alcina – Handel: Alcina – Junge Oper St. Pölten 2001
  • Pamina – Mozart: Die Zauberflöte – Volksoper Wien 2001, 2002 and 2003; Stadttheater St. Gallen 2012
  • Fraarte – Handel: Radamisto – Salzburger Pfingstfestspiele 2002
  • Don Pedro – Massenet: Don Quichotte – Wiener Klangbogen 2002
  • Vera – Mascagni: Si – Volksoper Wien 2002
  • Olga – Vives: La Generala – Volksoper Wien 2002 and 2003
  • Donna Elvira – Mozart: Don Giovanni – Volksoper Wien 2002 and 2004[1]





  1. "Elisabeth Kulman". styriarte. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. "Elisabeth Kulman" (in German). Bavarian State Opera. 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  3. "Zum letzten Mal wurden am Montag die Eberhard Waechter-Gesangsmedaillen zur Förderung von Nachwuchssängern vergeben" (in German). Wiener Zeitung. 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  4. "Elisabeth Kulman" (in German). Bach Collegium München. 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  5. "Elisabeth Kulman". Unitel. 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  6. Mitteilung auf der Website von Elisabeth Kulman retrieved 15 April 2015
  7. Preisträger auf El Blog de Atticus retrieved 15 April 2015
  8. "Vorstellungen mit Elisabeth Kulman" (in German). Vienna State Opera. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
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