Vera Schoenenberg | © Elsa Okazaki

Vera Schoenenberg

Senior Lecturer for VoiceDepartment Music Education Innsbruck

The German soprano Vera Schoenenberg received her first engagement at the Theater Ulm immediately after her studies at the Robert Schumann University in Düsseldorf. She made her debut with the role of  Violetta from Verdi's "La Traviata". Since then she has sung this role at numerous houses. Bernd Weikl, Charles Spencer and Tamar Rachum as well as Richard Miller and Brigitte Fassbaender provided valuable suggestions for building up their repertoire. Above all, however, it is the regular work with Edita Gruberova that is of the greatest value to Vera Schoenenberg, both in terms of voice and repertoire.

The sung parts of the lyrical coloratura soprano range from the  Josabeth in Handel's oratorio "Athalia", the title role in Gluck's "Armide", about Mozart's Ilja ("Idomeneo"), Fiordiligi in "Cosi fan tutte", a  Donna Anna  "Don Giovanni" to  Sylva Varescu  in the "Csárdásfürstin" (also at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch; TV production broadcast by ORF, BR, 3Sat and ZDF),  Nedda  "Bajazzo",  ; Salud  "La Vida Breve", or  Jenny in "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny". Recently, Vera Schoenenberg has increasingly been heard in the bel canto repertoire of operas by Donizetti. Most recently, she inspired in "Hoffmann's Tales" (Offenbach) with the grandiose interpretation of all three women  Olympia ,  Antonia  and  Giulietta . She was engaged as a soloist at the opera houses in Basel, Karlsruhe, Ausgsburg, Meiningen, Innsbruck and Cottbus, among others.

In addition to her theater work, she is also an internationally active concert singer (performances in Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Israel). Numerous galas (eg with the SWR) have taken her to the Dortmund Concert Hall, the Cologne Philharmonic and the Old Opera in Frankfurt, among others. Partners included Leo Nucci, Andreas Schmidt and Klaus Florian Vogt. With Gerd Albrecht she produced the subject of "operetta" for the NDR in the TV series "Musikkontakte".