Elisabeth Wilke, O.Univ.-Prof.i.R.

University Professor in Solo Singing

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Prof. Elisabeth Wilke


Elisabeth Wilke was born in Dresden where she studied at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music. While still a student she made her debut singing the role of Hänsel at the Dresden State Opera, now known as the Semperoper Dresden. She was engaged by stage director Prof. Harry Kupfer.


After completing her studies she belonged to the ensemble of soloists of this opera house so rich in tradition. She worked together with renowned directors such as Harry Kupfer, Joachim Herz, Ruth Berghaus, Christine Mielitz, Peter Konwitschny, Wolfgang Wagner, among others and with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Herbert Blomstedt, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Hans Vonk, to name only a few.


Her extensive opera repertoire primarily includes lyric mezzo-soprano and contralto roles such as Dorabella, Cherubino, Octavian, Rosina, Xerxes, La voix humaine (Poulenc), Olga, Carmen, among others. She was also highly in demand as a concert and oratorio singer and she worked together intensively with renowned conductors such as Peter Schreier, Erwin Ortner, Ludwig Güttler, and with ensembles such as the Dresdner Kreuzchor, the Arnold-Schoenberg Choir Vienna, the Leipzig Radio Chorus, and others at home and abroad.


She has given recitals and performed in programmes of chamber music at many festivals, for instance at the Ansbach Bach Week, at the Schleswig Holstein Festival, the Dresden Music Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Berlin Festival, the Liturgica Festival Jerusalem, the Edinburgh Festival and the Festival of Contemporary Music in Rome, among others.


Elisabeth Wilke was given the honorary title of Kammersängerin and awarded the Handel Prize of the city of Halle. For some years now she has taught at the Academy of Music in Dresden. In 1999 she was appointed as an honorary professor.  Since 1998 she has been guest professor and class director at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.


She has given several concerts in Germany and elsewhere and made radio, television and CD recordings which have brought Elisabeth Wilke renown beyond Germany’s borders. Since October 2000 Elisabeth Wilke has been professor of singing at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.