Katharina Rössner, Univ.Prof. Dr.

University Professor in Solo Singing (Music Pedagogy)

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

The soprano Katharina Rössner-Stütz was born in Vienna, Austria. She holds a Magister artium (Master of Music) degree of the Music University of her home town. She studied  vocal performance in the studio of Prof. Lukasovsky, as well as in the studio of Edith Mathis with the concentration on Lied and oratorio. She was part of many master classes, for example with Walter Berry, Helena Lazarska or Graziella Sciutti. After completion of her studies, Katharina Rössner-Stütz sang several imporant roles of her Fach, as a freelance artist as well as in Fest contract, e.g. Fiordiligi or Sylva Varescu in "Die Csardarsfüstin".

Her interest in teaching and vocal pedagogy started early in her professional life and she finally decided to further her education with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance/voice science, which she finished in 2007 at Louisiana State University. Her final monograph is titled  A Performer’s Gguide to the Songs oft he Austo-American Composer Eric Zeisl. At LSU, Rössner-Stütz worked as a teaching assistant, teaching voice, Basics of Singing and German and French Diction. She performed several different operatic roles, such as Micaëla and Mrs. Nolan in The Medium with the New Orleans Opera Association under Robert Lyall.

The work as a soloist led Katharina Rössner-Stütz through Europe and the USA in different productions and concerts. Ensemble and choral work is also part of the professional experience of the artist’s wide spread background, e.g. with the Vienna State Opera Konzertvereinigung.

Another interest of Rössner-Stütz is contemporary music, several works have been written for her or have been premiered by her, e.g. by Alexander Wagendristel, Mark Engebretson, Christoph Cech or Heinz Reber. She has recorded works of M. William Karlins fort he label HUNGAROTON. The artist is prize winner and finalist of several international vocal competitions, including a prize of the Baton Rouge Opera Guild and the Robert Stolz Competition in Hamburg.

After her return to Europe, Rössner-Stütz was an adjunct at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany, teaching voice to majors and vocal pedagogy. In 2002, she became a professor of voice and vocal pedagaogy at the same University. She is a member of professional associations such as NATS and the BDG/EVTA an regularly takes part in congresses and other educational events. She has a publication of her own in the journal of the BDG, VOX HUMANA.

Students of Katharina Rössner-Stütz are succesfully working in the professional music field as singers, vocal pedagogues and chorus members. They both work as well as free-lance musicians as in the academic area, including a professorship.