Born in Vienna

Education: Studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien- Voice training (Prof. H. Karusso), song and oratorio (Dr. Roman Ortner) as well as opera (Prof. Möller, Prof. Zimmerl) - diplomas with distinction.. Private studies with Enza Ferrari in Italy (and bel canto role study).

Competition winner: Mario del Monaco / Italy, Opera en Belcanto / Belgium and Dr. Luis Sigall / Chile.

1986 International breakthrough with a jump-as Amelia in "Ballo in Maschera" at the Vienna State Opera with Luciano Pavarotti as a partner and Claudio Abbado as conductor. Live Opera transmission throughout Europe.

Many years as an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera, the Graz Opera and the Zurich Opera House as  light dramatic soprano in many Verdi - Puccini, - Wagner and Richard Strauss productions.

Appearances in all international opera and concert halls (UVA, Wiener Musikverein, Konzerthaus Vienna and Berlin, Philharmonie Berlin and Cologne, Tonhalle Zurich, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Radio France Paris, Concertgebouw Amsterdam), at the major festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele , Wiener Festwochen, Carinthian Summer, Prague Spring, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, etc.

Cooperation with more than 120 conductors: Abbado, Barenboim, Bernstein, von Dohnanyi, Karajan, Luisi, Maazel, Mehta, Sinopoli, Plasson, Thielemann, Viotti, Welser-Möst and the following directors: copper, Berghaus, Wilson, Hollmann, Corti, Lievi, del Monaco, Palmer, de Bosio, Miller, Lehnhoff and Corsaro.

Media productions: Many radio and television recordings, video, DVD - and CD productions (Verdi: Ballo in Maschera, Puccini: Tosca, Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Missa Solemmnis, Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Verdi : Requiem, ...)

Other activities: Professor of Voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, juror at international singing competitions and masterclass teacher (e.g. AIMS - American Institute of Musical Studies, ISA - International Summer Academy Prague-Vienna-Budapest, AMA - Altenburger Music Academy) ,

Teaching method:
Ital. Bel canto style of singing in connection with Viennese Sound Tradition

Me about myself / Motto:
Endow students with the love and technical, as well as musical foundation for a successful launch into a wonderfulcareer through expertise, personal experiences and humour.

Department of Voice and Musical Theatre

Penzinger Straße 7
1140 Vienna

Univ.-Prof. Gabriele Lechner

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