Biography

Franziska Gottwald was born in Marburg an der Lahn. Near the end of her university studies in voice pedagogy and opera, she became a member of the soloist ensemble at the Deutsche Nationaltheater in Weimar for 4 seasons while also embarking on her solo career.

On the opera stage, she has appeared as a guest artist in roles suchas Cherubino and Sesto (Mozart), Ariodante and Ruggiero (Handel), Orfeo (Gluck), Hänsel (Humperdinck) and Prinz Orlofsky (J. Strauss) at the opera houses in Seoul, Toulouse, Tokyo, Venice, Bilbao, Basel, Cologne, Stuttgart, Hannover, Wiesbaden, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Semperoper in Dresden.

Franziska Gottwald also performs as soloist with many outstanding orchestras including the Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Europa Galante, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Musica Antiqua Köln, Concerto Köln, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and the NDR and MDR Symphony Orchestras.

Her repertoire as a concert soloist is wide ranging; from the baroque and classical era to romantic and modern masterpieces. Orchestral works such as Dvorak’s Biblical Songs, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde or Symphony No. 4, Verdi’s Requiem or Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été can be found on the program as well as Mozart or Handel Solo Recitals. Franziska Gottwald has performed in the great concerts halls of London, Madrid, Montreal, Amsterdam, Yokohama, Rome, Milan, Florence, Athens, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Stavanger, Zurich, Cologne, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dresden, South Africa, South East Asia and many others.

Future engagements include the roles of Arsamenes in Stefan Herheim’s production by Händel’s Xerxes under the musical direction of Konrad Junghänel at Komische Oper Berlin and Damira/La Verità in Cimento at the festival “Winter in Schwetzingen” as well as J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass in Kristiansand.
 
Frequent work with conductors such as Reinhard Goebel, Ton Koopman, Andrea Marcon, Fabio Biondi, Nicholas McGegan and others, has solidified Franziska Gottwald’s reputation as an expert in historical performance practice. Further acknowledgement of her accomplishments in this area came from her winning the1st Prize at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2002.

Franziska Gottwald can be heard in many radio, DVD and CD productions, such as Vivaldi’s Merope under the direction of Fabio Biondi and L'Olimpiade: The Opera under Markellos Chryssicos and Handel’s Samson under Nicholas McGegan.

Artist Website

www.franziskagottwald.de 

Management

General Management

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Natascha van Randenborgh
Associate Director
natascha@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-7 76 88 20

Repertoire

Repertoire Concert

Bach, C.P.E. St. Matthew Passion
Bach, J.S. Ascension Oratorio
  B Minor Mass
  Christmas Oratorio
  Easter Oratorio
  Magnificat
  Mass in A major
  Mass in G major
  Solo cantatas
  St. John Passion
  St. Matthew Passion
Bernstein Chicester Psalms
Brahms Liebesliederwalzer op.52
  Vier Duette op.28
  Zigeunerlieder
  Zwei Gesänge op.91
Britten Charms of Lullabies
Debussy Proses Lyriques
Duruflé Requiem
Dvorak Biblical Songs
  Mass in D major
Graun Easter Oratorio
Grieg Lieder op.48
Haydn Arianna a Naxos
  Stabat mater
Händel Belshazzar / Cyrus
  Dettinger Te Deum
  Dixit Dominus / Sopr. II, Alt
  Judas Macchabaeus / Israelitish Man
  Messiah
Hindemith Die junge Magd
Mahler Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
Mendelssohn Elias / Engel, Königin
  Lobgesang
  Paulus
Mozart C Minor Mass
  Concert arias
  Coronation Mass
  Requiem
Pergolesi Stabat Mater
Rheinberger Mass in G minor
Rossini Petite Messe solennelle
Saint-Saens Oratorio de Noë
Salieri La Passione di nostro Gesu Cristo / Giovanni
Schubert Mass in E flat major
Schumann Liederkreis op.39
Schütz Exequien
  Weihnachtshistorie / Engel
Telemann St. Matthew Passion
  Tageszeiten
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Cantate
  Gloria D major RV 589
Zelenka Lamento II
Zemlinsky Sechs Gesänge op.13
 

Repertoire Opera

Berlioz La damnation de Faust Voice
Britten A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon
Galuppi L'Olimpiade Licida
Glass Orphée Aglaonice
Händel Alcina Ruggiero
  Poro Erissena
  Tamerlano Irene
Humperdinck Hansel and Gretel Hansel
Kancheli Musik für die Lebenden Blindenführer
Kálmán Gräfin Mariza Manja
Monteverdi L'Orfeo Messaggera
Mozart Die Zauberflöte 2. Dame
    3. Dame
  La finta giardiniera Ramiro
  Le nozze di Figaro Cherubino
    Marcellina
Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber Frau Reich
Obst Caroline 1. Unzeitgemäßer
Offenbach Orphée aux Enfers L'Opinion publique
Ravel L'enfant et les sortilèges L'Écureuil
Strauss, R. Der Rosenkavalier Octavian
Thoma Draußen vor der Tür 6.Frauenstimme
Tschaikowski Eugene Onegin Olga
Ullmann Der Kaiser von Atlantis Trommler
Veracini As You Like It Clelia
Vivaldi L'Atenaide Marziano
  Motezuma Fernando
  Orlando furioso Alcina
Wagner Parsifal Blumenmädchen
Walden Liebster Vater Felice
    Valli
Zender Don Quijote Dorothea
    Dulcinea

News

Händel's Xerxes. Baroque ancient times at Komische Oper Berlin
A season highlight awaits Franziska Gottwald when she takes on the role of Arsamenes in Händel’s Xerxes at Komische Oper Berlin over the course of six nights, starting February 09th. The production by Stefan Herheim, which has been celebrated as a "theater wonder", has Stephanie Houtzeel in the title role and baroque specialist Konrad Junghänel at the conductor’s stand. Performances: February 09th/14th/17th and March 1st/18th/20th.

Press

 

Händel Festspiele Göttingen / St. Johannis-Kirche Rosdorf / 24.05.17 / bachtrack.com


"Gottwald's magnificent voice" 

Alcina / Staatstheater Wiesbaden / 11.04.16 / fr.de


"Auf wirklich höchstem Niveau" 

Alcina / Staatstheater Wiesbaden / 11.04.16 / wiesbadener-kurier.de


"glänzt in den virtuosen Koloraturarien" 
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