“Anna Lucia Richter was a radiant soprano soloist.”
Richard Fairman, August 2018, Financial Times
(on the BBC Proms)
PENTATONE is delighted to announce the signing of an exclusive, multi-album agreement with German soprano Anna Lucia Richter, one of the brightest stars in today’s vocal firmament. Noted for her interpretations of the great canon of German song literature, she is equally at home in the music of the Baroque, in Mozart and Romantic fare, the breadth and versatility of which will be reflected in her plans with the label. Together with master pianist Gerold Huber, she took to the recording studio earlier this year and documented a selection of heart-wrenchingly beautiful songs by Franz Schubert, including some of his most famous melodies, which will be released in February under the title “Heimweh”.Quote from Anna Lucia Richter“It is such an honour and pleasure to be included in this exquisite musician family of PENTATONE and I am very happy to work together with Renaud Loranger, who has an extraordinary knowledge and passion for the music I love most. He also encouraged me to choose these wonderful Schubert songs together with Gerold Huber and unite them on our first PENTATONE Album: Heimweh – Schubert songs. ”Quote from Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists and Repertoire, PENTATONE“I have been following Anna Lucia’s career with growing interest ever since my earliest days in the industry, and it is an understatement to say that I am excited to be working with her now. She has that exceptional combination of a wonderful, silvery voice ideal in the German repertoire, and a deep understanding and proximity to the world of the composers she interprets. It is fitting that this collaboration should launch with a Schubert album. It states the importance of art song as a genre, and sometimes unjustly neglected vehicle for singers.”
ABOUT ANNA LUCIA RICHTER
Anna Lucia Richter comes from a large family of musicians. As a long-time member of the girls’ choir at Cologne Cathedral, she has been receiving singing lessons from her mother Regina Dohmen since she was nine years old. Subsequently, she was trained by Prof. Kurt Widmer in Basel and graduated with honors from Prof. Klesie Kelly-Moog at the Musikhochschule Köln. She received further coaching from Margreet Honig, Edda Moser, Christoph Prégardien and Edith Wiens. Richter has already won numerous international awards, including the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award.
As a concert singer, Anna Lucia Richter is a welcome guest at the Lucerne Festival, where she impressed with Mahler’s Wunderhorn songs alongside the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Riccardo Chailly as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Bernard Haitink alongside Christian Gerhaher. Recent concert highlights have been appearances with the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, amongst others at the BBC Proms, the Orchestre de Paris and the NDR Elbphilharmonie, each under Thomas Hengelbrock, as well as the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecila and Daniel Harding, the London Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Jérémie Rhrorer. Her operatic repertoire includes roles such as Ilia (Idomeneo), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and the roles of Eurydice / La Musica in Monteverdi’s Orfeo, in the acclaimed production by Sasha Waltz. In 2017, she had great success at the Theater an der Wien in Keith Warner’s new production of Henze’s Elegie für junge Liebenden in the main role of Elisabeth Zimmer.
A special passion of Anna Lucia Richter is the art of song. She performs a large repertoire in all major song centres, such as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Heidelberger Frühling or the Wigmore Hall London. She made her US debut with three recitals in New York’s Park Avenue Armory, accompanied by Gerold Huber, and gave another US recital in the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall with her acclaimed and exceptional song cycle program consisting of Eichendorff settings and improvisations, accompanied by Michael Gees. The repertoire of her upcoming album Heimweh will be presented for the first time in January 2019 with Gerold Huber at the Philharmonie Luxembourg, and also at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, a performance that will simultaneously serve as the start of a three-year residency as “Junge Wilde” (Young Savage).