November 28, 2019

Soprano Hanna-Elisabeth Müller signs to PENTATONE

“Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, a young German soprano, (…) has a bright, beguiling voice and a lovely stage presence..”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Anthony Tommasini, March 2017, The New York Times

PENTATONE is delighted to announce that one of the most celebrated young sopranos of our times, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, has signed an exclusive, multi-album agreement with the label. For the first album, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, together with pianist Juliane Ruf, brings the German and French art song traditions together. Focusing on song cycles by Robert Schumann, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Francis Poulenc, this album will be released in February 2020 under the title “Reine de cœur”.

Quote from Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

I am delighted to have recorded my first album “Reine de cœur” with Pentatone, exploring a wide range of songs by Schumann, Poulenc and Zemlinsky. Being part of the Pentatone family means a lot to me since Pentatone is highly dedicated to music and commits to nothing less than excellence. I look forward to this thrilling collaboration and to many more exciting projects together!”

Quote from Renaud Loranger, Vice President Artists and Repertoire, PENTATONE

“What immense joy to welcome Hanna-Elisabeth to the Pentatone family! It has been extraordinary to follow her career, from an early yet revelatory Zdenka in Salzburg, to her repeated triumphs on the most prestigious stages in Mozart and Strauss, where her exquisite, emerald-like soprano shines like few others. We look forward to documenting her exceptional artistry, starting with the irresistible selection of songs that form “Reine de cœur””

Schumann’s Herzeleid

Single from the forthcoming debut album “Reine de cœur”

Digital Release Date6 December 2019

Released as digital single for streaming and downloads.

Audio Resolution for digital files:

44.1K/16 PCM stereo

PTC 5186933


Hanna-Elisabeth Müller studied with Rudolf Piernay with whom she still closely collaborates. The multi award-winning soprano later fine-tuned her skills in masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Julia Varady, Elly Ameling and Thomas Hampson.

In 2014, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller achieved her international breakthrough at the Salzburg Opera Festival with her sensational debut as Zdenka alongside Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson under the baton of Christian Thielemann and, shortly afterwards, was distinguished by German magazine Opernwelt as ‘Young Artist of the Year’. From 2012 to 2017, she was a member of the Bavarian State Opera. At the 2017 Opera Festival, she bid farewell to the ensemble with her celebrated Sophie in Strauss’ Rosenkavalier, but has maintained close bonds with the house as a guest ever since. She joined the Bavarian State Orchestra on tours to Japan (Pamina), Carnegie Hall New York (Sophie, Rosenkavalier) and the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Since then, one house debut followed the other: In 2017 she sang Marzelline in Jürgen Flimm’s Fidelio for the first time at the MET in New York. Shortly after, she made both a role and house debut at the Scala in Milan as Donna Anna in Robert Carson’s production of Don Giovanni; she has since performed in the same role at the Bavarian State Opera and most recently at the Vienna State Opera. This was followed in 2018 by her debut at the Opera Zurich as Ilia in Mozart’s Idomeneo. In early 2020, she will return to the MET in New York, this time as Susanna in Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro, followed by performances as Marzelline in Fidelio with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival and the Berlin Philharmonie. In summer 2020, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller will close the season at the Bavarian State Opera with her role debut as Eva in Richard Wagner’s Meistersinger under Kirill Petrenko.

The versatile singer also is a regular guest on the concert stage. This season, her schedule includes concerts with WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne (Strauss’ Four Last Songs and other orchestral songs) and NHK Symphony Orchestra (Mahler’s 2nd Symphony), both with Christoph Eschenbach, and, in June, at La Scala Milan under Riccardo Chailly, with Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. Highlights from earlier years include Berg’s Sven Early Songs with the Berlin Philharmonic under Paavo Järvi or Schumann’s Faustszenen at the Daniel Harding’s inaugural concert at the Orchestre de Paris, not to forget her spectacular last-minute appearance at the opening concerts of  the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in 2017.

With her long-term piano partner Juliane Ruf, last year she made her recital debut at La Scala in Milan and at Wigmore Hall London. They had already appeared at major recital venues before, including Heidelberger Frühling, Festival RheinVokal, Philharmonie Cologne, Schubertiada Vilabertran, Teatro de la Zarzuela Madrid and deSingel Antwerp. In summer 2017, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller released her first CD recital Traumgekrönt with songs by Strauss, Berg and Schönberg. In February 2020, her new exclusive label Pentatone will release her debut CD Reine de cœur, presenting works by Schumann, Zemlinsky and Poulenc.

Photo by Chris Gonz