Anna Prohaska (Soprano)
Born: 1983, Neu Ulm, Germany
Artist's website: http://www.annaprohaska.com/
Austrian soprano Anna Prohaska was born into a musical family Germany in 1983 and trained at the Hanns Eisler Academy in Berlin, where she made her debut (as Flora in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw) in 2002 and became a member of the Staatsoper in 2006 following a successful short-notice step-in as Frasquita in Carmen under Daniel Barenboim. She also works regularly with the Berliner Philharmoniker, with whom she premiered Wolfgang Rihm’s Mnemosyne in 2009. Prohaska focuses primarily on baroque and contemporary music, though her repertoire also includes Nannetta in Verdi’s Falstaff, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress.
Prohaska’s discography includes the concept-albums Behind the Lines, Sirène and Enchanted Forest, the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Bernarda Fink and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Berg’s Lulu-Suite with Pierre Boulez (‘a word- and pitch-perfect soprano ‘ – BBC Music Magazine), and Serpent & Fire – an anthology of baroque depictions of Cleopatra and Dido which was shortlisted for a Gramophone award in 2017.
Further Reading: Anna Prohaska
Katherine listens to Anna Prohaska's Behind the Lines, a collection of songs spanning a wide historical period, but focusing primarily on the years of the First World War.
Anna Prohaska is on mesmerising form in Berg’s Lulu-Suite, whilst the veteran conductor’s trademark attention to detail and balance pays huge dividends in Mahler’s early cantata Das klagende Lied, featuring outstanding contributions from Johan Botha, Anna Larsson and Dorothea Röschmann.