Scene from „Andrea Chenier“ by Umberto Giordano:
Roswitha Christina Müller as La Contessa di Coigny
Born in Munich, the mezzo-soprano completed her training in 1995 after studying at the city’s musical academy and the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, graduating with honours. She was subsequently awarded the „Honorary Prize“ granted by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Culture in Vienna. The young singer made her stage début while studying, appearing at the Salzburg Culture Days, and was a permanent ensemble member of the Salzburg Regional Theatre (Salzburger Landestheater) from 1995–2001. She subsequently became a regular guest performer at the following musical events and institutions: the Donaufestwochen (Austrian-based music festival), the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad, Klagenfurt Municipal Theatre, Halle Opera House, the State Theatres in Saarbrücken, Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, the Czech National Theatre in Prague, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf/Duisburg, the Opera Zuid in Maastricht, the National Theatre in Weimar and the State Opera in Hamburg.
Her most successful parts include: Cherubino, Hansel, Edoardo in Rossini’s „Matilde di Shabran“, La Cenerentola, Rosina, Niklausse and Muse, Georgette in Liebermann’s „The School for Wives“, Low-Dive Jenny in „The Threepenny Opera“, Suzuki, Maddalena, Contessa and Madelon in „Andrea Chenier“. During a period at the Lübeck Theatre (2007–2009), she expanded her repertoire, adding Herodias in „Salome“, Charlotte in „Werther“ and Wellgunde, Siegrune and the second Norn in „The Ring of the Nibelung„, which was awarded the 2012 Echo Prize. In addition to opera, Roswitha Christina Müller concentrates particularly on concert and classical singing. Her extensive repertoire comprises sacred works by Haydn, Mozart, Pergolesi, Rossini, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Verdi and song cycles by Brahms, Dvořák, Strauss, Mahler and Wolf. However, she is particularly fond of the Passions of Johann Sebastian Bach. She has given concerts at the Gewandhaus concert hall in Leipzig and at the Rheingau Music Festival in Wiesbaden. In the 2010/11 season, Roswitha Christina Müller also appeared as Fricka („The Rheingold“), Judith („Bluebeard’s Castle“) and Eboli („Don Carlos“) at the Ulm Theatre. In March 2012, Roswitha Christina Müller performed the role of the second Norn („Twilight of the Gods“) at the Freiburg Theatre and made her début as Siegrune („The Valkyrie“) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, which also opened at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin in May 2012.
Roswitha Christina Müller has been an ensemble member at the Nuremberg State Theatre since the 2012/13 season, where she has appeared as Azucena (“Il Trovatore”) and as the foreign princess (“Rusalka”).
Since making her début as Amneris (“Aida”) in September 2013, Roswitha Christina Müller has integrated the most important Verdi mezzo roles within her repertoire. Her next challenges include the roles of Fricka (“The Rhine Gold” and “The Valkyrie”) and Adelaide (“Arabella”) at the Nuremberg State Theatre. She also continues to sing Herodias (“Salome”) at the Taipei National Theatre, Taiwan.
On 22 November 2014, she débuted as Marguerite (“La Damnation de Faust”, Conductor Guido Johannes Rumstadt ) and as Brangäne (“Tristan and Isolde”, Markus Bosch). Also in 2015, she will reprise her role as Siegrune (“The Valkyrie”, Kirill Petrenko) at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich and the Adelaide (Arabella, Stefan Soltesz) at the Opera Cologne. In the 2015/16 season she sings Waltraute (Götterdämmerung, Marcus Bosch) at the Nuremberg State Theater and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) at the Teatro Comunale in Modena and Ferrara (Italy).
Furthermore in 2016 at the Karlsruhe State Theatre directed by Justin Brown and Taichung Metropolitan Opera House directed by „La Fura dels Baus“ she will singFricka („The Rhine Gold“, Shao Chia Lü). 2017 follows the Ring at Nuremberg State Theatre with Fricka („The Rhine Gold/ Valkyrie“) and Waltraute in the Götterdämmerung.
In the season 2017/18 is her debut as Cassandre (Les Troyens) under the direction of Calixto Bieito and as Carmen under the direction of Laurent Laffargue in Nuremberg. In 2019 she sings Roßweiße and 2. Norne at The Grand Theatre de Geneve, Wellgunde (Rheingold) at The Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Pique Dame at the Opernfestspiele Heiden Heim and Waltraute and 2. Norne at National Taichung Theater again under direction of “La Fura dels Baus” and Shao Chia Lü.