Anna Maria Pammer

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The Austrian-born soprano has continually been recognised for both her commitment music written after 1900 as well as her thoughtful programming. She studied vocal performance, cello, Lied and opera in Vienna, before becoming a member of the Zurich Opera Studio and graduating with a master’s degree in history at the University of Vienna. After her successful debut in Udo Zimmermann’s Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin at the Salzburg Festival in 1995 and at the Leipzig Opera, she has since been a regular guest at the Opéra de Paris, the Wiener Volksoper, the Wiener Kammeroper and at the opera houses of Cologne, Ulm, Darmstadt, St. Gallen and Klagenfurt and works regularly with the Neue Oper Wien and NetzZeit.

She has performed with leading orchestras including the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Chapelle Royale, the Orchestra of RAI in Turin, the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonie, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the RSO Vienna and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, working with conductors such as Adam Fischer, Dennis Russell Davies, Sir Roger Norrington, Rudolf Barschai, Philippe Herreweghe, Jan Caeyers, Johannes Kalitzke, Peter Keuschnig, Peter Rundel and Franz Welser-Möst. As a chamber musician, she worked with ensembles and artists like the Arditti Quartet, Hagen Quartet, Aron Quartet, Diotima Quartet, Zemlinsky Quartet, Siegfried Mauser, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, András Keller, Ilya Gringolts and Gidon Kremer.


From 2007 to 2010, she was Artist in Residence at the Brucknerhaus in Linz where she curated performances such as lecture recitals on Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartets and staged presentations featuring entartete (degenerate) music, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Hildegard von Bingen, Cathy Berberian and Barbara Strozzi.


Her particular devotion to contemporary music reflects in her discography, which includes works by Peter Androsch, Bernhard Lang, Clemens Gadenstätter and Georg Kreisler. She recently recorded Robert Schumann’s Album für die Jugend op. 79, sulzer.wittgenstein.pammer, Mozart & Co., Entartete Musik, Webern | Schubert and Verlaine hérétique, which was awarded the Pasticciopreis of the Austrian radio station ORF Ö1.