Christiane Karg was born in Feuchtwangen, Bavaria. She studied singing at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Heiner Hopfner and Wolfgang Holzmair, where she was awarded the Lilli Lehmann Medal, and at the Music Conservatory in Verona. In 2009 she was named Young Performer of the Year by Opernwelt magazine, and the following year was awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik prize for her first Lied CD, Verwandlung – Lieder eines Jahres, accompanied by Burkhard Kehring.
She was a member of the International Opera Studio at the Hamburg State Opera before joining the ensemble of the Frankfurt Opera in 2008 where her roles included Susanna, Musetta, Pamina, Servilia, Zdenka and the title role of La Calisto. She returned to Frankfurt in 2013 to sing Mélisande to great critical acclaim in Claus Guth’s new production of Pelleas et Mélisande and again in 2015 to sing Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier).
In 2006 she made an auspicious debut at the Salzburg Festival and has returned to sing Amor (Orfeo ed Euridice) with Riccardo Muti and Zerlina (Don Giovanni) with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She is a regular guest at the Theater an der Wien where she has sung Ismene (Mitridate), Telaire (Castor and Pollux) and Hero (Beatrice et Benedict). At the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich she has sung Ighino (Palestrina), at the Komische Oper Berlin Musetta (La Bohème) and Norina (Don Pasquale) and at the Opera de Lille, Anne Trulove (The Rakes Progress). She has sung Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Flanders Opera and at the Dresden Semperoper. In 2015 she made her house debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden singing Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and the following year made her U.S operatic debut singing Susana at the Lyric Opera, Chicago and her house debut singing Sophie at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
In concert, Christiane Karg has appeared with world renowned conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Daniel Harding, Christian Thielemann, Christoph Eschenbach, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Cornelius Meister, Mariss Jansons, Herbert Blomstedt, Iván Fischer, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She has worked with the Berlin, Czech, Munich and Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Concentus Musicus Wien, Dresden Staatskapelle, London Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris.
Christiane Karg is a committed and distinguished recitalist, in 2016 she made her U.S and Japanese tour debuts with highlights at New York’s Carnegie Hall and an NHK television broadcast at Oji Hall. She has also appeared at the Vienna Musikverein, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Mozarteum Salzburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Essen, Cologne, Schwetzingen, Hamburg, Innsbruck, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, the Beethovenfest Bonn, the Oxford Lieder Festival, the Edinburgh Festival (where she was awarded the Herald Angel award) and the Wigmore Hall.
In recognition of her artistic work, Christiane Karg was awarded with the Bavarian Culture Prize in the 2015 Art Category.
Source: Berlin Classics (Edel)