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Austrian mezzo-soprano Hermine Haselböck studied at the universities of music in Vienna and Detmold.
International recital and concert performances have led her to Carnegie Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Musikverein Wien, Mozarteum Salzburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Frauenkirche Dresden and Teatro San Carlo.
On stage she has performed roles like Magdalene (Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Ramiro (La Finta Giardiniera - Nationaloper Tokyo), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel - Volksoper Vienna), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte - Concertgebouw Amsterdam), 2nd Lady (Magic Flute - Theater an der Wien and Grand Theatre de la Ville Luxemburg), Mercedes (Carmen), Odetta (Adelia - Donizetti), Ernesto (Il Mondo della Luna) and 3rd Maid (Elektra).
She works with conductors such as Bertrand de Billy, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Kuhn, Fabio Luisi and Christian Thielemann.
Apart from numerous radio recordings her discography includes CDs with songs by Zemlinsky, Schreker and Mahler (Bridge Records), Donizetti's Adelia (Sony BMG), Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Symphony No 9 (Col Legno), Mahler's Song of the Earth (CAvi), Schubert's Masses in E flat and A flat major (ORF) and Strauss' Elektra on DVD (Unitel).
Further information: www.hermine-haselboeck.com
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