Famous in her country and throughout Europe, the American soprano Cheryl Studer is one of the most sought after lyric singers on the international stage. Born in Midland, Michigan, she studied piano and viola and at the age of 12 started singing lessons. Her career took off in 1979 when Seiji Ozawa, impressed by the young soprano, offered her a number of concerts with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has appeared in the leading opera houses (La Scala, Covent Garden, Metropolitan, Vienna State Opera and Grand Opera of Paris), as well as in the most prestigious festivals such as Salzburg, Bayreuth and Munich. She has also appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Vienna, Berlin, Tokyo, London, Philadelphia, Academia of Santa Cecilia and others. Her first appearance at Carnegie Hall was in 1994, where she returned two years later with the Dresden Staatskapelle under the baton of Giuseppe Sinopoli.
Her vast repertoire includes the roles of Aida and Arabella, performed at Covent Garden, Marshallin and Chrysothemis at the Salzburg Festival, Senta and Sieglinde at the Festival of Bayreuth in 1999 and 2000 respectively. Her triumph as Marshallin with the Vienna State Opera was followed by Ariadne auf Naxos (Japan), Der Rosenkavalier (Metropolitan), Frau ohne Schatten and Die Walküre in Vienna and Dresden, where she also performed Der Fliegende Holländer and Der Rosenkavalier, Tannhäuser in Hamburg, Munich and Rio de Janeiro, Fidelio in Thessaloniki, to mention only some of her many roles and performances. There were rave reviews in Zurich when she sang Arabella, as well as for her appearance with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin where she performed The Four Last Songs by Richard Strauss.
Cheryl Studer has been honoured with many international prizes, including the Franz Schubert Institute Prize for her excellent Lied performance, the High Fidelity Musical American Prize, the Grand Prix du Disque, the 1989 Maria Callas Prize for her superb performance as Sieglinde in Die Walküre (EMI) and as Empress in Frau ohne Schatten, and in 1992 came the Edison Prize for her recording of Salome (Deutsche Grammophon). In the same year, she was awarded the International Classical Music Award as the best singer of the year (the first artist to receive this prize) followed by the Wilhelm Furtwängler Prize in 1994. She has most recently been awarded the Terras sem Sombre (2011) and the Ovation Award (2012) for her life's work in the arts.
Cheryl Studer has been a fulltime Professor for voice at the University of Music in Würzburg, Germany since 2003, where she has recently added Stage Craft and Scenic Presentation to her teaching curriculum. She also gives master classes internationally and is often jury member for international voice competitions. She celebrates her 43rd year of professional singing in the 2017/18 season. Her most recent roles have included Adelaide in Arabella at the Hamburg State Opera, Nettie Fowler in Carousel in Basel, Switzerland, and the Overseer and Confidante in Patrice Chereau's award winning production of Strauss' Elektra at the State Opera of Berlin under Daniel Barenboim.