Biography

 

Elisabeth Scholl grew up in a musical family at Kiedrich, a small town in the Rheingau valley, and began her singing career at the age of 9 when she became member of the boys’choir Kiedricher Chorbuben. She studied musicology and English literature in Mainz and began voice training with Prof. Eduard Wollitz, later specializing in Early Music and performance practice at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, studying with Richard Levitt and René Jacobs.

Since then Elisabeth Scholl has performed as a soloist with Philip Pickett, Marcus Creed, Frieder Bernius, Konrad Junghänel, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Reinhard Goebel, Ton Koopman, Mario Venzago, Rolf Beck, Michael Schneider, Sigiswald Kuijken, Bruno Weil, Andreas Spering, Federico Maria Sardelli, Michel Corboz, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orquestra, Hannoversche Hofkapelle, RIAS Chamber Choir, Toronto Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. She was invited by international festivals such as the Tokyo Summer Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Leipzig Bach Festival, Flanders Festival, Les jeudis d´été Festival in Colmar, Helsinki Festival, Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music, Handel Festivals in Göttingen and Halle, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival, Festival Opera Barga, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lucerne Festival, Handel Festival in Karlsruhe and the BBC Proms.

Her opera performances include Vivaldi’s Caio (Ottone in villa, Aalto-Theater, Essen (D)), Asprano (Motezuma, Barga (I) e Düsseldorf (D), world premier scenic performance 2005) and Manlio (Tito Manlio, Barga (I)), Mozart’s Fiordiligi (Festwochen Herrenhausen, Hannover (D)) and Countess (Essen; Festwochen Herrenhausen, Hannover (D)), Clarice in Haydn´s Il mondo della luna (Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, Innsbrucker Festwochen (A)) and Euridice in Haydn´s L´anima del filosofo ossia Orfeo ed Euridice (Schwetzingen Festival (D); Wuppertal (D)). In 2006/07 she performed the role of Ceres in Joseph Martin Kraus' opera Proserpina at Wuppertal, and in April 2007 she made her debut at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp/Ghent as Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Elisabeth Scholl appears frequently in Lied recitals with Burkhard Schaeffer. Her first Lieder CD was released in 1999. A CD with opera scenes by Reinhard Keiser followed in May 2001.
She enjoys editing vocal music from the baroque and pre-classical era, presenting them in concert as well as on CD. Her solo CD Inferno with world-premier recordings of dramatic cantatas by Alessandro Scarlatti (accompanied by the Italian baroque orchestra Modo Antiquo and F. M. Sardelli) has come out in spring 2006 (cpo/SWR).

Since autumn 2009 she is teaching as Professor for Baroque Singing at the Musikhoschule in Nuremberg.