Carola Glaser


“The star of the afternoon was Carola Glaser, she managed to bring to life the difficult role of Christine switching from cuasi parlando lines to moments of great drama and lyric melancholy.” Het Parool
“Praises go to Carola Glaser… she performed in a phenomenal way the woman that interferes with her own life, alternating moments of purely childish behaviour to very strong moments with explosive outbursts– Glaser performed with fineze and sang with a variety of colors – a high level performance.” Niewe Noten Reynolds


Swiss soprano Carola Glaser is known for the versatiliy and natural soprano voice and for her striking and charismatic stage presence. She has sang in prestigious houses in Europe such as the Theater an der Wien, Frankfurt Opera, Komische Opern Berlin and Opera Bonn. Her great musical intelligence and musicianship has led her to sing in a variety of venues and repertoire that range from operas by Strauss or Wagner to Zemlinksy and Henze.

She obtained world wide recognition when she jumped in last minute to sing the demanding role of Christine in Strauss` Intermezzo at the Theater an der Wien in Viena, conducted by Mº Kirill Petrenko. She also sang the role at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Radio Philharmonic conducted by Mº David Zinmann in spring of 2017.

Ms. Glaser sang the role of Nella in Gianni Schicchi  in a special production of Damiano Micchieletto`s Il Trittico at the Theater an der Wien in Viena.  A strong interpreter of Wagner heroins, she sang the role of Irene in Rienzi at the Oper Leipzig and at the Teatro de'll Opera di Roma led by Stefan Stolz, the role of Helmwige in Die Walküre at the Staatstheater Darmstadt conducted by Constantin Trinks and  then added  the roles of Elisabeth in Tannhäuser and Elsa in Lohengrin at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl led by Gustav Kuhn. The roles of Ms. Glaser and Mariana in Wagner´s Das Liebesverbot at the Theatre of Radebeul led by Jan Horstmann.  She sang also with Mº Horstmann her first Rosalinde in Johann´s Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

She made her debut in the title role of Salome at the Seoul Arts Centre, conducted by Maurizio Colasanti and sang her first Leonora in Beethoven´s Fidelio with the Wetzlar Kammerorchester in Germany.

Further guest appearances followed at Komische Oper Berlin (Love of Three Oranges), in Ludwigshafen (Armida), Giessen (Fedora) and at the Opera Frankfurt (Macbeth by Sciarrione). At the Festival de Verbier she sang the role of Ilia in Idomeneo and at the Festival Altenburg she sang the role of  Sifare in Mitridate, Celia in Lucio Silla and the role of Ilia in Idomeneo.

In the symphonic and oratorio repertoire Carola Glaser sang the Mahler´s 4  Symphony led by conductor Adam Fischer at the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt. She sang Beethoven´s Symphony nº 9 in many occasions including performances with The Capriccio Baroque Orchestra at the Basel Stadt Casino, Tonhalle Zürich,  the KKL Luzern Concert Hall led by Johannes Schlaefli with the Alumni Orchestra Zürich and with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela led by Eduardo Chibas. She performed Verdi´s Requiem with the Brandenburgisches Symphony Orchester led by Howard Griffiths and with the Primasens Orchestra under the baton of Julian Steckel. 

Symphonic concerts include invitations to sing  Ravel´s Schéhérezade and Liszt Songs with the Mittelsächsische Philharmonie conducted by Jan M.Horstmann, and Chausson´s Poème de L´amour et de la Mer with the Regensburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Raoul Grüneis.

Between 1998 and 2001 she held a  Fest contract at the the Oldenburg Opera Ensemble and sang the roles  of Pamina in the Magic Flute, Nanetta in Falstaff, Woglinde in Götterdämmerung and Annina in Strauss’ A Night in Venice.

Between 2004 to 2007 Ms. Glaser she was invited to be a Fest member of  the Mittelsächsische Theater Freiberg where she sang the roles of Lisa in Léhar´s Operetta The Land of Smiles,  Christine in Strauss´ Intermezzo, Countess in The Marriage of Figaro,  Alice in Falstaff, Electra in Mozart´s Idomeneo,  Micaela in Carmen, Mimi in La Boheme and Violetta  in La Traviata. She was heard with great success as Violetta at Freilichtbühne Oberammergau and in Frankfurt Violetta

While she was studying in Basel she was invited to sing in Zemilnky's Der Zwerg at the Opera Bern, Le nozze di Figaro, Jenufa, and in the World Premiere of with the Basel Opera and in Jakob Lenz by Wolfgang Rihm with the Theatre Orchester Biel Solothurn.

Carola Glaser was born in Basel, Switzerland,  and  studied violin and piano before she started taking voice lessons. She received her Bachelor´s Degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City and then obtanied a Master´s Degree from the Basel Musikhochschule and Opera School in Basel. Her voice teachers were Peter Elkus and Kurt Widmer.

She received numerous scholarships and awards including the Migros, Kiefer Hablitzel Prize and  the Hans Huber and Rubinstein Study Award. Masterclasses brought her to Edith Mathis,  Joan Dornemann, Walther Berry, Renata Scotto, Elisabeth Söderström, Neil Semer and Anna Reynolds.  

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