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The versatile German soprano was extremely successful as a concert and lied singer and also performed on the opera stage where she was acclaimed in particular for her intelligent and unusual interpretations. She belonged to the ensemble of the Stuttgart State Opera for many years. There and in many other German and European opera houses she enthralled audiences singing roles such as the Feldmarschallin (Der Rosenkavalier ), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Didon (Les Troyens), Marie (Wozzeck), Kundry (Parsifal), the title role in Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss, Alice Ford (Falstaff), Elvira (Don Giovanni), Emilia Marty (The Makropulos Affair), Sieglinde (Walküre) and Isolde (Tristan und Isolde).
She has given concerts with major orchestras, including the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Munich Philharmonic and the Czech Philharmonic under conductors such as Teodor Currentzis, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Heinz Holliger, Eliahu Inbal, Marco Letonja, Fabio Luisi, Sir Neville Marriner, Michael Schoenwandt and Christian Zacharias.
Her lied recitals with András Schiff, Burkhard Kehring, Wolfram Rieger, Jan Philip Schulze and many others were highly acclaimed. She has performed at major music festivals in Europe such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival, in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and also at the Schwetzingen Festival.
Christiane Iven is also highly successful as a singing teacher which is an important part of her artistic activity. From 2001 to 2007 she was professor at the Hannover Academy of Music, Drama and Media. Since the winter semester 2013/14 she has had a professorship at the Munich Academy of Music and Drama. She is also much in demand as a jury member for international singing competitions such as the Ernst Haefliger Competition or the Paula Salomon Lied Competition in Berlin. Christiane Iven frequently gives master-classes, for instance at the International Music Academy for Soloists (IMAS) at Schloss Bückeburg, at Taipeh University, at the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, the Lucerne Academy of Music and in 2016 at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg. As an active member in the Federal Association of German Singing Teachers she organizes further training courses focusing on the voice. In order to extend and enrich her musical and teaching activities, Christiane Iven is at present completing a training course in transaction analysis, and in future she will work in the field of consultancy and supervision for artists, musicians and teachers.
Christiane Iven was born in Hamburg and studied in her home town with Judith Beckmann and with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin. She was a prize-winner in the German Music Competition and in several other international competitions. For her outstanding artistic achievements she was awarded the State Prize of Lower Saxony and appointed Kammersängerin in Baden-Württemberg.
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In line with the reorientation of the International Summer Academy focusing on the work of W. A. Mozart, participants of this master class are cordially invited to prepare at least one work by W. A. Mozart.