Katrin Wundsam attended the Anton Bruckner Private University studying with Prof. Gerald Trabesinger, subsequently completing her studies at the Mozarteum Salzburg with Prof. Ingrid Mayr and Prof. Wolfgang Holzmair. She took further master classes with KS Robert Holl and Kurt Widmer and refined her vocal techniques with Prof. Irina Gavrilovici in Vienna and Margreet Honig in Amsterdam.
As ensemble member of the Cologne Opera during the years 2009-2016, Katrin Wundsam has been given the opportunity to progressively broaden her repertoire appearing in roles such as Penelope (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria), Ottavia (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Bradamante (Alcina), Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Sesto (La clemenza di Tito), Smeton (Anna Bolena), Ascanio (Benvenuto Cellini), Nicklausse (Les contes d'Hoffmann), Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Prinz Orlofsky (Die Fledermaus), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Concepcion (L’heure espagnole) and Martuccia (Die Gezeichneten). Further highlights include the title role in Bizet’s Carmen and a Singspiel y Georg Kreisler entitled Heute Abend: Lola Blau. With the Cologne Opera she also took part in a tour to China with Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, appearing as Flosshilde (Das Rheingold), Grimgerde (Die Walküre) and Second Norn (Götterdämmerung).
In addition to her engagements in Cologne, Katrin Wundsam also starred as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and as Rosina in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Hamburg State Opera. With the latter role she also gave her debut at Dresden’s Semperoper during the season 2015/2016. The Bregenz Festival invited her to take part in a production of Ernst Křenek’s Karl V. and as Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. She took further part in the two one act operas Le Rossignol by Igor Stravinsky and l’Hirondelle inattendue by Simon Laks.
Much in demand also on the concert platform, Katrin Wundsam gave her debut at the Wiener Musikverein with Igor Stravinsky’s Les Noces conducted by Cornelius Meister and appeared as soloist in Mozart’s Requiem KV 626 with the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg under Laurence Equilbey. She sang in Bach’s Trauerode BWV 198 and Schubert’s Mass in A-flat major D 678 at the Konzerthaus Berlin, performed Luciano Berio’s Folk Songs with the WDR Sinfonieorchester under Jukka-Pekka Saraste and appeared with the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich under Ivor Bolton in Grafenegg, featuring Mozart’s Vesperae solennes KV 339 and his Coronation Mass in C major KV 317. Jan Cayers and his ensemble Le Concert Olympique invited her to perform Beethoven’s Mass in C major op. 87 in a series of concerts in Antwerp and Bruges. The Grafenegg Festival engaged her as soloist in Gerald Wirth’s world premiere of the cantata Carmina Austriaca, whereas the Rheingau Musik Festival invited her for the opening concert with Beethoven’s Missa solemnis under Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
Further concert highlights of the past seasons include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Essen, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis in Hamburg as well as his Symphony No. 9 with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra under Adam Fischer. She further inaugurated the International Bruckner Festival Linz as soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 conducted by Markus Poschner and subsequently took part in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in Düsseldorf and in Schumann’s Requiem op. 148 at the Berlin Konzerthaus under Lukasz Borowicz.
The role of Grimgerde in Wagner’s Die Walküre led her to the Salzburg Easter Festival under Christian Thielemann in 2017, and will see her once again on stage shortly in the frame of a concert version of the same opera at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw under the baton of Jaap van Zweeden.
The season 2017/2018 saw her starring as Hänsel in a new production of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at the then newly reopened Berlin State Opera. At the Innsbruck Early Music Festival she performed the role of Enea in Mercadante’s seldom performed Didone abbandonata, which in the meantime has also been released on DVD by the label Naxos. At the Bregenz Festival in 2019, Katrin Wundsam will eventually appear as Maddalena in a new production of Verdi’s Rigoletto conducted by Enrique Mazzola and staged by Philipp Stölzl.
As a Lied singer, Katrin appeared with three solo recitals featuring works by Hans Werner Henze, Paul Hindemith und Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach at Kartause Ittingen in Switzerland, and subsequently interpreted Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder accompanied by Kölner Kammersolisten.
Besides a revival of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel at Berlin’s Staatsoper unter den Linden and Kreisler’s song play Heute Abend: Lola Blau in Cologne, Katrin’s concert engagements in the season 2020/2021 comprise various projects such as Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the Würth Philharmonic under Claudio Vandelli, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis at the Musikverein Graz under Oksana Lyniv, Mozart’s Requiem under Adám Fischer and the Düsseldrofer Symphoniker, as well as Bruckner’s Te Deum with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under Markus Poschner.
2020 | 2021
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Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8
Polina Pasztircsák, Manuela Uhl, Fatma Said, Katrin Wundsam, Katharina Magiera, Neal Cooper, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Peter Rose
Choir of the Städtischer Musikverein, Philharmonischer Chor Bonn, Kartäuserkantorei Köln, Youth Choir of the Clara-Schumann Musikschule
Conductor: Adam Fischer
Label: Challenge Records | 2019
Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto
Katrin Wundsam, Stephen Costello, Vladimir Stoyanov, Mélissa Petit, Miklós Sebestyén
Wiener Symphoniker | Prague Philharmonic Choir
Conductor: Enrique Mazzola
Director: Philipp Stölzl
Label: C Major | 2019
Saverio Mercadante: Didone abbandonata
Viktorija Miškūnaitė, Katrin Wundsam, Carlo Vincenzo Allemano, Pietro di Bianco, Diego Godoy, Emilie Renard
Academia Montis Regalis | Coro Maghini
Conductor: Alessandro de Marchi
Director: Jürgen Flimm
Label: Naxos | 2019
Engelbert Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Katrin Wundsam, Alexandra Steiner, Ricarda Merbeth, Albert Dohmen, Christian Elsner, Annika Gerhards, Alexandra Hutto
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin | Kinderchor der Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Conductor: Marek Janowski
Label: Pentatone Classics | 2017