Born in Bietigheim-Bissingen near Stuttgart, German soprano Marie-Sophie Pollak studied with Prof. Gabriele Fuchs at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich, where she completed her studies with distinction.
At the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music Marie-Sophie gave her early debut as Vespetta in Georg Philipp Telemann’s musical comedy Pimpinone or The Unequal Marriage in 2011, subsequently appearing in Alessandro Scarlatti’s La Dirindina and as a soloist in Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B minor, both conducted by Alessandro De Marchi. At the Bruckner Festival in Linz she could be heard as Bemira in Georg Philipp Telemann’s opera Miriways under Michi Gaigg and L’Orfeo Barockorchester, whereas the Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci invited her for a Handel pasticcio entitled The Golden Apple and for a scenic adaption of Johann Sebastian Bach’s so-called “Peasant Cantata” BVW 212 with the Belgian B’Rock Orchestra under Olof Boman.
Further roles on the opera stage include Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Merab in Handel’s Saul, Almirena in Rinaldo as well as Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
First important highlights of her international career include Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons under the baton of Kent Nagano at the Audi Summer Concerts and her debut at the Musikverein Wien in Handel’s Susanna with the Orchester Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselböck. Marie-Sophie Pollak gave her debut at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris as Tamiri in Mozart’s Il re pastore led by Jean-Christophe Spinosi and his Ensemble Matheus, sang Mozart’s concert aria “Ch'io mi scordi di te“ (K. 505) with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted and accompanied by Christian Zacharias at the piano, and subsequently performed Handel’s Messiah under Václav Luks and Collegium 1704 on tour in Prague and Dresden. Further appearances saw her performing in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B minor at the Herkulessaal Munich and the Musikverein Wien, followed by a program with three selected Bach cantatas at the Vienna Konzerthaus led by Luca Pianca.
During the past seasons she appeared as a soloist in a recital presenting orchestrated Schubert songs along with Camerata Salzburg and in an adapted scenic version of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Hamburg State Opera, choreographed by John Neumeier and conducted by Alessandro de Marchi. In addition, Marie-Sophie sang Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie under the baton of Kent Nagano, followed by a tour with The Creation under Thomas Hengelbrock and his Balthasar-Neumann-Chor und –Ensemble. With the latter, Marie-Sophie also gave her debut at the Tonhalle Zürich with Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elias. Accompanied by the Berlin-based Akademie für Alte Musik, Marie-Sophie sang the role of Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice under Alexander Liebreich in Katowice, further appearing as a soloist in Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor under Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg. Besides participating in the traditional New Year’s Eve concerts at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Marie-Sophie Pollak also appeared as L'Amour in a new production of Gluck's Orphée et Eurydice (French version of 1774) at Hamburg’s State Opera, once again choreographed by John Neumeier and conducted by Alessandro De Marchi.
Further highlights include a collaboration with the recently-founded Vox Orchester under Lorenzo Ghirlanda featuring Handel’s Alexander’s Feast, Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Beethoven’s Egmont with Sir Roger Norrington and Camerata Salzburg, a choir concert at the Schubertiade Festival in Hohenems, her debut with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under Kent Nagano, Handel’s Messiah with Montréal’s Les Violons du Roy and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre Orchestra, both under the baton of Bernard Labadie. At the Magdeburg Telemann Festival, Marie-Sophie Pollak starred as Vespetta in Telemann's comic intermezzo Pimpinone oder Die ungleiche Heirat, accompanied by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under Georg Kallweit.
In the current season, Marie-Sophie Pollak can be heard with Bach's solo cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" BWV 51 under Kent Nagano and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, further to appearances in Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri both with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig under Philippe Herreweghe and the Gürzenich Orchester Köln under François-Xavier Roth. Under Kent Nagano, she will take over the solo part in Haydn's The Creation with the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento. Further engagements comprise Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Montréal and selected concert arias by Mozart at Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie. Marie-Sophie will eventually also take part in Telemann's sacred oratorio "Der Tag des Gerichts" performed under Ivor Bolton at the International Baroque Days Stift Melk, as well as in Mendelssohn's Elijah as part of the International Organ Week Nuremberg - Musica Sacra under Martin Steidler.
A recording of Lutherian cantatas of Bach under the direction of Christoph Spering was released with the label Harmonia Mundi. Together with her Ensemble392 – of which Marie-Sophie Pollak is a co-founder – a recording featuring a collection of French Cantatas and Chansons was released with the label fra bernardo.
2022 | 2023
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Arien für Nancy Storace
Marie-Sophie Pollak, Katharina Ruckgaber
Accademia di Monaco
Conductor: Joachim Tschiedel
Label: Coviello Classics | 2017
Biber & Biber: Concerto Stella Matutina
Works by Carl Heinrich Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber
Marie-Sophie Pollak, Kaspar Kröner, Hans Jörg Mammel, Michael Kranebitter
Concerto Stella Matutina
Conductor: Johannes Hämmerle
Label: Fra Bernardo | 2017
Bouillabaisse: French Chansons & Cantatas
Works by Élisabeth Jacquet de Guerre, Jean-Philippe Rrameau
Label: Fra Bernardo | 2016
Gaetano Donizetti & Johann Simon Mayr: Messa di Gloria and Credo in D
Siri Karoline Thornhill, Marie-Sophie Pollak, Marie-Sande Papenmeyer, Mark Adler, Martin Berner
Simon Mayr Chorus | Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Concerto de Bassus
Conductor: Franz Hauk
Label: Naxos | 2016
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Elias, op. 70
Marie-Sophie Pollak, soprano
Gerhild Romberger, alto
Martin Mitterrutzner, tenor
Krešimir Stražanac, bass
Akademie für Alte Musik
Martin Steidler, conductor