German mezzo-soprano Theresa Kronthaler grew up in Rome and took her first singing lessons with Elio Battaglia in Turin. After studying theatre in London, she moved to Berlin and studied at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with Prof. Renate Faltin and Prof. Julia Varady, attending further master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Christa Ludwig and Thomas Quasthoff.
After her early debut as Prince Orlofsky at the Grand Théâtre de Genève she joined the ensemble of Dusseldorf’s Deutsche Oper am Rhein where she sang roles including Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Annio (La clemenza di Tito) and Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel). In addition, Theresa made her debut at Oper Frankfurt as Sesto in Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto and her house debut at Theater an der Wien as Isoletta in Vincenzo Bellini's La Straniera alongside Edita Gruberová and Marlis Petersen.
From 2012 to 2016, Theresa was part of the ensemble of Berlin’s Komische Oper where she appeared in productions such as L’Orfeo, Giulio Cesare, Xerxes, Le nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, La clemenza di Tito, La belle Héléne, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Hänsel und Gretel. Theater Bremen invited her to sing the title role of Bizet’s Carmen, Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda and Marguerite in Berlioz’ La Damnation de Faust. As Ophelia, she attracted international attention in the world premiere of Anno Schreier’s Hamlet at Theater an der Wien under the baton of Michael Boder.
A particular highlight of her career to date was her house debut as Clairon in Richard Strauss' Capriccio at Teatro Real in Madrid, conducted by Asher Fisch and directed by Christof Loy. With the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent she interpreted the role of The Lady in Paul Hindemith's Cardillac and - after Eglantine in Carl Maria von Weber's Euryanthe under Constantin Trinks - also continued her successful collaboration with Theater an der Wien where she last appeared as Ferdinand in the world premiere of Christian Jost's Egmont.
With the role of Fenena in Verdi's Nabucco in Oviedo and as Rosina in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia in Malmö Theresa made two further important house debuts during the last months, along with her most recent debut as Agnese del Maino in Bellini’s Beatrice di Tenda at the prestigious Festival della Valle d’Itria in Martina Franca.
On the concert stage, Theresa’s activities to date have taken her to several prestigious venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Vienna, Brucknerhaus Linz and Tonhalle Düsseldorf, as well as on various concert tours to Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Switzerland and Egypt. At the Dresden Music Festival she appeared as soloist in Rossini's Petite Messe solennelle. Her debut at the Vienna Musikverein in Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8 under Andrés Orozco-Estrada was followed by an extensive tour to England with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz conducted by Markus Poschner and presenting Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2. Under the baton of Markus Poschner she also made a guest appearance with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Mozart's Requiem, which she also sang at the Berliner Philharmonie and the Vienna Konzerthaus. Other concert highlights include Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the European Youth Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop and with Jérémie Rhorer conducting his ensemble Le Cercle de l'Harmonie. As alto solo in Bach's St Matthew Passion, she finally made her debut at the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid.
As a Lieder interpreter and together with the pianist Daniel Heide, Theresa last appeared at the Klangraum Festival in Waidhofen an der Ybbs (Austria) with Schoenberg’s Das Buch der hängenden Gärten based on texts by Stefan George.
In the current season, Theresa will appear in Schubert's Mass in E-flat major under Cristian Măcelaru at the Vienna Musikverein and, together with the Belgian National Orchestra, in Bruckner's Te Deum conducted by Hartmut Haenchen. Particularly noteworthy is her participation in the world premiere of Nicola Campogrande's Symphony No. 2. for mezzo-soprano and orchestra entitled "Un nuovo mondo", to be performed in Rome and Milan.
Theresa’s debut album entitled The Living Loving Maid - a modern reinterpretation of famous Baroque arias adapted by members of her Kronthaler Trio – has been released with Sony Classical.
2022 | 2023
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Carl Maria von Weber: Euryanthe
Stefan Cerny, Norman Reinhardt, Jacquelyn Wagner, Andrew Foster-Williams, Theresa Kronthaler, Eva Maria Neubauer
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien | Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Conductor: Constantin Trinks
Label: Capriccio | 2019
The Living Loving Maid
Works by Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Georg Friedrich Händel, Emilio de‘ Cavalieri
Electric Guitar: Kalle Kalima
Contrabass: Oliver Potratz
Label: Sony | 2015
Anton Bruckner: Te Deum
Sophie Karthäuser, Sopran
Theresa Kronthaler, Mezzosopran
Belgian National Orchestra
Hartmut Haenchen, Dirigent
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Anton Bruckner: Te Deum in C major
Sumi Huang, soprano
Theresa Kronthaler, mezzo-soprano
Ben Gulley, tenor
Johannes Weisser, bass
Hartmut Haenchen, conductor
Belgian National Orchestra