Heidi Manser – coloratura soprano
Heidi Manser was born in Wolfsberg (Carinthia). She completed a preparatory course for vocal studies at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts under Prof. Helga Wagner, before she began her solo voice training for concert and opera at the Vienna Conservatory. In addition, she trained privately with KS Gottfried Hornik and KS Edith Lienbacher, attended master-classes with KS Gundula Janowitz, KS Ernst Haeflinger and KS Prof. Walter Berry, and was a prizewinner of the 2000 Nico Dostal International Singing Competition.
Operetta has held a special place in the young artist’s repertoire, since the time when she toured Europe with Heinz Hellberg and the Operettenbühne Wien, first as Hannerl in Schubert’s “Dreimädler-Haus”, and then as Nené in Kreisler’s “Sissy”. In the course of her career she has sung such diverse roles as Meisterin in Lehár’s “Peter und Paul im Schlaraffenland“ (Lübecker Komödien-Theater), Sora in Millöcker’s “Gasperone” (Düsseldorfer Operette), Adele in “Die Fledermaus“ (Hamburger Kammeroper), Pauline in Offenbach’s „La Vie Parisienne“ (Herbsttage Blindenmarkt), Lisa in „Gräfin Mariza“ (Operettenfestspiele Murau), Christel von der Post in “Der Vogelhändler“ and again Nené, this time at the Stadttheater Baden, where she also appeared in Fred Raymond’s operetta “Saison in Salzburg“ as Erika. Recently she performed the roles of Franziska Cagliari and Gräfin in “Wiener Blut” (City Opera Szczecin Poland, Parktheater Augsburg), Catarina Cornarini in Offenbach’s “Le pont des soupirs”, Valencienne in “Die lustige Witwe” at the Kongresszentrum Zurich, Friedericke in Leo Fall’s “Der fidele Bauer“ (Herbsttage Blindenmarkt) and Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus“ (Allee-Theater Hamburg, Schlossfestspiele Stadl).
“The optimally-trained Heidi Manser with her pliant and creamy soprano… was compelling.” These words were imparted by the magazine “Das Opernglas” to Heidi Manser for her portrayal of Lorette in “Der Vampyr” by Peter Joseph von Lindpaintner (Opernbühne Bad Aibling). Also very active in contemporary opera productions, the eclectic artist has been seen in Philippe Boesmans’ “Wintermärchen” (Neue Oper Wien), Anthony Davis’ “Tania” (Musikwerkstatt Wien), Gerhard Schedl’s “Triptychon” and Herbert Willi’s “Schlafes Bruder” (both with Neue Oper Wien). Further appearances in operatic rarities were the roles of Röschen in “Hieronymus Knicker“ by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Hannchen in Lortzing’s “Die Opernprobe” (both at Opernbühne Bad Aibling), Carolina in Cimarosa’s “Il Matrimonio Segreto” and Sofia in Rossini’s “Signor Bruschino” (both Sommeroper Schärding). Most recently she made her debut at the renowned Austrian festival Carinthischer Sommer in “Götter & Söhne”, a program with four Opéras-minute by Darius Milhaud, sang Serpina in Pergolesi’s “La serva padrona” at Schloss Hof (Austria) and Celestina in “Che Originali!” by Johann Simon Mayr (Allee-Theater Hamburg).
In classical repertory, she has enjoyed numerous successes as Blondchen (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail”), which she sang at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, Olympia (“Les contes d’Hoffmann”), Anna (“Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor”), Oscar (“Un ballo in maschera”), Marie (“The bartered Bride”), Gretel (“Hänsel und Gretel”), Zerlina (“Don Giovanni”) and Susanna (“Le Nozze di Figaro“). In the recent past she has included more dramatic roles such as Königin der Nacht (“Die Zauberflöte“), Konstanze (“Die Entführung aus dem Serail“), which she performed with the Düsseldorfer Operett and Rosina in „Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Allee-Theater Hamburg, where she will be heard as Elvira in „L’Italiana in Algeri“ in the fall of 2013.
Heidi Manser also has amassed experience on concert stages throughout Europe, including song recitals in venues such as the Schubertiade, and concert performances at the Wiener Konzerthaus and the Musikhalle Hamburg with the KlassikPhilharmonie under Walter Gehlert. She has sung in concert with diverse orchestras, such as the Donauphilharmonie Wien, the Junge Philharmonie, the Bochumer Symphoniker, and most recently she was the soprano soloist in Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra.