About Kismara Pessatti

The Contralto is an internationally active opera and concert singer with a warm and flexible contralto voice. In the last years she has become the Brazilian female singer with the fastest growing international

She speaks six languages (Portuguese, German, Spanish, English, Italian and a bit French), lives in Zürich and is in the meantime a Swiss citizen.

Born in Brazil Kismara Pessatti studied acting and singing in her hometown Curitiba. In Berlin she finished her studies at the Academy of Music "Hans Eisler" with Prof. Norma Sharp and Julia Varady, followed by master classes with Alberto Zedda, Thomas Hampson and Francisco Araiza. From 2003 to 2005 she was a member of the international Opera Studio in Zürich’s Opera House, being engaged as ensemble member from 2005 to 2008, where she sag among others with Nikolaus Harnoncourt as Nutrice L’Incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi).

Afterwards she sang the title role in Orfeo under Nicolau de Figueiredo and Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande at the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo. At the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro she was Neris Médée (Cherubini).

Her experience with Russian operas she got with roles such as Filipjewna Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Aksinja Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Shostakovitch), Petrowna The Tsar’s Bride (Rimsky-Korsakov), Mother Goose Rake’s Progress (Strawinsky) and Amme Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky) at the Zürich Opera House, Saint-Ètienne (France) Opera and at the Sankt Gallen Theater.

Her Debut with R. Wagner was as Erda Nibelung’s Ring at the Operahouse in Essen, Germany. At the Wagner Geneva Festival she was Mary Flying Dutchman, in Zürich the Contralto Solo in the Wagner Project by Hans Neuenfels and on the concert stage of Berliner Philharmonie she has recorded the live CD of Wagner’s Ring (Flosshilde and Schwertleite) with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski. At the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona Schwertleite Die Walküre.

In this season the Artist performed Axinja in Lady Macbeth von Mzensk at the Opera House and Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro at Sankt Gallen. In the past seasons Kismara gave guest performances again at the Opera House Zürich as 1. Magd in Elektra and as Mary in Fliegender Holländer, at the Opera House Cologne as the Contralto Solo in Eroberung von Mexiko by W. Rihm (Alejo Pérez / Konwitschny) in a co-produktion with the Salzburger Festspiele and as Filipjewna in Eugen Onegin by Tschaikowski in Sankt Gallen. Furthermore gave the singer her Debüts as Maffio Orsini in Lucrezia Borgia as well as Juliette in Romeo et Juliette (Berlioz) at the Theater Sankt Gallen and was as Mary in Fliegender Holländer in Luxembourg and Caen under François-Xavier Roth with the Orchester Les Siècles.

In the season 2013-2014 she gave two Debüts: as Mary in Fliegender Holländer at the Wagner Geneva Festival as well as Neris in Medée by Cherubini at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. Additionally she was the 1. Magd in Elektra at Theatro Petruzzelli in Bari and Schwertleite in Walküre at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

In the season 2012-2013 she made again Guest perfomances at the Opernhaus Zürich as Soloist at the Wagner-Project for the Zürcher Festspiele by Hans Neuenfels Wie ich Welt wurde. Concertante performances sang Ms. Pessatti as Flosshilde and Schwertleite in Wagners concertante Ring der Nibelungen with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Marek Janowski ist the Berliner Philharmonie (live Pentatone CD-recording), in Frau ohne Schatten under Vladimir Jurowski at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and in Walküre with the Bamberger Symphonikern at Lucerne Festival.

2009 she gave her Debüt ass Carmen with the Bergischen Symphoniker Orchestra in a concertante performance, 2011 as Erda in Siegfried and Rheingold at the Aalto-Theater Essen under Stefan Soltesz and 2012 at the Theatro Municipal in São Paulo as Geneviève in Pelléas et Mélisande, as well in the title role of Orfeo by Gluck.

Kismara also had engagements at the Gran Teatro La Fenice as 1st Magd Elektra and at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo she performed Annina Der Rosenkavalier as well as La Traviata under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. At the Teatro Petruzelli in Bari and in Zürich she sang 1st Magd Elektra. She was Genevieve Pelléas et Mélisande (Debussy) and Anna Les Troyens (Berlioz) at the Amazonas Opera Festival in Manaus, Brazil. At the Royal Festival Hall in London she gave concert performances as Annina Der Rosenkavalier (Welser-Möst) and as Nutrice in L'incoronazione di Poppea (Harnoncourt).

In addition to her success on the opera stage the Brazilian Contralto is a concert singer in great demand. She was regularly engaged by Helmuth Rilling for the International Bach Academy. Concerts with Maestro Rilling include J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor in Caracas, St. John’s Passion in Moscow, Christmas Oratorio at Liederhalle Stuttgart, Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au bucher in Caracas, Handel's Messiah in Essen, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in Prague, Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdi in Milan and the Requiem by W.A. Mozart in Baden Baden at the award of the Karajan Music Prize to Helmuth Rilling.

Furthermore Kismara Pessatti sang the Wesendonck Lieder in Henze’s version with the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève at the Wagner Geneva Festival, and debuted at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw with Manuel de Falla’s El amor brujo and afterwards Hartmann’s 1st. Symphony under the baton of Markus Stenz. Her projects on the concert stage include Rossini’s Stabat Mater conducted by Rolf Beck at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival in Germany, in Bogotá Mahler‘s Symphony No. 2 under L. Shambadal and Berio‘s Folksongs. Mahler`s Symphony No. 8 the contralto sang under Lorin Maazel, Peter Kuhn and E. Diemecke in Germany (Duisburg) and Colombia (Bogotá). At Berlin’s Konzerthaus she sang the alto solo in Beethoven's 9th Symphony.

Her career and voice development is framed by several recordings, as Der Ring des Nibelungen under Janowski, Hartmann’s Symphony No.1 under Stenz as well as DVDs for the Zürich Opera House (Rigoletto and Tiefland among others). She has performed with famous musicians and conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, Lorin Maazel, Ralf Weikert, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Franz Welser-Möst, Christoph von Dohnányi, Patrick Fournillier, Nello Santi, Ingo Metzmacher, Thomas Adès, Laurent Campellone, Bertrand de Billy, Vladimir Jurowksi, Marek Janowski, Nicolau de Figueiredo, Luiz Fernando Malheiro, Rolf Beck, Markus Stenz and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

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