Mezzosoprano (Alto) Birgit Remmert, who was born in Braunschweig, Germany, took up studying voice at themusic school of her home town and continued her studies with Prof. Helmut Kretschmar. During and shortly after finishing hermusical education she was awarded prizes in several renowned internationalmusic competitions. Her present voice coach is Prof. Renate Faltin.
In the seasons 1992-98 Birgit Remmert was engaged as soloist at the opera house of Zurich, where she interpreted, among other roles, Orlofski in (die Fledermaus), Suzuki (Madame Butterfly),Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff) Zita (GIanni Schicchi), Ulrica (Un Ballo inMaschera) as well as the female title role of ‘Samson et Dalila’ and Farnace in ‘Mitridate’. She fulfilled guest contracts singing Ulrica, Erda (Das Rheingold and Siegfried) andMrs. Quickly at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, in 16 Hamburg and in Dresden. She had further guest appearances at the Salzburg Festival in 1993 (Nutrice in ‘L’Incoronazione di Poppea’),Montpellier Festival in 1998 (title role of Othmar Schoeck’s ‘Penthesilea’), Bayreuth Festival 2000 and 2001 (Fricka in ‘Rheingold’ and ‘Walku?re’), and at the Salzburg Summer Festival 2004 in a new production of Purcell’s ‘King Arthur’. She gave her role debut as Ortrud/ Lohengrin at the Teatro RealMadrid at the beginning of 2005, followed by Gaea/‘Daphne’ at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice.
A large part of Birgit Remmert’s calendar is taken up by her concert activities. She is used to giving numerous recitals in Europe and appears regularly in concerts with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala.Most recently, she could be heard with Beethoven’s 9. Symphony in the Konzerthaus Vienna under the baton of Christian Thielemann,Mahler’s 3. Symphony in Sydney with Maestro Edo deWaart,Mahler’s 2. Symphony in a concert in the Vatican in the Pope’s presence, Das Lied von der Erde in Lille and Paris,Missa Solemnis at the occasion of the consecration of the restored Frauenkirche in Dresden,Missa Solemnis withMaestro Gielen in Luxembourg,Mainz, Berlin and Bremen, Beethoven’s 9. Symphony in Berlin,Mahler’s 3. Symphony in Vienna, Zurich,Missa Solemnis in Lyon, andMahler’s 2. Symphony in Cardiff.
The impressive list of outstanding conductors with whomthe artist has collaborated (Abbado, Ashkenazy, Bertini, Bychkov, Chailly, Dennis Russel Davies, Fru?hbeck de Burgos, Giulini, Haitink, Harnoncourt, Herrweghe, Nagano, Rilling, Sawallisch, Schreier, Sinopoli,Welser- Möst, deWaart, Zinman) can be extended by the name of Sir Simon Rattle after working with himfor concerts and CD recordings ofMahler’s 3. Symphony with the City of Birmingham Orchestra. Rattle also invited her for a tour withMahler’s 2. Symphony (Salzburg, Edinburgh, London, Berlin, Lucerne) with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Schönberg’s Gurrelieder in Philadelphia and the New York Carnegie Hall, and forMahler’s 8. Symphony (Alto 1) at the BBC Proms 2002.