Interview

Where do I come from
Salzburg
Why do I sing?
I love the moment of connection between the audience and me, that comes through the power of the music, and when I can deliver the expression within the music to the listeners.
And what do I like apart from singing?
Dance, sport, and yoga, playing the piano and very typically Austrian: baking pastries!
My own personal musical highlight?
Singing Charlotte's Letter Aria with a full orchestra – I was completely in the flow!
My motto?
Everything comes to you at the right time, just be patient and perceptive.

Biography

Mezzo-soprano Franziska Weber from Salzburg, Austria, began singing in choirs in her early childhood. She started singing training at age 15 and from 2015 to 2019 studied Voice and vocal pedagogy at the University Mozarteum Salzburg with KS Prof. Ildikó Raimondi. She participated in masterclasses with Prof. Claudia Visca, Snežana Brzakovic and Tanja A. Baumgartner, among others.

During her studies Franziska Weber had the opportunity to participate chorally in various scenic productions; both at the Mozarteum University (Poulenc – Dialogues des Carmélites, 2016; Händel – Alcina, 2017) and at prestigious festivals in Salzburg (Mozart – Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Mozart Week 2018; Puccini – Tosca, Easter Festival 2018). In 2017, Franziska Weber also had the chance to sing the role of a Lehrbube in Richard Wagner`s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at La Scala in Milan under the baton of Daniele Gatti.

Franziska Weber’s wide repertoire also includes 20th century music. In 2017 she sang Le Marteau sans maître by Pierre Boulez together with the ensemble “oenm” at the Dialogue Festival of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg. In 2018 she was invited to participate in a song recital for the 100th birthday of Gottfried von Einem. Moreover, the mezzo-soprano took on the leading role in the world premiere of Katrin Klose’s short opera Nachtsonne. Franziska Weber also sang the first performances of Mieczysław Weinberg’s song cycle Biblia cygańska (Gypsy bible) in Austria and Germany.

In August 2019 she was awarded the “Price for Best Interpretation” of the Oder-Spree Opera Festival for her interpretation of Charlotte`s Letter Aria from Massenet’s Werther with the Prussian Chamber Orchestra. At the same festival she also took on the role Third Lady in Mozart`s Magic Flute at short notice.

In October 2019, Franziska Weber started her master’s degree in music theatre/opera performance at the Theatre Academy August Everding in Munich, studying with KS Prof. Christiane Iven. In 2020 she worked on the role of Hermia in the opera A Midsummer Night`s Dream by Benjamin Britten in a production of the Theatre Academy.

 

Media

“Żydek” from “Biblia Cygańska” by Mieczysław Weinberg

Franziska Weber (mezzo-soprano)
Mamikon Nakhapetov (piano)

Live recording – January 2020

“Va! laisse couler mes larmes” from “Werther” by Jules Massenet

Franziska Weber (mezzo-soprano)
Oresta Cybriwsky (piano)

Recording – July 2020