Christa Ratzenböck



The Austrian Mezzo-soprano Christa Ratzenböck, began to study at the Mozarteum Salzburg and then she was a member of the Opernstudio Zürich. She has won many competitions, among which the “Gradus ad Parnassum,” and the “International Mozart Competition” in Salzburg. In the 1995 season, she debuted at the Salzburg Festival. 

She has established an international career for her rich vocal quality and fiery stage presence, performing regularly in the most prestigious concert halls of the world and in the Opera Houses of Basel, Düsseldorf, Prague, Theater an der Wien, Salzburger Landestheater, Opernhaus Zürich. She worked with such conductors as F. Welser-Möst, J. Jones, H. Wallat, D. Russell Davies, S. Edwards, M. Sieghart, A. Fischer e B. de Billy. 

From 2001 to 2007 she was a member of the Landestheater Linz Ensemble, where she sang, under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies, Idamante in Idomeneo, Siebel in Faust, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, Cherubino in Le nozze di Figaro, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Kurfürstin Marie in Zeller’s Der Vogelhändler and Gräfin Zedlau in Strauss’s Wiener Blut. At the Brucknerfest Linz she sang Welgunde, Waltraute e Norna in Wagner’s Tetralogy and then she performed Der Komponist in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos and Frau M in Hindemith’s Neues vom Tage. 

Her important engagements have included performances at the Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao as Carolina von Gräfin Kirchstetten in H.W. Henze’s Elegie für junge Liebende staged by Pier Luigi Pizzi, the Austrian premiere of Elliott Carter’s What Next at the Neue Oper Wien, Gräfin Zedlau in Wiener Blut at the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl, Lisetta in Haydn’s The world of moon at the Opera Festival Jennersdorf in Burgenland and at the Brucknerfest Linz.  

In the 2008 season, she made her debut at Vienna’s Musikverein in Janáček’s Tagebuch eines Verschollenen and, in the 2010 season, she sang Niklaus in Les contes d’Hoffmann at the Stadttheater Baden, Mrs. Herring in Britten’s Albert Herring, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte at the St. Margareten Opera Festival and Háta in Smetana’s Prodaná nevěsta at the Opera Festival Jennersdorf,

Her recent engagements have included Otto Nicolai’s Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor in Bern, Faust (Marthe) at the Stadttheater Baden, Les dialogues des Carmélites at the Theater an der Wien and Le Cid (Chimène) at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken.

She performed Mahler’s Second Symphony at the Großes Festspielhaus in Salzsburg and at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and also H. Wolf’s Das Italienisches Liederbuch at the Brucknerhaus in Linz. 

Among her future plans are Beethoven’s Symphony n. 9 at the Festspielhaus in Salzsburg and in Grieskirchen, Nasche’s Omana im Apfelbaum, Der Rosenkavalier and Bach’s Johannespassion in Linz, Parsifal at the Wagnerfestival Wels, Lehár’s  Zigeunerliebe at the Lehár Festival Bad Ischl, Gouvy’s Oedipe à Colonne in Saarbrücken with the recording, Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz and  Hänsel und Gretel at the Opera Festival Jennersdorf.