Artists biographies
Irene Kurka

In the field of contemporary music Irene Kurka is an internationally sought-after singer in concert settings and on stage. Several composers have written works for her and dedicated works to her, not least for CD and radio recordings. She has now sung in more than 170 world premieres. 

For some years now Irene Kurka has intensively studied the repertoire and concerts for solo voice. Her 2012 CD with songs by Hildegard von Bingen and John Cage was met with enthusiastic reviews by critics. After its successful presentation at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2013, she was invited by the festival’s artistic director and chief executive Graham McKenzie to sing her solo programme ‘Beten’ at the hcmf//@ l’Auditori in Barcelona. In 2015 she released the CD ‘Beten.Prayer’, a further CD for solo voice with works by Christopher Fox, Antoine Beuger, Eva-Maria Houben and Thomas Stiegler followed in early 2017.

In the field of musical theatre Irene Kurka has ben working with the composer Christina C. Messner since 2008; together they developed scenic miniatures about the life of Simone de Beauvoir and the solo ‘Salome-Extrakté’ staged by choreographer Suna Göncü. In 2014 she sang the role of the author in Christina Messner’s ‘Love Songs for Heim@t’ in Cologne. She developed an evening with three solo operas with the composers Beuger, Brass and Houben, which was performed in Munich, Düsseldorf and the Theater Dortmund in 2012.

The versatile soprano has been awarded several prizes and scholarships. As a soloist she has given guest performances in many major concert hall as well as at international festivals, such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, L’auditori Barcelona, the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Hydra Festival Boston, the Eight Bridges Festival Cologne and the A.DEvantgarde-Festival in Munich.

Irene Kurka received her vocal training at the Munich Conservatoire, the Southern Methodist University Dallas/USA and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver/Canada.

Foto: Hartmut Bühler Foto: Hartmut Bühler

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017