Vita

Since 2013/14 member of the soloist ensemble at Theater Hagen

Role debuts (selected):
Micaela in Carmen, First Lady in Die Zauberflöte, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Desdemona in Otello, Madleine de Faublas in Ball im Savoy, Lisa in Land des Lächelns, Marguerite in Faust, Tatyana in Eugen Onegin, Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, The Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Floria Tosca in Tosca

Previous engagements: Stadttheater Klagenfurt Rosaura in „Casanova“ by Albert Lortzing

Südtiroler Operettenspiele Sylva Varescu in „Die Csárdásfürstin“ by Emmerich Kálmán

Sopransolo in the world premiere „Szent László Himnusz“ by Theodor Burkali with the philharmonic orchestra Györ/ Hungary

Recitals and Concerts in Germany, Austria, Italy, Argentina (Buenos Aires and Ushuaia „Festival de Ushuaia“)

Languages: German, Italian, English, French

Studies and Master degree with honors in Song Literature/Opera and Opera Performance at the Salzburger Mozarteum. Winner of the Hanna Ludwig Prize Salzburg

Recipient of the Richard Wagner Scholarship from the Bayreuth Festspiele from the Richard Wagner Association in Berlin

Studies and Bachelor Degree in piano at the Salzburger Mozarteum

Masterclasses with: Kurt Widmer, Margreet Honig, KS Hilde Zadek, KS Christa Ludwig, Wolfgang Holzmair, Wolfram Rieger, Michael Sturm, Willy Decker

Competitions: semifinalist at the „Junge Wagner Stimmen“ at Karlsruhe 2009, semifinalist at the “Francesc Vinas comptetition” at Barcelona 2011, semifinalist at the “Hilde Zadek competition” at Vienna 2011

Reviews

Tosca

"In Veronika Haller the theater has at its disposal an artist from its own ensemble, who can vocally and dramatically give the title role its due. With a dramatic upper range and controlled high notes she illustrates the fight of a Diva, who succumbs to the naïve hope, that she can defy the cruelness of reality through her art.”

“The team of soloists is equally convincing: Veronika Haller as Tosca, with a dramatic, radiant soprano, as clear as a bell…”

Der fliegende Holländer

“Soprano Veronika Haller in her first Wagner role as Senta intensely depicts a woman gripped by psychotic hallucinations, and yet girlishly naïve and inexperienced."

Der Rosenkavalier

"The vocal level of the new production is high, down-right astonishingly high: Veronika Haller seems to have found the role of her life with the Marschallin. The lyrical, serene tone-idioms of the role are well-suited to her voice. Her portrayal depicts a young, nevertheless branded and mature woman, with beautifully sung moments."

“Veronika Haller impresses as the Marschallin especially with gorgeously blooming high notes.“

Madama Butterfly

"Theater Hagen can be proud that they are able to fill this title role with a high-quality member of the ensemble. Soprano Veronika Haller leaves nothing more to be desired in the famous second-act aria, "Un bel di vedremo". Her voice alternates between highly dramatic and youthful litheness. The same applies to her acting.

You observe her first as a shy, naive Geisha that transforms into a confident American who can proudly rail against Prince Yamadori. But her strength crumbles when she realizes that Pinkerton has married another woman. She retains her pride through it all which leads to her purpose-filled death. Her portrayal stirred the audience so much, there was a long moment of silence at the end before a huge applause broke out.“

„Richard Furman, as Pinkerton, is simply stunning – a tall, young man who throws himself into an adventure with all sorts of issues sings with a radiant, effortless tenor voice that easily projects off the stage. And his voice blends quite magnificently with the voice of Veronika Haller. The two are a perfect romantic duo; as the end of the first act impressively testifies. Haller, as Butterfly, is not a restrained, shy girl, but a whole-hearted, loving wife. She shows this with her strong, full soprano voice. And when, at the end, she stabs herself while wearing a black Obi, it’s the final consequence of her bottomless affection for „her“ man. Thunderous applause!“

Faust

"Hidden in the shadow is by no means the beleaguered Marguerite. Veronika Haller, with her young-lyric, but yet powerful soprano voice, specifically created a memorable presence."

Otello

“Overall is Hagen’s “Otello” thoroughly well-staffed, right down to the small roles, and the singers blended very well with each other. Veronika Haller is a highly-talented Desdemona with a chaste timbre. Everyone was completely enraptured by her "Ave Maria".”

Gallery

Audio

Sentas Ballade [sections] – Der fliegende Holländer – Richard Wagner

Vissi d’arte – Tosca – Giacomo Puccini

Träume [section] – Wesendonck Lieder – Richard Wagner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live-recording by courtesy of Orchester Hagen.

Repertoire

OPERA/OPERETTA

  • G. Bizet, Carmen: Micaëla*
  • A. Dvorák, Rusalka: Foreign Princess**
  • Ch. Gounoud, Faust: Marguerite*
  • L. Janáček, The cunning little Vixen: Chocholka/Mrs Pàskova*
  • J. Massenet, Don Quichotte: Garcias*
  • W.A. Mozart, Zauberflöte: 1st Lady*
  • W.A. Mozart, Le nozze di Figaro: Contessa*
  • W.A. Mozart, Don Giovanni: Donna Elvira*
  • W.A. Mozart, Cosí fan tutte: Fiordiligi
  • W.A. Mozart, La clemenza di Tito: Vitelia
  • W.A. Mozart, La finta giariniera: Arminda
  • W.A. Mozart, Idomeneo: Elettra
  • A. Lortzing, Casanova: Rosaura*
  • C.M.v. Weber, Freischütz: Agathe
  • B. Smetana, The bartered Bride: Marie
  • G. Verdi, Otello: Desdemona*
  • G. Verdi, Falstaff: Alice Ford*
  • G. Verdi, Don Carlos: Elisabetta
  • G. Verdi, Simon Boccanegra: Amelia**
  • G. Puccini, Tosca: Floria Tosca*
  • G. Puccini, Turandot: Liú
  • G. Puccini, Madama Butterfly: Cio Cio San*
  • G. Puccini, La Bohème: Mimi
  • G. Puccini, Suor Angelica: Angelica
  • H. Purcell, Dido and Aeneas: Dido*
  • J. Talbot, Everest: Jan Arnold*
  •  P.I. Tschaikowsky, Eugen Onegin: Tatjana*
  • R. Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier: The Feldmarshallin*
  • R. Wagner, Der fliegende Holländer: Senta*
  • R. Wagner, Meistersinger: Eva
  • R. Wagner, Lohengrin: Elsa
  • R. Wagner, Rheingold: Woglinde, Freia
  • R. Wagner, Walküre: Ortlinde, Helmwige
  • R. Wagner, Götterdämmerung: 3.Norn, Gutrune
  • P. Abraham, Ball im Savoy: Madleine*
  • P. Burkhard, Feuerwerk: Tante Lisa*
  • E. Kálmán, Die Csárdásfürstin: Sylva*
  • F. Lehár, Gräfin Mariza: Mariza
  • F. Lehár, The merry Widow: Hanna Glawari
  • F. Lehár, Land des Lächelns: Lisa*
  •  P. Lincke, Frau Luna: Marie*
  •  J. Offenbach, Pariser Leben: Die Baronin von Godremark**

* debut made
** debut in 2018/2019

CONCERT/ORATORIO

  • A. Berg: Sieben frühe Lieder
  • J. Brahms: Zigeunerlieder Op. 103
  • De Falla: Siete Canciones populares Espan͂olas
  • J. Guridi: Seis Canciones Castellanas
  • G.F. Händel: Neun deutsche Arien
  • F. Korngold: Unvergänglichkeit Op. 27
  • M. Mussorgskij: Die Kinderstube
  • L. Nono: la fabbrica illuminata (Monolog) – Soprano
  • W. Rihm: 3 Hölderlin Gedichte
  • A. Schönberg: 4 Lieder Op. 2
  • R. Schumann: Frauenliebe und -leben
  • R. Schumann: Liederkreis Op. 39
  • R. Strauss: Mädchenlieder
  • R. Strauss: Lieder Op. 10
  • R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder
  • V. Ullmann: Fünf Liebeslieder von Ricarda Huch, Op. 18
  • R. Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder
  • T. Burkali: Szent László Himnusz (UA) – Soprano
  • J. Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem – Soprano
  • R. Danielpour: Toward a Season of Peace – Soprano
  • G. F. Händel: Israel in Egypt – 1. Soprano
  • F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Elias – Soprano
  • F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Paulus – Soprano
  • F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Lauda Sion – Soprano
  • F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Psalm 55 Hymne ‚Hör mein Bitten‘
  • W.A. Mozart: Requiem KV 626 – Soprano
  • W.A. Mozart: Lauretanische Litanei KV 194 – Soprano
  • G.B. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater – Soprano

Person

I grew up in St. Leonhard in Passeier, in the midst of the Italian Alps of South Tirol. In our large, loving and very musical family, each of the six children – four girls and two boys – learned at least one instrument. My primary instrument at that time was the piano. Beginning at the age of eight and continuing until my piano degree studies, I took lessons at the Merano Music School, “Albert Schweitzer.” At fourteen it was my dream to become a professional pianist. Several times I was awarded prizes in the Austrian Federal Competition “Prima la Musica” in the categories for Solo Piano and Piano Chamber Music. Beyond that, I was also an enthusiastic Children’s Chorus member and later a Church Choir singer. I even had the opportunity a few times to sing the soprano solos in smaller masses with orchestra, which were joyous moments for me!

For my introduction to opera, I must thank my eldest sister, Edith Haller. She was the first in our family to choose to pursue a music degree, studying Solo Voice and Performance at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She was also the one who later encouraged me to “at least try” to audition for entrance into a degree program for Voice, since according to her I had “the voice and the makings of a singer.” My next-eldest sister, Ulrike Haller, studied Piano Pedagogy and Voice in Vienna at the Music Conservatory, while my third-eldest sister, Alexandra Haller, also completed her studies in Violin there. Consequently, the path was already well blazed, and I decided to study music as well.

After earning my high school diploma, I began at last to study Solo Voice and Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the Salzburg Mozarteum. During the first two years of study it became clear to me that my heart beat more and more for vocal endeavors. Opera began to increasingly fascinate me as I discovered the possibilities for my voice. Ultimately, I completed my piano studies successfully with a Bachelor Degree and then committed myself fully to studying singing. As part of the Erasmus Program I spent a year, full of rich learning, at the Music Conservatory “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. In summer 2007 I was awarded the “Richard Wagner Stipend” from the Richard Wagner Society of Berlin, which afforded me the opportunity to experience Wagner operas for the first time in the legendary Bayreuth Festspielhaus. This experience was even more special, because my sister, Edith, was engaged at that time as a soloist in Bayreuth.

Returning to the Mozarteum, I later completed my Opera and Voice Performance degree with honors, earning the Hanna Ludwig prize as I graduated. My first professional engagement followed quickly in the role of Rosaura in Albert Lortzing’s rather unknown opera, “Casanova,” at Stadttheater Klagenfurt. I was overjoyed at my success and felt I was off to an auspicious start. While pursuing a position as an ensemble member, I gave recitals with Eric Chumachenco and Dorota Dobosz, sang in concerts of contemporary music in Austria and Hungary, and performed in orchestra concerts and oratorios in Italy and Argentina. An additional engagement led me back home, where in 2012 I sang the role of Sylva Varescu in “Die Csárdásfürstin” by Emmerich Kalaman at the South Tirol Operetta Festival.

In the fall of 2013 I had my first Fest contract in my hands, for a position as a soloist in the ensemble of Stadttheater Hagen! Under the attention and well-thought advice of General Music Director, Florian Ludwig, and Intendant, Norbert Hilchenbach, I began to build my repertoire of leading roles. I am exceedingly thankful for these artistic experiences, and the change to hone my theater craft along-side my wonderful colleagues! In meantime I have built a considerable repertoire, including many dream roles, beginning with Micaela and including Desdemona, Tatyana, Marguerite in Faust, and Contessa, and then taking on roles such as Marschallin, Butterfly, Senta and Tosca.

Formative influences in singing, in masterclasses and artistic inspiration include Margreet Honig, Melanie Männl, Lilian Sukis, Gudrun Volkert, Kurt Widmer, Hilde Zadek, Wolfgang Holzmair, Wolfram Rieger (Song Interpretation), Willy Decker, Eike Gramms, Nino Sandow, Franziska Severin (Scenic Interpretation) and Wolfgang Niessner (Opera Interpretation).

Since 2013 I have studied with voice teacher Ronald La Fond, with whom I have prepared myself for many new, challenging roles. As before, I still work on many roles with my sister, Edith, from whom I receive extremely useful practical advice.
I love the feeling of musical collaboration, of many parts becoming melded as one though music. I love the power of music to touch people and to reach the hearts of mankind.

These are the reasons I wanted to become, and now am, a musician.

Contact

General management

Opernagentur
Winfried Hofinger
Ehem. Inge Tennigkeit

Friedrich-Lau-Str. 20
40474 Düsseldorf
opera@hofinger-agentur.de

☏ 0049 211 516006 0

Winfried Hofinger:
☏ 0049 211 516006 01
Petra Bludau:
☏ 0049 211 516006 02

info(at)veronikahaller.com

Calendar

Mrz
31
So
2019
DER ROSENKAVALIER @ Theater Chemnitz
Mrz 31 um 15:00

Richard Strauss
DER ROSENKAVALIER

Komödie für Musik – Oper in 3 Akten
in deutscher Sprache mit deutschen Übertexten
Libretto von Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Apr
10
Mi
2019
SIMON BOCCANEGRA @ Theater Hagen
Apr 10 um 19:30

Giuseppe Verdi
SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Oper in einem Prolog und drei Akten (Fassung von 1881)

In italienischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertexten

Eine Koproduktion mit dem Theater Lübeck

Mai
2
Do
2019
SIMON BOCCANEGRA @ Theater Hagen
Mai 2 um 19:30

Giuseppe Verdi
SIMON BOCCANEGRA
Oper in einem Prolog und drei Akten (Fassung von 1881)

In italienischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertexten

Eine Koproduktion mit dem Theater Lübeck

Mai
18
Sa
2019
WASSERMUSIK UND DIDO AND AENEAS
Mai 18 um 19:30

Georg Friedrich Händel
WASSERMUSIK
Ballett von Alfonso Palencia

Henry Purcell
DIDO AND AENEAS
Oper in drei Akten in englischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertexten

Mai
24
Fr
2019
WASSERMUSIK UND DIDO AND AENEAS
Mai 24 um 19:30

Georg Friedrich Händel
WASSERMUSIK
Ballett von Alfonso Palencia

Henry Purcell
DIDO AND AENEAS
Oper in drei Akten in englischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertexten

Mai
30
Do
2019
WASSERMUSIK UND DIDO AND AENEAS
Mai 30 um 18:00

Georg Friedrich Händel
WASSERMUSIK
Ballett von Alfonso Palencia

Henry Purcell
DIDO AND AENEAS
Oper in drei Akten in englischer Sprache mit deutschen Übertexten