Voice group: Alto
Barbara Schmidt-Gaden gathered formative musical experience in her father’s chorus before embarking on her own career as a solo mezzo-soprano and contralto. Besides her father, her influential voice teachers during her studies in Bern, Mannheim, New York an Bayreuth included Hanno Blaschke, Elisabeth Glauser, Katharina Dau, Peter Sefcik, Daniel Ferro, Anna Reynolds, and Gudrun Ayasse. After receiving prizes at several competitions, she was awarded a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association and a young artist’s grant from the Richard Strauss Society in Munich.
For years Barbara Schmidt-Gaden was a member of the Ensemble vocal de Lausanne, headed by Michel Corboz. She also sang many roles for her voice type at Munich’s Gärtnerplatz Theater (2001–07) and in Oldenburg (2008–10), such as Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Charlotte in Massenet’s Werther, and Angelina in Rossini’s La Cenerentola under the baton of Constantinos Carydis, who also accompanied her in a song recital.
Since returning to her native Bavaria, Barbara Schmidt-Gaden has devoted herself increasingly to the concert hall, where she has enjoyed success in works from the baroque era to the present day. Among the latter was her performance in the world première of Lothar Voigtländer’s MenschenZeit. In 2016 she gave her début at the Anhalt Theatre in Dessau as Mary in Wagner’s Flying Dutchman. In 2015 she was appointed managing director of the Bad Tölz Boys’ Choir, guiding this world-famous ensemble into a new generation.
Barbara Schmidt-Gaden has been a member of the Bavarian Radio Chorus since 2018.