photo: Fredy Stotzer/Switzerland
I was born and raised in Bad Kreuznach, Germany, but have been living and working for many years now in Switzerland.
It was at the Opera School and Liedklasse of the "Peter-Cornelius"-Conservatory in Mainz/Germany, that I received my first vocal education. Following completion, I continued my studies and received a master's degree in vocal performance from the "Dreilinden"-Conservatory Lucerne. My education was further rounded out with studies for "Style and Interpretation" at the renowned "Schola Cantorum, Rue St. Jacques-Faubourg" in Paris, as well as participation in international masterclasses,
as for example with Francisco Araiza, Peter Schreier, Brigitte Fassbaender, Julia Hamary and Irwin Gage.
Besides that, I received several sholarships and awards, like the 1st Prize of Bayreuth Competition, Mainz/Germany, the 1. Prize of the German Voice Competition Frankfurt, the Heineman Foundation New York for the International Verbier Academy, Switzerland and a special prize for my interpretation of Contemporary Music of the Swiss Association of Artists.
I am regularly invited as soloist of several opera productions and festivals in Switzerland, Germany and France, as for example in the title role of Carmen for the Werdenberg Festival, for the International Opera Festival of Avenches, Switzerland, the Swiss Contemporary Music Festival, the opera house of Basel and the Festival „Arles en Musique“ and for the "International Arts Festival of Jerusalem".
In addition to my work on the opera stage, I have the pleasure to perform regularly with distinguished concert groups, as for example the English National Players, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Saarbrücken, the Sinfonic Orchestra of Berlin or the Philharmonic Orchestra of Prag. Maintaining an active recital schedule, I dedicate myself to the performance of lesser known song and concert repertoire as well as to the permièring of various new works (opera, oratory and „Lied“) and interesting crossover projects (Classical music combined with Jazz, Pop, international Fold Songs) and vocal improvisation.
"In Bad Hersfeld the witch hasn't been a grumpy old woman, but a lady with lots of temperament."
"Brigitte Schweizer's interpretation of the snobby, boared Prince Orlowsky was fabulous." (Rheintalische Volkszeitung)
"For a woman with a slight physique and attractive appearance Brigitte Schweizer did well, scoring many laughs.... The performance was a knockout."
(John Lannigan-O'Keefe, Ex-Opera Australasia and Opera Canada).
photo: opera festival bad hersfeld