Barbara Koželj

Slovenian mezzosoprano Barbara Kozelj has established herself as a versatile and charismatic soloist on the leading international stages. Following her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2013 her career has taken flight. A Carnegie hall debut in the St. Matthew Passion with Iván Fischer received critical acclaim by press and public. Kozelj now regularly performs with Budapest Festival Orchestra and Iván Fischer, appearing this summer at the BBC Proms. She made a role debut to critical acclaim as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulissein patria at the Barbican Hall in London with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr, next to Ian Bostridge as Ulisse. Composers of this time are writing for her, she is in great demand on the concert stage as wel as the opera. She has worked with conducters Jaap van Zweden, Stefan Soltesz, Paul McCreesh, Kenneth Montgomery, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jan-Willem de Vriend and Antony Hermus a.o. and has performed with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Academy of Ancient Music, Essener Philharmoniker, St.Luke‘s Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and most Dutch orchestras. Finally, she has a very strong affinity with lieder, giving recitals with Phyllis Ferwerda, Richard Egarr and Julius Drake. Her debut CD with the Ebony Band, Around Prague for Channel Classics, received fantastic reviews by both the national and international press. The foundation for her musical development was laid in Slovenia at the Academy for Music in Ljubljana and later at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. She was a member of The New Opera Academy and the Dutch Opera Studio.


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