Praised for her warm dramatic soprano voice and her brilliant musicality, Viennese Soprano Isabella Kuëss embodies her passion for both the stage and singing in a diverse breadth of creative life.
Hailed for her brilliant performance as Tosca, she also demonstrated her penchant for creating riveting character portraits as a vivacious Rosalinde in Strauss’ “Bat” as well as a tragic, innocent Ciocio-san in “Madama Butterfly”. Her passionate interpretations also make her a sought-after Lied and concert recitalist in Europe and Asia.
Isabella Kuëss has already distinguished herself in important core roles of the repertoire, debuting at age seventeen as Barbarina in the Jeunesse production of Le nozze di Figaro at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Since then she has appeared as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Giulietta (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), Mimi (La Bohème), Elettra (Idomeneo), and was Lehar’s Giuditta. She sang Grisi (Dreimäderlhaus) at the Schlossfestspiele Langenlois, and First Lady (The Magic Flute) at the Oper im Steinbruch festival in St. Margarethen. She captivated the audience as Gräfin Zedlau (Wiener Blut) on tour through Germany and productions in Austria, and will resume the role in 2022 for another tour production. Other roles include Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Agathe (Der Freischütz), Micaëla (Carmen), 3. Norn (Götterdämmerung), and Lisa (Das Land des Lächelns).
2020 she will make her debut as Leonore in Beethoven’s Fidelio in Vienna.
Isabella Kuëss performs regularly in both recital and concert on Austrian and international stages. Recent highlights include solo appearances at the Vienna Musikverein, Kursalon Wien, Osaka Symphony Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Seoul Arts Center, Philharmonia Podkarpacka Rzeszów, the NCPA Mumbai and several other prestigious venues, where she collaborated with noted conductors, including Christian Thielemann, Koon Schoots, and Johannes Wildner.
In addition to her stage productions, she is regularly featured as soloist in Lied and Oratorio concerts, encompassing an extensive portfolio ranging from Schubert, Brahms, Wagner, Strauss, and Berg to works from the Spanish, French, and English repertoires. Recent concerts include solos in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Brahms’ Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Verdi’s Requiem, as well as works of Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Rossini, and Schubert. Her extensive repertoire is rounded off with several premieres of contemporary pieces.
Isabella has cultivated her passion for music and drama from an early age, beginning her studies at the University of Music and performing Arts Vienna at the age of fourteen. Since then, she graduated summa cum laude, studying opera with, among others, Reto Nickler, Christoph Meier, and Beverly Blankenship, as well as Lied and Oratorio with KS Robertus Holl. She got new artistic impulses in master classes with renowned artists such as Mirella Freni, Cheryl Studer, Roger Vignoles, Norman Shetler, Sona Ghazarian, as well as with Ruth Falcon in New York and KS Artur Korn and Sylvia Greenberg in Vienna.
Isabella Kuëss is a finalist and winner of several international competitions, including the International Oscar Straus Competition, the Kärntner Sparkasse Stipendium and the Nico Dostal Competition, and has been awarded a scholarship by the ISA, as well as the Bayreuth Wagner Festival in 2018.