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Lydia Rathkolb

As a coloratura soprano from Vienna Lydia Rathkolb graduated from University of Music and Performing Arts and from Conservatory of Vienna with voice studies, Lied and Opera. She continued her vocal studies in Italy and with KS Ruthilde Boesch and KS Sena Jurinac. Music Science and Journalism at University of Vienna completed her studies, where she graduated with a PhD.

Her international career as a singer in operas and concerts (under the baton of Claudio Abbado, Ronald Schneider, Leopold Hager, Reinhard Schwarz, Michael Halasz, Philipe Entremont, a.o.) featured engagements at the Vienna State Opera, Vienna Festival, Operafestival Savonlinna, Linz, Basel, Bregenz, Buenos Aires, Bulgarian State Opera, Brno, Prag, Hagen, Heidelberg, a.o., where she sang Konstanze in Mozart's Abduction from the Serail, Queen of the Night and Pamina in Magic Flute, the title roles in La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Rigoletto, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Pasquale, and many others. In the season 2008/09 she again is engaged with Vienna State Opera as a soloist member.

Lydia Rathkolb has sung concerts and recitals at Lincoln Center New York in 2002, Philadelphia, Kennedy-Center Washington DC, Vancouver Symphony, Hong Kong, Israel, Tokyo, Florida. 2006 she performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of South Africa. At Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus she sang Händel's Messiah, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mozart Requiem and Mozart Opera Galas.

With Jose Carreras she performed for fundraising in Wiener Konzerthaus and for the Alberto Vilar foundation in New York. She was engaged with Carinthian summer festival and Schwetzinger festival.

Many operettas as Rosalinde in Fledermaus, the Merry Widow, Countess Mariza and Czardasfürstin followed and she also was a member of Vereinigte Bühnen Wien at Theater an der Wien singing Primadonna in Webber's Phantom of the Opera. She also worked together with the composers Ernst Krenek and Gottfried von Einem, singing contemporary music.

Lydia Rathkolb also is working as a voice teacher (conservatory of Vienna) and in her studio. TV- and broadcasting recordings complete her career.