Within just a few years, Swiss soprano Regula Mühlemann has established herself as one of the leading sopranos of her generation. She feels as much at home on the operatic stage as she does on the lied and concert podiums and is acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for her exceptionally beautiful timbre and sensitive performances, most recently at the 2022 Salzburg Festival: “Regula Mühlemann outstanding as a radiant Pamina.” The Telegraph
She begins the 22/23 season as Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice under the musical direction of Thomas Hengelbrock at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and travels with him and the Balthasar Neumann Choir and Orchestra to Hamburg and Dortmund to perform the opera in concert at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and in the Great Hall of the Elbphilharmonie. She returns to Theater Basel with her role debut as Gilda in Verdi’s Rigoletto and sings another role and house debut, Donna Fiorilla in Rossini’s Il turco in Italia at the Hamburg State Opera.
On the concert stage, the Swiss soprano can be seen and heard with a variety of programs. She tours with CHAARTS Chamber Artists and presents concerts in Switzerland, Austria and Germany with the program of her new CD “Fairy Tales”. She also sings concerts with the program of her latest CD “Songs from Home” in Switzerland and at the Vienna Konzerthaus. She tours Germany and Switzerland with the Basel Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli and presents a selected Mozart repertoire within the “Great Voices” cycle of the Vienna Konzerthaus, including wonderful arias of Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Constance (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) or Zaïde. Further concerts and recitals bring her to the Berlin Philharmonie, to the Alte Oper Frankfurt/Main, to the Casino Bern, for an open air concert at the Freiburg Münster, for Mahler’s 4th Symphony to Madrid, to Liechtenstein, as well as to the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg. Together with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and under the baton of Jonathan Nott, she gives two Christmas concerts in Lausanne and Geneva, sings Mater gloriosa in Mahler’s 8th Symphony, not only at the Teatro alla Scala under the baton of Riccardo Chailly, but also at the Royal Albert Hall in London here under the baton of Vasily Petrenko and can be heard at the Omaggio a Palladio Festival in Vicenza with Haydn’s The Creation, under the musical direction of Sir András Schiff.
Every tone internalized, every second convincing.
In February 2020 Regula Mühlemann made her house and role debut at the Vienna State Opera as Adina in Otto Schenk’s legendary production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. In past seasons, the young soprano sang Juliette (Roméo et Juliette) at Theatre Lucerne, as well as the role of Echo (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Teatro alla Scala in Milano, with Franz Welser-Möst conducting. She gave guest performances as Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel) at the Teatro Regio in Turin, sang Blonde (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) with Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Rosina in Mozart’s La finta semplice at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. She also sang Serpetta in Hans Neuenfels’ new production of la finta giardiniera at the State Opera Berlin, Isolier in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory opposite Ceclia Bartoli at the Theater an der Wien as well as Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro) with the Grand Théâtre de Genève (2018) and the Zurich Opera in 2019. In summer 2021 she took over very short notice the role of Bellezza in Händel’s oratorio Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno, alsongside Cecilia Bartoli with enormous success at the Salzburg Festival. She has also performed several opera roles in concert: Most recently as Susanna in semi-concert performances during the Salzburg Mozart Week under the direction of Sir András Schiff. Before that as Elisa in Il re pastore (Mozart) with “Les Arts Florissants” under the musical direction of William Christie with concerts in Paris, Barcelona, Vienna and with the Lucerne Festival. As part of the Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, she sang Zerlina (Don Giovanni). Furthermore, she sang Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées Paris as well as concert performances of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, opposite Joyce di Donato and with Rolando Villazón in the title role. The concerts have been recorded and released by Deutsche Grammophon as part of their Mozart Cycle with Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She has also sung Papagena (Die Zauberflöte) and Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro for them as part of this Series.
Regula Mühlemann can be seen in several films: in the feature film “Hunter’s Bride”, based on Weber’s Der Freischütz and in the film adaption of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice. She also can be seen in Bernhard Weber’s documentary “The sound of the voice” from 2018.
On the concert stage, Regula Mühlemann has performed amongst others Mozart’s Great Mass in c-Minor, Lobgesang by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Beethoven’s 9. Symphony. Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots (Mozart) she performed under the baton of Alessandro De Marchi with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in 2017. Regula Mühlemann was invited to perform Mahler‘s 4. Symphony with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden under the baton of Mariss Jansons with the Easter Festival Salzburg in 2019. Regula Mühlemann has been working with renowned conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Nello Santi, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Pablo Heras-Casado, Ivor Bolton, Pinchas Steinberg and Gianandrea Noseda and has been a guest of the most prestigious concert halls in Europa. Her US debut was a tour with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and Hans-Christoph Rademann in 2017, performing Bach‘s Passions as well as his Mass in h-minor. That same year, she made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Manfred Honeck (Exsultate, jubilate) and sang Haydn’s The Season under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Philadelphia. Other highlights are performing The Messiah with the Kammerorchester Basel, The Creation (Haydn) under Ádám Fischer at Budapest’s MÜPA, Schumann’s The Paradise and the Peri with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Daniele Gatti.
Regula Mühlemann is an exclusive recording artist of Sony Classical. Her debut album Mozart Arias (2016) was not only highly acclaimed by critics, but also awarded with the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik (Bestenliste). Her second album Cleopatra (2017) was also very well received („how captivating beautiful does the voice alloyed with gold and silver [sound]”, „the recitals stands out, sweepingly said, due to the musical sequence of pictures as well as the encounter with a vocal and technical giftedness” Jürgen Kesting/Fono Forum). In 2018, Regula Mühlemann was awarded with the OPUS Klassik as „Newcomer of the Year“. In autumn 2019 her third solo album Songs from home was released with a selection of wonderful songs by Schubert and Swiss composers. In 2020, the fourth solo album Mozart II was released, also with the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, for which she was awarded the OPUS Klassik for Solo Recording Voice (Opera) in 2021. For her fifth album Fairy Tales (release on October 7th, 2022), she worked out a special concept with a musical selection of “magical” pieces that take the listener into the world of fairies, elves and nymphs.
Regula Mühlemann was born in Lucerne and studied at the Conservatory of Lucerne with Prof. Barbara Locher. Her first experiences of the opera stage took place at the Lucerne Theatre and afterwards engagements took her to the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (Despina in Così fan tutte), and then in summer 2012 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival in von Winter’s opera Das Labyrinth. Regula Mühlemann has received numerous awards and prizes and in 2015, she was Finalist of the “Cardiff Singer of the World Competition”.
How enchantingly beautiful the voice sounds, as it were, made of gold and silver alloy…