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Bernarda Fink

Bernarda Fink, daughter of Slovenian parents, was born in Buenos Aires and received her vocal and musical education at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Teatro Colón where she performed frequently.

Bernarda Fink is one of the most sought-after singers in concerts and recitals. She has been acclaimed for her musical versatility and invited by the leading orchestras and conductors in Europe and America. Her repertoire ranges from ancient music up to music of the 20th century. She frequently appears with such well-known orchestras as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin and Dresden, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the best-known Baroque orchestras under such famous conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Colin Davis, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Muti, Sir Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, Georges Prêtre, Sir Simon Rattle and Franz Welser-Möst.

Bernarda Fink has appeared to widespread critical acclaim in Argentina and at the most important opera houses in Europe. Recent highlights were the roles of Cecilio/LUCIO SILLA led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Theater an der Wien, Idamante/IDOMENEO in a production of Luc Bondy and Jesus Lopez Cobos at the Teatro Real in Madrid, and Irene/THEODORA under Ivor Bolton at the Salzburg Festival. She also sang Sesto/LA CLEMENZA DI TITO and Idamante in concert versions under the baton of René Jacobs, both of which were recorded and highly praised.

Bernarda Fink regularly appears in recital at the Wiener Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Berlin Philharmonie, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels, Edinburgh Festival, Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Furthermore Bernarda Fink performed Dvorak and Janacek songs together with the Pavel Haas Quartett at Londons Wigmore Hall, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, in Den Haag and in Madrid. In the current season, she will again perform with Anthony Spiri at the piano at the Cité de la Musique and at the Wigmore Hall London.

Highlights of the 2014/2015 season include Beethoven’s IX. SYMPHONY (Sir Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as well as Iván Fischer and the Royal Concertgebouw Orkest), a tour with Bach’s CHRISTMAS-ORATORIO (René Jacobs and B’Rock), Schumann’s DAS PARADIES UND DIE PERI in London and Luxemburg (Sir Simon Rattle and LSO), Bach’s B-MINOR MASS in Leipzig (Trevor Pinnock and Gewandhaus Orchestra), Mahler’s II. Symphony with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Jiri Belohlavec, Mahler’s III. SYMPHONY in Vienna and at La Scala in Milano (Mariss Jansons and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra), Beethoven´s MISSA SOLEMNIS with Nikolaus Harnoncourt as well as Bach´s ST MATTHEW’S PASSION at the Verbier Festival,

The 2015/2016 season will bring Schmidt´s DAS BUCH MIT SIEGEN SIEGELN with Manfred Honeck, Debussy´s PELLEAS ET MÉLISANDE/Geneviève with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic in a semi-staged version by Peter Sellars in Berlin and with the LSO in London, Mahler´s III. Symphony with the Philharmonia Orchestra as well as Mahler´s II. Symphony with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding.

Bernarda Fink has made numerous highly acclaimed recordings. Her discography comprises more than 50 releases, ranging from Monteverdi and Rameau to Schubert and Bruckner and Schumann. Many of them have been awarded coveted prizes such as the Diapason d’Or or the Grammy. Bernarda Fink has a close collaboration with Harmonia Mundi. Recent recordings include Bach Cantatas with the Freiburger Barockorchester, and Lieder by Schumann with accompanist Anthony Spiri, Pergolesi’s STABAT MATER with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin and programs with Lieder by Slovenian as well as Argentinian composers together with her brother, the baritone Marcos Fink (Grammy nomination). In  2012, albums of Dvořák Lieder (together with Genia Kühmeier), and with Spanish Songs (de Falla, Granados, Rodrigo and others) again with Anthony Spiri at the piano, were released. Her latest album included Mahler Lieder accompanied by the Niederösterreichische Tonkünstlerorchestra and Andrés Orozco-Estrada and by the pianist Anthony Spiri.

In February 2006, Bernarda Fink was awarded the Austrian Honorary Medal for Art and Science by the Austrian Chancellor and in February 2013, together with her brother Marcos Fink, the most prestigious cultural award of Slovenia sponsored by the Prešeren-foundation for their recording Slovenija! and the related concerts. In September 2014 she received the title of Österreichische Kammersängerin.