Austrian Soprano, Monika Riedler, is a busy and renowned singer on the international concert platform, and has been heard in concerts throughout Europe, in the U.S.A., and in Canada.
Her wide ranging concert repertoire includes works from the Baroque through to Contemporary. She performed Mendelssohn’s „Symphony Nr 2“, Dvorak’s „Stabat Mater“ and his „Requiem“, Beethoven’s „Symphony Nr 9“, Bruckner’s Masses, Mozart’s „Requiem“, Mozart’s and Haydn’s masses and oratorios, Verdi’s „Requiem“ and many other uplifting works. She also sang Beethoven’s „Missa solemnis“ several times with Gustav Kuhn in Italy and in Austria, e.g. 2013 she had rejoined Maestro Kuhn for an enthusiastically received concert for the opening season of the new opera house in Erl (Tyrol). She has sung at numerous festivals including Sagra Musicale Umbra in Perugia, Sofia New Year Festival, Vienna Festival, Haydn Festival Eisenstadt, Tyrolean Festival Erl, Salzburg Delirium and Gmunden Festival. Monika Riedler has performed with Ensembles such as The Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano, the Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana, the Hungarian National Philharmonic, the Danish Radio Orchestra, Cappella Istropolitana, the Wiener Symphoniker and the Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler. In Austria she also loves to be part of performances of liturgical music. She enjoys and continues the outstanding musical heritage of her home town Vienna in this field by regularly joining performances at major churches, amongst them e.g. St. Stephen’s Cathedral.
Monika Riedler has an excellent reputation as a singer of both opera and operetta. She performed at the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden several times. She also sang at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, with Neue Oper Wien and at various festivals including Sommeroper Klosterneuburg and Herbsttage Blindenmarkt. Her repertoire includes operas by Richard Strauss, Mozart, Smetana, Offenbach, Orff and others. She also sang many operetta roles such as Rosalinde in Fledermaus/The Bat and Saffi in Zigeunerbaron/Gipsy Baron, Kalman’s Gräfin Mariza/Countess Mariza and Offenbach’s La Belle Heléne. Monika Riedler has also had the opportunitiy to sing the Kurfürstin in Carl Zeller’s „Vogelhändler“ in various productions to critical acclaim. In the recent past she has been preparing her first roles as a dramatic soprano, such as Leonore in Beethoven’s „Fidelio“ and Brünnhilde in Wagner’s „Siegfried“. She sang e.g. with Maestri Fabio Luisi, Arthur Fagen, Michael Boder, Johannes Debus, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Johannes Debus, Simone Young, Thomas Rösner, Peter Marschik, and Markus Landerer.
She has performed for the radio and TV on numerous occasions. Her commercial recordings include Johann Michael Haydn’s „Chiemsee Messe“, „Das neugeborene Kindlein“ (Christmas Music from the Baroque and Classical – Austrian National Broadcasting Corp. ORF) and Haydn’s Creation (d’Ohr records). For the Austrian National Broadcaster Monika Riedler has also recorded Beethovens’s 9th Symphony and Handel’s Messiah amongst others. Monika’s interpretation of Pamina in „Die Zauberflöte“ has been broadcast on the Austrian National TV, and she has been heard on the Danish National Radio in Mozart’s Requiem and in Bulgaria in Mozart’s „Coronation Mass“. Beethoven Missa Solemnis was recorded by RAI in December 2008.
Monika Riedler studied voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and also with several famous sopranos, e.g with Sena Jurinac and Ruthilde Boesch in Vienna, with Maya Mayska in Barcelona and with Brigitte Eisenfeld in Berlin. She attended Master classes with Marianne Schech, James King, Helmut Rilling and Sergiu Celibidache and has acquired a wide ranging and thorough understanding of performance tradition from these masters.
Monika Riedler has dedicated a considerable part of her career to the many facets of teaching music and voice. Her wide repertoire as a singer and specifically her knowledge in the Asian bodywork discipline of Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung (as a student of London based Master Lam Kam Chuen) have made her into a sought after voice teacher. She is a professor of voice pedagogy at the Munich University of Music as well as at the St. Poelten Conservatory of Liturgical Music.