VOICE PROFESSORS

YVONNE NAEF
professor for the programs:
Annual Course, Artistic Master, Post-Graduate Master

A native of Switzerland, Yvonne Naef is one the most sought after mezzo-sopranos both in concert and on operatic stages, as demonstrated by her recent successes as Quickly/FALSTAFF, Ulrica/BALLO IN MASCHERA, and Kundry/PARSIFAL under the baton of Daniele Gatti in Zurich.
 
Her huge opera repertory consists mainly of the major mezzo roles in operas by Verdi (AIDA, IL TROVATORE, DON CARLO, UN BALLO IN MASCHERA), which she has sung in prominent theaters such as the Met, The Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, and the Opéra de Paris. In the French repertory she excelled in operas such as ARIANE ET BARBE-BLEUE, CARMEN, LES TROYENS, LA DAMNATION DE FAUST alongside her fondness for Russian operas, and finally, featuring prominently in her artistry – of course – the operas of Richard Wagner.

On concert stages, she frequently performs a repertory ranging from Bach to Boulez – with very prominent orchestras and conductors. A specialist in Mahler’s symphonies and song cycles, she has performed SYMPHONIES Nos. 2, 3, and 8, KINDERTOTENLIEDER, RÜCKERT LIEDER, LIEDER EINES FAHRENDEN GESELLEN, LIEDER AUS DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN, and other songs under the direction of Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, Franz Welser-Möst, Sylvain Cambreling, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Kent Nagano, and Jonathan Nott – as well as giving numerous recitals. Other important conductors she has worked with include Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Georges Prêtre and Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

Highlights of the past seasons include Quickly/FALSTAFF and Ulrica/UN BALLO IN MASCHERA and Kundry/PARSIFAL with Zurich Opera, Fricka/DIE WALKÜRE and Kundry/PARSIFAL with Budapest State Opera, concerts in Berlin, Munich, Freiburg, Cologne, Berne, Grenoble, Paris and Washington and Ravel’s L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES with Saito Kinen Festival under Seiji Ozawa and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony under Gustavo Dudamel at Salzburg Festival.
 
The past seasons saw her participating as a soloist in Wagner’s WESENDONCK LIEDER with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris at Théâtre des Champs Elysées and as Mrs Quickly/FALSTAFF at Milan’s La Scala and Astana Opera House under Zubin Mehta - a role she will reprise also under the baton of Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra both in Budapest and Vicenza. 

Wagner´s PARSIFAL led the artist to the Korean National Opera, where it was the first ever production of this opera, as well as to Hamburg, Zurich and Bremen. Highlights of the past seasons include concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna, in Prague, with Boston Symphony Orchestra, in Tokyo, Katowice as well as Ulrica in Verdi’s UN BALLO IN MASCHERA with Hamburg State Opera and more concert appearances in Barcelona, Zurich, Paris, Geneva and Amsterdam. The 2016/2016 season includes a concert from Mahler´s LIED VON DER ERDE in Geneva, Schubert´s WINTERREISE in Tonhalle Zurich and Genviève/PELLEAS ET MELISANDE at Zurich Opera in May 2016.

Notable recordings with Ms. Naef, some of which have received coveted international classical music awards, include IL TROVATORE, Wagner’s RHEINGOLD and WALKÜRE, the Christmas Oratorio and cantatas by Bach, Rossini’s PETITE MESSE SOLENNELLE, Schoeck’s PENTHESILEA and Schoenberg’s GURRELIEDER, Beethoven’s NINTH SYMPHONY, songs by Shostakovitch, Brahms’ ALTRHAPSODIE, Mahler’s SECOND and EIGHTH SYMPHONIES, songs by Berlioz and Wagner and Messiaen’s POÈMES POUR MI.

Yvonne Naef has been a lecturer for singing at the Zurich University of the Arts since August 2014.
One the most sought after mezzo-sopranos both in concert and on operatic stages. She performed at the Met, The Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, and the Opéra de Paris, Milan’s La Scala and Astana Opera House and under the direction of Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Christoph Eschenbach, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Zubin Mehta, Marin Alsop, Franz Welser-Möst, Sylvain Cambreling, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Kent Nagano, and Jonathan Nott. Other important conductors she has worked with include Mariss Jansons, Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Georges Prêtre and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Professor for singing at the Zurich University of the Arts.

CLASSES 2019 - 2020

4th - 6th of October 2019

5th - 7th of December 2019

12th - 14th of March 2020

17th - 19th of June 2020