Anja Harteros is today one of the world's most popular singers in her field and can be seen and heard performing on all the great opera and concert stages. Even during her studies at the Cologne College of Music with Professor Liselotte Hammes, her first engagements took her at the young age of 23 to the opera houses of Gelsenkirchen and Bonn.
After winning the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1999, Anja Harteros was invited by the Bavarian State Opera to give her role debut as Agathe in Der Freischütz under the baton of Zubin Mehta.
Her international career then took off, with engagements at all the big opera houses, such as the New York Met, La Scala in Milan, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, the state opera houses of Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, and the opera houses in Florence, Amsterdam, Paris, Tokyo, Lyon, Berlin and San Diego, as well as appearances at the Edinburgh Festival and the Salzburg Festival.
She works with famous conductors such as Marco Armiliato, Ivor Bolton, Sylvain Cambreling, Jesus Lopez Cobos, James Conlon, Sir Eliot Gardiner, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Metha, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, and Christian Thielemann.
The singer was awarded the Munich Opera Festival Prize for her outstanding vocal and acting achievements during the 2004/2005 season at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Other awards include: Bayerische Kammersängerin 2007, Kölner Opernpreis 2010.
Her versatile repertory includes roles like Mimì in La Bohème, Violetta in La Traviata, Desdemona in Otello, Elisabetta in Don Carlos, Amelia in Simon Boccanegra, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Micaëla in Carmen, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Elettra in Idomeneo, Agathe in Der Freischütz, Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, Elsa in Lohengrin and the title roles in Alcina and Arabella.