Ildikó Raimondi is not only a celebrated singer on the opera stage, but also a sought after Lied interpreter and concert singer. Since 1991 she is a member of the Vienna State Opera. At this house, she has sung more than 50 opera works until today.
Guest performances have led the Vienna-based artist, among others, to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Semperoper in Dresden, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Opera house in Zurich and for the first time this year at the Bolschoi Theatre in Moscow. On top that comes concerts, broadcasts-and TV performances in many European countries as well as Japan, New York, and Israel. Not to forget the sacred music as part of Schubertiade at the Vienna Musikverein, nor the many Bach and Haydn Oratorios, in which she has worked as a soloist under prominent conductors.
Her engagements at international festivals include, among others, the Salzburg Festival, the Musica Sacra in Rome, the festival in Bregenz, the Wiener Klangbogen and Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, the Edinburgh Festival, the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch, the Beethoven Festival in Bonn and the Johann Strauß Music Festival in Coburg.
Ildikó Raimondi has a special preference for the music of the 20th century. Works by Franz Schmidt, Arnold Schönberg, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Egon Wellesz, Ernst Krenek, Gottfried von Einem, and contemporary music, among others, by Friedrich Cerha and Thomas Daniel Schlee – belong to the repertoire of this internationally sought after soprano.
Her recitals in Vienna’s Musikverein and in many cities at home and abroad continue to set new standards of interpretation and program design. As part of a larger research project, Ildikó Raimondi published the collection of the 41 Goethe-Lieder songs by the Czech composer Wenzel Johann Tomaschek.
Her recent projects include, among others, recitals at the Society of the Friends of Music in Vienna, at the Beethoven Festival in Bonn, in the Philarmonie Luxembourg, as well as concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Leopold Hager in Rome and with the Sächsische Staatskapelle in Dresden under Zubin Mehta.
Under Zubin Mehta, she also worked as Marzelinne in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” in the opening of the new opera house in Valencia.
Recently at the Vienna State Opera, Ildikó Raimondi could be seen singing as Dame (“Cardillac”), Donna Elvira (“Don Giovanni”), Rosalinde (“Die Fledermaus”), Pamina (“The Magic Flute”), Alice (“Falstaff”), Musetta (“La Bohème”) as well as in the premiere of Iván Eröd’s children’s opera, “Pünktchen und Anton”.
At the Theater an der Wien in 2012, she worked in the celebrated premiere of the chamber opera “Premiere” by Tristan Shulze. In the critical and joyous at the same time parody about the opera operation she performed a cultural as well as virtuosic and temperamental diva.
In Budapest, Ildikó Raimondi recently sang the role of the countess in “Capriccio” in the Palace of Art, and also made a guest appearance at the Hungarian State Opera as Arabella.
Ildikó Raimondi has recorded a collection of chosen songs by Richard Strauss and Franz Schubert, under the title “Zueignung” with the Vienna Youth Philharmonic orchestra under the direction of Michael Lessky. Accompanied by Leopold Hager on Piano, she has published a CD with songs by Wenzel Johann Tomaschek after Poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Her artistic career is documented within numerous CD and DVD recordings as well as broadcasting and TV appearances.