Zoryana Kushpler        
Zoryana Kushpler

Mag. Kurt-Walther Schober



Ukrainian mezzo soprano Zoryana Kushpler started her musical education at the early age of 5, studying piano with her mother first and violin later. From 1993 she began her singing classes with her father, Prof. Igor Kushpler at the Lviv music academy. Already during her studies she debuted in the Lviv opera house as Rosina (Barber of Seville) and Maddalena (Rigoletto). 1998 Zoryana Kushpler moved to Musikhochschule Hamburg, studying with Judith Beckmann. Master Classes with Teresa Berganza, Renata Scotto and Kurt Moll completed her education which was crowned and rewarded by the first price at one of the most renowned contests, the Munich ARD competition in 2000. This was the start of her international career.

In Prague Opera Zoryana Kushpler debuted as Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) in 2001, at Schleswig-Holsten- Festival as Kuhnik (Rusalka – in concert) under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach 2004, in London Barbican Center as Nerone (L´incoronazione di Poppea – in concert) with René Jacobs also in 2004. She then accepted an invitation from Berne opera to be a member of the ensemble for two seasons, singing there major roles such as Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Masha (Tri Sestry von Peter Etvesh), Marquesa Melibea (Viaggio a Reims), Suzuki (Butterfly) und Preziosilla (La forza des destino). In summer 2006, directly following her Berne engagement Zoryana Kushpler was Aminta (Il re pastore) with Alessandro de Marchi at Innsbrucker Festwochen and Preziosilla (La forza del destino) at Opera Köln. 

In concert the artist appeared with Radio Orchestra Saarbrücken (“Songs and dances of death” by Mussorgsky), toured Zürich, Basel and Geneva with Kantata "Alexander Nevski" with Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw and sang Haydns “Nelson-Mass” under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner at Schleswig-Holstein Festival. Chamber music being a major interest for her she has sung with Petersen Quartet and pianist Alexander Schmalcz in Venice, Milan, Florence, Ferrara as well as at Schleswig-Holstein-Festival. Also as a recitalist, being accompanied by her twin sister Olena, she has sung in many important Recital-series such as at Rheingau Musik Festival, Festival Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Musikhalle-Laeizhalle Hamburg, Konzerthaus Berlin and other places. 

Zoryana Kushpler has participated in several radio and TV productions. Her most recent CD release is featuring songs by Dmitri Shostakovich on texts by Marina Zwetajewa. Already in 1996 she sang for the Soundtrack of “La Tregua” (the movie was directed by Francesco Rosi), giving her voice to actress Agnieszka Wagner.

Zoryana Kushpler has been an Ensemble Member at The Vienna State Opera since March 2007 where she sang amongst others the roles of Ulrica "Un ballo in maschera", Fenena "Nabucco", Preziosilla "La forza del destino", Suzuki "Madama Butterfly", Prinz Orlofsky "Die Fledermaus", Polina “Queen of Spade”, Olga "Eugen Onegin", as well as Flosshilde "Das Rheingold", Schwertleite "Die Walküre", Erste Norn "Götterdämmerung" in the Ring under the Baton of Franz Welser-Moest, Marcellina “Le nozze di Figaro” conducted by Seiji Ozawa and Giulietta (Les contes d´Hoffmann).

In the summer 2012 Zoryana Kushpler had a great success at the Seefestspiele Mörbisch as Prinz Orlofsky "Die Fledermaus".

At the Vienna State Opera in the season 2012/2013 Zoryana Kushpler is performing a.o. Adelaide „Arabella“, Suzuki "Madama Butterfly", Magdalena "Die Meistersinger vom Nürnberg" under the baton of Simone Young, the new year’s gala "Die Fledermaus" as Prinz Orlofsky. She is also heard as Marcellina "Le nozze di Figaro" in Japan with the Wiener Staatsoper on tour. In September 2012 she gave her US debut with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst. 

In February 2013 she takes part in the Ring Cycle with the Bamberger Symphoniker and in March 2013 she is giving a recital at the Wiener Musikverein, together with her twin sister Olena.

Repertoire Oper

Bizet Carmen Carmen, Mercedes
Britten The Rape of Lucretia Lucretia
Catalani La Wally Afra
Dvorak Rusalka Der Küchenjunge
Eötvös Tri Sestri Masha
Händel Giulio Cesare in Egitto Sesto
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Lola
Monteverdi L‘ Incoronazione di Poppea Nerone
Mozart Cosi fan tutte Dorabella
Mozart La Clemenza di Tito Sesto
Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro Cherubino
Mozart Il Re Pastore Aminta
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Dritte Dame
Mozart Le Nozze die Figaro Marcellina
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov Marina
Offenbach Les Contes d`Hoffmann Guilietta
Puccini Madama Butterfly Suzuki
Rossini La Cenerentola Tisbe
Rossini Il Barbiere di Seviglia Rosina
Rossini Il viaggio a Reims Marchesa Melibea
Richard Strauss Arabella Adelaide
Richard Strauss Salome Page
Richard Strauss Elektra Erste Magd
Tschaikovsky Evgenij Onegin Olga
Tschaikovsky Pique Dame Polina
Verdi Rigoletto Maddalena
Verdi La Forza del Destino Preziosilla
Verdi Otello Emilia
Verdi Nabucco Fenena
Wagner Das Rheingold Erda
Wagner Der fliegende Holländer Mary
Wagner Die Walküre Schwertleite


Repertoire Konzert/Oratorium

Bach Matthäus-Passion
Bach Johannes-Passion
Bach Weihnachtsoratorium
Bach Kantaten BWV 175,119,120,137
Bach Nelson-Messe
Beethoven Symphonie Nr. 9
Berlioz Les Nuits d‘Ete
Berlioz X. Montsalvatge
Berlioz Cinco Canciones Negras
Durufle Requiem
Falla El amor brujo
Falla Siete canciones populares espanolas
Franck Beatitudes
Händel Jephtha
Mahler Symphonie Nr. 2
Mahler Kindertotenlieder
Mahler Sieben Lieder aus letzter Zeit
Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
Mozart Requiem
Mussorgskij Lieder und Tänze des Todes
Prokofiev Kantate "Alexander Nevskiy"
Schmidt Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln
Schostakowitsch Sechs Gedichte von Marina
Schostakowitsch Zwetajewa op. 143