Soprano Johanna Zimmer is a specialist interpreter of classical contemporary music as well as a highly acclaimed oratorium and lied singer. Concert engagements brought her to Europe, Asia and the USA, where she sang at festivals such as SALT New Music Festival Kanada, New Music Week Shanghai, Salzburger Festspiele, Brengenzer Festspiele, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Wien Modern and Donaueschinger Musiktage.

As a guest singer, she performed in opera houses such as Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera Oslo and Opera Vlaanderen and in concerthalls like the Berliner Philharmonie, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the Wiener Konzerthaus.

She performed as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including WDR and SWR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre de Radio France, Klangforum Wien and Ensemble Recherche, and sang with conductors like Simon Rattle, Alejo Pérez, Emilio Pomàrico, Bas Wiegers and Theodor Currentzis.

From 2015 to 2020 she was the first soprano of Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. She premiered (solo)works of Beat Furrer, Georges Aperghis, Alexey Retinsky, Annelies Van Parys, Fabian Panisello, Johannes Kalitzke and Simon Steen-Andersen.

Johanna Zimmer also gave masterclasses for singers and composers at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, der Modern Academy Hongkong, der Young Composers Academy Lugano sowie am California Institute of the Arts Los Angeles, der American University Cairo und dem Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium Kopenhagen and contributed to a lot of recordings of (mostly contemporary) classical music for cd as well as tv.

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