Born in Burghausen/Bavaria, the soprano went to study in Salzburgwith Wilma Lipp, in Hanoverwith Charlotte Lehmann and in Baslewith Kurt Widmer. She made her opera debut at the Heidelberger Schlossfestspiele as Despina in Così fan tutte. After an engagement at the Opera Basle she became a member of the ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper and Volksoper, where she soon became an audience favourite and performed in opera and operetta with equal success, for example as Mozart’s Pamina, Susanna, Despina, Zerlina, Servilia, asÄnnchen (Freischütz), Gretel (Hänsel and Gretel) and as Adele (The Bat), Valencienne (Merry Widow), Christel(Vogelhändler), The artist has recently been successful in repertoire as varied as Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore) and Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).
The artist made guest appearances in Stuttgart, at the Bregenzer Festspiele, “Schubertiade” Feldkirch, Seefestspiele Mörbisch, repeatedly at the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, where she sang Adele in the new production of The Bat (under Simone Young and Zubin Mehta).
Birgid Steinberger has also earned international reputation on the concert platform and in particular as a song interpreter and has performed in Vienna, Paris, London Wigmore Hall, New York, St Petersburg, Lisbon, Stuttgart, Cologne, Helsingborg, to name but a few. In 2008 she sang a Liedmatinee as Hommage to Dietrich Fischer Dieskau in the Oper Stuttgart.
Birgid Steinberger is a professor of song and oratorium at the Conservatory of Vienna City and was entitled “Kammersängerin” in 2009. Since 2010 she is also Professor at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
Her recordings include Mozart operas and songs by Schubert, Kraus and Wolf.