Cornelia Entling was born in Weimar in 1967.

She gave her opera debut in 1994 in a concert production of Richard Wagner’s »Rheingold« with the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra at the Halle Opera House.

In the years that followed and until the end of her university studies she gave further concert performances, especially oratorios and lieder. In 1994 she sang the alto part in the dance-theatre production »Jauchzet, frohlocket!« (Christmas Oratorio of J.S. Bach), choreographed by Irina Pauls at the Schauspiel Leipzig theatre. Initial piece contracts took her to the Leipzig Opera.

Cornelia Entling Portraitfoto

Foto: Kirsten NijhofFoto: Kirsten Nijhof

In 1998 she was given a firm engagement at the Leipzig Opera and was a member of its ensemble until the end of the 2001 season. Here she sang parts such as CHERUBINO (Le nozze di Figaro), HÄNSEL (Hänsel und Gretel), OLGA (Eugen Onegin), MERCÉDÈS (Carmen), FLORA (La Traviata), 2. DAME (The Magic Flute), MEG PAGE (Falstaff) and MADDALENA (Rigoletto) in productions by John Dew, Peter Konwitschny, Alfred Kirchner, Andreas Homoki and Uwe Wand.

Cherubino – Le nozze di Figaro – Inszenierung: John Dew

Cherubino – Le nozze di Figaro – Oper Leipzig – Inszenierung: John DewCherubino – Le nozze di Figaro

Hänsel – Hänsel und Gretel – Oper Leipzig – Inszenierung: Alfred Kirchner

Hänsel – Hänsel und Gretel – Inszenierung: Alfred KirchnerHänsel – Hänsel und Gretel

Her parts also included that of DORABELLA (Così fan tutte), GIACINTA (La finta semplice), LUCRETIA (The Rape of Lucretia), ORLOFSKY (Die Fledermaus), as well as parts from the field of contemporary music. During her engagements at the Leipzig Opera she sang in several premieres such as the mezzo soprano part in the ballet »Pax Questuosa« by Udo Zimmermann (choreography by Uwe Scholz), PERSEPHONE (Persephone) by Günter Neubert and the Woman in »Dmitri« by Luca Lombardi. She was AMINTA in the opera »Sardakai« by Ernst Krenek, performed with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Konzerthaus on Gendarmenmarkt square in Berlin. The CD under the music label Capriccio won ECHO KLASSIK 2007 award.

Guest engagements have taken her to the Leipzig Opera and Schauspielhaus Leipzig, to theatres in Bremen and Chemnitz and later to Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon (FLOßHILDE in »Rheingold«), Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (FLOWER MAIDEN in »Parsifal«), Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse (MAID in »Elektra«) and Teatro di San Carlo in Naples (»Elektra«, »Parsifal«).

Magd – Elektra – Teatro di San Carlo Neapel – Regie: Klaus Michael Grüber

Magd – Elektra – Teatro di San Carlo Neapel – Regie: Klaus Michael GrüberMagd – Elektra – Neapel

There she worked together with conductors such as Michail Jurowski, Jirí Kout, Asher Fisch, Gabor Ötvös, Emilio Pomàrico, Gabriele Ferro, Jörg Krüger and the directors Graham Vick, Nicolas Joël, Klaus Michael Grüber and Federico Tiezzi.

A number of these opera productions were for the German radio station Deutschlandradio (Sardakai), the channel MDR (Persephone), the Italian television channel RAI 3 (Elektra, Parsifal) and Portuguese television (Rhein­gold).

Floßhilde – Rheingold – Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lissabon – Regie: Graham Vick

Floßhilde – Rheingold – Teatro Nacional de São Carlos Lissabon – Regie: Graham VickFloßhilde – Rheingold – Lissabon

She has made guest appearances at concerts in national and international festivals, singing in countries such as Poland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Slovakia. She has performed concerts, for instance, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Halle Philharmonic State Orchestra, the Bonn Classical Philharmonic and the Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum in Leipzig.

An intensive collaboration came about when she performed as a soloist for the Leipzig Synagogue Choir.

She studied music education at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT in Weimar with singing as her main subject and then taught the special classes for music at Landesschule Pforta in Schulpforte from 1989 until 1997. While doing this she also studied singing at the University of Music and Theatre in Leipzig from 1993 until 1998 and at the University of Music in Weimar.

During her studies she was a scholarship holder of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and in 1997 was awarded the Richard Wagner Grant by the City of Leipzig.

Since 1997 Cornelia Entling has been a contract lecturer for singing with the Church Music Institute of the University of Music and Theatre »Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy« in Leipzig and since 2002 a contract lecturer at the Department of Music Education and Church Music of the University of Music »Franz Liszt« in Weimar.