“Barbara Kozelj revealed the art of singing that spoke straight to the heart.”
– De Telegraaf
Slovenian mezzo-soprano Barbara Kozelj has established herself as a charismatic and versatile soloist and musician. Her performances have brought her to the leading international stages and continue to captivate audiences around the world. Following her debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2013 her career has taken flight. A Carnegie Hall debut the year after in Matthäus-Passion with Iván Fischer received critical acclaim from both press and public, describing her voice as “deep and dark in “Buß und Reu” and enchanting in “Erbarme dich, mein Gott” “. Barbara performs regularly with Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra, making her BBC Proms debut as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem last summer. In her appearance as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria in 2015 at the Festival Enescu in Bucharest and the Barbican hall in London with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr, next to Ian Bostridge as Ulisse, the press praised her for “a beautifully calm demeanour, combined with a deep expressivity in the way she sang Monteverdi”.
Barbara is in great demand on the concert stage and has distinguished herself in various leading opera roles. Composers of this time are writing especially for her. In the coming seasons Barbara will perform with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestre National de Lille, Tiroler Symphonie Orchester Innsbruck, The Hague Philharmonic and Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra.