“Barbara Kozelj revealed the art of singing that spoke straight to the heart.”
– De Telegraaf
Slovenian mezzosoprano 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 St. Matthew Passion with Iván Fischer received critical acclaim, describing her voice as “deep and dark” and “enchanting”. In her appearance as Penelope in Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at the Barbican hall in London with the Academy of Ancient Music and Richard Egarr the press praised her for “a beautifully calm demeanour, combined with a deep expressivity in the way she sang Monteverdi”.
Barbara performs regularly with Iván Fischer and his Budapest Festival Orchestra and has made her BBC Proms debut as the alto soloist in Mozart’s Requiem in 2016. She is in great demand on the concert stage and has distinguished herself in various leading opera roles at opera houses in Amsterdam, Essen en Bonn. Her performances have been described by the press as “piercingly beautiful”, “breathtaking”, “deeply expressive” and her voice “gleaming, with a velvety legato”.
She has worked with conductors Jaap van Zweden, Gennady Rozdestvensky, Neeme Järvi, Paul McCreesh, Kenneth Montgomery, Stefan Soltesz, Reinbert de Leeuw, Antony Hermus and Giordano Bellincampi. She has performed with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightement, Gabrieli Consort and Players, Academy of Ancienty Music, St.Luke’s Orchestra, Slovenian Philharmonic and most Dutch orchestras.
Barbara has a strong affinity with Lieder giving recitals with Julius Drake, and composers of this time are writing especially for her.