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Cyndia Sieden

About this Artist

California-born coloratura soprano CYNDIA SIEDEN is renowned for her extraordinary vocal facility and interpretations of Baroque, Classical, and contemporary repertoire.

Her opera engagements have included the Queen of the Night at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Opéra Nationale de Paris, Gran Teatro de Liceu, and La Monnaie; Elisa in Il Re Pastore at the Netherlands Opera; Aspasia in Mitridate, Re di Ponto at the Salzburg Festival; Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Wiener Staatsoper, Seattle Opera, and English National Opera; Aminta in Die Schweigsame Frau in Palerno; Lulu at the Metropolitan Opera; Cunegonde in Candide for New York City Opera; and Ariel in Thomas Adès’ The Tempest at Covent Garden, the Royal Danish Opera, Santa Fe, and Opera du Rhin. She has sung roles in Handel’s Alcina, Rinaldo, and Rodelinda at the Göttingen Handel Festival and Opéra National de Lyon.

On the concert platform Cyndia Sieden’s recent successes include appearances at the Barbican Mostly Mozart Festival with Carlo Rizzi, and in Thomas Adès’ Scenes from The Tempest with the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by the composer and with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Marcus Stenz. She also joined the Los Angeles forces and Esa-Pekka Salonen for his new work Wing on Wing in Los Angeles, London, and Paris, and celebrated the Mozart year with a program of concert arias at the Göttingen Handel Festival with Nicholas McGegan. Among her other career highlights are Le Rossignol suite with the Chicago Symphony; Candide with the London Symphony Orchestra; Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly; The Creation with the Tonhalle Orchestra and Frans Brüggen; and Mozart’s C-minor Mass with the Camerata Salzburg and Ascher Fisch. In addition, she has enjoyed engagements with the Atlanta Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Monteverdi Choir, and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. Cyndia Sieden includes among her musical collaborators Gerd Albrecht, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Richard Hickox, James Levine, Louis Langrée, Nicholas McGegan, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Robert Spano, and Mario Venzago.

Sieden has recorded Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto with Camerata Salzburg and Sir Roger Norrington for Orfeo; Die Zauberflöte and Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the English Baroque Soloists and Sir John Eliot Gardiner for Archiv. She has recently added a CD and DVD of Schweitzer’s Alceste to her recorded repertoire.

Future plans include engagements with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queen of the Night at the Metropolitan Opera and the Canadian Opera Company, The Tempest for Oper Frankfurt, and The Cat in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland for Grand Théâtre de Genève.