Born in Austria, mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Starzinger began her musical training as a pianist, harpist and a ballet dancer, commencing vocal studies at the University of Music in Vienna with Luise Scheit and with Gerhard Kahry. In addition she has been a student of the lieder classes of Edith Mathis, where she finished her studies with distinction. By invitation of Alexander Pereira she has also been a member of the international opera studio in Zurich.
The artist is living in Berlin, Germany, and has been a member of the ensemble of the Komische Oper Berlin for ten years, where she appeared (among others) as: Mercedes (Carmen), Amando (Le Grand Macabre), Karolka (Jenufa), Oberto (Alcina), Nancy (Albert Herring), Rosina (Barbier von Sevilla), Cherubino (Die Hochzeit des Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Niklas (Hoffmanns Erzaehlungen), Kind (Das Kind und der Zauberspuk), Theseus (Theseus), Medoro (Orlando), Donna Elvira and Oktavian (Der Rosenkavalier).
Furthermore the mezzo-soprano was engaged at opera houses of Leipzig, Toulouse, Vienna (Volksoper), Malmoe, Halle, Kassel and Mannheim. In addition to tours to Japan and Switzerland, Elisabeth Starzinger successfully appeared at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, Vienna Klangbogen, Neue Oper Wien, Salzburg Festival as well as the Seefestspiele Moerbisch. Her presentation of Valencienne in Lustige Witwe can be obtained on DVD.
With great passion and emphasis the artist attends to lieder and oratorio and regularly does lieder recitals. Among others she was invited to the Embassy Series in Washington, the Hugo Wolf – House in Slovenia, Salzburg Mozarteum and Vienna Konzerthaus. Elisabeth Starzinger is a successful prizewinner of „Musica Juventutits“ as well as of the Armin Weltner foundation Zurich.
Special stages in concert were the Bach Festival in Leipzig (Bach Magnificat), the Vienna Music Festival in Hongkong (Mozart Requiem), the Vienna Konzerthaus (Bach Christmas Oratorio and Mozart concert arias), the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele (Mozart c-minor mass), the Beethoven hall in Bonn (Schubert Es-major mass), as well as Bruckner‘s Te-Deum and Elgar‘s „We are the Music Makers“ in the Berlin main cathedral.
The artist also likes to cultivate Baroque music and has performed in concerts of the Capella Academica Vienna and the Musica Ricercata Florence. Furthermore, composer Katia Tchemberdji set her “Lieder der Nacht” for Piano Quintett especially for the voice of Elisabeth Starzinger.