… studied voice in Berlin and Milan. Those who have influenced her vocal training as well as her musical and artistic development include Beatrice Niehoff, Eberhard Büchner, Karan Armstrong, Ute Trekel-Burckhardt, Sonia Turchetta, Christine Schäfer, Krisztina Laki, Siegfried Lorenz, Sylvia Geszty, Barbara Bonney and Axel Bauni.
The soprano was the recipient of a scholarship from the DOMS Foundation Zurich. She is a recipient of the Tertianum Prize for Young Artists and was a finalist at both the Robert Stolz International Singing Competition and the Paul Lincke International Singing Competition. At the Jan Kiepura International Vocal Competition she won the newcomers award for young singers.
Her repertoire includes, in addition to the major masses and oratorios, modern compositions as well as various song and chamber music programs. She contributed her soprano voice to the soundtracks of the films Mission and Royal Affairs. Her opera repertoire includes the role of Helena in Britten’s A Midsummernight’s Dream, Belinda in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Euridice in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice.
Her solo voice can also be heard on the Carus label recording of Charles Gounod’s Requiem in C and the Mass in D op. 86 by Antonín Dvořák.
While on tour in South America, she sang the soprano solo in Brahms’ German Requiem with the Rundfunkchor Berlin at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.
For the Berliner Philharmonic under the direction of Simon Rattle, Bretschneider performed solo roles in works by Arnold Schönberg and Luciano Berio.
As a concert soloist she regularly performs in Germany and abroad.