Biography

The American Soprano, Taryn Knerr, made her debut in Germany at the Theater Gera/Altenburg as the First Witch in Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the First Spirit in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. In the summer of 2013 she appeared as Despina in Mozart’s Cosí fan tutte directed by Dirk Schattner at the Apollo Theater in Greece. At the 2009 Leipzig Baroque Music Festival she portrayed the role of Sestilio in Telemann/Bononcini’s Mario fuggitivo. Under the direction of Jasmin Solfaghari Taryn sang Nancy in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring for the 2011 production at the Leipzig Conservatory of Music.

Concert performances comprise of St. Matthew Passion, St. Mark Passion, Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat in D-Major from J. S. Bach, Fauré’s Requiem, Händel’s Messiah, Michael Haydn’s Requiem in C-Minor, and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, among others. She appears regularly in concerts and projects around Germany, including an appearance on the MDR Radio Program KlassikTalk.

With a master’s degree in vocal performance from the “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” Conservatory of Music in Leipzig, Taryn was a recipient of the ad infinitum award and a Fulbright Scholarship. In addition, she has participated in master classes by John Norris, Claude Webster, and Phillip Moll.