Soprano Gunta Cēse was born in Riga, Latvia, where she commenced her musical education at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music, graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Vocal music  with Distinction in 2010. In 2013 Gunta completed her Masters Degree in Opera Singing at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, studying with Prof. Ulrike Sonntag. During her studies as a soprano, she took part in productions at the local Wilhelma Theater performing Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Miss Jessel (The turn of the screw) and Diana (Orphée aux enfers).

 

Gunta Cēse was a member of the Opera Studio at Staatstheater Nürnberg for two seasons (2013-1015), performing more than ten roles, including First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Siegrune (Die Walküre), Anna (Nabucco), Contessa Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro for children), Kartenaufschlägerin (Arabella) and soprano solo in Goyo Motero Ballet Cyrano.

 

As a young soprano, Gunta’s operatic debut was in the role of Tatjana (Eugene Onegin) at the Latvian National Opera in 2013, with director Andrejs Žagars and conductor Denis Vlasenko.

 

Gunta Cēse has participated in several master classes and worked with internationally acclaimed musicians – tenor Johan Botha, and sopranos Anna Tomowa-Sintow and Dagmar Livorova.

 

Gunta Cēse competed in the semi-final of the 6th International Singing Competition for Wagner Voices in Karlsruhe in 2012. She was the youngest participant at this competition. Gunta Cēse is a finalist in the international vocal competition, the Elizabeth Connell Prize 2015 aspiring Dramatic Sopranos in Sydney, Australia. Gunta Cēse was awared with Universal Music Prize. 

 

 

Gunta has collaborated with notable orchestras including the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zürich, the Latvian National Opera Orchestra, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester and the Bruckner Sinfonie Orchester, Stuttgart, working with conductors Marcus Bosch, ‎Gábor Káli, Christopher Seaman, Per Borin and Guido Johannes Rumstadt.

 

Gunta Cēse was a recipient of the annual Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. Scholarship in 2011 and the Richard Wagner Stuttgart Foundation scholarship in 2012. She is in high demand as a concert soprano soloist and has performed solo concerts in Amsterdam, Kiev, Paris, Chicago, Stuttgart, Brussels, and Zürich. 

 

Starting from September 2017 soprano will be Ensemble member of Vorpommern Opera in Stralsund in Germany and in October will make her debut there as Amelia in Verdi’s "Un Ballo Maschera", Blanche in Previn's  opera "A Streetcar Named Desire" and in March 2018 will sing Floria Tosca in Puccini's opera "Tosca".

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