Valerie Eickhoff

As she once put it in an interview, the mezzo soprano Valerie Eickhoff, born in Herdecke in 1996, is primarily concerned with creating a moment of connection with her audience. After studying with Konrad Jarnot (with top marks), prizes at the international ARD music competition, the SWR “Young Opera Stars” competition and the “Concours musical international de Montréal” marked a breakthrough for Valerie’s career. She sang important roles at international opera houses from an early age, for example at the renowned Royal Opera in Copenhagen, where she excelled as Mercédès in Barrie Kosky’s production of “Carmen”.

At the age of 24, she began her three-year engagement at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she performed numerous important roles. At the Tyrolean Festival Erl and at the Theater an der Wien, she won over audiences as Ramiro in “La finta giardiniera” and as Dryad in “Ariadne auf Naxos” at the Bavarian State Opera.

In collaboration with renowned lied pianists such as Eric Schneider and Benjamin Mead, Valerie Eickhoff has also been in the spotlight at prominent lieder recitals, for example at the Düsseldorf Schumannfest, at Life Victoria in Barcelona or in SWR radio productions. Her musical development has been supported by numerous scholarships from renowned institutions such as the International Meistersinger Academy, the Georg Solti Academy and the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “LiveMusicNow”. She continues to develop her skills in masterclasses with renowned personalities such as Brigitte Fassbaender, Bernarda Fink, Richard Bonynge and Ann Sophie von Otter.