Prize winner of the Léopold Bellan International Competition (Paris), the Swiss mezzo-soprano Annina Haug has performed as a soloist with several orchestras and ensembles, including the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Sinfonietta, the Musique des Lumières Orchestra, the Geneva Chamber Orchestra, the Winterthur Musikkollegium, the Neuchâtel Symphony Ensemble, the Biel Symphony Orchestra, and the Capriccio Barockorchester.
She sings many key works from the oratorio repertoire – Bach’s Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat and Passions; Handel’s Messiah; Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor; Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle; Mendelssohn’s Elijah; the Requiems of Verdi and Duruflé – in Switzerland’s major concert halls such as the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the KKL in Lucerne, the Tonhalle in Zürich, the Stadtcasino Basel, the Salle de musique in La Chaux-de-Fonds, and the Salle Métropole in Lausanne.
The roles that Annina Haug embodies on the opera scene include Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Lucretia (The Rape of Lucretia), Fenena (Nabucco), Angelina (Cenerentola), Idamante (Idomeneo), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Melanto/Umana Fragilità (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria), Geneviève (Geneviève de Brabant), Mamma Lucia (Cavalleria Rusticana), Oreste (La belle Hélène), and Dritte Dame (Die Zauberflöte), for houses such as the Luzerner Theater, the Opéra de Massy, the Théâtre Musical of Besançon, the Nouvel Opéra of Fribourg, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Charleroi, the Biel-Solothurn Theater, Opera Lyrica Neuchâtel, the Opéra du Rhône, and the Opéra des Champs.
Recital, Cabaret and Discography
The song recital is also one of her favourite fields, whether it be in the company of pianist Edward Rushton with whom she promotes the repertoire of German Lied and French mélodie “at home” thanks to the itinerant concept of the Besuch der Lieder association, or harpist Meret Eve Haug with whom she formed the Duo Haug in 2012. Off the beaten track, she joins pianist Raphaël Sudan for sparkling cabaret evenings between Paris and Broadway. In addition, her discography includes recordings for Claves, Resonus and Spektral.
After obtaining her teaching diploma in cello at the Conservatoire neuchâtelois, Annina Haug studied classical singing at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the Musikhochschule in Lucerne and at the Schweizer Opernstudio in Biel, and participated in masterclasses with Ann Howells, Klaus Mertens, Robert Tear, and Margreet Honig.
Prizes and Scholarships
Recipient of the Edna Bralesford Prize for Contralto (Royal Academy of Music) and the First Prize of the National Competition of the Jura Festival, she is also a scholarship holder, in Switzerland, from the Sandoz, Marianne und Kurt Dienemann, Kiefer-Hablitzel, Jean Tanner, and Elvira Lüthi-Wegman foundations, as well as the Eldee Scholarship and the Josephine Baker Trust in the UK.