In June 2021, Idunnu Münch will sing Dorabella in a new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at Longborough Festival Opera, followed by her first appearance in Wallen’s Dido’s Ghost at Buxton International Festival, accompanied by Dunedin Consort in July 2021. The mezzo-soprano made her debuts at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (2018) and Opéra national du Rhin (2017) in new productions of Zandranai’s Francesca da Rimini. 2018 saw her London debut as Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at Blackheath Halls Festival followed by her first engagement at English National Opera. In 2019, she made her debut at Komische Oper Berlin in a new production of Handel’s Poros and performed in a new production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld at English National Opera.
Idunnu Münch, born in Munich in 1993, started playing the violin at the age of three; a year later she started taking piano lessons and joined Munich’s prestigious ballet school Heinz-Bosl Stiftung. In 2010, she became a member of the AUDI-Youth Chorus Academy. At the age of 12, Idunnu Münch received her first vocal training at the Richard-Strauss Conservatory in Munich. At the age of 14, she was accepted as a Student at Munich‘s Hochschule für Musik und Theater, where she finished her Arts Opera Performance studies with Michelle Breedt in 2018.
Idunnu Münch was Finalist at the 39. Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin 2010. In 2013, the mezzo-soprano was awarded a scholarship by the Richard-Wagner Society as well as by the Haack Foundation. She has held a scholarship of the Young Singers Project of the Salzburg Festival 2014 and of Lied Academy of International Music Festival Heidelberger Frühling in 2015. In 2017, she has held a scholarship of Verbier Festival Academy. She is a Harewood Artist of English National Opera in London during the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 seasons.
In 2017, Idunnu Münch performed Page in Strauss’ Salome and 1st Maid in Strauss’ Elektra at Verbier Festival. In 2015, she performed in the Austrian premiere of Banewitsch’s The Snow Queen at Esterházy Castle [Vienna]. From 2015 until 2017, she was a member of Stuttgart’s Opera Studio, where her repertoire included Olga in Tchaikovksy’s Jewgeni Onegin and Mary in Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and covered Ruggiero in Handel’s Alcina. She returned to Staatsoper Stuttgart in the autumn of 2017 as Cherubino in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. The mezzo-soprano worked with producers including Daniel Kramer, Harry Kupfer, Henry Mason, David Pountney, James Robinson, Kirill Serebrenikov, Jossie Wieler.
Idunnu Münch’s concert repertoire includes various works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Arianna a Naxos, Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Mozart’s Requiem. She is a dedicated recitalist with a wide Lied repertoire to offer.
Idunnu Münch performed with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Camerata Salzburg, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Vienna Philharmonic and under the baton of conductors including Ivor Bolton, Sylvain Cambreling, Charles Dutoit, Sian Edwards, Theodor Guschlbauer, Jörg Hallubek, Roland Kluttig, Lothar Koenigs, Fabio Luisi, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ulf Schirmer, Franz Welser-Möst. In 2019, she made her BBC Proms debut, in December 2021 she will sing concerts accompanied by Münchner Philharmoniker.
In 2013, Idunnu Münch made her Salzburg Festival Debut under the baton of Ivor Bolton, accompanied by Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, and returned in 2014 for a new production of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst – UNITEL released recordings of both productions on DVD.