Art means to be creatively active! It constantly accompanies me and it is my great life partner. Already Oscar Wilde said, ‘Art is the only serious thing in the world.’ I most love parts that challenge my acting and singing. Thus, I very much look forward to my debut as Public Opinion in Bad Hall.
The Viennese soprano Renée Schüttengruber studied at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna and at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Since 1988 Renèe Schüttengruber has been linked with the Volksoper Vienna. Between 2001 and 2008 she was member of staff there. Her repertoire comprises of Papagena (The Magic Flute), Esmeralda (The Bartered Bride), Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), or also Valencienne (The Merry Widow), Stasi (Csárdásfürstin) and Pepi (Wiener Blut).
She regularly gives guest performances at important Austrian operetta festivals. Thus, she presented Pepi (Wiener Blut, Seefestspiele Mörbisch, director Maximilian Schell), Metella (La Vie Parisienne, Schlossfestspiele Haindorf/Langenlois), or the Rössl Wirtin (Im Weißen Rössl, Operetta Summer Kufstein) to large audiences. Surprisingly, also Prince Orlovsky (Die Fledermaus) is in her repertoire. She developed this well known and very special breeches role with KS Brigitte Fassbaender and since successfully presented her interpretation in Berne and Basel, at the Victoria Hall in Geneva, at the Culture and Congress Centre Lucerne, and the Tonhalle Zürich. During the season of 2008/09 she performed an outstanding and highly acclaimed Eliza in My fair Lady at the Graz Opera House.
In the season of 2016/17 she is giving the countess in the new production of Der Kongress tanzt at Volksoper Vienna, and in December 2016 she presented her first solo programme ‘Christmas at the Weißes Rössl’, working with Robert Kolar (script) and choir director Thomas Böttcher (piano).
Song interpretation and oratory have always been her primary interest. Therefore, W. A. Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and Josef Haydn’s The Creation in Mainz are to be found in her biography. This interest resulted in a three-part series of solo programmes entitled ‘QuerFeldEin (across country) – Zwischen Himmel und Erde (between heaven and earth), working with Burgtheater actress Ulli Fessl and pianist Midori Ortner, ‘QuerFeldEin II – Sommer der Liebe (summer of love)’, working with actor Robert Kolar, ‘QuerFeldEin III – Der Tag mit seinem Lichte (the day and its light)’, working with Kammerschauspieler Detlev Eckstein. Music and lyrics are central parts of the programmes, which have been released on CD, and which Renée Schüttengruber among others presented at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad or also the Volksoper in Vienna.
Some of her most important guest and international performances of recent years were at Munich Gasteig, the Yehudi Menuhin Festival, the German Theatre Munich, the Festival Glyndebourne, and at the Royal Albert Hall in London.