Monika Medek studied singing at the University of Music and Performing Arts in the city of music itself, Vienna. A soprano, Monika continued to follow her passion by attending Vienna's Music Conservatory. Upon successful graduation, she was admitted to the Conservatory's Opera School where she studied under Lucia Meschwitz and Michael Pinkerton.
Monika is an alumni of the class of 2007.
Continually working towards her dream of being on stage, Monika developed her acting skills concurrently with her singing; her natural talent was refined during a multi-year education at acting school.
Since the completion of her formal studies, Monika has continued to develop her singing abilities. Intensive training with Grace Bumbry, Salzburg, followed by Helga Meyer-Wagner, Vienna, have allowed Monika to hone her skills in technique, interpretation, and role development. Attilio Sanna was Monikas Teacher in Italian phonetics.
Working in Master classes or on music productions with director and composer Vijay Upadhyaya, as well as opera singers Grace Bumbry, Kurt Equiluz, Michael Pabst and Sami Kustaloglu, has further contributed to Monika's abilities and experience as a soprano. Monika has had the honour of performing with pianists Norman Shetler and Margit Fussi. Margit Fussi, in particular, has profoundly influenced Monika's capacity to interpret songs (Lied).
2003 saw Monika Medek's debut on the Opera stage as the
First Lady in Mozart's "Magic Flute" at the Baden City Theatre and at Vienna's Akzent Theatre. This was followed by the role of
Pamina, again in Magic Flute. Monika has since inspired her audience in various countries as the
Mother in Humperdinck’s "Hänsel und Gretel",
Luigia in Donizetti’s "Viva la Mamma",
Bergere and Pastourelle in Ravel’s "Les Enfants et les Sortilèges",
Lady Billows in Britten's "Albert Herring",
Giulietta in Offenbach's "The Tales of Hoffmann",
Wellgunde in Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold", and as
Senta in Richard Wagner's "The Flying Dutchman".
The freelance opera singer has enjoyed concert tours in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Croatia, Luxembourg, China and Thailand.
Monika Medek started performing Operettes in November 2012 as
Baroness Adelaide in Carl Zeller's "Der Vogelhändler" (The Bird Seller). She has since enjoyed playing
Bronislawa in Karl Millöcker's "Der Bettelstudent" during the Viennese Festival in May 2013,
Öffentliche Meinung in Jacques Offenbach's "Orpheus In The Underworld", and the
Electress Marie, again in Zeller's Vogelhändler.
Her solo performances in concert have led Monika across Europe and further abroad, including Japan and Thailand, where she performed numerous solo parts covering Opera, Operette and Lied. Monika has also appeared in concert with several distinguished choirs and orchestras. These large-scale productions included:
Symphony No.8 by Gustav Mahler (Soprano II, Una poenitentium),
Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem,
A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms,
Gabriel Fauré's Requiem,
Te Deum by Georges Bizet,
Stabat Mater by Antonín Dvorák, as well as both soprano solos from the
Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Second Symphony.
2013, Monika debuted in the Great Hall of the Wiener Musikverein. She performed a selection of Mozart arias and duets. At the time, she was accompanied by the Schubert Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Vijay Upadhyaya.
It was in the Great Hall of the Wiener Konzerthaus when she mastered the soprano part in Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem" in May 2014. Seven months later she sang the world premier of Vijay Upadhyaya's "Prayer Flag" at the same location. More recenetly, in April 2015, Monika could be heard and seen in the Great Hall with Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 8.
Monika Medek has an ever growing repertoire in the Lied category. She regularly performs together with well-known pianist Margit Fussi. They performed Lieder by the composers Johannes Brahms, Maximilian Kreuz, Franz Liszt, Gustav Mahler, Karl Messner , Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, and staged following cycles: Gustav Mahler - Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Richard Strauss - Vier letzte Lieder, Johannes Brahms – Zigeunerlieder und Robert Schumann - Frauenliebe und –leben.