Barbara Sukowa | Voice
A few words about Barbara Sukowa
Sukowa' started as a stage actress in major German Theatres.
Her break through in cinema came with her portrayel of Mieze in Rainer Werner Fassbinders Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), which earned her the German Best young actress award. Her performance of the title role in Fassbinders Lola earned her a German Film Awards (Gold) award. Her performance in Margarethe von Trottas film Die bleierne Zeit (Marianne and Juliane, 1981) earned her a Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival. She received "Best Actress Award" honours at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival for her work in von Trotta's film Rosa Luxemburg. In 2008 she received Best actress Award at the Montreal World Film Festival for her role in the film "The invention of the curried sausage" by Ulla Wagner. She received twice the prestigious Bavarian Film Award for her roles "In the Name of Innocence" and "Vision from the life of Hildegard von Bingen" in 2010.
Sukowa has also developed a further career as a classical music narrator and singer. She has performed the speaker's role in Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot lunaire, first with the Schoenberg Ensemble under Reinbert de Leeuw. Other performances have been with ensembles in Paris, London, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Madrid, Rome, Tokyo, Salzburg, Los Angeles, and New York City with Mitsuko Uchida and the Brentano Quartett. She has performed the Speaker's role in Schönberg's Gurrelieder with the Berlin Philharmonic and Claudio Abbado, and the Los Angeles Philharmonics under Esa Pekka Salonen, and is the Speaker on the recording with Abbado and the Vienna Philharmonic. She narrated Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf both in concert and on record, as well as a recording of Mendelssohn's music for A Midsummer Night's Dream. She has performed in Arthur Honeggers Jeanne dArc au bûcher and Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera. She performed the speaking role of Cassandra in the US premiere of Michael Jarrell's Cassandre in March 2006 at Carnegie Hall the New York City with musicians from the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.under David Robertson ,which she also performed at the Ojai Music Festival. Also at Carnegie Hall she sang the US premiere of "In the wonderful Month of May" an adaptation of Schubert and Schumann Lieder by Reinbert Deleeuw and the Schoenberg Ensemble. The recording of it by Winter Winter received an Echo Klassik , an Edison Award and a Grammy Nomination.
Sukowa is also the front singer of the Band the X-Patsys , which she founded with the visual artists Jon Kessler and Robert Longo. The band performed in New York (Highline ballroom, Poisson Rouge) ,Berlin, and in 2011 in Paris at the "Espace Cardin" The recently released CD " Devouring Time-Barbara Sukowa and the X-Patsys" was chosen in Germany on the "list of Best new releases"