Life's Journey

Sylvia Wiryadi

Sylvia Wiryadi (left, in pink-orange) as Theone in the world premiere of Hoffmann's 'Trank der Unsterblichkeit' among performers on stage at Theater Erfurt March 2012

The Soprano Sylvia Wiryadi was born in 1982 in Surabaya, Indonesia in a musical family. She started to sing from the age of six and have been winning various children singing competitions since then. She took drama and dance lessons at a local performing art school and performed in small musical productions. Few years later, she began to learn classical voice by Renata Lim.

In 2000, she continued her music study in Tübingen music academy in Germany. The following year, she was admitted to the University of Music Karlsruhe and graduated summa cum laude in 2005 in voice pedagogy under the academic guidance of Prof. Mitsuko Shirai and Prof. Maria Venuti.

She also took part in masterclasses by a polish Alto, Jadwiga Rappé in 2004-2005 and a musical Masterclass by Prof. Noelle Turner in 2007. Apart from performing in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, Germany, Poland and Canada, she taught voice at a local music school in Saarland.

She studied opera at the University of Music Saarland by Prof. Renate Stoll and Silvia Klauder. Already during her opera study, the Indonesian soprano was recruited in 2008/2009 by Cologne Young Chamber Opera as the leading role in a children version of Humperdinck's fairytale opera Sleeping Beauty and also as Praskowia in Lehar's operette Merry Widow. Right after obtaining her second degree as music theatre soloist, she accepted an engagement at Theater Erfurt.

Her next engagement at Theater Görlitz started in 2010. She was seen among her other roles as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in Loewe's My Fair Lady and Pamina, Queen of the night, and first lady in Mozart's Magic Flute. Starting 2011, she was a voice coach of the theatre children choir. Season 2011/12 she came back to Theater Erfurt and appeared as Brautjungfer in Weber's Freischütz and as well as Theone at the world premiere of Hoffmann's 'Trank der Unsterblichkeit' in March 2012 in Erfurt.

After residing for 12 years abroad, she finally left Germany for Indonesia in summer 2012. Apart from teaching voice in her hometown Jakarta, she regularly performs oratorio works at Aula Simfonia Jakarta (Händel's Messiah 2013 - Ndaru Darsono, Haydn's Creation 2014 - Joel Navarro, Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise 2015 - Avip Priatna, Händel's Messiah Highlights 2016 - Hellen Hosanna) in Indonesia.

She is regularly invited to give masterclasses for sopranos in Indonesia. She was the lecturer for masterclass for sopranos at the 22nd WACCM Music Conference (World Association for Chinese Church Music) which was held in Medan in July 2014.

Two of her teenager students were selected as the only singers to perform at the ChildAid Asia 2016, representing Indonesia. ChildAid is one of Singapore's largest annual children's charity concerts organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times. Her students (aged 17-20) have been admitted into voice faculty at music universities abroad. One of them received four-year full scholarship at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of National University of Singapore (NUS) while the other won Eisteddfod by the Bay Voice Competition 2016 and Catharina Leimena Voice Competition 2016.