„Phenomenal was the performance of the member of the teaching staff from Wuppertal….with a wonderful legato…..the piano high register easily mastered.“
(Mahler-Lieder, Frankfurter Rundschau)
„without visible effort the coloratura pearled with warm smooth voice“
(Johannespassion, Westdeutsche Zeitung)
Barbara Decker was born in Mönchengladbach. She studied voice with Reinhard Becker, Barbara Schlick and Berthold Schmid at the Music Schools of both Cologne and Detmold. Barbara further cemented her studies with masterclasses with Julia Hamari. Anna Reynolds, Cornelia Kallisch, Irwin Gage, Christoph Pregardien und Rudolf Piernay.
Her comprehensive oratorio Repertoire has taken her the length and breadth of Germany and further afield to incorporate regular trips to France and the Netherlands.
Barbara’s Repertoire is All inclusive and stretches from Bach’s Cantatas and Passions to works such as the Stabat mater from Dvorak and the Requiem from Franz von Suppe, as well as Mozarts C-minor-Mass. Barbara works regularly with conductors such as, Paul Kuentz (Paris), Jan Hupperts (Netherlands) and Helmut Rilling (Stuttgart), she is a regular guest with the Neuen Vokalisten Stuttgart, with whom she worldwide at Festivals and Concerts contemporary music performs, and gives 15 – 20 world premieres of the most varied music (Electronic, music theatre and multi discipline) per year.
With her unusually wide ranging lieder recitals from the Romantic to contemporary she has performed at many important festivals and here too, given several world premieres. Barbara was awarded, with partner Matthias Wierig, the current professor for Song performance in Saarbrücken, the 1st prize at the Joseph-Suder Competition for songs of the 20th Century.
She performed with the mutare-ensemble in Frankfurt Mahlers Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen for the Hessische Radio. Additional Radio and CD recordings include, for the Bayerischen Rundfunk Berg Songs, for the WDR Jörg Baur songs and contemporary songs from Birkenkötter and Jarrell. CD recordings include, Korngold and Strauß Lieder (Wolf Music), Vivaldi Psalmen and Beethoven 9.Symphony (Collection Paul Kuentz), Bach "Weihnachtsoratorium", "luciano berio" canticum (wergo) with the Neuen Vokalsolisten Stuttgart, Peter Rundel.
Barbara Decker performed the roles of Donna Esperanza in the world premiere of Phantom Palace in New Haven, USA. Other important roles include Boulotte in Ritter Blaubart by Offenbach and Dido in Purcells Dido and Aeneas, Baba in Stravinskys Rake’s Progress and Glucks Orpheus.
Barbara Decker is a member of the teaching staff at the Musikhochschule Cologne, in Wuppertal.