Herbert-von Karajan-Award 2024: Meet the Laureates

The Herbert von Karajan Prize, donated by the Karajan family, will be awarded for the first time in 2023 to three young, up-and-coming artists and is endowed with EUR 16,000 each - get to know the laureates here.

You have to do the hard work everyday throughout the year. There is no quick fix in singing unfortunatly, we have to work slow and sturdy and then I do believe, with a good technique one will be rewarded in the end.  Lise Davidsen

The soprano trained at the Grieg Academy in Bergen and already has an impressive collection of awards to her name, to which she has now added the Herbert von Karajan Prize. Her appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra national de Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and many more have made her one of the most sought-after singers in a very short space of time. Together with Freddie De Tommaso, she will make her Salzburg debut at the 2024 Easter Festival, singing songs and arias by Wagner, Verdi and Puccini, among others.

I am proof that you can make it and I am very happy that this can be a motivation for anyone out there.

Eve-Maud Hubeaux als Laura in »La Gioconda« © Bernd Uhlig


Eve-Maud Hubeaux was born in Geneva and studied piano and singing in Lausanne. The mezzo-soprano can already look back on a remarkable career with many successful performances, including Amneris in "Aida" at the Salzburg Festival, Mère Marie in "Dialogues des Carmélites" at the Vienna State Opera and Carmen at La Monnaie Bruxelles. At this year's Salzburg Easter Festival, she will make her debut as Laura in the opera "La Gioconda", thereby expanding her impressive repertoire.

© Vera Elma Vasek

There are a lot of women in my life who have inspired and still inspire me in my career. There´s my mother who is the reason why I´m singing today (…) her support was the best thing that ever happened to me.


The South African soprano was already highly praised by The Guardian newspaper in 2022, describing her voice as "extraordinary and beautifully controlled". Rangwanasha is currently a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and won the Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2021. At the 2024 Easter Festival, she will sing the soprano part in the choral concert - the Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi. She will be supported by the orchestra and choir of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the direction of Antonio Pappano.