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Isabel Karajan
French actress

Isabel Karajan

Isabel Karajan
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Intro French actress
Is Actor
From Austria France
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 25 June 1960, Vienna
Age 62 years
Star sign Cancer
Mother: Eliette von Karajan
Father: Herbert von Karajan
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Isabel Karajan (born June 25, 1960 in Vienna) is an Austrian actress. She is the daughter of Herbert von Karajan and Eliette von Karajan as well as the older sister of the musician Arabel Karajan.


The new and exceptional projects awake Isabel Karajan’s passion: Together with the director Klaus Ortner, she develops ingenious concepts for musical theater performances for chamber music and big orchestra. She gave performances of “Miss Death meets Mister Shostakovich“ (“Fräulein Tod trifft Herrn Schostakowitsch“) at the International Shostakovich Days in Gohrisch, the Salzburg Easter Festival, and in Israel. The self-conceptualized piece is a scenic collage about fear supported by Shostakovich’s chamber music and texts by his contemporaries. Members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Bamberg Symphony accompanied her performances of Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale“ and “Eight Songs for a Mad King“ by Peter Maxwell Davies. Additionally, she also appeared in “Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher“ by Arthur Honegger at the Saito-Kinen Festival in Japan. In 2015, “Die Feuerprobe“ was produced under the direction of Julian Pölsler, with poems by Christine Lavant, and Shostakovich’s Op. 40. Isabel Karajan furthermore collaborated with the director Christina Pfrötschner and created a musical-word production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream“ by Shakespeare and Mendelssohn. In 2016, Isabel Karajan appeared in Bernstein’s “Candide“ with the Hamburg Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Jeffrey Tate.

After Isabel Karajan concluded her studies in Paris with Jean-Laurent Cochet, she became an ensemble member at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg under the direction of Jürgen Flimm until George Tabori asked her to join his legendary theater “der Kreis“ in Vienna. Thanks to her French mother tongue Isabel Karajan is often active in French theaters. She had received engagements in Paris at the Théâtre National de la Colline and at the Théâtre de la Tempête. Moreover, she also performed in Avignon and in Adelaide, Australia, as well as at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, at the Schaubühne in Berlin, at the Munich Kammerspiele, and at the Schauspielhaus Stuttgart. In theater productions, she worked together with directors such as Jürgen Gosch, Thomas Langhoff, Jorge Lavelli, and Klaus Michael Grüber and conductors such as Kent Nagano, Seiji Ozawa, Simeon Bischkov, and Serge Beaudo, Stanley Dodds.

In various Film- and TV-productions, she collaborated with directors Wolfgang Murnberger, Holger Barthel, Nina Companéez, Alain-Michel Blanc, Erhard Riedlsperger, Michi Riebl, Rupert Henning, and Patricia Mazuy.

Own Projects

  • 8 Songs for a Mad King, Director: Klaus Ortner
  • Candide, A comic Operetta in two Acts, Realisation: Klaus Ortner
  • Die Feuerprobe, Director: Julian Pölsler
  • The Soldier’s Tale, Scenic realization: Klaus Ortner
  • Miss Death meets Mr. Shostakovich, A scenic collage, Scenic realization: Klaus Ortner
  • Hennir, Director: Hanspeter Horner
  • Kreutzersonaten, Musical-literary collage about the Kreutzersonaten, Coordination: Klaus Ortner
  • Peter and the Wolf, Director: Klaus Ortner
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream Dream, Director: Christina Pfrötschner

TV productions (Selection)

  • 2016 Die Toten von Salzburg (Angelika Holzer)
  • 2015 Tatort: Grenzfall (Dani Karger)
  • 2014 SOKO Wien: Drehschluss (Nele Cox)
  • 2011 Schnell ermittelt: Helmut Schafranek (Viktoria Throst)
  • 2010 Tatort: Glaube, Liebe, Tod (Sieglinde Kaber)
  • 2009 SOKO Wien: Alte Bekannte (Patrizia Manninger)
  • 2006 Schloss Orth: Neuanfänge
  • 2003 SOKO Kitzbühel: Die Bestattung, Rolle: Frau Terhagen
  • 2003 Julia – Eine ungewöhnliche Frau: In Vino Veritas
  • 1998 La Poursuite du vent (Margot)
  • 1996 Les Faux Médicaments (Mme. Fontanelle)
  • 1995 Le retour d'Arsène Lupin: La robe de diamants

Movie productions (Selection)

  • 2011 Sport de filles (Patricia Mazuy)
  • 2008 Der schwarze Löwe
  • 2002 Ich gehöre dir (Lina Manz)
  • 1996 Les faux médicaments
  • 1994 Cognacq-Jay (Bertie)
  • 1994 Ich bin den Sommer über in Berlin geblieben (Maria)
  • 1989 Achterloo IV (Hide)
  • 1983 Le grand échiquier: Coxteau vivant


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