Magdalena Schäfer studied singing at the Vocal Studio at the Musikhochschule of Frankfurt and Karlsruhe and at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Armand McLane, Nina Dorliac and Elsa Cavelti, with study of Lieder with Charles Spencer and Hartmut Höll. She is a prize-winner of the Francesco Viñas Competition and of the Berlin Regional Singing Competition. Lieder recitals and concerts have taken her to the Frankfurt Alte Oper, the Berlin Philharmonic, festivals in Copenhagen, Schleswig-Holstein, Moscow, Sweden, France and Italy, and to Wildbad and the Berlin Festival Weeks. On the operatic stage she has appeared as Musetta, Fiordiligi and Donna Elvira (under Lothar Zagrosek), and at the Oldenburg State Theatre as Nedda, the Countess, Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes, and Eva in Die Meistersinger. At the Stuttgart State Opera she made her début as Helmwige in Die Walküre.