Edith Lienbacher was born in Kärnten and studied at the Conservatory in Klagenfurt before continuing her studies with Hilde Rössl-Majdan at the Vienna Musikhochschule. In 1984 she won the Richard Tauber Competition in London and the following year was engaged at the Vienna Volksoper. Since 1989 she has been a member of the Vienna Staatsoper in repertoire that includes Mozart and many of the great operetta rôles. She has won critical acclaim for her appearances at major international festivals and in the great opera houses of the world. She is equally at home as a Lieder and concert singer. In 1999 she was honoured with the title Kammersängerin.