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Jelena Kordić

Vita

The croatian mezzo-soprano Jelena Kordić studied with Ruža Pospiš Baldani at the Music Academy of the University of Zagreb in Croatia and continues her studies privately with Deborah Polaski and Sherman Lowe.

Since the season 2018/2019 she is a member of the ensemble at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, where she works as Charlotte (WERTHER) Adalgisa (NORMA), Hansel (HANSEL UND GRETEL) and Smeraldine (DIE LIEBE ZU DEN 3 ORANGEN) can be heard.

Highlights of the season 2019/2020 are the title role in a CARMEN new production, her role debut as Octavian (DER ROSENKAVALIER), Agnese (BEATRICE DI TENDA) and Adalgisa (NORMA).

Guest engagements led the artist as Hansel (HANSEL AND GRETEL) to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, third Magd (ELEKTRA) Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as Hansel (HANSEL UND GRETEL), Prinz Orlofsky THE BAT) and as Emilia (OTELLO) to the Semperoper in Dresden

From 2015-2017 Jelena Kordić was a member of the Young Ensemble of the Semperoper Dresden, 2017-2018 ensemble member of the Staatstheater Braunschweig.

Her repertoire includes parts such as: Cherubino (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Dorabella (COSÌ FAN TUTTE), Sesto (LA CLEMENZA DI TITO), Fox (DAS SCHLAUE FÜCHSLEIN), Lola (CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA), Olga (EUGEN ONEGIN), Fenena (NABUCCO), Meg Page (FALSTAFF) and Adalgisa (NORMA).

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Bellini NORMA Adalgisa
Bersa POSTOLAR OD DELFTA (DER SCHUSTER VON DELFT) Mintje
Bizet CARMEN Carmen, Mercédès
Gluck ORFEO ED EURIDICE Orfeo
Gotovac, J. Ero s onoga svijeta (Ero the Yoker) Doma
Harbison THE GREAT GATSBY Tango Singer
Humperdinck HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Hänsel
Janáček DAS SCHLAUE FÜCHSLEIN Fuchs
  JENUFA (Jeji pastorkyna) Pastuchyna
Lortzing DER WILDSCHÜTZ Nanetta
Mascagni CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Lola
  WERTHER Charlotte
Mozart COSÌ FAN TUTTE Dorabella
  DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, 2. Dame, 3. Dame
  LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Sesto, Annio
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Cherubino
Prokofjew DIE LIEBE ZU DEN 3 ORANGEN Smeraldina
Strauß DIE FLEDERMAUS Prinz Orlofsky
Strauss ELEKTRA 3. Magd
  SALOME Page
Tschaikowski EUGEN ONEGIN Olga
Verdi FALSTAFF Mrs. Meg Page
  LA TRAVIATA Flora
  NABUCCO Fenena
  OTELLO Emilia
  RIGOLETTO Maddalena, Paggio della Duchessa
Wagner PARSIFAL Blumenmädchen
Zanettovich MARCO POLO Bolgana
Beethoven Sinfonie Nr. 9 in d-Moll op. 125
Dvořák Stabat Mater
Mozart Requiem in d-Moll. KV 626
Pergolesi Stabat mater
Verdi Messa da Requiem
Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder
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Susanne Elmark

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The Danish native, in Copenhagen educated coloratura soprano Susanne Elmark has been in great demand in the opera and concert houses of the entire world for the last twenty years.

With the roles of Zerbinetta (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS), Queen of the Night (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Konstanze (THE ABDUCTION FROM SERAGLIO), Lulu (LULU), Fiakermilli (ARABELLA) and Marie (DIE SOLDATEN) Susanne Elmark has been engaged in houses like Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Staatsoper Hamburg, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Teatro Real Madrid, Opera Oslo, Oper Frankfurt, Oper Köln, Opernhaus Zürich, Volksoper in Vienna, Royal Opera Copenhagen and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.

Besides the classical opera and concert repertoire Susanne Elmark often performs in contemporary music; several pieces are dedicated to her, und she has participated in numerous first performances. She has sung at big festivals in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Germany, France and Spain, including cooperations with the famous ensembles German Ensemble Modern in alte Oper Frankfurt and French Ensemble Intercontemporain of Pierre Boulez at The Lucerne Festival.

In oratorio, Susanne Elmark has sung the solo roles in such works as Mozart’s Requiem, C major Mass and Exsultate Jubilate, Berg’s Lulu-Suite, Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passions, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelsohn’s Elijah and Orff’s Carmina Burana at various venues including the Oslo Koncerthus, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, the Berlin Philharmonie, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

She took the part of Inanna in 2019 in a new production of Jörg Widmann’s BABYLON at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin and will reprise the role when the opera returns in 2021.

Future engagements include Agnes in concert performances wit the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra at the Suntory Hall in Toky, the outstanding and complex masterpeace NOT I by Heinz Holliger at the Luzern Festival, Maima in a new production of Jacques Offenbach´s BARKOUF at the Oper Köln and Cordelia in Reimann´s LEAR at the Teatro Real Madrid.

Susanne Elmark has worked with conductors such as Gary Bertini, Sir Colin Davis, Marcello Viotti, Peter Schneider, Peter Schreier, Christian Thielemann, Paul McCreesh, Eliahu Inbal, Michael Schønwandt, Marek Janowsky and Adam Fischer, and she has made several CD recordings, for example as Celia in Mozart’s opera Lucio Silla. In October 2016 her first solo album was released on Naxos, Arias: Ch’il bel Sogno with South Denmark Philharmonic and conductor Robert Reimer with opera arias by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart.

Over the last years Susanne Elmark has started giving masterclasses and opera coaching, including several masterclasses at the Bolshoi Opera in Moscow, in Berlin and in San Sebastián. In October 2016 a book about her 25 years on stage, her way to an international carreer and a life in a suitcase “Det var med vilje” (“It was at will”) was published in Denmark. 2010 Susanne Elmark received the honourable Elisabeth Don’s Memorial Fund from The Royal Danish Opera.

October 2016 saw the publication in Denmark of her book about her 25 years on the stage, her path to an international career and living out of a suitcase: Det var med vilje (“It was what I wanted”). At the same time, Naxos brought out her first solo album, Arias: Ch’il bel Sogno with opera arias by Verdi, Puccini and Mozart. She is accompanied by the South Denmark Philharmonic under the direction of Robert Reimer.

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Berg LULU Lulu
Bernstein CANDIDE Cunegonde
Donizetti L’ELISIR D’AMORE Adina
Frölich FÖHN Föhnfrau
Glass ORPHÉE Eurydice
Gluck ORFEO ED EURIDICE Euridice
Holten GESUALDO Donna Maria
Lehár DIE LUSTIGE WITWE Valencienne
Ligeti LE GRAND MACABRE Venus, Gepopo
Martinsen MAESTRO The nurse
Mozart COSÌ FAN TUTTE Despina
  DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Königin der Nacht
   DON GIOVANNI Zerlina
   DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL Konstanze
Pape  SIMSALABAD Princess Isidora
Puccini GIANNI SCHICCHI Lauretta
Rossini IL TURCO IN ITALIA Fiorilla
  IL VIAGGIO A RHEIMS Contessa di Folleville
Schnittke LEBEN MIT EINEM IDIOTEN Meine Frau
Strauss ARABELLA Fiakermilli
  ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Zerbinetta
Strauß DIE FLEDERMAUS Adele
Verdi RIGOLETTO Gilda
  UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Oscar
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD Woglinde
  GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Woglinde
Zimmermann DIE SOLDATEN Marie

Die Soldaten" (Bernd Alois Zimmermann), Opernhaus Zürich

Susanne Elmark as Queen of the Night "Der Hölle Rache"

Susanne Elmark sings Puccinis 'O mio babbino caro' in a Danish broadcast from 1997

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Anja Harteros

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“Soprano of the century”, the “Stradivari of voices” – attributes assigned to the young artist by enthusiastic critics, colleagues and fans of Anja Harteros. The artist herself said in an interview about her approach to the roles she plays: “To express truth in music, the soul and one’s own feelings must be involved.”

It is the symbiosis of intense stage presence, perfect voice control and musical sensitivity that marks her out, both in opera performances and in lieder recitals and concerts, as a truly great artist.

Her international career began when she won the 1999 Cardiff Singer of the World competition and before long the artist was being invited to all the world’s major opera houses: the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, Vienna, Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden, and the opera houses of Florence, Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo and many more, plus the Salzburg Festival.

Her extensive operatic repertoire embraces such leading roles as Contessa (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Elettra (IDOMENEO), Mimì (LA BOHÈME), Feldmarschallin (DER ROSENKAVALIER), Elisabetta (DON CARLOS), Alice Ford (FALSTAFF), Leonora (IL TROVATORE), Violetta Valéry (LA TRAVIATA), Desdemona (OTELLO), Amelia (SIMON BOCCANEGRA), Maddalena di Coigny (ANDRÉ CHENIER), Sieglinde (THE VALKYRIE), Elsa (LOHENGRIN), Elisabeth (TANNHÄUSER) and the title roles in TOSCA, ALCINA and ARABELLA.
Anja Harteros works with such celebrated conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Marek Janowski, Mariss Jansons, James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Kent Nagano, Sir Roger Norrington, Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles and Christian Thielemann.

Anja Harteros was chosen as Female Singer of the Year at the 2015 International Opera Awards, having received the Europa-Medaille of the Bavarian State Government in 2013. Awarded the French art critics’ ORPHEE D’OR prize for her lieder CD “Von ewiger Liebe” in 2010, she was the first recipient of the Cologne Opera Prize later that year. She was Opernwelt magazine’s Female Vocalist of 2009 and in July 2007, in recognition of her outstanding artistic achievements, she was the youngest bearer to date of the honorific title of Kammersängerin in Bavaria.

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Bizet CARMEN Micaëla
Giordano ANDRÉ CHENIER Maddalena di Coigny
Händel ALCINA Alcina
Mozart COSÌ FAN TUTTE Fiordiligi
  DON GIOVANNI Donna Anna
  IDOMENEO Elettra
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Contessa
Puccini LA BOHÈME Mimi
  TOSCA Tosca
Strauss ARABELLA Arabella
  ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Ariadne
  DER ROSENKAVALIER Feldmarschallin
Verdi AIDA Aida
  DON CARLOS Elisabetta
  FALSTAFF Alice Ford
  IL TROVATORE Leonora
  LA FORZA DEL DESTINO Leonora
  LA TRAVIATA Violetta Valéry
  OTELLO Desdemona
  SIMON BOCCANEGRA Amelia
  UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Amelia
Wagner THE MASTERSINGERS OF NUREMBERG Eva
  THE VALKYRIE Sieglinde
  LOHENGRIN Elsa
  TANNHÄUSER Elisabeth
Weber DER FREISCHÜTZ Agathe
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Paula Iancic

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Paula Iancic studied singing at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj/Romania. She gained her first stage experience at various Romanian opera houses in roles such as Lauretta (GIANNI SCHICCHI), Adele (DIE FLEDERMAUS), Micaëla (CARMEN), Musetta and Mimi (LA BOHÈME).

She won various prizes and awards including the special prize at the Alexandru Fărcaş International Voice Competition in Arad (2015) and first prize at the Grand Prix of L’Assoluta Virginia Zeani in 2019.

As a member of the opera studio of the Bavarian State Opera, Paula Iancic played roles such as Barbarina (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Papagena (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Gretel (HANSEL AND GRETEL), Suor Dolcina (SUOR ANGELICA), Giannetta (L’ELISIR D’AMORE), Zaida (IL TURCO IN ITALIA), Maria (DER DIKTATOR), First Page and Flower Girl (PARSIFAL), Ginevra Scotti (DIE GEZEICHNETEN) in the seasons spanning 2016 to 2018. Her recent debuts include Oscar (UN BALLO IN MASCHERA) at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, Susanna (THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO), Adina (L’ELISIR D’AMORE) and Gilda (RIGOLETTO) at the Romanian National Opera in Iasi, Liu (TURANDOT) at the National Opera in Timisoara as well as Violetta (LA TRAVIATA) at the Teatr Wilki in Poznan. She has also sung Dvorak’s TE DEUM with the Cluj-Napoca State Philharmonic and Lauretta (GIANNI SCHICCHI) at the Romanian National Opera in Cluj-Napoca, Adele (DIE FLEDERMAUS) and Mimi (LA BOHÈME) at the National Opera in Timisoara. In 2019 she gave her house debut at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Philotis in a new premiere of John Ford’s „’TIS PITY SHE’S A WHORE“.

She has appeared as a concert soloist with many orchestras including the State Radio Orchestra of Bucharest, the Arad State Philharmonic and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Cluj.

Future scheduled engagements include repeat invitations to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Susanna/THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO) and to the Teatr Wilki in Poznan (Pamina/THE MAGIC FLUTE & Violetta/LA TRAVIATA).

 

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Bizet CARMEN Micaëla
Donizetti L’ELISIR D’AMORE Gianetta
Humperdinck HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Gretel
Krenek DER DIKTATOR Maria
Mozart DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Pamina
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Susanna, Barbarina
Pergolesi LA SERVA PADRONA Serpina
Puccini GIANNI SCHICCHI Lauretta
  LA BOHÈME Mimi, Musetta
  TURANDOT Liu
Rossini IL TURCO IN ITALIA Zaida
Schreier SCHADE, DASS SIE EINE HURE WAR Philotis
Strauß, Johann DIE FLEDERMAUS Adele
Verdi LA TRAVIATA Violetta Valéry
  UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Oscar
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Antonín Dvořák Te Deum op. 103
Baldassare Galuppi Magnificat in G major, B.II/61
Joseph Haydn Missa in Angustijs „Nelsonmesse”, Hob. XXII: 11
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Exsultate, jubilate (KV 165, KV6 158a)
  Requiem in d-Moll. KV 626
Gioachino Rossini Messa di Gloria
Franz Schubert Messe Nr. 2 in G-Dur, D.167
  Messe Nr. 5 in As-Dur D 678
  Messe Nr. 6 in Es-Dur D 950
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Annemarie Kremer

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The Dutch soprano Annemarie Kremer studied singing, piano and dance in Maastricht and made her debut as Ilia (IDOMENEO) at Theater Aachen.

Since her 2011 debut in the title role of Richard Strauss’s SALOME at the Vienna Volksoper Annemarie Kremer has established herself as one of the most distinguished performers of complex Strauss, Wagner and Puccini roles. She sang the title role in SALOME to great acclaim at the Vienna Volksoper, in São Paulo, Beijing, Moscow, Hong Kong, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, at the Aalto Theater in Essen and at the State Theatre of Lower Saxony in Hanover.

Her performance of the title role in Bellini’s NORMA at her UK debut at Opera North in 2012 was a tremendous success; the production received the TMA Award and brought her the title of Best Female Singer of the Year in 2012 from the opera magazine Opernwelt as well as a nomination for the International Opera Oscars. She gave her debut in Germany in 2014 with the same production of NORMA at Theater Chemnitz.

Her repertoire includes the title roles in AGRIPPINA, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, LUISA MILLER, MANON LESCAUT, MÉDÉE, NORMA, RUSALKA, SALOME, TOSCA and TURANDOT. She has also taken the roles of Micaëla (CARMEN    ), Marie (LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT), Maddalena di Coigny (ANDRÉ CHENIER), Ursula (MATHIS DER MALER), Heliane (DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE), Hanna Glawari (THE MERRY WIDOW), Donna Anna and Donna Elvira (DON GIOVANNI), Ilia (IDOMENEO), Vitellia (LA CLEMENZA DI TITO), Contessa (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Feldmarschallin (DER ROSENKAVALIER), Rosalinde (DIE FLEDERMAUS), Mina (AROLDA), Giselda (I LOMBARDI ALLA PRIMA CROCIATA), Desdemona (OTELLO), Elisabeth (TANNHÄUSER) and Isolde (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE).

Highlichts of the 2019/2020 season include TRISTAN UND ISOLDE in Karlsruhe, RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY in Parma and STIFFELIO in St. Gallen.

Annemarie Kremer has been invited to give guest appearances at the opera houses in Amsterdam, Beijing, Chemnitz, Dortmund, Dresden, Essen, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg, Graz, Hanover, Hong Kong, Leeds, Leipzig, Linz, Monte Carlo, Moscow, Naples, Oldenburg, São Paulo, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Waitsfield (Virginia), Vienna, Wiesbaden, Wuppertal and Zagreb.

Annemarie Kremer has recorded several CDs, featuring music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (concert arias, masses, sacred works), Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the complete recording of AGRIPPINA (George Frideric Handel) and DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE (Erich Wolfgang Korngold).

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Repertoire

Bellini NORMA Norma
Bizet CARMEN Micaëla
Cherubini MÉDÉE Médée
Donizetti LA FILLE DU RÉGIMENT Marie
Dvořák RUSALKA Rusalka
Giordano ANDRÉ CHENIER Maddalena di Coigny
Händel AGRIPPINA Agrippina
Hindemith
MATHIS DER MALER Ursula
Korngold DAS WUNDER DER HELIANE Heliane
Lehár DIE LUSTIGE WITWE Hanna Glawari
Mozart DON GIOVANNI Donna Anna, Donna Elvira
  IDOMENEO Ilia
  LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Vitellia
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Contessa
Puccini MADAMA BUTTERFLY Cho-Cho-San
  MANON LESCAUT Manon Lescaut
  TOSCA Tosca
  TURANDOT Turandot
Strauss DER ROSENKAVALIER Feldmarschallin
  SALOME Salome
Strauß DIE FLEDERMAUS Rosalinde
Verdi AROLDA Mina
  I LOMBARDI ALLA PRIMA CROCIATA Giselda
  LUISA MILLER Luisa Miller
  OTELLO Desdemona
Wagner TANNHÄUSER Elisabeth
  TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Isolde
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Petra Lang

Vita

After completing violin studies Petra Lang studied singing with Gertie Charlent at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt and at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz, where she attended the Opera School with Harro Dicks at the same time. After completing her studies in 1989 she immediately auditioned for a master class with Ingrid Bjoner with whom she studied until 2006. She was involved in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Hotter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Schreier and also studied her Wagner roles with Astrid Varnay. She works now with Angelo Loforese.

In 1989, Petra Lang joined the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.   In 1990, she moved to the Theater Basel, sang in 1991 at the Städtischen Bühnen Nuremberg and 1992-1995 at Theater Dortmund. Here she could develop numerous roles of the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire. In addition, she was engaged as Tamiri in Mozart’s IL RE PASTORE at De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, as Virtu in Monteverdi’s L´INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA at the Salzburg Festival, as Fenena in Verdi’s NABUCCO at the Bregenz Festival and as Flora in LA TRAVIATA at the Zurich Festival.

In 1994/95 season, she turned to the work of Richard Wagner, and sang her first Waltraute (GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG) and Fricka (DAS RHEINGOLD, DIE WALKÜRE) in the Dortmund Ring cycle. Under the opera direction of Brigitte Fassbaender at the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 1995-1997 she added to her repertoire Brangäne (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE), Judit (DUKE BLUEBEARD´S CASTLE), Marie (WOZZECK) and Eboli (DON CARLO).

Then Petra Lang decided to become freelance  and since then sings on the world’s greatest stages: Royal Opera House London (Brangäne, Waltraute, Kundry, Ortrud, Ariadne, Judith, Foreign Princess), De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam (Brangäne, Cassandre, Venus, Kundry), Bavarian State Opera Munich (Brangäne, Venus, Sieglinde, Kundry, Brünnhilde, Ortrud, Isolde) Deutsche Oper Berlin (Waltraute, Brangäne, Venus, Sieglinde, Cassandre, Ortrud), Semperoper Dresden (Brangäne, Kundry, Ariadne, Sieglinde), Hamburg State Opera (Waltraute, Kundry), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Adriano), Opera Cologne (Sieglinde), Nationaltheater Mannheim (Cassandre, Ariadne, Kundry), Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Brünnhilde), Vienna State Opera (Fricka, Waltraute, Brangäne, Kundry, Ortrud, Sieglinde in Tokyo, Isolde, Brünnhilde), De Vlaamse Opera Antwerp (Brangäne), Grand Théâtre de Genève (Amneris, Kundry, Judith, Ortrud, Brünnhilde), Zurich Opera House (Sieglinde, Ortrud), Teatro San Carlo, Naples (Sieglinde), Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome (Venus), Teatro La Fenice Venice (Sieglinde), La Scala Milan (Venus), Oviedo (Brangäne), Teatro de la Maestranza Seville (Sieglinde), Budapest (Ortrud, Kundry, Brünnhilde), Opera Nationala Bucharest (Ortrud), Tokyo (Kundry, Ortrud), Teatro Municipal di Santiago de Chile (Brangäne), San Diego Opera (Venus), Baltimore Opera (Venus), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Brangäne), San Francisco Opera (Venus, Ortrud).

She sang her first Brünnhilde in concerts in 2012/13:  DIE WALKÜRE and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG in Berlin and Bucurest with RSO-Berlin under Marek Janowski and in Bamberg and Luzern with the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott, SIEGFRIED under Gabriel Feltz in Stuttgart and Dortmund. At the Opéra National de Paris she sang Brünnhilde in Günter Krämers production of GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG  under Philippe Jordan. She appeared in Dieter Dorns Ring-Cycle in Geneva and sang Brünnhilde in SIEGFRIED under Adam Fischer in Budapest, WALKÜRE and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG under Simone Young and Kirill Petrenko in Munich. She sang Brünnhilde in Vienna under Peter Schneider in 2017.

Petra Lang sang  Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 under the baton of Christian Thielemann, appeared as Isolde in Vienna under Mikko Franck an in Munich under Simone Young.

At the Bayreuth Festival Petra Lang has sung Brangäne in TRISTAN UND ISOLDE (2005/2006), and appeared as Ortrud in LOHENGRIN by Hans Neuenfels in 2011/13-15. In addition to her successes on the opera stage, she is an internationally sought-after concert singer who is known mainly for her sensitive interpretation of the works of Gustav Mahler. On the concert podium Petra Lang also sings Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder,  Berlioz’s Les nuits  d ‘été, Berg’s Seven Early songs and the Wozzeck Fragments, Schoenberg’s Songs Op.8 and the Wood Dove in Gurrelieder, Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck songs, Sibelius, Duparc, Lalo, Strauss orchestral songs, in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and the Missa Solemnis.She performs worldwide with all the major orchestras under the direction, amongst others, of Claudio Abbado, Alain Altinoglu, Pierre Boulez, Christian Badea, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, M. W. Chung, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Ivan Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leif Segerstam, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann, Silvio Varviso, Simone Young.

Also Petra Lang has a successful career as a Lieder singer.  She sings a comprehensive repertoire of Lieder from Franz Schubert to Anton Webern, and works with the pianists Adrian Baianu, Malcolm Martineau, Carmen Piazzini, Maurizio Pollini, Wolfram Rieger, Charles Spencer, and Einar Steen-Noekleberg. Their song recitals have been performed at, amongst others, Wigmore Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Schubertiade (Feldkirch), Semper Opera House (Dresden), La Scala (Milan), Carnegie-Weill Hall (New York), Salle Pleyel (Paris) and at the Edinburgh Festival.

Future projects include  Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival, Tokyo, Athens and Madrid, Brünnhilde in Bayreuth, Marseille and in Dresden under the baton of Christian Thielemann,  Wagner-Galas in Quebec and Osaka, a Recital at the Richard-Strauss-Festival Gamisch-Partenkirchen and a Masterclass in Quebec.

Petra Lang is in addition a singing advisor. During and after her violin studies she worked from 1983 to 1989 as teacher of violin, viola, early musical education and musical training at the Gross-Gerau Music School, and at the Municipal Music School in Rüsselsheim, Germany. With this in-depth educational experience, it is Petra Lang’s concern to give young colleagues professional suggestions and advice for singing in larger rooms. This way of singing she drew up with the pianist and vocal coach Adrian Baianu, it is based on old Italian vocal techniques and has been transferred to the German vocal repertoire.

She gave master classes for the Mahler Society of London (2006), at the Cologne Musikhochschule (2007), in Münster (2007), and together with Adrian Baianu in Münster (2008) , London (2009, 2012) and at the Bayreuth Festival 2013, at the SGMF (2014/15) and Köln (Opera Studio).

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Bartók HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG Judith
Berlioz LE TROYENS Cassandre
Wagner DIE WALKÜRE Sieglinde, Brünnhilde
  SIEGFRIED Brünnhilde
  GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Brünnhilde
  LOHENGRIN Ortrud
  PARSIFAL Kundry
  TANNHÄUSER Venus
  TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Isolde
Béla Bartók HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG, Judith
Alban Berg 7 frühe Lieder
  Wozzeck-Fragmente
Hector Berlioz Les Nuits d’Ete, Op. 7
Henri Duparc Orchester – Lieder
Alma Mahler Orchester-Lieder
Gustav Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  Das Lied von der Erde
  Rückert-Lieder
  Sinfonie Nr. 2 in c-Moll
  Sinfonie Nr. 3 in d-Moll
  Sinfonie Nr. 8 in Es-Dur (Sinfonie der Tausend), 1. Alt
Maurice Ravel Shéhèrazade
Arnold Schönberg 6 Lieder op. 8
  Gurre-Lieder, Tove, Waldtaube
Jean Sibelius Orchesterlieder
Richard Strauss Vier letzten Lieder
  Orchesterlieder
Richard Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder
Alexander von Zemlinsky 6 Gesänge op. 13
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Caterina Maier

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Vita

Caterina Maier absolvierte ihr Gesangsstudium bei Mechthild Georg an der Musikhochschule in Köln sowie bei Ulrike Fuhrmann an der Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar (Thüringer Opernstudio). Meisterkurse besuchte sie bei Brigitte Fassbaender, Ingeborg Hallstein, Edda Moser und Mario Hoff.

Schon während ihres Studiums gastierte Caterina Maier u.a. als Antonia, Olympia, Giulietta (HOFFMANNS ERZÄHLUNGEN) in der Opernwerkstatt am Rhein, als Rosalia (DOKTOR UND APOTHEKER) an der Musikakademie Schloss Rheinsberg, als Marie (ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN) bei den Opernfestspiele München / Fürstenfeldbruck, als Flaminia (IL MONDO DELLA LUNA) am Theater Aachen, als Mädchen (AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY) an der Oper Köln, als Tau-/Sandmännchen (HÄNSEL UND GRETEL), Kate (KISS ME KATE) und Drusilla (L´INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA) am Theater Erfurt sowie als Diane (IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE) und 2. Nichte (PETER GRIMES) am TPT Theater und Philharmonie Thüringen. 2012 war Caterina Maier Stipendiatin des Internationalen Richard-Wagner-Verbandes.

Zwischen 2015 und 2018 war Caterina Maier Ensemblemitglied am Deutschen Nationaltheater Weimar und sang dort u.a. Partien wie Jutta in Ludger Vollmers LOLA RENNT, 1. Dame in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Gerda in Georg Alexander Albrechts DIE SCHNEEKÖNIGIN, Ännchen in DER FREISCHÜTZ, Elvira in L´ITALIANA IN ALGERI, Marzelline in FIDELIO, Susanna in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Oscar in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA oder Eliza Doolittle in MY FAIR LADY.

Darüber hinaus gehören Partien wie Sophie (DER ROSENKAVALIER), Musette (LA BOHÈME), Gretel (HÄNSEL UND GRETEL), Klärchen (IM WEIßEN RÖSSL) oder Julia de Weert (VETTER AUS DINGSDA) zu ihrem Repertoire.

In der Spielzeit 2019/2020 übernimmt Caterina Maier die Partie der Eliza Doolittle in einer Neuproduktion MY FAIR LADY am Landestheater Detmold.

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Albrecht DIE SCHNEEKÖNIGIN Gerda
Beethoven FIDELIO Marzelline
Benatzky IM WEISSEN RÖSSEL Klärchen
Berg LULU Lulu
Böhmer JEDERMANN Liebste
Britten PETER GRIMES Nichte
Conti PENELOPE Penelope
Dittersdorf DOKTOR UND APOTHEKER Rosalie
Haydn IL MONDO DELLA LUNA Flaminia
Humperdinck HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Gretel
Künneke DER VETTER AUS DINGSDA Julia de Veert
Loewe MY FAIR LADY Eliza Doolittle
Lortzing ZAR UND ZIMMERMANN Marie
Monteverdi L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA Drusilla/ Fortuna
Mozart DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Erste Dame
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Susanna
Offenbach LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN Olympia
Pepusch THE BEGGAR’S OPERA Lucy Lockit
Porter KISS ME KATE Lilli Vanessi / Katharine Minola
Puccini LA BOHÈME Musetta
Rossini L´ITALIANA IN ALGERI Elvira
Schwemmer DIE SCHATZINSEL Scarlet
Spoliansky WIE WERDE ICH REICH Marie
Strauss DER ROSENKAVALIER Sophie
Verdi UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Oscar
Vollmer LOLA RENNT Jutta
Weber DER FREISCHÜTZ Ännchen
Wolf-Ferrari IL CAMIELLO Gasparina
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Silvia Moi

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After studying at the Norwegian College of Music in Oslo, the University College of Opera in Stockholm and at the Royal College of Music in London, the Norwegian soprano Silvia Moi took the role of Katie in KASTRATER at the Stockholm opera house in 2004. In the spring of 2006 she guested as Susanna (THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO) at the opera house in Malmö and gave Papagena in Kenneth Branagh’s film THE MAGIC FLUTE under the direction of James Conlon. She was awarded the Joel Berglund Bursary from the Swedish Royal Academy for her interpretation of Papagena.

As a member of the ensemble with Den Norske Opera in Oslo she has played a number of roles including Oscar (UN BALLO IN MASCHERA), Nannetta (FALSTAFF), Tebaldo (DON CARLOS), Servilla (LA CLEMENZA DI TITO), Susanna (THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO), Adele (DIE FLEDERMAUS), Papagena (THE MAGIC FLUTE), Norina (DON PASQUALE), Echo (ARIADNE AUF NAXOS), Lucia (THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA), Frasquita (CARMEN) and First Niece (PETER GRIMES).

Guest engagements have taken Silvia Moi to many venues in many roles, including Salzburg, London and Italy (Servilia/LA CLEMENZA DI TITO; Ninetta/LA FINTA SEMPLICE and Susanna/LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Peer Gynt Festival in Vinstra/Norway (Solveig/PEER GYNT), Kungliga Operan in Stockholm (Nanetta/FALSTAFF; Adele/DIE FLEDERMAUS), Komische Oper Berlin (Adele/DIE FLEDERMAUS), Savonlinna Music Festival (1. Nichte/PETER GRIMES), Opera Trøndelag (Pamina/DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), as Susanna (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO) to the Opera North in Leeds, as Zerlina (DON GIOVANNI) to the Nederlandse Reisopera and as La statue animée in Rameau´s PIGMALION to the Drottningholms Slottsteater in Sweden.

Silvia Moi is much in demand as a concert singer and has worked in Sweden with the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra under Alan Gilbert and with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, in Norway with the symphony orchestras of Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim and Kristiansand. Concert tours have taken the artist to Germany, the Czech Republic and South Africa.

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Bizet CARMEN Frasquita
Britten THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA Lucia
Donizetti DON PASQUALE Norina
Maros KASTRATER Katie
Mozart COSÌ FAN TUTTE Despina
  DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Papagena
  LA CLEMENZA DI TITO Servilia
  LA FINTA SEMPLICE Ninetta
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Susanna
  ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Echo
  ELEKTRA 5. Magd
Strauß DIE FLEDERMAUS Adele
Verdi DON CARLOS Tebaldo / Thibault
  FALSTAFF Nanetta
  MACBETH Dama di Lady Macbeth
  UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Oscar

 

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Theresa Pilsl

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Theresa Pilsl erhielt den ersten Klavierunterricht bereits im Alter von 7 Jahren. 2005 begann sie die Gesangsausbildung in ihrer Heimatstadt Passau bei Miyase Kaptan. Opernerfahrung sammelte die Sopranistin bereits während der Schulzeit am Landestheater Niederbayern u.a. als Barbarina in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO. Von 2011-2016 absolvierte sie den Bachelor Gesang/Musiktheater an der Universität der Künste Berlin, zunächst in der Klasse von Julie Kaufmann. Derzeit studiert Theresa Pilsl im Master Gesang bei Anna Korondi an der Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin. Wichtige musikalische Impulse erhielt sie darüber hinaus von Eric Schneider und Wolfram Rieger, sowie in Meisterkursen bei Klesie Kelly, Gerd Ücker und Thomas Hampson.

Theresa Pilsl erhielt zahlreiche Preise und Stipendien. Darunter den Bundespreis bei Jugend musiziert und den Jugendmusikförderpreis der Stadt Passau. 2014 erreichte die junge Sopranistin den ersten Preis des Bundeswettbewerbs Gesang Junior. Beim 9. Internationalen Wettbewerb für Barockoper – Pietro Antonio Cesti im August 2018 wurde sie mit dem begehrten Publikumspreis und dem Sonderpreis des Wiener Konzerthauses ausgezeichnet. Wenige Monate später erzielte sie beim Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin in der Hauptkategorie den Sonderpreis der Walter Kaminsky-Stiftung.

Im Dezember 2017 führte sie eine Konzertreise als Solistin mit Bachs MAGNIFICAT und Saint-Saëns ORATORIO DE NOEL unter Kent Nagano nach Montreal mit dem dortigen Symphonieorchester. Konzertengagements der Saison 2018/2019 umfassten einen Schubert-Abend im Pierre Boulezsaal sowie Haydns Schöpfung mit der Akademie für alte Musik Berlin in Niederalteich. Außerdem war Theresa Pilsl erneut mit der Kammeroper München in der Operette Charleys Tante auf Gastspielen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz.

Theresa Pilsl ist Alumna der Liedakademie des Kammermusikfestivals Heidelberger Frühling und der Internationalen Meistersingerakademie Neumarkt. Auch in diesem Jahr wird sie in Rahmen der Liedakademie dort zu erleben sein. Seit April 2018 ist sie außerdem Stipendiatin des Yenudi Menuhin Live Musik Now e.V. Berlin.

Parallel zum Gesang studiert die junge Sopranistin Humanmedizin an der Charité Universitätsmedizin-Berlin und ist Stipendiatin der Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung.

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Barbara Senator

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Born in Leipzig Barbara Senator is actually developing to one of the more interesting full lyric Soprano voices (direction lyric-dramatic) especially for the Romantic repertory. So she already had great success with the roles of the Goose Girl in E. Humperdincks KÖNIGSKINDER or as Fox in L. Janaceks THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN at Semperoper Dresden.

Following postings as a member of the Young Ensembles at the Bayerischen Staatsoper and a member of the Staatsoper Hannover, she was a member of the permanent ensemble at the Semperoper Dresden between 2010 and 2016 where she debuted as Rosina, Komponist, Donna Elvira, Contessa Almaviva and Pamina

Lauded for her beautiful tone, a high musicality and lovely legato culture she currently continues her studies with KS Irmgard Boas and is working as free-lanced artist since season 2016/17.

She has given guest performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (LES TROYENS), in der Royal Albert Hall, at the Dutch National Opera (RING DES NIBELUNGEN), at the Glyndebourne Festival (COSI FAN TUTTE, RUSALKA), at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, at the Wiener Festwochen (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), at the Bayerischen Staatsoper in Munich (DIDO AND AENEAS), at the Theater Basel (COSÍ FAN TUTTE) and at the Theater Erfurt (Donna Elvira/DON GIOVANNI).

Recent engagements include DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN at the Opera Vlaanderen (DES KNABEN WUNDERHORN), Mendelssohn LOBGESANG with the Robert-Schumann-Philharmonie in Chemnitz, Contessa d´Almaviva/LE NOZZE DI FIGARO und Sylva Varescu/DIE CSÁRDÁSFÜRSTIN at the Staatsoperette Dresden, Pamina/DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Semperoper in Dresden and Ortlinde/DIE WALKÜRE at the Staatstheater Kassel.

Barbara Senator has sung under the baton of many wellknown conductors such as:

Sir Antonio Pappano / Sir Charles Mackerras / Jiri Belohlavek / Ivor Bolten / Zubin Mehta / Daniel Barenboim / Adam Fischer / Jun Märkl / Fabio Luisi / Cornelius Meister / Martin Haselböck / Daniel Harding / Lothar Zagrosek / Ennoch zu Guttenberg / James Gaffigan / Stefan Soltesz / Alessandro de Marchi / Riccardo Frizza / Vladimir Jurowski / Hartmut Hänchen.

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Benatzky IM WEISSEN RÖSSL Ottili
Harbison THE GREAT GATSBY Daisy Buchanan
Haydn L’ISOLA DISABITATA Costanza
Humperdinck KÖNIGSKINDER Gänsemagd
Janacek DAS SCHLAUE FÜCHSLEIN Fuchs Goldrücken
Kálmán
DIE CSÁRDÁSFÜRSTIN Sylvia Varescu
Lehár DIE LUSTIGE WITWE Hanna Glawari
Mozart DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Pamina
  DON GIOVANNI Donna Elvira
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Contessa
Purcell DIDO UND AENEAS Dido
Strauss ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Der Komponist
Vivaldi JUDITHA TRIUMFANS Vagaus
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD Wellgunde
  DIE WALKÜRE Ortlinde
  GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Wellgunde
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Kim-Lillian Strebel

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British/Swiss soprano Kim-Lillian Strebel has received rapturous critical acclaim following a number of high-profile debuts. These include Pamina in Barrie Koksy’s production of DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE for Cincinnati Opera – marking her US operatic debut – and Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique, CENDRILLON for Theater Freiburg, and Lauretta in Calixto Bieito’s new production of GIANNI SCHICCHI at the Komische Oper Berlin.

Future engagements are a RUSALKA at the Cincinnati Opera, Pamina in Mozart´s THE MAGIC FLUTE on tour with the Komische Oper Berlin in Macao, Taiwan and Chile and Lydia Pawloska in Weinberger´s SPRING STORMS at the Komische Oper in Berlin.

Recently opera engagements include her Italian debut singing Sirene/Una Donna in Handel’s RINALDO at the 44th Festival della Valle D’Itria under Maestro Fabio Luisi as well as singing in a Gala Concert there with him. She returned to sing Pamina in DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and on Tour with the Komische Oper Berlin (Barrie Kosky’s production) in Australia/New Zealand and South Korea. She sang Canteloube´s, SONGS OF THE AUVERGNE with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Donald Runnicles and Mozart´s REQUIEM in London.

Furthermore her repertoire include the roles of Micaëla (CARMEN), Fiordiligi (COSÌ FAN TUTTE), 1st Lady (DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE), Adelia (ADELIA), Adina (L´ELISIR D´AMORE), Musetta (LA BOHÈME), Euridice (ORFEO ED EURIDICE), Angelica (ORLANDO), Gretel (HÄNSEL AND GRETEL), Orazia (INDIAN QUEEN), Garsenda (FRANCESCA DA RIMINI), Safiye (CRUSADES), Isaure (JERUSALEM) and Astaroth (KÖNIGIN VON SABA).

Recent concert performances, include concerts with the Atlanta Symphony, her BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra debut in Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, as well as joining the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under Peter Kennel as Solveig in Peer Gynt and the Kammerorchester Basel for Mozart’s Requiem under Giovanni Antonini. Also she sang concerts with the Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg,with La Orquesta Sinfonica Y Coro RTVE, and with the Macedonian Philharmonic.

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Bizet CARMEN Micaëla
Britten PETER GRIMES Zweite Nichte
Donizetti ADELIA Adelia
  L’ELISIR D’AMORE Adina
Flotow MARTHA Martha
Gluck ORFEO ED EURIDICE Euridice
Goldmark DIE KÖNIGIN VON SABA Astaroth
Händel
ORLANDO Angelica
  RINALDO Armida, Uno Spirito
Humperdinck HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Gretel
Massenet CENDRILLON Cendrillon
Mozart COSÌ FAN TUTTE Fiordiligi
  DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Pamina, Erste Dame, Papagena
Prokofjew DIE LIEBE ZU DEN 3 ORANGEN Nicoletta
Puccini GIANNI SCHICCHI Lauretta
  LA BOHÈME Musetta
Purcell THE INDIAN QUEEN Orazia
Ravel L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES La Princesse
Verdi JERUSALEM Isaure
  RIGOLETTO Dien Gräfin von Ceprano
Vollmer CRUSADES Safiye
Wagner PARSIFAL Blumenmädchen
  TANNHÄUSER Ein junger Hirt
Zandonai FRANCESCA DA RIMINI Garsenda
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Martina Welschenbach

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Martina Welschenbach was born in Stuttgart and received her musical training at the College of Music in Stuttgart and at the Guildhall School of Music, as well as completing the Opera Course at the Royal College of Music in London.

She became a member of the Opernhaus in Zurich where she made her debut in various roles: as Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL, Ramiro in LA FINTA GIARDINIERA and Feodor in BORIS GODUNOV. She also sang parts like Tebaldo in DON CARLO, Paggio in RIGOLETTO, the Fisherwoman in PETER GRIMES, Curra in LA FORZA DEL DESTINO, Annina and Flora in LA TRAVIATA, 2nd lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE, the innkeeper’s daughter in KÖNIGSKINDER, Zulma in L´ITALIANA IN ALGIERI, Samaritana in FRANCESCA DA RIMINI and Anna in INTERMEZZO.

After changing to the soprano fach, Martina Welschenbach was an ensemble member at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin from 2008 to 2014. She has sung Musetta in LA BOHÈME, Gretel in HANSEL AND GRETEL, Oscar in UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, Aennchen in THE MARKSMAN, Echo in ARIADNE ON NAXOS and Clorinda in LA CENERENTOLA, Susanna in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO, Zerlina in DON GIOVANNI, Micaëla in CARMEN, Paminain THE MAGIC FLUTE, Woglinde in DAS RHEINGOLD and GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Karolka in JENUFA, Solveig in PEER GYNT, Liu in TURANDOT, the title role in Janáček’s THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN and played Eva in DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG.

As of the 2014/2015 season she is still involved with the company via a residency contract and is portrays roles like Liu (TURANDOT), Fiordiligi (COSI FAN TUTTE), Irene (RIENZI), Mimi (LA BOHÈME), Europa (THE LOVE OF DANAE), Senta (THE FLYING DUTCHMAN) or Helmwiege (THE VALKYRIE).

She has made guest appearances at the Opéra national de Paris ( Regina / MATHIS DER MALER), with the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchestra in Vienna (as Thekla in Wallenstein´s JAROMIR WEINBERGER), with Debussys “La Damoiselle élue” under the baton of Maestro Donald Runnicles and the Berliner Philharmonikern, as Lulu at the Wuppertaler Bühnen, as Senta (DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER) at the Daegu International Opera and as Senta at the Opéra de Rennes and Angers Nantes Opéra.

Highlights of the 2019/2020 season include Marschallin (DER ROSENKAVALIER) and Leonore (FIDELIO) at the Oper Bonn and Senta at the Deutsche Oper Berlin again.

Martina Welschenbach has worked with such famous opera directors as Claus Michael Gruber, Jens-Daniel Herzog, Martin Kuschej, Carlo Lievi, Christof Loy, Giancarlo del Monaco and David Pountney, and with conductors like Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Cornelius Meister, Ingo Metzmacher, Carlo Rizzi, Donald Runnicles, Nello Santi, Peter Schneider and Franz Welser-Möst.

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Bizet CARMEN Micaëla
Berg LULU Lulu
Hindemith MATHIS DER MALER Regina
Janacek DAS SCHLAUE FÜCHSLEIN Füchslein Schlaukopf
Mozart DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Pamina
  DON GIOVANNI Zerlina
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Susanna
Puccini LA BOHÈME Mimi, Musetta
  TURANDOT Liu
Rossini LA CENERENTOLA Clorinda
Strauss ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Echo
  DIE LIEBE DER DANAE Europa
  INTERMEZZO Anna
Verdi UN BALLO IN MASCHERA Oscar
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD Freia, Woglinde
  DIE WALKÜRE Ortlinde
  GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Woglinde
  RIENZI Irene
  TANNHÄUSER Ein junger Hirt
  DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG Eva
Weber DER FREISCHÜTZ Ännchen
Weinberger WALLENSTEIN Thekla
Bach, J. S. Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51
  Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht BWV 211, (Kaffeekantate)
  Weihnachts-Oratorium BWV 248
Britten A Ceremony of Carols op. 28
Fauré Requiem
Grieg Peer-Gynt-Suite
Mahler Sinfonie Nr. 4 in G-Dur
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Elias op. 70
Mozart Exsultate, jubilate, KV 165
  Krönungsmesse in C-Dur, KV 317
  Requiem in d-Moll. KV 626
  Vesperae solennes de Confessore, KV 339
Orff Carmina Burana
Suter Le Laudi di San Francesco d’Assisi op. 25
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Heike Wessels

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The german mezzosoprano Heike Wessels studied at the Folkwang-Hochschule Essen and at the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg. She completed her studies by attending master classes with KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Hampson and Dame Gwyneth Jones.

Following initial engagements at the Wuppertaler Bühnen and at the Staatstheater in Braunschweig, Heike Wessels joined the Nationaltheater Mannheim (NTM) as an ensemble member between 2008/09 season and 2017/2018 season – initially as a mezzo-soprano singing roles such as Magdalene, Ulrica, Maddalena, Gertrud, Fricka, Waltraute, Brangäne, Dalila, Ortrud and Eboli and other key roles of the dramatic mezzo fach. Heike Wessels gave her first Kundry in 2013 in the renowned staging of PARSIFAL in Mannheim.

After switching to the soprano fach, she guested as Sieglinde (THE VALKYRIE) and as Ortrud (LOHENGRIN) at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, while at the Nationaltheater Mannheim she gave her role debut as Santuzza in CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA and as Herodias in Strauss´ SALOME. She also gave Agaue in Henze’s THE BASSARIDS, Polina and Fata Morgana in Prokofiev’s THE GAMBLER and THE LOVE FOR THREE ORANGES respectively, Brünnhilde in Loriot’s RING AN EINEM ABEND, Amneris (AIDA), Ortrud (LOHENGRIN), Kundry (PARSIFAL), Sieglinde (THE VALKYRIE) and Leokadja Begbick in a new production of Kurt Weill’s RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY.

Guest engagements have taken her as Venus to the Graz Opera, as Prince Orlofsky to the Volksoper in Vienna, as Ortrud to Oper Frankfurt (conductor Sebastian Weigle), as both Ortrud and Sieglinde to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, as 3rd Maid in Strauss’s ELEKTRA to the Opéra Bastille (conductor Philippe Jordan), as Brünnhilde (THE VALKYRIE) to the Cluj International Festival, as Kundry in Wagner´s PARSIFAL to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin and – in a concert performance – to the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. She took over the solo in Gustav Mahler´s Symphony No. 3 in the 7th symphony concert given by the Orchester des Nationaltheater Mannheim in June 2019.

Heike Wessels has appeared as a concert soloist at various events and venues including the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Estonian Concert Hall in Tallinn, the Auditorio Principe Felipe Oviedo, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and the Berlin Philharmonie. She appeared to great acclaim in 2012 for the first time with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski in a concert performance of Zemlinsky’s FLORENTINE TRAGEDY broadcast live by the BBC.

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Mascagni CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Santuzza
Verdi AIDA Amneris
  DON CARLOS Eboli
Wagner DIE WALKÜRE Sieglinde, Brünnhilde
  LOHENGRIN Ortrud
  PARSIFAL Kundry
  TANNHÄUSER Venus
Wagner TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Brangäne
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Margarete Joswig

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Margarete Joswig, born in Mannheim, studied singing at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts with Gisela Pohl and Elsa Cavelti. She attended the Lieder class of Charles Spencer as well as the Opera School and concluded her studies in 1994 by gaining an Opera Diploma.
Master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender and Laura Sarti and work with Prof. Rudolf Piernay have rounded out her vocal education. The singer is currently working with Amsterdam singing teacher Margreet Honig.

Following periods as a member of the ensemble at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken and the Oper Stuttgart, Margarete Joswig has worked as a freelance artist since 2003. Guest engagements have taken her to such venues as Teatro San Carlo, Naples (DIE WALKÜRE), to Rome, to the Théatre de Chatelet in Paris (DAS LIED VON DER ERDE), to the Rheingau Festival (Verdi’s REQUIEM), to Kunstfest Weimar (Eisler’s DEUTSCHE SINFONIE), as Drummer in Victor Ullmann’s opera DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS to Teatro Massimo in Palermo.

Recent engagements include Countess (DER WILDSCHÜTZ) at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, First Norn (GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG) at the Odense Symfoniorkester, Waltraute (DIE WALKÜRE) to the Opéra National de Bordeaux and Hans Sommer´s songs “Sapphos Gesänge and Mignons Heimath” with the Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg-Gera.

Her early days in the lyrical mezzo fach led to such roles as Orfeo (ORFEO ED EURIDICE), Dorabella (COSÌ FAN TUTTE), Idamante (IDOMENEO), Rosina (THE BARBER OF SEVILLE), Angelina (LA CENERENTOLA), Prince Orlofsky (DIE FLEDERMAUS), Maddalena (RIGOLETTO), Fenena (NABUCCO), Olga (EUGENE ONEGIN), Isabella (L’ITALIANA IN ALGERI), Marzelline (THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO) and Magdalene (DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG). At the Oper Stuttgart she added such roles as Octavian, Martuccia (DIE GEZEICHNETEN), Ludmilla (THE BARTERED BRIDE) and Flosshilde (DAS RHEINGOLD) and currently at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden she is playing the parts of Gertrud (HANSEL AND GRETEL), Fricka (DAS RHEINGOLD and DIE WALKÜRE), Waltraute and First Norn (GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG), Virgie (ANNA NICOLE) and Brangäne (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE).

The artist is also much in demand as a Lieder singer and concert soloist; her repertoire encompasses works from the Baroque to modern times. She appeared in the premiere of the opera BENEDETTO MARCELLO by Joachim Raff during the 2002 Autumn Music Festival in Bad Urach, where in the autumn of 2003 she sang the part of Sigilgaita in the premiere of Siegfried Wagner’s opera RAINULF AND ADELASIA, also released on CD.

She has worked with such conductors and directors as Lothar Zagrosek, Sylvain Cambreling, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Andrea Breth, Martin Kusej and Heinz Kresnik.

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Berg WOZZECK Margret
Humperdinck HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Mutter
Mozart DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE 2. Dame, 3. Dame
  LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Marcellina
Offenbach LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN La Mère d´Antonia
Strauss
ARIADNE AUF NAXOS Dryade
  DER ROSENKAVALIER Octavian
Strauß
DIE FLEDERMAUS Prinz Orlofsky
Tschaikowski EUGEN ONEGIN Olga
Ullmann DER KAISER VON ATLANTIS Der Trommler
  NABUCCO Fenena
  RIGOLETTO Maddalena
Wagner DAS RHEINGOLD Fricka, Flosshilde
  DIE WALKÜRE Fricka, Schwertleite, Waltraute
  GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG 1. Norn, Waltraute
  DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG Magdalena
  PARSIFAL 2. Knappe, Blumenmädchen, Stimme aus der Höhe
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Diane Pilcher

Vita

Diane Pilcher was born in southern California. She took singing lessons at California State University in Fullerton and graduated with distinction. She attained a Bachelor of Music and a Masters degree in singing. She has lived in Germany since 1982 and takes on singing engagements mainly in Europe.

She made her debut as Annina at the 2005 Salzburg Festival in Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA singing alongside Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon; she has also guested in this role at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam.

Ms Pilcher has made many appearances at various venues including as Grandmother Buryjovka (JENUFA) at the Bayerischen Staatsoper in Munich, at the Opéra de Lille and at the Oper Leipzig, Annina (LA TRAVIATA) at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and Opéra National de Lyon, and as Zita (GIANNNI SCHICCHI) and Dame Quickly (FALSTAFF) at the Wuppertaler Bühnen, Det Kongelige Teater Copenhagen and at the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden.

Guest engagements have taken the singer to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego, the Theater Aachen, the Theater Trier, the Komische Oper and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Deutschen Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf, the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken, the Nationaltheater in Mannheim, the Staatsoper in Stuttgart, Hamburg and Hanover, the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, and the opera houses in Frankfurt, Wuppertal, Darmstadt, Zurich, Brussels, Graz and Oslo.

Diane Pilcher’s repertoire includes roles like Florence Pike (ALBERT HERRING), The Electress (THE PRINCE OF HOMBURG – Henze), Witch and Mother (HANSEL AND GRETEL), Grandmother Buryjovka (JENUFA), Kabanicha(KATYA KABANOVA), Brigitta (DIE TOTE STADT), Lucia (CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA), Filipyevna (EUGENE ONEGIN), Dame Quickly (FALSTAFF), Zita (GIANNNI SCHICCHI), Annina (LA TRAVIATA), Old Lady (CANDIDE), Herodias(SALOME), Mary (THE FLYING DUTCHMAN) and Countess (THE QUEEN OF SPADES).

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Repertoire

Bernstein CANDIDE Old Lady
Boito MEFISTOFELE Martha
Britten ALBERT HERRING Florence Pike
  PETER GRIMES Auntie
Henze DER PRINZ VON HOMBURG Die Kurfürstin
Humperdinck HÄNSEL UND GRETEL Mutter
Janacek JENUFA alte Burya
  KATJA KABANOWA Kabanicha
  DIE TOTE STADT Brigitta
Mascagni CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA Lucia
Mozart DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE Dritte Dame
Offenbach HOFFMANNS ERZÄHLUNGEN La Mère d´Antonia
Puccini GIANNI SCHICCHI Zita
Tschaikowski EUGEN ONEGIN Filipjewna
Verdi FALSTAFF Mrs. Quickly
  LA TRAVIATA Annina
Wagner DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER Mary
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