Petra Lang

High­lights 2022/2023

BAYREUTHER FESTSPIELE (2022)

 

Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud

DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN

 

Richard Strauss: SALOME, Herodias

L’ORCHESTRA DELL’ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI SANTA CECILIA

 

Richard Strauss: ELEKTRA, Klytaimnestra (concert performance)

PALAU DE LES ARTS REINA SOFIA VALENCIA

 

Leoš Janáček: JENŮFA, Kostelnička Buryjovka

Copyright: Ann Weitz (Photographer)

Vita

Petra Lang is one of the most renowned Wagner singers of today. She sang Isolde in Bayreuth, Munich and Vienna and was Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycles at the Semper Opera Dresden under Christian Thielemann, at the Vienna State Opera under Peter Schneider and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève under Ingo Metzmacher. She interpreted Brünnhilde also in Bamberg, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Dortmund, Lucerne, Munich, Paris, Stuttgart and Tokyo.

 

Her legendary Ortrud earned worldwide recognition. Starting off as a lyric mezzo, she was quickly recognized for her interpretation of Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Cassandre (Les Troyens), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marie (Wozzeck) as well as her Wagner roles of Brangäne, Sieglinde, Venus, Kundry, Waltraute and Fricka.

 

Petra Lang sang at the major houses on both sides of the Atlantic and appeared at the festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz, Edinburgh and Bayreuth (Brangäne, Ortrud and Isolde). Her Cassandre on the live recording of Les Troyens under Sir Colin Davis and with the London Symphony Orchestra won her two Grammy Awards, a BRIT Award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik as well as the Orphées d’Or de L’Academie du Disque.

 

She has a special connection to the works of Gustav Mahler. She recorded his symphonies No. 2 and 3 under Riccardo Chailly with the Concertgebouw Orchestra for DECCA and in addition sings a vast concert repertoire reaching from Bach to modern.  In addition, she is a sensitive Lied singer. She gave recitals with Adrian Baianu, Malcom Martineau, Carmen Piazzini, Maurizio Pollini, Wolfram Rieger, Charles Spencer and Einar Steen-Noekleberg in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Brussels (La Monnaie), Dresden (Semperopera), Edinburgh, Geneva (Victoria Hall, Grand Théâtre), Gent, London (Wigmore Hall, St. Lukes), Milan (La Scala), Munich (Gasteig), New York (Carnegie Hall, Danny Kaye Hall, Rockefeller University), Tokyo and Paris (Châtelet, Louvre, Salle Pleyel).

 

Petra Lang was born in Frankfurt am Main. After graduating as a violinist, she studied voice with Gertie Charlent and Ingrid Bjoner. She also worked on her Wagner roles with Astrid Varnay and studied with the Italian tenor Angelo Loforese. She visited master classes of Judith Beckmann, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Hotter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Peter Schreier.

 

She gave masterclasses (voice) for the Mahler Society London (2006), at the Cologne University for Music (2007), in Münster (2007/2008) and London (2009, 2012). A masterclass for Wagner singing during the 2013 Bayreuth Festival as well as at the St. Goar Music Academy (2014/15), for the studio of the Cologne Opera and at Musikhochschule Mainz.

 

Future projects include Klytämnestra in Rome, Kostelnička in Valencia and her role debut as Herodias in Berlin.

 

2022-08-30
WEBSITEDISCOGRAPHY

Repertoire (Opera)

Bartók BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Judith
Berlioz LE TROYENS Cassandre
Humperdinck HANSEL UND GRETEL Witch, Gertrud
Janáček JENUFA Küsterin (Kostelnicka Buryjovka)
Strauss ARABELLA Eine Kartenaufschlägerin
  ELEKTRA Klytaimnestra
  SALOME Herodias
Strawinsky OEDIPUS REX Iokaste
Wagner THE RHINEGOLD  
  THE VALKYRIE Fricka, Sieglinde
  TWILIGHT OF THE GODS Waltraute
  LOHENGRIN Ortrud
  PARSIFAL Kundry
  TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Brangäne

Repertoire (Concert)

Béla Bartók Herzog Blaubarts Burg, Judith
Ludwig van Beethoven Missa solemnis in D-Dur op. 123
  Sinfonie Nr. 9 d-Moll op. 125
Hector Berlioz Les Nuits d’Ete, Op. 7
Henri Duparc Orchester – Lieder
Antonín Dvořák Stabat Mater, op. 5
Gustav Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
  Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  Kindertotenlieder
  Rückert-Lieder
  Sinfonie Nr. 2 in c-Moll
  Sinfonie Nr. 3 in d-Moll
  Sinfonie Nr. 8 in Es-Dur, 1. & 2. Alt
Arnold Schönberg Gurre-Lieder, Waldtaube
Jean Sibelius Orchesterlieder
Richard Strauss Orchesterlieder
Igor Strawinsky Oedipus Rex, Jokaste
Richard Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder
Alexander von Zemlinsky 6 Gesänge op. 13
Piano songs by Brahms, Dvorak, Mahler, Marx, Reger, Schönberg, Schumann, Schubert, Sibelius, Strauss, Wagner, Webern, Wolf, Zemlinsky

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