30. August 2019


I have always considered myself a „singing actress“ and have sought the challenge of bringing both forms, acting and singing, ever closer together. On my journey from Cherubino to Isolde, I sang Carmen, Fricka, Sieglinde, Kundry , Bartók’s Judit  and especially Kostelnička in „Jenufa“ and Herodias in Salome at wonderful opera houses and worked with great conductors and directors. I have also had the honor of recording some works that are most dear to me: Wagner’s Isolde, Mahler’s Song of the Earth, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and a collection of Richard Strauss Songs.

My most formative artistic encounters were as Kostelnička in Jenufa under Kirill Petrenko, as the Foreign Princess in Rusalka under Ivan Fischer, as Bartók’s Judit under Vladimir Jurowsky, as Kundry under Adam Fischer, The woman over 60 in The Golden Dragon under its composer Peter Eötvös and in the roles during my delightful collaboration with Herbert Wernicke at the Theater Basel in the 90s. In 2018, after the last performance of „Kreidekreis“ at the Opera Lyon, I consciously took my final bow and bid farewell to grand opera.

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