Possessing a range of over three octaves, the repertoire of world-renowned American soprano Laura Aikin embraces works from the Baroque to the contemporary and makes her a most welcome artist the world’s great opera houses and concert halls. She began her career as a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (1992-98) under the artistic direction of Daniel Barenboim where she performed more than 300 times in major roles like Lulu, Königin der Nacht, Zerbinetta, Amenaide (Tancredi), Sophie, Adele as well as the title role in Zaide.
Laura Aikin is a regular guest at the leading opera houses worldwide such as the Vienna State Opera, La Scala Milano, Bavarian State Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Netherlands Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Semperoper Dresden, Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Opera Frankfurt, Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera and Metropolitan Opera New York.
In addition to her numerous concert appearances at the Salzburg Festival since 1995, the artist appeared among others as Königin der Nacht, in the world premiere of Henze's opera l’Upupa (Bad’iat), as Blondchen and Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) and was highly acclaimed by both audience and press for her interpretation of Marie in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten in 2012 and for Birtwistle‘s Gawain in 2013.
Being also a sought after concert singer, Laura Aikin performs with orchestras such as the Berlin, Munich and Vienna Philharmonic, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago and Vienna Symphonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the WDR, SWR and MDR Radio Symphony Orchestras as well as with the Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Arts Florissants, Concerto Köln and Concentus Musicus Wien.
She performed with leading conductors as Claudio Abbado, Alain Altinoglou, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Martin Brabbins, Sylvain Cambreling, William Christie, Christoph von Dohnányi, Iván Fischer, Mikko Franck, Daniele Gatti, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, René Jacobs, Fabio Luisi, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta, Cornelius Meister, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Helmuth Rilling, Donald Runnicles, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Michael Tilson Thomas and Franz Welser-Möst. An extraordinary experience was Beethoven´s Missa solemnis with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the festivals in Graz and Salzburg which has also been eternized on CD.
Operatic successes of the past years have included her first Giunia (Lucio Silla) at Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona, Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) at the Opéra de Montpellier, Lulu in Paris and at the Lyon Opera, La Scala and the Wiener Festwochen in the new Peter Stein production, Rossini’s Semiramide in Naples, Diana (Arbore di Diana) in Barcelona, Marguérite (Les Huguenots) in Strassburg and Marilyn Monroe in the première of De Raaff’s opera Waiting for Miss Monroe at Netherlands Opera. Further highlights include Strauss´ Aithra (Die ägyptische Helena) as well as Mozart´s Don Giovanni (Donna Anna) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Schoenberg´s Pierrot Lunaire at the Frankfurt Opera, Zimmermann´s Die Soldaten at La Scala, Morton Feldman´s opera Neither at the Berlin State Opera and at the Ruhrtriennale as well as Mozart´s Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Hamburg State Opera.
In December 2015 she was highly acclaimed by both audience and press for her interpretation of Emilia Marty in a new production of Janáček´s Vec Makropulos at the Vienna State Opera. An equally huge success was Henze´s Elegie für junge Liebende / Elegy for young lovers at the Theater an der Wien. Highlights of the 2017/18 season are Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) under the baton of Iván Fischer in Budapest, Edinburgh Festival and New York, Schoenberg´s Erwartung in Salzburg, the world première of Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo by Salvatore Sciarrino at Milan´s La Scala and the Berlin State Opera as well as Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the Vienna State Opera and performances of Feldman´s Neither in Munich and Cologne.
Recent highlights include amongst diverse concert projects Madame Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor) at Mozartwoche Salzburg as well as the role of Helena in Manfred Trojahn’s Orest at the Vienna State Opera. The 2020/2021 season will also see her return to the Vienna State Opera as Rosalinde in Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.
Her many acclaimed recordings include Beethoven's Christus am Ölberge with Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Schoenberg's Die Jakobsleiter with the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, Respighi's La campana sommersa (Montpellier Opera), DVDs of Lulu (Opernhaus Zurich), Henze´s l’Upupa and Die Entführung aus dem Serail (both from the Salzburg Festival) and Dialogues des Carmélites with Riccardo Muti (La Scala), a solo recording of Songs and Cycles by Rorem with pianist Donald Sulzen (Orfeo) as well as Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge and his Missa solemnis - both under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Sony Music). Most recently, a widely acclaimed recording of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Laura Aikin as Rosalinde appeared (Pentatone) – recorded with the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Lawrence Foster.
2020 | 2021
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Laura Aikin, Ingeborg Danz, Maximilian Schmitt, Tareq Nazmi
WDR Sinfonieorchester | WDR Rundfunkchor, NDR Chor
Conductor: Jukka-Pekka Saraste
Label: Profil – Edition Günter Hänssler | 2019
Johann Strauss Jr.: Die Fledermaus
Nikolai Schukoff, Laura Aikin, Jochen Schmeckenbecher, Elisabeth Kulman, Christian Elsner, Mathias Hausmann et al.
NDR Radiophilharmonie | WDR Rundfunkchor
Conductor: Lawrence Foster
Label: Pentatone | 2018
Ernst Krenek: Chamber Music and Songs Vol. 1
Laura Aikin, Bernarda Fink, Florian Boesch
The Ernst Krenek Ensemble
Piano: Anthony Spiri, Nina Tichman
Label: Toccata | 2018
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Laura Aikin, Michaela Selinger, Steve Davislim, José Antonio López
Orchester Wiener Akademie | Chorus Sine Nomine
Conductor: Martin Haselböck
Label: Alpha | 2017