Marlis Petersen © Yiorgos Mavropoulos
Marlis Petersen © Yiorgos Mavropoulos
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Marlis Petersen

Representation: Concerts | Recitals

BIOGRAPHY

The main focus of Marlis Petersen’s repertoire is the field of classical coloratura, however, she has also made a name for herself as an interpreter of contemporary music. After studying at the Music Academy Stuttgart and with Sylvia Geszty, she supplemented her training in the specialized areas of opera, new music and dance. She started her career as a member of the ensemble at Städtische Bühnen Nuremberg, where she sang roles such as Ännchen, Blonde, Adele, Rosina, Lulu and Queen of the Night. From 1998 to 2003, she was engaged at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Dusseldorf.

Marlis Petersen gave her debut at the Vienna State Opera with Lulu. She also sang this central role of her repertoire in Peter Konwitschny’s much admired staging in Hamburg, at the Chicago Lyric Opera and in a new production in Athens. Today, she is a regular guest at the most important opera houses worldwide, e.g. Opéra de Paris, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, State Operas of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Vienna, Theater an der Wien, Metropolitan Opera New York, Los Angeles Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and at the Festivals of Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence.

Important roles of her repertoire are e.g. Lulu, Violetta (Traviata), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Adele and Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Marguerite (Les Huguenots), Manon, Thaïs and Elettra (Idomeneo). Recently, she enjoyed sensational success in a new Lulu production at the Bavarian State Opera, which she repeated at the Metropolitan Opera New York as an extraordinary farewell from this role. Outstanding attention was also paid to her Traviata in the Peter Konwitschny production in Graz and Vienna as well as her debut in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda at the Theater an der Wien, highly acclaimed both by the press and the public. Marlis Petersen participated in important world premieres such as Werner Henze’s Phaedra in Berlin and Brussels, Manfred Trojahn’s La grande magia at Semperoper Dresden and Aribert Reimann’s Medea at the Vienna State Opera.

The 2018-2019 season started for Marlis Petersen with the title role in Handel's Alcina at the Theater an der Wien. She returned to the Semperoper Dresden as Merry Widow, before she went on to give her successful role debut as Richard Strauss' Salome at the Bavarian State Opera under the baton of Kirill Petrenko, followed by a new production of Korngold's Die tote Stadt again with Kirill Petrenko and directed by Simon Stone. In January 2020 she returned to the Theater an der Wien for a new production of Richard Strauss’ Salome. Marlis Petersen starts the 2020-2021 season with a new production of Korngold's Die Tote Stadt at La Monnaie in Brussels. Another highlight will be her role debut as Marschallin in Richard Strauss's new production Rosenkavalier at the Bavarian State Opera.

On the concert stage, the soprano has already worked with the greatest conductors worldwide such as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Christoph Eschenbach, Antonio Pappano, Kirill Petrenko, Jeffrey Tate, Daniel Harding, Ingo Metzmacher, Thomas Hengelbrock, Louis Langrée amongst others. Passionate also for historical performance practice, she has a close relationship to specialists such as René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Trevor Pinnock and Helmuth Rilling.

Marlis Petersen has worked with orchestras such as the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the RAI Orchestra Turin, the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, the Academy of Early Music and the Ensemble Modern Frankfurt.

In addition to the major opera roles that are scheduled in the coming months, Marlis Petersen is more and more committed to the concert and Lied repertoire. She presented the recital programme Dimensions World with Stephan Matthias Lademann at the piano in Stuttgart, at the Wiener Musikverein and at London's Wigmore Hall. The follow-up program Anderswelt was presented together with Camillo Radicke at the piano during the Munich Opera Festival, at the Frankischer Sommer, in Eisenstadt, Berlin and at London's Wigmore Hall. Marlis Petersen will present the third edition of her Dimension-programme calles “Innerworld” together with Matthias Lademann at the Vienna Konzerthaus, in Vevey, Passau, at the Philharmonie in Paris, at the Liedfestival Zeist, at the Festival Fränkischer Sommer at the Frankfurter Oper and at the Philharmonie in Cologne.

In the 2019-2020 season Marlis Petersen had the great honour to be featured as Artist in Residence at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2013, Marlis Petersen received the very first Austrian Music Theatre Award for her interpretation of the three female main roles in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Theater an der Wien and was awarded “Singer of the year” for the fourth time by Opernwelt magazine in 2020.

2020 | 2021

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DISCOGRAPHY

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Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore
Marlis Petersen, Maximilian Schmitt, Dimitry Ivashschenko, Robin Johannsen, Johannes Weisser, Tareq Nazmi, Johannes Chum, Florian Feth, Julian Popken, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Freiburger Barockorchester
Conductor: René Jacobs
Label: Harmonia Mundi | 2019

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Dimensionen – Innenwelt
Works by Richard Strauss, Hugo Wolf, Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Max Reger, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner u. a.
Piano: Stephan Matthias Lademann | Violin: Gregor Hübner
Label: Solo Musica | 2019

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Dimensionen – Anderswelt
Works by Carl Loewe, Johannes Brahms, Max Reger, Nikolai Medtner, Hugo Wolf, Alexander Zemlinsky, Franz Schreker, Hans Sommer et al.
Piano: Camillo Radicke
Label: Solo Musica | 2018

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Dimensionen – Welt
Works by Robert Schumann, Franz Schubert, Hans Sommer, Johannes Brahms, Sigurd von Koch, Richard Wagner, Clara Schumann
Piano: Stephan Matthias Lademann
Label: Solo Musica | 2017
 

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VIDEOS

CALENDAR

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt

Roberto Saccá, Paul
Marlis Petersen, Marietta / Die Erscheinung Mariens
Georg Nigl, Frank / Pierrot
Bernadetta Grabias, Brigitta
Maria Stasiak, Juliette
Elzbieta Wróblewska, Lucienne
Florian Hoffmann, Gaston / Victorin
Nikolay Borchev, Fritz
Mateusz Zajdel, Graf Albert

Lothar Koenigs, Conductor
Mariusz Trelinski, Regie
Boris Kudlicka, Bühne
Marek Adamski, Kostüme
Marc Heinz, Licht
Bartek Macias, Video
Tomasz Jan Wygoda, Choreographie
Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Dramaturgie
Alberto Moro, Chordirektor

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt

Roberto Saccá, Paul
Marlis Petersen, Marietta / Die Erscheinung Mariens
Georg Nigl, Frank / Pierrot
Bernadetta Grabias, Brigitta
Maria Stasiak, Juliette
Elzbieta Wróblewska, Lucienne
Florian Hoffmann, Gaston / Victorin
Nikolay Borchev, Fritz
Mateusz Zajdel, Graf Albert

Lothar Koenigs, Conductor
Mariusz Trelinski, Regie
Boris Kudlicka, Bühne
Marek Adamski, Kostüme
Marc Heinz, Licht
Bartek Macias, Video
Tomasz Jan Wygoda, Choreographie
Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Dramaturgie
Alberto Moro, Chordirektor

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt

Roberto Saccá, Paul
Marlis Petersen, Marietta / Die Erscheinung Mariens
Georg Nigl, Frank / Pierrot
Bernadetta Grabias, Brigitta
Maria Stasiak, Juliette
Elzbieta Wróblewska, Lucienne
Florian Hoffmann, Gaston / Victorin
Nikolay Borchev, Fritz
Mateusz Zajdel, Graf Albert

Lothar Koenigs, Conductor
Mariusz Trelinski, Regie
Boris Kudlicka, Bühne
Marek Adamski, Kostüme
Marc Heinz, Licht
Bartek Macias, Video
Tomasz Jan Wygoda, Choreographie
Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Dramaturgie
Alberto Moro, Chordirektor

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt

Roberto Saccá, Paul
Marlis Petersen, Marietta / Die Erscheinung Mariens
Georg Nigl, Frank / Pierrot
Bernadetta Grabias, Brigitta
Maria Stasiak, Juliette
Elzbieta Wróblewska, Lucienne
Florian Hoffmann, Gaston / Victorin
Nikolay Borchev, Fritz
Mateusz Zajdel, Graf Albert

Lothar Koenigs, Conductor
Mariusz Trelinski, Regie
Boris Kudlicka, Bühne
Marek Adamski, Kostüme
Marc Heinz, Licht
Bartek Macias, Video
Tomasz Jan Wygoda, Choreographie
Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Dramaturgie
Alberto Moro, Chordirektor

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die Tote Stadt

Roberto Saccá, Paul
Marlis Petersen, Marietta / Die Erscheinung Mariens
Georg Nigl, Frank / Pierrot
Bernadetta Grabias, Brigitta
Maria Stasiak, Juliette
Elzbieta Wróblewska, Lucienne
Florian Hoffmann, Gaston / Victorin
Nikolay Borchev, Fritz
Mateusz Zajdel, Graf Albert

Lothar Koenigs, Conductor
Mariusz Trelinski, Regie
Boris Kudlicka, Bühne
Marek Adamski, Kostüme
Marc Heinz, Licht
Bartek Macias, Video
Tomasz Jan Wygoda, Choreographie
Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Dramaturgie
Alberto Moro, Chordirektor

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS
 

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