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, 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.

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.

The season 2018/2019 started with the title role of Handel’s Alcina at the Theater an der Wien. She further returns to the Semperoper Dresden as Merry Widow before giving her role debut as Richard Strauss’s Salome at the Bavarian State Opera in June 2019 under Kirill Petrenko. Furthermore, she can be heard in concerts with the Ghislieri Consort under the baton of Giulio Prandi in Eisenstadt and Berlin, in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis under Kirill Petrenko in Munich as well as with Mahler’s Fourth Symphony with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and Steven Sloane.

The upcoming 2019/2020 season will begin with the restaging of Richard Strauss' Salome at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, followed by a new production of Korngold's Die tote Stadt under the baton of Kirill Petrenko and staged by Simon Stone. She will also be heard in a new production of Richard Strauss' Salome at the Theater an der Wien, as well as Leonore in a new production of Beethoven's Fidelio at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

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 will be presented together with Camillo Radicke at the piano during the Munich Opera Festival, at the Frankischer Sommer, in Eisenstadt, Berlin and again in London's Wigmore Hall.

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 third time by Opernwelt magazine in 2015.

2019 | 2020

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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

Richard Strauss: Salome

John Daszak, Herodes
Michaela Schuster, Herodias
Marlis Petersen, Salome
Johan Reuter, Jochanaan
Martin Mitterrutzner, Narraboth
Tatiana Kuryatnikova, Page OF Herodias
Paul Schweinester, First Jew
Johannes Bamberger, Second Jew
Quentin Desgoerges, Third Jew
Andrew Owens, Fourth Jew
Dumitru Mădăraşăn, Fifth Jew

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Leo Hussain, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director
Julius Theodor Semmelmann, stage designer
Cedric Mpaka, costumes
Paul Grilj, light
Olaf A. Schmitt, dramaturge

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Richard Strauss: Salome

John Daszak, Herodes
Michaela Schuster, Herodias
Marlis Petersen, Salome
Johan Reuter, Jochanaan
Martin Mitterrutzner, Narraboth
Tatiana Kuryatnikova, Page OF Herodias
Paul Schweinester, First Jew
Johannes Bamberger, Second Jew
Quentin Desgoerges, Third Jew
Andrew Owens, Fourth Jew
Dumitru Mădăraşăn, Fifth Jew

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Leo Hussain, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director
Julius Theodor Semmelmann, stage designer
Cedric Mpaka, costumes
Paul Grilj, light
Olaf A. Schmitt, dramaturge

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Richard Strauss: Salome

John Daszak, Herodes
Michaela Schuster, Herodias
Marlis Petersen, Salome
Johan Reuter, Jochanaan
Martin Mitterrutzner, Narraboth
Tatiana Kuryatnikova, Page OF Herodias
Paul Schweinester, First Jew
Johannes Bamberger, Second Jew
Quentin Desgoerges, Third Jew
Andrew Owens, Fourth Jew
Dumitru Mădăraşăn, Fifth Jew

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Leo Hussain, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director
Julius Theodor Semmelmann, stage designer
Cedric Mpaka, costumes
Paul Grilj, light
Olaf A. Schmitt, dramaturge

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Richard Strauss: Salome

John Daszak, Herodes
Michaela Schuster, Herodias
Marlis Petersen, Salome
Johan Reuter, Jochanaan
Martin Mitterrutzner, Narraboth
Tatiana Kuryatnikova, Page OF Herodias
Paul Schweinester, First Jew
Johannes Bamberger, Second Jew
Quentin Desgoerges, Third Jew
Andrew Owens, Fourth Jew
Dumitru Mădăraşăn, Fifth Jew

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Leo Hussain, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director
Julius Theodor Semmelmann, stage designer
Cedric Mpaka, costumes
Paul Grilj, light
Olaf A. Schmitt, dramaturge

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS

Richard Strauss: Salome

John Daszak, Herodes
Michaela Schuster, Herodias
Marlis Petersen, Salome
Johan Reuter, Jochanaan
Martin Mitterrutzner, Narraboth
Tatiana Kuryatnikova, Page OF Herodias
Paul Schweinester, First Jew
Johannes Bamberger, Second Jew
Quentin Desgoerges, Third Jew
Andrew Owens, Fourth Jew
Dumitru Mădăraşăn, Fifth Jew

ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
Leo Hussain, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, stage director
Julius Theodor Semmelmann, stage designer
Cedric Mpaka, costumes
Paul Grilj, light
Olaf A. Schmitt, dramaturge

FURTHER INFORMATION & TICKETS
 

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