Guest of the Opera
Danish Ann Petersen, is a well-known international Soprano and is notable for her performances especially in the German repertoire of R. Wagner and R. Strauss. She has been singing at many of the major Opera Houses such as, Staatsoper Berlin, The Royal Operahouse Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, La Bastille Paris, Teatro Real Madrid and Festspielhaus Baden- Baden. Next to her international career, she is an ensemble member at The Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. Ann Petersen recently sang Leonore/ Fidelio in Taiwan (2015), Kaiserin/Die Frau ohne Schatten in Copenhagen (2015), and Beethoven 9. Symphony in Stockholm (2015). Furthermore this season she will be singing a concert in Lyon, conducted by Hartmuth Häenchen, which include R. Strauss “Vier letzte Lieder” and Isoldes “Liebestod”. New Year Concerts follow at the Danish Radio Concert Hall, and in 2016 she made her debut as Salome in Copenhagen, as well as a concert in Luxemburg with R. Wagners “Wesendonck Lieder” and Isoldes “Liebestod”. In June/July 2016 Ann Petersen sang Gutrune/Götterdämmerung at the Staatsoper Berlin, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. Season 2012/ 2013 and 2013/ 2014, highlights included Elsa/Lohengrin at La Scala di Milano with Daniel Barenboim, Wagner Galas in Baden- Baden with Thielemann (Isolde and Elsa), in Monte Carlo (Sieglinde and Isolde), and in Copenhagen (Sieglinde) with K. Petrenko. In 2013 Ann Petersen sang Elisabeth/Tannhäuser in Copenhagen and Senta/ Der fliegende Holländer in Orange, France (2013). Desdemona/Otello (2013) and Senta/Der fliegende Holländer in Copenhagen. Elisabeth/Tannhäuser with Daniel Barenboim at Staatsoper Berlin (2014). Season 2014/ 2015 Die Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier at The Royal Danish Opera (2014), Isoldes “Liebestod” in a Tribute Concert to Montserrat Caballé at Teatro Real de Madrid (Dec. 2014), Isolde/Tristan und Isolde at the Greek National Opera in Athens (Jan./Feb. 2015), Elisabeth/Tannhäuser with Daniel Barenboim at Staatsoper Berlin (April 2015), and Michal/Saul and David in Copenhagen. In 1999 Ann Petersen made her stage debut as the First Lady in Zauberflöte at the Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen. Engagements followed at the National Opera in Aarhus, Denmark which included Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Mrs. Ingeborg in Drot og Marsk by the Danish composer Peter Heise and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte. In 2001/2002 Ann Petersen received guest engagements to sing Donna Anna in Osnabrück and Elisabeth/Tannhäuser in Wiesbaden. In 2001-2004 Ann Petersen was a principal in the ensemble at the Graz Opera singing Tatjana/Eugene Onegin, Governess/Turn of the Screw, Rosalinde/Die Fledermaus, Ellen Orford/Peter Grimes, Arminda/La finta giardiniera and Elisabetta/Don Carlo, all conducted by Philippe Jordan. In 2003 Ann Petersen sang Freia/Das Rheingold at the New Opera in Esbjerg and Tatjana in Aarhus, Denmark. In 2004/05 season she returned to the Graz Opera as Desdemona/Otello, her first Leonore/Fidelio and The Marschallin/Rosenkavalier, continuing with that role in Copenhagen. In 2005/06 she sang Liù/Turandot, Helmwige/Walküre and The Governess/Turn Of The Screw in Copenhagen as well as Desdemona in Braunschweig. Highlights in 2007 were Freia/Rheingold in Strasbourg and Elsa/Lohengrin, directed by Peter Konwitschny, at the Royal Danish Opera, where she received a prize of honor. In 2008, among others, Petersen sang The Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen and Elsa in Cologne. In 2009 she sang again Marschallin in Graz and made her debut as Ariadne/Ariadne auf Naxos in the Robert Carson production in Copenhagen. As a recognition of this role she was in 2010 awarded the prestigious price in Denmark as best singer, the Reumert Prize. In 2010 she sang Freia/Das Rheingold at the Bastille Opera in Paris together with Philippe Jordan, Marietta/Die Tote Stadt with Danish National Opera, Leonore in Beethoven’s Leonore at Komische Oper Berlin. The year after, in 2011, Ann had her debute as Isolde in Lyon with K. Petrenko, Elsa/Lohengrin at Colón de Buenos Aires and Concert in Montpellier with R. Strauss Arias and Orchesterlieder. In 2012 Mrs. Petersen sang Isolde at Welsh National Opera with Ben Heppner as Tristan, Kaiserin/Frau ohne Schatten in Copenhagen, Wagner Concert at Lyon Opera House and Isolde at Danish National Opera, Freia/Das Rheingold at ROH Covent Garden London with A. Pappano in September 2012, and Senta/Der Fliegende Holländer with Noseda at Teatro Regio di Torino in October 2012. Her appearances as a concert singer include among others, Beethovens 9th, Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang, Les Béatitudes by César Franc. She has appeared on CD-recordings and performances of Beethoven’s Christus am Ölberge and Strauss’ Four Last Songs at the Graz Opera in Odense and in Musikverein in Vienna under the direction of Klaus Peter Flor.