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Gun-Brit Barkmin

Guest of the National Theatre Opera. German soprano Gun-Brit Barkmin has won great acclaim for her breathtaking voice and dramatically intense portrayals of leading roles in operas by Janáček, Britten, Berg, Wagner and Richard Strauss. In the 2011-12 season Ms. Barkmin returns to Opéra National de Lyon to sing Bianca in Zemlinsky's “A Florentine Tragedy” and to the National Theatre in Prague in the title role in a new production of Britten’s “Gloriana”. This is followed by her debut with Canadian Opera Company in Toronto in a double bill of one-act operas singing Bianca in Zemlinsky’s “A Florentine Tragedy” and Nella in Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi”, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis and directed by Catherine Malfitano. She then returns to Opernhaus Zürich to reprise her portrayal of the title role in “Salome” by Richard Stauss and sings Anna in Kurt Weill's “Seven Deadly Sins” in concert with the Bregenzer Festspiele. Future seasons will see her making her debut with the Vienna State Opera and with the Paris Opera in leading Strauss, Wagner and Britten roles. She started the 2010-11 season singing Emilia Marty in Janáček’s “The Makropulos Case” in concert with Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica at the Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro. The season also included a return to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf as Ellen Orford in “Peter Grimes” and to Oper Leipzig for her role debut as Chrysothemis in “Elektra”. In the 2009-10 season, Ms. Barkmin sang Ellen Orford in a new production of “Peter Grimes” with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein conducted by Axel Kober. She also made her role debut as Elsa in Lohengrin with Oper Leipzig under Ulf Schirmer and returned to the Prague National Theatre for performances as Emilia Marty in Christopher Alden's production of “The Makropulos Case”, a role she also sang in Prague the previous season. In Summer 2010 Ms. Barkmin made her debut with Opernhaus Zürich singing the title role in a new production of “Salome” conducted by Christoph von Dohnányi and directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf. Previously, she had sung Salome in a new Christopher Alden production at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken. Past highlights include her appearance as Laura in Hindemith's “Neues Vom Tage” with Fondazione Teatro delle Muse in Ancona, for which she was recognized with the Franco Corelli award, and performances as Mimi in “La boheme” with Seattle Opera. She sang the role of Anna in the François Girard production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's “Seven Deadly Sins” with Opéra National de Lyon, followed by performances at the Edinburgh International Festival and New Zealand International Festival of Arts. She also sang Anna in Rio de Janeiro and in Campos de Jordao with Robert Minczuk. Ms. Barkmin sang Marie in Richard Jones' new production of “Wozzeck” with Welsh National Opera, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. The performances marked the opening of the new opera house in Cardiff. Ms. Barkmin has had a close association with the Komische Oper Berlin. In 2000 she joined its permanent ensemble and has been a regular guest soloist ever since. Her many roles there have included Marie in “Wozzeck”, Alice Ford in “Falstaff”, Sylva Varescu in Kalman’s “Die Csárdásfürstin”, Rosalinde in “Die Fledermaus”, Mimi in “La boheme”, Ghita in a new production of Zemlinsky’s “Der Zwerg”, and Amelia in Reimann's “Bernarda Albas Haus”, a role she reprised at the Peralada Festival in Spain. She had a great success in the title role of the new Willy Decker production of “Jenůfa” and Harry Kupfer selected her to portray the Governess in “The Turn of the Screw” for his farewell production at the Komische Oper Berlin; these performances led to the Berlin Theatergemeinde awarding her the 2002 Daphne Prize for best young actor, the first time in eight years that a singer had won the award. Ms. Barkmin appeared in Dresden as Fiordiligi in “Cosi fan tutte”, Eurydice in “Orphée aux Enfers”, and Mimi in “La boheme”. Other roles she has performed throughout Germany and Switzerland include Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni”, Countess Almaviva in “Le nozze di Figaro”, and Giunone in Cavalli's “La Calisto”. As a concert soloist, Ms. Barkmin sang concert performances of Wagner’s “Wesendonck-Lieder” and the Liebestod from “Tristan und Isolde” with the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, conducted by Andris Nelsons. She was featured in Mahler's Fourth Symphony with the Staatskapelle in Dresden and in Schoenberg’s “Gurrelieder” at the International Festival in Nagoya, Japan. She also performed Shostakovich's “Blok Romances” with the Zürich Klaviertrio and selections from Beethoven's Scottish songs in recital with the SWR Orchestra in Baden-Baden. Update: January 2012

Gun-Brit Barkmin appears in performances

SEASON 2013/2014

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