Guest of the National Theatre Opera.
Annekathrin Laabs was born in 1974 in Erfurt. She studied voice at the Hoschule für Musik in Dresden with Prof. Christiane Junghanns. She attended master classes given by Anna Reynolds, Brigitte Fassbaender and Hans-Joachim Beyer.
Since 2002 she has worked on a freelance basis, primarily establishing her reputation as an interpreter of Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions. Under the conductor Peter Schreier she performed in St. Matthew Passion concerts in Austria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Luxembourg and at the Munich Philharmonic Hall; in Bach’s Mass in B minor she sang at the Los Angeles Opera and the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. She has closely collaborated with the Dresden Chamber Choir and Baroque Orchestra, with which under Hans-Christoph Rademann she has regularly performed at various festivals (for example, at Alten Oper Frankfurt, Dresdner Musikfestspiele and Barockfest Münster). At concerts in Germany, Italy and Poland she has performed with the conductors Hansjörg Albrecht, Michael Schönheit, Ekkehard Klemm, Matthias Jung, Matthias Grünert, Wolfgang Katschner and Andrzej Kosendiak.
When it comes to operatic roles, she has sung Twaise and the Old Nun in Hindemith’s Das Nusch-Nuschi and Sancta Susanna in the opera and radio production of RiasJugendorchester at the Hebbeltheater in Berlin (2001), Oreste in Antonio Lotti’s opera Ascanio presented by Batzdorfer Hofkapelle in Meissen, at the Bach Festival in Leipzig and Bayreuth (2004), the role of Hänsel in the semi-scenic version of Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel with Neune Elbland Philharmonie. In 2007 she portrayed the Sorceress (Purcell: Dido and Aeneas) with Singakademie Dresden and Speranza and Proserpina (Monteverdi: L’Orfeo) at the Helsfelder Opernsommer festival. For her performance in this role she won the Helsfelder Orpheus award. For more information, visit www.annekathrin-laabs.de
Update: June 2008