Guest of the Opera
On graduating from the Salzburg Mozarteum, Edith Haller won first prize at the 2003 Mario Lanza competition in Filignano, Italy. Early engagements in Salzburg, Prague and Ljubljana were followed by three seasons from 2002 to 2005 in the ensemble of the Stadttheater at St. Gallen in Switzerland, after which the Italian soprano joined the ensemble of the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe between 2005 and 2009. There, Edith Haller sang such roles as Senta (THE FLYING DUTCHMAN), Sieglinde (DIE WALKÜRE), Agathe (DER FREISCHÜTZ), Contessa (LE NOZZE DI FIGARO), Desdemona (OTELLO) and Ursula(MATHIS DER MALER). Between 2006 and 2010, Edith Haller made guest appearances at the Bayreuth Festival as Freia (DAS RHEINGOLD), Helmwige (DIE WALKÜRE) and Third Norn and Gutrune (GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG). In 2010 she marked Bayreuth Festival debut as Sieglinde(DIE WALKÜRE) under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann. Edith Haller has made guest appearances at the Leipzig Opera as Senta (THE FLYING DUTCHMAN) and Brünnhilde (her debut in DIE WALKÜRE), at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich as Agathe (DER FREISCHÜTZ) and Gutrune (GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG) and at the Hamburg Staatsoper as Agathe (DER FREISCHÜTZ). The artist had made her debuts as Elsa (LOHENGRIN) at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, as Elisabeth (TANNHÄUSER) at the Teatro Real Madrid and as Eva (DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG) at the Hamburg Staatsoper, a role in which she also debuted at the Zurich Opera House. These debuts were followed by her Leonore (FIDELIO) and Ariadne (ARIADNE OF NAXOS) in Klagenfurt and her Euryanthe in the new production of the eponymous opera at the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe. Edith Haller also guested with the Munich Philharmonic conducted by Christian Thielemann in excerpts from Beethoven's FIDELIO and the concert aria "Ah perfido!". She made her highly successful debuts in the role of Sieglinde (DIE WALKÜRE) at the Vienna Staatsoper and as Chrysothemis (ELEKTRA) at the Cologne Opera. An acclaimed double debut followed in her first appearance at the Basel Opera as Marie in a new production of Berg's WOZZECK. She sang Eva (DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG) in a concert performance with the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski (released on CD by PentaTone Classics), Sieglinde (DIE WALKÜRE) at the Aalto Theatre in Essen, Chrysothemis(ELEKTRA) in Montpellier, the role of Badi'at in Henze's L'UPUPA (concertante) with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Sieglinde in a concertante performance of DIE WALKÜRE with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. At the Opéra National de Paris she sang a number of performances of Wagner's RING DES NIBELUNGEN (in which she played Freia, Sieglinde, 3rd Norn and Gutrune), and Elsa (LOHENGRIN), Gutrune and 3rd Norn (DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG) at the Grand Théâtre Genève; the role of Gutrune (DIE GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG) she also sang in a concertange performance with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Marek Janowski and was engaged as Elsa in LOHENGRIN at the Bavarian State Opera. Her first Isolde (TRISTAN UND ISOLDE) Edith Haller sang at the Lübeck Opera and was engaged in Tokyo in a concertante performance of Act 1 of Wagner's ›DIE WALKÜRE‹ coupled with ›Isoldes Liebestod‹. Guest performances have recently taken Edith Haller to the Vienna State Opera as Rosalinde (DIE FLEDERMAUS), to the Bayreuth Festival as Elsa (LOHENGRIN) and to the Bavarian State Opera both as Elsa (LOHENGRIN) and Chrysothemis (ELEKTRA). She also played Ellen Orford in a new production of PETER GRIMES at the Gärtnerplatz Theatre in Munich, and gave her debut in Korea as Elsa (LOHENGRIN) in a guest performance with Wiesbaden’s State Theatre of Hesse.