Romanian born soprano Ana Maria Labin grew up in Switzerland. During her studies she won First Prize at the inaugural Swiss competition, Concours Ernst Haefliger and had her debut at the Scala di Milano as Valencienne in “Die lustige Witwe” under the baton of Asher Fish and the staging of Pier Luigi Pizzi.Recently she has been invited to sing at the renowned New Years Eve concert at the Semperoper Dresden under Christian Thielemann. The concert has been broadcast live on TV and was released on CD/DVD with Deutsche Grammophon.Her roles include Arminda in “La Finta giardiniera” at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, Luxemburg and Toulon, Contessa Cover in “Nozze die Figaro” in Glyndebourne, Klara in Haydns “Die Welt auf dem Mond” under Julia Jones, Héro in Berlioz’ “Béatrice et Bénédict” and Giulietta in Bellini’s “I Capuleti ed i Montecchi” with the Chelsea Opera Group. She sang Erste Damein “Die Zauberflöte” at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, at Théâtre du Châtelet Paris under Lawrence Foster, Amsterdamer Oper and Opéra de Montpellier, Euridice in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” in Zürich, Celia in Mozart’s “Lucio Silla”, staged by Günter Krämer at the Mannheimer Mozartsommer under the baton of Dennis Russel Davies/Adam Fischer and Najad in “Ariadne auf Naxos” in Glyndebourne under Vladimir Jurowski. She made her debut at the Opéra de Paris Garnier singing Valencienne in “Die lustige Witwe” and moved on to sing Hanna Glawari in the same Operetta recently.Very devoted to the baroque repertoire, Ana Maria Labin has performed such roles as Armida in Robert Carsen’s production of Händel’s “Rinaldo” Glyndebourne on Tour under Laurence Cummings, Manto in Agostino Steffani’s “Niobe, Regina di Tebe” under Thomas Hengelbrock at the Schwetzingen Festival, the soprano part in Purcell’s “King Arthur” by Corinne and Gilles Bénizio (alias Shirley & Dino) under Hervé Niquet with Le Concert Spirituel at the Festival of Radio France in France and Japan, the title role of “La Giuditta” by Scarlatti alongside Michael Chance in Holland, Belinda in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” at the Festival Retz and Galatea in Händel’s “Acis and Galatea” under Raymond Leppard with the English Chamber Orchestra.Ana Maria Labin’s concert engagements have taken her to the Vienna Konzerthaus performing Haydn’s “Il ritorno di Tobia”, “The Creation” and “The Seasons” in the Congress Innsbruck, the Philharmonie in Luxembourg and the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonic under Adam Fischer. Other concert engagements have included a tour to Italy and Turkey with the English Concert under Harry Bickett singing Vivaldi’s motet “In furore iustissimae iras” and arias from Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo; La Baronessa Irene in Haydn’s „La vera costanza“ under Andreas Spering at the Brühler Schlosskonzerte and Ino in Telemann’s „Ino Kantate“ under Michael Schneider and La Stagione at the Kasseler Musiktage. She performed Mozart airs and duets with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Antonello Manacorda at the newly built operahouse in Bahrain. The young soprano has also sung some creations and modern pieces such as “La chevelure de Bérénice” of Dominique Lemaître with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI under Daniel Kawka; a song cycle by Richard Dubugnon under Alain Altinoglu at the Festival Présences Radio France, Beat Furrer under David Zinman and Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza III” at the Tonhalle Zürich. Future engagements will include First Lady at the Festival Aix en Provence and the Countess in „Le nozze di Figaro“ at the Prague National Theatre and Opera North.
Update: April 2014