Marlis Petersen, soprano. Marlis Petersen’s repertoire includes classical coloratura as well as contemporary music. She studied at the Conservatory in Stuttgart, training in the specialised areas of opera, new music and dance. Her debut at the Vienna State Opera was as Lulu, a role which she also sang in the famous Konwitschny staging in Hamburg, in Munich and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, where she gave her very successful farewell to the role. She has made acclaimed performances in opera houses in London, Geneva, Paris, New York Met and Chicago, as well as the Festival of Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence. She performed in the world premieres of Henze’s Phaedra, Manfred Trojahn’s La Grande Magia and in the title role of Aribert Reimann’s Medea at Vienna State Opera. Other highlights include her first La traviata in Graz, Marguerite in Meyerbeer’s Huguenots in Brussels, and Olympia/Antonia/Giulietta in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Theater an der Wien.
In concert, she has worked closely with Helmuth Rilling and the International Bach Academy Stuttgart, as well as with René Jacobs. Recent successes were the leading role in the world premiere of Schreier’s Hamlet at Theater an der Wien and her debut as Manon at the Vienna State Opera.