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Barbara Zechmeister

Soprano

Barbara Zechmeister
© Marcus Boman

Barbara Zechmeister has been singing at Oper Frankfurt since 1996, and the title of Kämmersängerin was bestowed upon her in 2011. This season she sings Mrs. Gobineau again in Menotti's The Medium, plays a landlady in the new production of Zemlinsky's Der Traumgörge / Görge the Dreamer and repeats her portrayal of Larina in Eugene Onegin. Recent roles in Frankfurt have included a Forced Labourer in the new production of Shostakovitch's Lady Macbeth von Mzensk, Evelyne in Křenek's Schwergewicht oder Die Ehre der Nation / Heavyweight, or the Honour of the Nation, Graumann's Wife in a wonderful new production of Schreker's Der ferne Klang / The Distant Sound, the Old Baroness (Barber's Vanessa), Adelaide (Arabella), Gertrud (the mother - Hänsel und Gretel), Marianne Leitmetzerin (Der Rosenkavalier), Mrs. Coyle (Britten's Owen Wingrave), the Old Woman (Weinberg's Die Passagierin / The (female) Passenger) and the Girl (Reimann's Die Gespenstersonate / Ghost Sonata). In previous seasons she sang many leading Mozart roles, Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Freia (Das Rheingold, available on CD & DVD - OehmsClassics), Marguerite (Gounod's Faust), Lady Macduff (Bloch's Macbeth), Donna Clara (Zemlinsky's Der Zwerg / The Dwarf), Grigori Frid's Anne Frank, Salud (de Falla's La vida breve / A Short Life) and Livia in the world premiere of Glanert's Caligula (available on CD - OehmsClassics). Guest engagements have taken Barbara Zechmeister to places including Mannheim, Hannover, Stuttgart, Essen, Rouen, Lisbon and the Wexford and Bregenz festivals.