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Claudia Mahnke

mezzo-soprano

Claudia Mahnke
© Barbara Aumüller

Claudia Mahnke, a member of the Ensemble and now a Kammersängerin at Oper Frankfurt, is one of the most sought-after mezzo-sopranos in the world, for roles including Fricka (Der Ring des Nibelungen), Judith (Bluebeard's Castle), Didon (Les Troyens) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos). Recent triumphs in Frankfurt have included Mère Marie de l’Incarnation, Brangäne and Herodias in new productions of Dialogues des Carmélites, Tristan und Isolde and Salome. This season she can be heard repeating her extraordinary portrayal of Judith and as Anticleia in a new production of Dallapiccola's Ulisse. During our 2022/23 season she sings Magdalena in a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, a role she sang when making her debut at the Met in the autumn of 2021, the Princess in a new production of Tchaikovsky's Die Zauberin / The Enchantress and Gertrud (the mother) in Hänsel und Gretel. Her repertoire includes Marie (Wozzeck - available on CD - OehmsClassics), Gertrud (the mother) (Hänsel und Gretel), the Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Selika (Meyerbeer's L’Africaine), Ottavia (Lʼincoronazione di Poppea), Waltraute / 2nd Norn (Wagner's Ring), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and the title role in Hartmann's Simplicius Simplicissimus. She used to be a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper in Stuttgart, who also made her a Kammersänger. She recently sang Herodias at the Vienna State Opera and Auntie in Britten's Peter Grimes at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and has appeared at opera houses in Madrid, Lyon, Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne, Essen, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Tokyo and Seoul, the Theater an der Wien, Ruhrtriennale and Edinburgh International and, several times, Bayreuther Festival.