Barbara Zechmeister has been singing at Oper Frankfurt since 1996, and the title of Kämmersängerin was bestowed upon her in 2011. Her roles for the company during the 2021/22 season include Pernille and the Woman with a Normal Nose in new productions of Nielsen's Maskerade and Rimsky-Korsakov's Die Nacht vor Weihnachten / The Night Before Christmas and Despina, a role she made her own in Loy's production of Così fan tutte, which won the 2008 FAUST Theater Prize. Recent roles in Frankfurt have included Mrs Gobineau (Menotti's The Medium) 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.