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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. 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.