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Claudia Mahnke

mezzo-soprano

Claudia Mahnke
© Barbara Aumüller

Claudia Mahnke, a highly respected and much loved member of the ensemble 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). She has sung at the Bayreuth Festival many times. Her roles during Oper Frankfurt's 2019/20 season are Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde and Herodias in Salome - both new productions. She also sings Brangäne at Cologne Opera, appears at the Theater an der Wien for the first time, in La vestale, and returns to the Hamburg State Opera for Kundry in Parsifal. Her repertoire includes Marie (Wozzeck - live Oper Frankfurt recording - OehmsClassics), the Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Gertrud (the mother, Hänsel und Gretel), Selika (Meyerbeer's L’Africaine), Ottavia (Lʼincoronazione di Poppea), Waltraute / Zweite Norn (Wagner's Ring), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) and the title role in Simplicius Simplicissimus. Recent engagements have included Jokaste (Oedipus Rex) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos) at the Semperoper in Dresden, Waltraute (Götterdämmerung) and Judith at the Hamburg State Opera and Staatsoper in Stuttgart, where she was a member of the ensemble and who bestowed the title of Kammersängerin upon her. She has also appeared at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich, the opera houses in Madrid, Lyon, Essen, Cologne, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, in Tokyo, Seoul, the Ruhrtriennale and Edinburgh International Festival.