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 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, Senior Vestal Virgin (La vestale) at the Theater an der Wien and 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. Her roles at Oper Frankfurt this season were Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde) and Herodias in Salome (both new productions) and next season she sings the Mother again in Keith Warner's wonderful production of Hänsel und Gretel) and Amneris (role debut) Aida) and Marie de l’Incarnation in new productions of Aida and Dialogues des Carmélites.