Berlin-born mezzo-soprano Nadine Weissmann studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Indiana University Bloomington. She came to international prominence in 2013 as Erda in Frank Castorf’s Bayreuth Festival production of Der Ring des Nibelungen under Kirill Petrenko, a role she sang at Bayreuth in five consecutive seasons. She has held full-time contracts with the Osnabrück Theatre and the Weimar National Theatre, where she has been acclaimed as Carmen and in multiple roles in the Ring. Her wide-ranging repertoire also includes Baba the Turk (The Rake’s Progress), Mistress Quickly (Falstaff), Herodias (Salome), Laura (La Gioconda), Leocadia Begbick (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), Ježibaba (Rusalka), the Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Floßhilde, Schwertleite, the Second Norn and Waltraute in the Ring, the Old Lady (Candide) and Countess Helfenstein (Mathis der Maler). In 2017/18 she made her role debuts as Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera) in Weimar and as Dalila in a concert performance of Samson et Dalila with the Weimar Staatskapelle.
In 2018/19 she sang Erda in Achim Freyer’s production of Das Rheingold in Seoul and toured Australia and New Zealand with Barrie Kosky’s Komische Oper production of Die Zauberflöte. She was also heard as Erda (Siegfried) at the Chemnitz Theatre, as Schwertleite in a concert performance of Die Walküre at the Augsburg State Theatre, as the alto soloist in Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Kirill Karabits and with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra under Ádám Fischer and in Schoenberg’s Song of the Wood Dove under Lothar Zagrosek in Weimar.
Plans for 2019/20 include her debuts with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and at the Budapest Wagner Festival and concerts with the Weimar Staatskapelle, the Zug Sinfonietta and the Hesse State Orchestra in Wiesbaden.
As a concert artist Nadine Weissmann has been heard in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Missa solemnis, Mahler’s Second and Eighth Symphonies, Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody, Bernstein’s First Symphony (Jeremiah), Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s St John Passion, Verdi’s Requiem, Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder and Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été. Guest appearances have included concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Deutsches Symphonieorchester of Berlin and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra as well as in Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Bilbao, Paris, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Monte Carlo, Geneva, Hamburg, Munich, Dresden, Frankfurt, Baden-Baden, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, Lisbon, Tokyo and Helsinki.
Among the competitions at which Nadine Weissmann has won awards are the Schloss Rheinsberg Chamber Opera Singing Competition, the Francisco Viñas Competition in Barcelona and the International Wagner Competition in Seattle.