Biography

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner

Current as of July 2021

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner is one of today’s leading mezzo-sopranos. At least since 2016/17, when she made her spectacular role debut as Ortrud (Lohengrin) at the Hamburg State Opera and gave acclaimed performances as Cassandre (Les Troyens) at the Frankfurt Opera and as Fricka (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre) at both the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the 2017 Bayreuth Festival, she has been hailed as a mezzo-soprano of international standing.

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner returned to the Salzburg Festival in August 2020 as Clytemnestra (Elektra), having previously been heard here as Countess Geschwitz (Lulu), as Charlotte in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten and as Agave in Henze’s The Bassarids. Engagements during 2020/21 have included Ortrud at the Vienna State Opera and Mary (Der fliegende Holländer) at the Bavarian State Opera. She has for many years been a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble, where her most recent roles have included Eboli (Don Carlo), Carmen and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde). Among the many other roles that she has sung in Frankfurt are Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Azucena (Il trovatore), Tigrana in Puccini’s Edgar, the Princess of Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur), Charlotte (Werther), the Foreign Princess (Rusalka), the Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten), Gaea (Daphne), Clairon (Capriccio), the title role in Othmar Schoeck’s Penthesilea, Jocasta (Oedipus Rex), Jocaste in Enescu’s Œdipe and Gora in Reimann’s Medea.

Recent guest engagements have taken Tanja Ariane Baumgartner to the Komische Oper in Berlin for Agave, to the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, for Carmen, to the Zurich Opera for Venus (Tannhäuser), to the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp for Kundry (Parsifal), to Santiago de Chile for the Kostelnička (Jenůfa), to Toulouse and the Edinburgh Festival for Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle), to the Theater an der Wien and Covent Garden for Clairon and to the Deutsche Oper in Berlin for Brangäne. Plans include Elektra at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Tannhäuser at the Hamburg State Opera and Capriccio at the Bavarian State Opera.

On the concert platform she has been heard most recently in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Munich Philharmonic in Munich and Hamburg, in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris and as Giuditta in Mozart’s Betulia liberata at the Brucknerhaus in Linz.

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner initially trained as a violinist in Freiburg before studying singing in Karlsruhe, Vienna and Sofia.

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