Biography

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner

Current as of July 2020

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner is one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of our day. At least since the time of her spectacular role debut as Ortrud (Lohengrin) at the Hamburg State Opera and her acclaimed performances as Cassandre (Les Troyens) at the Frankfurt Opera and as Fricka (Das Rheingold and Die Walküre) at the 2017 Bayreuth Festival and at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, she has been hailed as a dramatic mezzo-soprano of international standing.

Her roles in the 2019/20 season have included Agave in a new production of Henze’s The Bassarids at the Komische Oper in Berlin and Eboli (Don Carlo), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Carmen and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) in Frankfurt. She also appeared as Ortrud in Hamburg.

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner has been a member of the Frankfurt Opera since 2009/10 and has enjoyed great personal acclaim in numerous roles, including, most recently, Clairon (Capriccio), Jocasta (Oedipus Rex), Preziosilla (La forza del destino), Azucena (Il trovatore) and the Princess of Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur). Earlier roles in Frankfurt have been Carmen, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare), Eboli, Gora in Reimann’s Medea, the Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten), the Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Jocaste in Enescu’s Œdipe, Tigrana in Puccini’s Edgar, Gaea (Daphne), Charlotte (Werther) and the title role in Othmar Schoeck’s Penthesilea.

Engagements elsewhere include Venus (Tannhäuser) for the Zurich Opera in the spring of 2019. She made her triumphant role debut as Kundry at Opera Vlaanderen in Antwerp in March 2018 before singing Agave under Nagano at the 2018 Salzburg Festival. In May 2017 she sang the Kostelnička (Jenůfa) in Santiago de Chile. In 2015/16 she was heard as Judith (Duke Bluebeard’s Castle) in Toulouse, as Clairon at the Theater an der Wien and as Brangäne at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. She made her Royal Opera House debut in London in the summer of 2013 as Clairon and sang Judith at that summer’s Edinburgh Festival. She made her Salzburg Festival debut in 2010 as Countess Geschwitz (Lulu), before returning in 2012 as Charlotte in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten.

As a concert artist she has been heard recently in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Munich Philharmonic in Munich and Hamburg, in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony 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 trained as a violinist in Freiburg before studying singing in Karlsruhe, Vienna and Sofia.

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