Petra Lang

Vita

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After completing violin studies Petra Lang studied singing with Gertie Charlent at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt and at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz, where she attended the Opera School with Harro Dicks at the same time. After completing her studies in 1989 she immediately auditioned for a master class with Ingrid Bjoner with whom she studied until 2006. She was involved in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Hotter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Schreier and also studied her Wagner roles with Astrid Varnay. She works now with Angelo Loforese.

In 1989, Petra Lang joined the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.   In 1990, she moved to the Theater Basel, sang in 1991 at the Städtischen Bühnen Nuremberg and 1992-1995 at Theater Dortmund. Here she could develop numerous roles of the lyric mezzo-soprano repertoire. In addition, she was engaged as Tamiri in Mozart's "Il Re Pastore" at De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, as Virtu in Monteverdi's "L'Incoronazione di Poppea" at the Salzburg Festival, as Fenena in Verdi's "Nabucco" at the Bregenz Festival and as Flora in "La Traviata" at the Zurich Festival.

In 1994/95 season, she turned to the work of Richard Wagner, and sang her first Waltraute (“Götterdammerung”) and Fricka (“Das Rheingold”, “Die Walküre”) in the Dortmund Ring cycle. Under the opera direction of Brigitte Fassbaender at the Staatstheater Braunschweig from 1995-1997 she added to her repertoire Brangäne (“Tristan und Isolde”), Judit (“Duke Bluebeard's Castle”), Marie (“Wozzeck”) and Eboli (“Don Carlo”).

Then Petra Lang decided to become freelance  and since then sings on the world’s greatest stages: Royal Opera House London (Brangäne, Waltraute, Kundry, Ortrud, Ariadne, Judith, Foreign Princess), De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam (Brangäne, Cassandre, Venus, Kundry), Bavarian State Opera Munich (Brangäne, Venus, Sieglinde, Kundry, Brünnhilde, Ortrud, Isolde) Deutsche Oper Berlin (Waltraute, Brangäne, Venus, Sieglinde, Cassandre, Ortrud), Semperoper Dresden (Brangäne, Kundry, Ariadne, Sieglinde), Hamburg State Opera (Waltraute, Kundry), Staatstheater Stuttgart (Adriano), Opera Cologne (Sieglinde), Nationaltheater Mannheim (Cassandre, Ariadne, Kundry), Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Brünnhilde), Vienna State Opera (Fricka, Waltraute, Brangäne, Kundry, Ortrud, Sieglinde in Tokyo, Isolde, Brünnhilde), De Vlaamse Opera Antwerp (Brangäne), Grand Théâtre de Genève (Amneris, Kundry, Judith, Ortrud, Brünnhilde), Zurich Opera House (Sieglinde, Ortrud), Teatro San Carlo, Naples (Sieglinde), Accademia di Santa Cecilia Rome (Venus), Teatro La Fenice Venice (Sieglinde), La Scala Milan (Venus), Oviedo (Brangäne), Teatro de la Maestranza Seville (Sieglinde), Budapest (Ortrud, Kundry, Brünnhilde), Opera Nationala Bucharest (Ortrud), Tokyo (Kundry, Ortrud), Teatro Municipal di Santiago de Chile (Brangäne), San Diego Opera (Venus), Baltimore Opera (Venus), Lyric Opera of Chicago (Brangäne), San Francisco Opera (Venus, Ortrud).

She sang her first Brünnhilde in concerts in 2012/13:  "Die Walküre" and "Götterdämmerung" in Berlin and Bucurest with RSO-Berlin under Marek Janowski and in Bamberg and Luzern with the Bamberger Symphoniker under Jonathan Nott, "Siegfried" under Gabriel Feltz in Stuttgart and Dortmund. At the Opéra National de Paris she sang Brünnhilde in Günter Krämers production of "Götterdämmerung"  under Philippe Jordan. She appeared in Dieter Dorns Ring-Cycle in Geneva and sang Brünnhilde in "Siegfried" under Adam Fischer in Budapest, "Walküre" and "Götterdämmerung" under Simone Young and Kirill Petrenko in Munich. She sang Brünnhilde in Vienna under Peter Schneider in 2017.

Petra Lang sang  Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival 2016  and 2017 under the baton of Christian Thielemann, appeared as Isolde in Vienna under Mikko Franck an in Munich under Simone Young.

At the Bayreuth Festival Petra Lang has sung Brangäne in "Tristan und Isolde" (2005/2006), and appeared as Ortrud in “Lohengrin” by Hans Neuenfels in 2011/13-15. In addition to her successes on the opera stage, she is an internationally sought-after concert singer who is known mainly for her sensitive interpretation of the works of Gustav Mahler. On the concert podium Petra Lang also sings Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder,  Berlioz’s    Les nuits  d 'été, Berg's Seven Early songs and the Wozzeck Fragments, Schoenberg's Songs Op.8 and the Wood Dove in Gurrelieder, Zemlinsky’s Maeterlinck songs, Sibelius, Duparc, Lalo, Strauss orchestral songs, in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the Missa Solemnis.She performs worldwide with all the major orchestras under the direction, amongst others, of Claudio Abbado, Alain Altinoglu, Pierre Boulez, Christian Badea, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, M. W. Chung, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Ivan Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kirill Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leif Segerstam, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann, Silvio Varviso, Simone Young.

Also Petra Lang has a successful career as a Lieder singer.  She sings a comprehensive repertoire of Lieder from Franz Schubert to Anton Webern, and works with the pianists Adrian Baianu, Malcolm Martineau, Carmen Piazzini, Maurizio Pollini, Wolfram Rieger, Charles Spencer, and Einar Steen-Noekleberg. Their song recitals have been performed at, amongst others, Wigmore Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Schubertiade (Feldkirch), Semper Opera House (Dresden), La Scala (Milan), Carnegie-Weill Hall (New York), Salle Pleyel (Paris) and at the Edinburgh Festival.

Projects: Ortrud (Berlin, Marseille, Tokyo, Wien),   Brünnhilde (Tokyo, Dresden),  Isolde (Bayreuth, Brussels) .

Petra Lang is in addition a singing advisor. During and after her violin studies she worked from 1983 to 1989 as teacher of violin, viola, early musical education and musical training at the Gross-Gerau Music School, and at the Municipal Music School in Rüsselsheim, Germany. With this in-depth educational experience, it is Petra Lang’s concern to give young colleagues professional suggestions and advice for singing in larger rooms. This way of singing she drew up with the pianist and vocal coach Adrian Baianu, it is based on old Italian vocal techniques and has been transferred to the German vocal repertoire.

She gave master classes for the Mahler Society of London (2006), at the Cologne Musikhochschule (2007), in Münster (2007), and together with Adrian Baianu in Münster (2008) , London (2009, 2012) and at the Bayreuth Festival 2013, at the SGMF (2014/15) and Köln (Opera Studio).

2017-10-30

Repertoire (Opera)
Bartók HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG Judith
Berlioz LE TROYENS Cassandre
Wagner DIE WALKÜRE Sieglinde, Brünnhilde
SIEGFRIED Brünnhilde
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Brünnhilde
LOHENGRIN Ortrud
PARSIFAL Kundry
TANNHÄUSER Venus
TRISTAN UND ISOLDE Isolde
Repertoire (Concert)
Béla Bartók HERZOG BLAUBARTS BURG, Judith
Alban Berg 7 frühe Lieder
Wozzeck-Fragmente
Hector Berlioz Les Nuits d'Ete, Op. 7
Henri Duparc Orchester - Lieder
Alma Mahler
Orchester-Lieder
Gustav Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Das Lied von der Erde
Rückert-Lieder
Sinfonie Nr. 2 in c-Moll
Sinfonie Nr. 3 in d-Moll
Sinfonie Nr. 8 in Es-Dur (Sinfonie der Tausend), 1. Alt
Maurice Ravel Shéhèrazade
Arnold Schönberg 6 Lieder op. 8
Gurre-Lieder, Tove, Waldtaube
Jean Sibelius Orchesterlieder
Richard Strauss Vier letzten Lieder
Orchesterlieder
Richard Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder
Alexander von Zemlinsky 6 Gesänge op. 13
Dates (This information is supplied without liability!)

2017
October
01 Richard Wagner: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Brünnhilde New National Theatre Tokyo
04 Richard Wagner: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Brünnhilde New National Theatre Tokyo
07 Richard Wagner: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Brünnhilde New National Theatre Tokyo
11 Richard Wagner: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Brünnhilde New National Theatre Tokyo
14 Richard Wagner: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Brünnhilde New National Theatre Tokyo
17 Richard Wagner: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Brünnhilde New National Theatre Tokyo
Nobember
09 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud Deutsche Oper Berlin
12 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud Deutsche Oper Berlin
December
17 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud Deutsche Oper Berlin
2018
January
14 Richard Wagner: DIE WALKÜRE, Brünnhilde Semperoper Dresden
18 Richard Wagner: SIEGFRIED, Brünnhilde Semperoper Dresden
20 Richard Wagner: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Brünnhilde Semperoper Dresden
30 Richard Wagner: DIE WALKÜRE, Brünnhilde Semperoper Dresden
February
01 Richard Wagner: SIEGFRIED, Brünnhilde Semperoper Dresden
04 Richard Wagner: GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, Brünnhilde Semperoper Dresden
April
05 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud Tokyo Opera Nomori
08 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud Tokyo Opera Nomori
May
02 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud Opéra Municipal de Marseille
05 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud Opéra Municipal de Marseille
08 Richard Wagner: LOHENGRIN, Ortrud Opéra Municipal de Marseille
June
01 Béla Bartók: Herzog Blaubarts Burg, Judith Prag, Prager Frühling
July
27 Richard Wagner:TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Isolde Bayreuther Festspiele
August
13 Richard Wagner:TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Isolde Bayreuther Festspiele
16 Richard Wagner:TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Isolde Bayreuther Festspiele
20 Richard Wagner:TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Isolde Bayreuther Festspiele
24 Richard Wagner:TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Isolde Bayreuther Festspiele
28 Richard Wagner:TRISTAN UND ISOLDE, Isolde Bayreuther Festspiele

Discography
  Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
2016
CD
  Matthias Goerne, Wotan
Michelle DeYoung, Fricka
Stuart Skelton, Siegmund
Heidi Melton, Sieglinde
Petra Lang, Brünnhilde
Hong Kong Philharmonic OrchestraJaap van Zweden
Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
2013
CD
Matti Salminen, Lance Ryan,
Petra Lang, Markus Brück,
Edith Haller, Jochen Schmeckenbecher,
Marina Prudenskaya, Julia Borchert,
Katharina Kammerloher, Kismara Pessatti,
Susanne Resmark, Christa Mayer, Jacquelyn Wagner,
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Rundfunkchor Berlin
Marek Janowski
Alexander von Zemlinsky: 6 Gesänge nach Texten von Maurice Maeterlinck op. 13
2014
CD
Zemlinsky: A Florentine Tragedy & 6 Maeterlinck Songs Vladimir Jurowski
Petra Lang
Heike Wessels
Sergey Skorokhodov
Albert Dohmen
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Richard Wagner: Die Walküre
2013
CD
Tomasz Konieczny, Iris Vermillion,
Robert Dean Smith, Timo Riihonen,
Petra Lang, Nicole Piccolini,
Kismara Pessatti, Anja Fidelia Ulrich,
Fionnuala McCarthy, Heike Wessels,
Carola Höhn, Wilke te Brummelstroete,
Renate Spingler, Melanie Diener ,
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Marek Janowski
Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Schlussgesang)
2013
CD
Götterdämmerung, Meistersinger, Siegfried-Idyll

Petra Lang

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Ivan Fischer

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin
2012
DVD
Richard Wagner (1813-1883): Lohengrin, 2 DVDs Klaus Florian Vogt
Annette Dasch
Jukka Rasilainen
Petra Lang
Georg Zeppenfeld
Chor der Bayreuther Festspiele
Orchester der Bayreuther FestspieleAndris Nelsons
Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 8
2012
CD/
DVD
Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 8 Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Barbara Haveman, Sopran · Orla Boylan, Sopran
Christiane Oelze, Sopran · Anna Palimina, Sopran
Petra Lang, Mezzosopran · Maria Radner, Alt
Brandon Jovanovich, Tenor · Hanno Müller-Brachmann, Bariton
Günther Groissböck, Bass
Mädchen und Knaben der Chöre am Kölner Dom
Chor des Bach-Vereins Köln · Domkantorei Köln
Kartäuserkantorei Köln · Philharmonischer Chor der Stadt Bonn
Vokalensemble Kölner Dom
Markus Stenz, Dirigent
  Richard Wagner: Götterdämmerung
2011
CD
  Siegfried: Christian Franz
Gunther: Robert Bork
Alberich: Wolfgang Koch
Hagen: John Tomlinson
Brünnhilde: Deborah Polaski
Gutrune: Anna Gabler
Waltraute: Petra Lang
1. Norn: Deborah Humble
2. Norn: Cristina Damian
3. Norn: Katja Pieweck
Woglinde: Ha Young Lee
Wellgunde: Maria Markina
Flosshilde: Ann-Beth Solvang
Philharmoniker Hamburg
Simone Young
  Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 9
2009
CD
  Christiane Oelze, Sopran
Petra Lang, Alt
Klaus Florian Vogt, Tenor
Matthias Goerne, Bariton
Deutscher Kammerchor
Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie BremenPaavo Järvi, Dirigent
  Richard Wagner: Lohengrin
2009
CD
  Kwangchul Youn
Johan Botha
Adrianne Pieczonka
Falk Struckmann
Petra Lang
Eike Wilm Schulte
Prague Chamber Choir
Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester
Semyon Bychkov
  Songs by Great Conductors
2008
CD
oc808 Werke von Hans von Bülow, Clemens Krauss, Bruno Walter

Petra Lang
Michael Volle
Adrian Baianu

Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2
2007
DVD
Diana Damrau
Petra Lang
Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin
Staatskapelle BerlinPierre Boulez
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
2004
CD
Tristan und Isolde (Ga) Christian Thielemann
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
Wiener Staatsoper, 2003Deborah Voigt (Isolde)
Thomas Moser (Tristan)
Petra Lang (Brangäne)
Peter Weber (Kurwenal)
Robert Holl (Marke)
Markus Nieminem (Melot)
Michael Roider (Hirt)
John Dickie (Seemann)
In-Sung Sim (Steuermann)
Chor der Wiener Staatsoper
Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 3
2003
CD
Sinfonie 3 Petra Lang
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly
Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2
2002
CD
MAHLER Symphony No.2 Melanie Diener/Petra Lang Melanie Diener
Petra Lang
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly
Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens
2001
CD
Berlioz: Les Troyens Ben Heppner
Michelle DeYoung
Petra Lang
Sara Mingardo
Peter Mattei
Stephen Milling
Kenneth Tarver
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphonie Nr. 9
1999
CD
 Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 Melanie Diener, Sopran
Petra Lang, Mezzosopran
Endrik Wottrich, Tenor
Dietrich Hensche, Bass
Collegium Vocale Gent
La Chapelle Royale
Orchestre des Champs-Elysees Orchester
Philippe Herreweghe, Dirigent
  Gioachino Rossini: Stabat Mater
1999
CD
 

Krassimira Stoyanova (Sopran)
Petra Lang (Mezzosopran)
Bruce Fowler (Tenor)
Daniel Borowski (Bass)

RIAS Kammerchor
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Marcus Creed (Dirigent)

  Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2
1998
CD
 Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 2 [SACD] Heidi Grant Murphy, Sopran

Petra Lang, Mezzosopran

Andrew Litton, Dirigent

Dallas Symphony Chorus

Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
1997
CD
Richard Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde Tristan - Heikki Sukkola
Isolde - Elizabeth Connell
Brangäne - Petra Lang
König Marke - Greg Ryerson
Kurwenal - Clayton Brainerd
Melot - Joel Sorensen
Ein Hirt - Robert Breault
Ein Steuermann - Frank Barr
Stimme eines jungen Seemanns - Robert Breault
The New York Choral Society
Opera Orchestra of New York
Conductor - Eve Queler
Anton Bruckner: Te Deum, Messe Nr. 2 in e-Moll
1995
CD
  Angela Maria Blasi (Soprano)
Petra Lang (Mezzo Soprano)
Herbert Lippert (Tenor)
Franz-Josef Selig (Bass)
Brno Czech Philharmonic Choir
Conductor:  Enoch zu Guttenberg
 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
1993
CD
   Il Conte di Almaviva - Thomas Hampson
La Contessa di Almaviva - Charlotte Margiono
Susanna - Barbara Bonney
Figaro - Anton Scharinger
Cherubino - Petra Lang
Marcellina - Ann Murray
Bartolo - Kurt Moll
Basilio - Philip Langridge
Don Curzio - Christoph Späth
Barbarina - Isabel Rey
Antonio - Kevin Langan
Due Donne - Liliana Castello & Petra Lang
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Johann Sebastian Bach: Kantaten BWV 36,61,62
1992
CD
BACH Cantatas BWV 36,61,62 Gardiner Petra Lang, Mezzosopran
Timothy Mason, Violoncello
Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Tenor
Nancy Argenta, Sopran
Anthony Robson Oboe / Englisch Horn
Olaf Bär, Bariton
Alison Bury, Violine
Monteverdi Choir Chor
John Eliot Gardiner, Dirigent
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
English Baroque Soloists Orchester