Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
Tanja Ariane Baumgartner is one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of our time. With Fricka (Rheingold/Walküre) at the Bayreuth Festival and at Lyric Opera Chicago, her brilliant Cassandre (Les Troyens) at Oper Frankfurt, her Klytämnestra (Elektra) and Agaue (The Bassarids) at the Salzburg Festival and her spectacular Ortrud debut (Lohengrin) at the Staatsoper Hamburg, she has sung her way to the top of the dramatic mezzo-sopranos internationally. Tanja Ariane Baumgartner's 2022/23 season begins with Von der Liebe Tod at the Vienna State Opera, where she will also appear as Fricka in Ring des Nibelungen. In Geneva she will make a guest appearance as Kundry. Her season ends with Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff at the Salzburg Festival in a new production by Christoph Marthaler. Concertante performances as Herodias with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony with the Bergen Philharmonic, Schnittke's Faust Cantata with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and Glanert's Prague Symphnie with the Concertgebouw Orchestra complete her diverse activities.
Highlights of recent seasons include Ortrud (Lohengrin) at the Vienna State Opera, Kundry (Parsifal) at the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen, Venus (Tannhäuser) in Hamburg in Tcherniakov's new production and at the Zurich Opera, Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Mary (Der fliegende Holländer) at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Clairon (Capriccio) in the new production Capriccio at the Bayerische Staatsoper for the 2022 Opera Festival at the Theater an der Wien and Covent Garden London, Carmen at Covent Garden London, Judith (Bluebeard's Castle) at the Edinburgh Festival, Countess Geschwitz (Lulu) and Charlotte (The Soldiers) at the Salzburg Festival, Agaue (The Bassarids) at the Komische Oper Berlin, Kostelnicka (Jenufa) in Santiago de Chile, Eboli (Don Carlos), Maddalena (Rigoletto), Azucena (Trovatore), Principessa de Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur) and Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde) at Oper Frankfurt. She was a member of the Frankfurt Opera ensemble from 2009 to 2020. Among her successes there, apart from those mentioned above, are the title role in Schoeck's Penthesilea, Amme in Die Frau ohne Schatten, Clairon, Gaea in Daphne, Preziosilla, Fremde Fürstin (Rusalka), Carmen, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Gora in the German premiere of Reimann's Medea (released on CD by OehmsClassics), Iokaste (Oedipe), Tigrana (Puccini-Edgar) and Charlotte (Werther). Concerts have taken the mezzo-soprano to the Salzburg Festival with Mahler's Lied von der Erde, to Munich and Hamburg with the Munich Philharmonic, to Tokyo with Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 conducted by Sebastian Weigle and to Paris with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. At the Brucknerhaus Linz she took on the role of Giuditta in Betulia liberata. Tanja Ariane Baumgartner first studied violin at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, then singing in Karlsruhe, Vienna and Sofia. She is professor of singing at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern.