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Gun-Brit Barkmin

With her stage presence and expressiveness, german soprano GUN-BRIT BARKMIN is considered as an important interpreter of leading roles in works by Janácek, Britten, Berg, Wagner and Richard Strauss. She studied at the Conservatoire Rostock and continued her studies at the Hochschule for Music Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden. After engagements in Freiberg and Vienna, in 2000 she became an ensemble member of the Komische Oper in Berlin. The personification of the theatrically demanding character roles like Marie in Berlin and Cardiff, Salome at the Opernhaus Zurich, Elsa (Lohengrin) and Chrysothemis (Elektra) in Leipzig, as well as Queen Elizabeth I in Britten’s Gloriana and Emilia Marty (Die Sache Makropulos) in Prague have become integral roles in her repertoire. Recently she sang among others, Marie (Wozzeck) in Zurich and London, Elena (El Publico) in Madrid and Salome in Prague. Future plans include among others Marie (Wozzeck) in Paris and Katerina (Lady Macbeth von Mzensk) in Zurich. She gave her debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2013 as Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) and has also sung Salome and Sieglinde.