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Okka von der Damerau

OKKA VON DER DAMERAU studied in Rostock, Stuttgart and Freiburg. Between 2006 and 2010 she was ensemble member of the Staatsoper Hannover. Since 2010/2011 she is member of the ensemble of the Bayerische Staatsoper.  There, she sings parts such as Erda, Waltraute and Erste Norn, Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Mary (Der fliegende Holländer), Geneviève (Pelléas et Mélisande), Charlotte (Die Soldaten), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Hänsel (Hänsel und Gretel), Dryade (Ariadne auf Naxos). Performances have led her to La Scala in Milan (Charlotte in Die Soldaten), the Oper Frankfurt (Allwissende Muschel in Die Ägyptische Helena), to the Bayreuther Festspiele (Flosshilde, Erste Norn, Grimgerde), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Flosshilde). She will make her debut at the Lyric Opera Chicago in late autumn 2016 (Erda, Anna in Les troyens). Her repertoire includes the great mezzo and alto parts of the oratorio and concert literature. In 2006 she was awarded the special prize of the jury at the „Young Wagner Voices“ competition in Venice and received the Festival Prize of the Munich Opera Festival in 2013.