Simone Schröder

“She articulates herself very clearly, holds her smooth, blooming alto with prudence and fills all her roles (Erda in Das Rheingold and Siegfried, as well as Schwertleite in Die Walküre and the Erste Norn in the Götterdämmerung) with expressive liveliness. Furthermore she is the only solo artist in this season, in the entire first cycle, who sings with pure intonation without any trace of contesting." (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

The mezzo-soprano is a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival, where she sings Floßhilde, Schwertleite and 1. Norn in the RING-Cycle as well as Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Blumenmädchen and Stimme aus der Höhe (Parsifal). In 2015 she returned to Bayreuth as Grimgerde in Die Walküre. Her Erda (Das Rheingold and Siegfried) was acclaimed by the audience and critics, a role that she sang again in 2009 at the New National Theatre Tokyo conducted by Dan Ettinger. Simone Schröder is a permanent guest of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin. She made her debut in 1997/98 as Page (Salome) with Daniel Barenboim and can be heard as Suzuki (Madame Butterfly), Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff), Emilia (Otello), Marcellina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Roßweiße (Die Walküre). Her broad repertoire includes morover Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Herodias (Salome), Erda, Fricka und Brangäne. Guest engagments led the German Mezzo Soprano to the Nationaltheater Mannheim, Teatro Colon Buenos Aires, New National Theatre Tokyo, to the Semperoper Dresden, Opera Leipzig, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Washington National Opera, Valencia, Bari, to the Proms in London and to the Salzburger Festspiele. Simone Schröder has worked amongst others with Daniel Barenboim, Ivor Bolton, Dan Ettinger, Daniele Gatti, Daniel Harding, Taijiro Iimori, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta, Jonathan Nott, Roberto Paternostro, Kirill Petrenko, Ulf Schirmer und Christian Thielemann. Plans for the season 2015/16 include Fricka at the New National Theatre Tokyo and Roßweise in the revival of the RING at the Staatsoper Berlin.

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