Highlights of Mette Esjing’s past seasons include singing Poul Ruders’ City in the Sea (written for her and based on writings of Edgar Allen Poe), in Århus (Denmark); Hindemith’s Sancta Susanna in concert with Riccardo Muti (Ravenna); performances of Mary in Der fliegende Holländer with Staatsoper Berlin and Teatro alla Scala; the Mozart Requiem (Rome); Braxton Blake’s Dorothy Parker Songs (written for her) with the Århus Symfoniorkester; Erda in Das Rheingold with the Vienna Staatsoper and the Staatstheater Stuttgart; Klytaemnestra in Elektra and Mary in Der fliegende Holländer in Napoli (Teatro San Carlo); Erda and the First Norn in Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival, Quickly in Falstaff with Atlanta Opera; Erda in Siegfried with the Bilbao Opera; Annina in Der Rosenkavalier (Brussels); Humperdinck’s Königskinder with Jeffrey Tate at Teatro San Carlo di Napoli; Erda and the First Norn in Der Ring des Nibelungen with Daniel Barenboim and the Staatsoper Berlin on tour in Japan; Szenen aus Goethes Faust with RAI Torino and Jeffrey Tate; Songs and Dances of Death (Copenhagen); Gaea in Daphne (Linz); Gertrude in Marschner’s Hans Heiling with Dennis Russell Davies and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; a concert performance of Elektra in Tivoli (Copenhagen); Alexander Nevsky with the Danish Radio Orchestra; and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
Her orchestral engagements have included Moussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death; Mahler’s Symphony No. 2in Toronto and St. Louis; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at La Scala with Riccardo Muti; Mahler’s Symphony No. 3with Valery Gergiev on tour with the Rotterdam Philharmonic; Der Ring des Nibelungen with Daniel Barenboim in Berlin; Nicholas Maw’s Scenes and Arias with the San Francisco Symphony with Roger Norrington; Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky in Evian, France, with Mstislav Rostropovich; and the Wesendonck Lieder with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.