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Christiane Libor

  • Soprano


Christiane Libor's performances of the 2010-11 season include the title role of Euryanthe for the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, the title role of Fidelio at the Opéra de Nice conducted by Philippe Auguin, and Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at the Staatstheater Nürnberg conducted by Christof Prick.On the concert stage, Ms. Libor’s appearances include performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble in Cologne and Mahler’s Second Symphony with Markus Stenz and the NHK Symphony in Tokyo.The artist is in residence at the Bard Festival where she joins Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra for numerous programs including Berg’s Altenberg Lieder, Schmidt’s Das Buch Mit Sieben Siegeln, and Hindemith’s controversial opera Sancta Susanna.


Engagements of the last season include the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos with Opéra National du Rhin, the title role of Euryanthe in Warsaw, and Sieglinde in Die Walküre (Act I) with David Zinman and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.In concert, Ms. Libor sang Haydn’s Die Schöpfung with Markus Stenz and the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln and Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass in Oviedo and Warsaw.


Highlights of the recent past include highly acclaimed portrayals of the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos in Innsbruck and both Elisabeth and Venus in Tannhäuser at the Grazer Oper.Opera News heralded, “Remember the name Christiane Libor.After much buzz in Vienna, the promise suggested by her stupendous Senta in Graz last season was fulfilled by her Ariadne…Libor unquestionably ranks as one of the greatest Ariadnes in the past three decades, and maybe even tops that august list.Most importantly is the quality of her voice, the sheer beauty of tone from top to bottom.Her soprano is huge, plumy, power and under perfect control…The Berlin-born soprano has the perfect voice for Strauss, easily negotiating low-lying passages without forcing, blooming on top notes, effortlessly pouring out tidal waves of golden tone…”She also bowed in Wagner’s rarely heard opera, Die Feen.Of her performances at the Théâtre du Châtelet under the baton of Marc Minkowski, The New York Times wrote, “the soprano Christiane Libor gives a brilliant performance as Ada, singing with a blazing top and a compelling range of colors.”


Ms. Libor has performed Leonore in Fidelio at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden, and the Opernhaus Zürich; the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at the Staatsoper Hannover and the Staatstheater Nürnberg; and Senta in Der fliegende Holländer at the Staatstheater Nürnberg and Grazer Oper.Additional opera performances include Don Giovanni at the Semperoper Dresden, Der Freischütz at the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck and the Komische Oper Berlin, and Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmélites at the Hamburgische Staatsoper.


Her concert activities have brought her together with an array of the world’s most respected conductors including Kurt Masur, Ingo Metzmacher, Marc Minkowski, Helmuth Rilling, Simone Young, and Jaap van Zweden.She also is a frequent guest artist at such music festivals as Schubertiade Feldkirch, Richard-Strauss-Festspiele Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the BBC Proms.