Artists biographies
Marlis Petersen

The main focus of Marlis Petersen’s repertoire is the field of classical coloratura, however she has also made a name for herself as an interpreter of contemporary music.

Marlis Petersen gave her debut at the Vienna State Opera with Lulu. This central role of her repertoire she also sang in Peter Konwitschny’s much admired staging in Hamburg, at the Chicago Lyric Opera und in a new production in Athens. In the meantime she is a regular guest at the most important opera houses worldwide, e.g. Opéra de Paris, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, state operas of Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Vienna, Theater an der Wien, Metropolitan Opera New York, Los Angeles Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera and at the Festivals of Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence.

Important roles of her repertoire are e.g. Lulu, Violetta (‘Traviata’), Susanna (‘Le Nozze di Figaro’), Pamina (‘Die Zauberflöte’), Adele and Rosalinde (‘Fledermaus’), Marguerite (‘Les Huguenots’), Manon, Thais and Elettra (‘Idomeneo’). Recently, she had a sensational success in a new Lulu production at Bavarian State Opera, which she repeated at the Metropolitan Opera New York as an extraordinary farewell from this role.

Marlis Petersen participated in important world premieres such as Werner Henze’s ‘Phaedra’ in Berlin and Brussels, Manfred Trojahn’s ‘La grande magia’ at Semperoper Dresden and Aribert Reimann’s ‘Medea’ at the Vienna State Opera.

In the concert field, the soprano has already worked with the greatest conductors worldwide such as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, Antonio Pappano, Jeffrey Tate, Ingo Metzmacher, Thomas Hengelbrock and collaborated also with several specialists in the historical performance practice as René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Trevor Pinnock and Helmuth Rilling. Furthermore she was part of the opening ceremonies of the Elbphilharmonie where she will be singing in a worldcreation of Jörg Widmann under the baton of Kent Nagano.

Marlis Petersen was elected by the magazine Opernwelt ‘Singer of the year’ for the third time in 2015.

Marlis Petersen © Y. Mavropoulos Marlis Petersen © Y. Mavropoulos

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2013

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2010

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2009