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Claudia Mahnke

mezzo-soprano

Claudia Mahnke
© Barbara Aumüller

Claudia Mahnke adds two roles to her repertoire during Oper Frankfurt's 2017/18 season: Selika in a new production of Meyerbeer's L’Africaine and Frau Greiner in the world premiere of Arnulf Herrmann's Der Mieter/The Tenant. She also repeats her wonderful portrayals of Judith in Herzog Blaubarts Burg/Bluebeard's Castle and Fricka in Das Rheingold. Recent triumphs, many in new productions, in Frankfurt have included Didon (role debut) in Les Troyens, Fricka / Waltraute / 2nd Norn (Wagner's Ring), Meg Page (Falstaff), Blanche (Der Spieler/The Gambler), Marie (Berg's Wozzeck), Frugola (Il trittico), Cuniza (Oberto), Gertrud (mother - Hänsel und Gretel), Komponist (Ariadne auf Naxos), Ottavia (Lʼincoronazione di Poppea) and Kundry (Parsifal). Her broad and varied repertoire includes Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Magdalena (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Herodias (Salome) and Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier). Recent guest engagements have included appearances at the Munich, Hamburg and Stuttgart state operas, in Essen, Köln, at the Teatro Real Madrid, Opéra Lyon, San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, the Houston Grand Opera, in Tokyo, Seoul, at the Ruhrtriennale and, several years running, the Bayreuth Festival. The Staatsoper in Stuttgart, where Claudia Mahnke was a member of of the ensemble before she came to Frankfurt, bestowed the title of Kammersängerin on her in 2006. She was nominated many times for »Female Singer of the Year« in Opernwelt magazine for her portrayal of the title role in Hartmann's Simplicius Simplicissimus in Stuttgart, a role with which she later thrilled audiences in Frankfurt.