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Dorothea Röschmann (soprano)
Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Whenever Dorothea Röschmann went to London for singing lessons she always went to the National Portrait Gallery. The paintings of historical characters thrilled her so much that the idea took root to put a recital programme together that would lead her audiences round an art gallery. Portraits is the title of her 2014 album (Sony) on which this lyric soprano draws pictures of women by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, and Wolf with extraordinary intensity. Places where she has appeared in recital include the Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerhaus in Vienna and now, for the first time, Frankfurt, with the pianist Malcolm Martineau, who accompanies her on the recording. Her latest solo album of female portraits by Schumann and Berg, accompanied by Mitzuko Ichida, recently won a Grammy. Since her debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro under Nikolaus Harnoncourt in 1995 Dorothea Röschmann has performed at leading opera houses around the world. She has sung all of Mozart's leading ladies; with her exquisite, velvety timbre and irresistible intensity she has also sung Desdemona, the Marschallin and Jenufa. Dorothea Röschmann has been closely linked for many years to the Staatsoper in Berlin, who recently made her a Kammersängerin.

Here is their programme.