Greek coloratura soprano Danae Kontora is a former ensemble member at Oper Leipzig where she performed an interesting mix of roles during her two seasons in Leipzig including Blumenmädchen I (Parsifal),Marion Delorme in Gounod’s Cinq-Mars, Young Shepherd (Tannhäuser), Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Waldvogel (Siegfried) and, for the first time, Die Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), a role which has subsequently formed the backbone of her professional seasons. A voice described by Süddeutsche Zeitung as “brilliant to its highest notes”, Danae Kontora has subsequently performed DieKönigin der Nacht at Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, Aalto Musiktheater Essen, Oper Frankfurt, and in Barrie Kosky’s iconic production at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing. Danae Kontora has appeared at the Prinzregententheater with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in the title role in Martin y Soler’s L’arbore di Diana under Paolo Carignani, as Isabelle in Oscar Strasnoy’s Le bal under Ulf Schirmer, and she’s performed the role of Coloratura soprano in Claude Viviers’ Kopernikus at the Munich Biennale Festival of Contemporary Music.
Elsewhere on the opera stage, Danae recently sang her first Frasquita (Carmen) for Greek National Opera, and Oscar (Un ballo in maschera) for Israeli Opera, and will make debuts in the current season as Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) at Finnish National Opera, at Wiener Staatsoper as Frantzi in Johannes Maria Staud’s Die Weiden and returns to Oper Frankfurt in the world premiere of Lucia Ronchetti’s Inferno.
“A nearly full Royal Albert Hall audience assembled for Danae Kontora’s vocal pyrotechnics… Kontora exuded a ripeness of tone recalling that of Edita Gruberová, surely the work’s greatest exponent on record still.”
(Classical Source, Curtis Rogers, September 2019)
“Yet the concert as a whole, with its theatrical entrances and exits from the coloratura soprano Danae Kontora, supplying top-register frissons in arias by Mozart and Strauss, was an undeniably generous, high-level offering.”
(The Sunday Times, Paul Driver, September 2019)
“And, the charm and success of the evening was due in no small part to the contribution of Greek soprano Danae Kontora… I hope some of country’s casting agents were in the Royal Albert Hall and have started making the calls and contacts that will bring Kontora back to London soon. How both Mozart and Strauss would surely have delighted to hear their music performed with such effortless, silvery sweetness — the drama so fluently expressive, the vocal peaks reached so pure and integrated within a cohesive architecture.”
(Opera Today, Claire Seymour, September 2019)
“Their “star-flaming coloratura” drew on the arsenal of “rising stars”.”
(Onlinemerker.com, Peter Dusek)
“The absolute culmination of classical singing was offered by the Queen of the Night, who was in good hands with Danae Kontora.”
“Above all, star vocalist Danae Kontora, who was breath taking in the Queen of the Night’s aria and was the most convincing of the evening.”
“Danae Kontora, a coloratura soprano of the highest class, delivered her two arias precisely and effectively.”
“Of all the singers, it is Danae Kontora, as Oscar, whom most of the audience will be wanting to see again on the Tel Aviv stage.”
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