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.
This current season includes her first appearance with Greek National Opera as Frasquita in Carmen, she returns to both Oper Leipzig and Oper Frankfurt as Die Königin der Nacht and she joins Oper im Steinbruch for the first time in the same role. She also appears with Daniel Oren and Israeli Opera in her role debut as Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.
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