World renowned American soprano Laura Aikin is a familiar presence in the world’s great opera houses and concert halls performing with many of the greatest conductors of our time including Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Pierre Boulez, Sylvain Cambreling, William Christie, Christoph von Dohnányi, Daniele Gatti, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Fabio Luisi, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti, Helmuth Rilling, Donald Runnicles, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Markus Stenz and Franz Welser-Möst,.
Possessing a range of over three octaves and an arresting stage presence, her repertoire embraces works from the Baroque to the contemporary. In great demand in both Europe and America she began her career as a member of the ensemble at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (1992-98) where she performed more than 300 times in major roles like Lulu, Königin der Nacht/DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE, Zerbinetta/ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Amenaide/ TANCREDI, Sophie/DER ROSENKAVALIER, Adele/DIE FLEDERMAUS, and Zaide.
Laura Aikin is now a regular guest at the leading opera houses worldwide such as the Vienna State Opera, La Scala Milan, Bavarian State Opera, Opernhaus Zurich, Netherlands Opera, Opéra National de Paris, Semperoper Dresden, Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Opera Frankfurt, Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera and Metropolitan Opera New York. In addition to her numerous concert appearances at the Salzburg Festival, she appeared among others as Königin der Nacht, in the world premiere of Henze's opera L'UPUPA and as Konstanze/DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL. She was highly acclaimed by both audience and press for her interpretation of Marie in Zimmermann’s DIE SOLDATEN in 2012 and in Birtwistle‘s GAWAIN in 2013.
Miss Aikin has appeared as a concert artist throughout the world with orchestras such as the Dallas, London, San Francisco, Chicago, Vienna, BBC and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Berlin, Munich, Israel and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras, Cleveland Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Les Arts Florissants, Concerto Köln and Concentus Musicus. The many international festivals in which she has performed include Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Schleswig-Holstein, Melbourne, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Wiener and Berliner Festwochen. She has performed as a Lied singer in Berlin, Milan, Dresden and Rome, and made her American recital debut in the San Francisco Chamber Music Series.
Recent operatic successes have included her first Giunia/LUCIO SILLA in Barcelona, Konstanze and Marguérite/LES HUGUENOTS in Strasbourg, Aithra/DIE ÄGYPTISCHE HELENA at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Lulu in Paris and at the Lyon Opera, La Scala and the Wiener Festwochen in the new Peter Stein production, Rossini’s SEMIRAMIDE in Naples and Marilyn Monroe in the première of De Raaff’s opera WAITING FOR MISS MONROE in Amsterdam. Further highlights included Diana/ARBORE DI DIANA in Barcelona, Cleopatra/GIULIO CESARE in Dresden and Olympia/LES CONTES D’HOFFMANN in Paris.
Recent concert highlights have included Brahms’ EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Jaap Van Zweden and the St Louis Symphony Orchestra under David Robertson, Haydn’s THE CREATION again with the St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Berg’s ALTENBERG LIEDER under Pierre Boulez, concerts with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under Michael Tilson Thomas, Donna Anna/DON GIOVANNI in concert under Iván Fischer and Berg’s LULU-Suite with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna under Cornelius Meister at the Vienna Konzerthaus.
In 2013/14 she will return to the Berlin Staatsoper in a new production of Feldman’s opera NEITHER and will perform both GAWAIN (with BBC Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins) and DIE SOLDATEN in concerts. The latter one will take place at the Festival Présences, the festival of contemporary music of the Radio France, where she will also sing Boulez’ VISAGE NUPTIAL, both with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. Further concerts include Dutilleux’ LE TEMPS L’HORLOGE at Berlin Konzerthaus, Bernstein’s TROUBLE IN TAHITI with the Göteborg Symphonic Orchestra under Kent Nagano and Beethoven’s IX. SYMPHONY under Sylvain Cambreling in Japan. A tour of concerts with Handel’s ALESSANDRO (Role: Lisaura) will take her to Bucharest, Amsterdam, Paris and Vienna and she will perform recitals in the United States and Munich among others.
Her many acclaimed recordings include Beethoven's CHRISTUS AM ÖLBERG with Daniel Barenboim on the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Centennial Edition Recording, Songs and Cycles by Rorem with pianist Donald Sulzen (Orfeo), Schönberg's DIE JAKOBSLEITER with the Südwestfunk Symphony Orchestra, Respighi's LA CAMPANA SOMMERSA (Montpellier Opera) and a DVD of LULU (Opernhaus Zurich). Other DVD releases include Henze's L'UPUPA, and DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL (Salzburg Festival) and LES DIALOGUES DES CARMELITES (La Scala with Riccardo Muti).
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