Tanja Ariane Baumgartner ist crutned among the leading Mezzo-sopranos of our time. Recent highlights include her performances of Fricka (Rheingold/Walküre) at the 2017 Bayreuth Festival as well as this season at Lyric Opera of Chicago. Further standout performances that have catapulted her to the top class of international mezzo-sopranos include her celebrated Cassandre (Les Troyens) at the Frankfurt Oper and her spectacular roll debut as Ortrud (Lohengrin) at the Staatsoper Hamburg. Her highly anticipated upcoming performances in the 2017/18 season include her roll-debut as Kundry (Parsifal) at the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp, a new production Capriccio in Frankfurt.
In Summer 2018, Ms. Baumgartner will return to the Salzburger Festspiele where she will sing Ague/Venus in a new production of Heinz-Werner Henzes The Bassarides under the baton of Kent Nagano. Her further performances planned for the future include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic, Orchestra de Radio France, as well as appearances at the Oper Frankfurt, Opernhaus Zürich, and the Staatsoper Hamburg.
Ms. Baumgartner has been a member of the ensemble at the Oper Frankfurt since the 2009/10 season. During her time in Frankfurt she made successful appearances in numerous operas and roles, including among others: Carmen, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), Eboli (Don Carlo), Gora in the German premiere of Reimann’s Medea (which has been released on CD by OehmsClassics), Amme (Die Frau ohne Schatten), the foreign princess (Rusalka), Iocaste (Oedipe), Tigrana (Puccini-Edgar), Charlotte (Werther), Gaea (Daphne) and the title told in Other Schoeck’s Penthesilea.
Alongside her activities in Frankfurt, Ms. Baumgartner made her role-debut in the 2016/17 season at the Mayor’s Wife (Jenufa) in Santiago de Chile and appeared in the 2015/16 season in Toulouse as Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle, at the Theater an der Wien as Clarion in Capriccio, and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde. Ms. Baumgartner also made her role-debut as Clarion in Strauss’ Capriccio at the Royal Opera House in London in summer 2013, and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival as Judith in Bluebeard’s Castle that same year. She made her debut at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2010 as Gräfin Geschwitz in Lulu and returned the Salzburg in 2012 as Charlotte in Zimmermann’s Soldaten.
Ms. Baumgartner began her musical studies with the violin at the Musikhochschul in Freiburg and the continue to study voice in Karlsruhe, Vienna and Sofia.