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Magdalena Anna Hofmann

Magdalena Anna Hofmann

Acclaimed as an “intense, concentrated artist” (Opera News) with a voice of “dark beauty and lustrous tone” (Birmingham Post), Magdalena Anna Hofmann has been celebrated at many of the world’s most important opera houses, festivals and concert halls. Her repertoire spans some of the great heroines of the German and Slavic repertoire as well as Mozart roles, operetta and modern music.

Scheduled for the next few months are Isolde in Tristan und Isolde at the Staatsoper Hannover and in a new production at the Prague National Theatre.

Performances of the 201920 season have included her double debut as Leonore in Fidelio at the Teatro Comunale of Bologna, a role she also performed in a new production in Heidelberg; Sieglinde in Die Walküre and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung in Minden as well as Sieglinde with the Cracow Philharmonics. A new staging of Lessons of love and violence for Theater St. Gallen and Schönberg’s Pierrot Lunaire at the Wigmore Hall were cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In the 201819 season, she made her acclaimed role debut as Isolde in a new production of Tristan und Isolde in Hagen (“A sensational discovery in the Wagner repertoire”, Westfalenpost), performed Sieglinde in Die Walküre in Tianjin, Gutrune in Götterdämmerung in Minden and Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Warsaw Philharmonics.

Performances of the 201718 season included Kundry in Mondparsifal Beta 9–23 at the Berliner Festspiele, the title role of Jenö Hubay’s Anna Karenina in a new production at the Bern Opera House, Schönberg’s Gurrelieder at the Casa da Música in Porto, Kurt Weill’s Silbersee-Gesänge with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Sieglinde in Die Walküre at the Tiroler Festspiele in Erl.

Recent highlights have led her to the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen as Frau in Schönberg’s Erwartung and as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer, to the Wiener Festwochen as Kundry in the world premiere of Mondparsifal alpha 1–8 (B. Lang / R. Wagner), to the Berliner Philharmonie, the Birmingham Symphony Hall and to Bern with Erwartung, to the Aalto-Theater of Essen and to Bonn as Senta, to Minden for her role debut as Sieglinde in Die Walküre, to the Aalto-Theater as The Foreign Princess in Rusalka, to the Cesis Concert Hall in Latvia for her first Elsa in Lohengrin and to the Casa da Música in Porto for Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder and Isoldes Liebestod.

Magdalena Anna Hofmann was born in Warsaw and completed her formal vocal training in Vienna. She began her career as a mezzo-soprano, appearing at opera houses and festivals such as the Teatro alla Scala, the Theater an der Wien and the Bregenz Festival.

In 2011 she sang her first soprano role, Contessa in Le nozze di Figaro at the Klosterneuburg Festival, followed by her first and highly acclaimed Kundry in a new production of Parsifal at the Rahvusooper, Tallinn. Performances since then have included several important debuts such as Erwartung and Dallapiccola’s Il prigioniero at the Opéra of Lyon, Portia in André Tchaikovsky’s The Merchant Of Venice at the Bregenz Festival and concerts in Osaka, Porto, Stuttgart as well as at the Bad Urach Festival. In October 2014 she scored an exceptional success in her role debut as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer in Lyon, where she returned the following year as Carlotta in a new production of Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten.

Magdalena Anna Hofmann has worked with conductors such as Daniel Harding, Kirill Petrenko, Daniele Gatti, Bertrand de Billy, Michael Boder, Kazushi Ono, Hartmut Keil, Lothar Königs, Riccardo Frizza, Gaetano d’Espinosa, Bernhard Kontarsky, Patrick Summers, Alejo Perez, Tomáš Netopil as well as Vladimir Fedoseyev and stage directors such as Keith Warner, Àlex Olle (La Fura dels Baus), Nicola Raab, Peter Stein, Frank Castorf, Stéphane Braunschweig, Valentina Carrasco, John Fulljames, William Friedkin, Gerd Heinz, Daniel Slater, Lotte de Beer, David Bösch and Walter Sutcliffe.

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