Anne Schwanewilms | Soprano
German soprano Anne Schwanewilms is considered one of today’s finest interpreters of Strauss and Wagner. She has appeared in the world’s most renowned opera houses, including the Viennese Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala, the Salzburg Festival and Chicago’s Lyric Opera with such distinguished conductors as Sir Colin Davis, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Thielemann, Riccardo Chailly, Christoph von Dohnányi, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Kurt Masur and James Levine and with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra Hilversum, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre national de France.
Anne Schwanewilms has a wide operatic repertoire ranging from lyrical German, Italian and French works to modern composers. She is particularly fond of Richard Strauss. In concert, Anne Schwanewilms is a regular guest at the world’s greatest concert halls (Vienna’s Musikverein, New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Washington’s Kennedy Center et al.). An eminent lieder singer, she has formed close working relationships with leading pianists such as Charles Spencer, Roger Vignoles und Malcolm Martineau, and has given recitals with them worldwide, in Barcelona, Tokyo, Washington and elsewhere.
Anne Schwanewilms’s art has been captured on numerous CD and DVD recordings. On DVD, there are the Salzburg Festival productions of Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (Nagano) and Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten (Thielemann, 2011) as well as the Dresden Rosenkavalier (Fabio Luisi), Wagner’s Lohengrin (live from the Concertgebouw, Jaap van Zweden) and Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites. On CD, Anne Schwanewilms can be heard in Mahler’s Second and Eighth Symphonies, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. Further recordings document her interpretations of Chrysothemis (Strauss’s Elektra under Semyon Bychkov), Desdemona (Otello under Sir Colin Davis), Messiaen’s Poèmes pour Mi (Jun Märkl) and several CDs featuring Richard Strauss’s songs and opera scenes.