MICHELLE BREEDT

Michelle Breedt, one of the leading mezzo sopranos of her generation, began her career at the Opera Studio in Cologne, before she joined the Staatstheater Braunschweig where she performed a range of Mozartean and bel canto mezzo-soprano roles as well as non-standard repertoire such as Diana/Giove (La Calisto), Anna (Die sieben Todsünden), and Melisande in a production directed by Brigitte Fassbaender who also directed her first Octavian, Charlotte (Werther), Carmen, Brangaene and Didon in Les Troyens. The works of Berlioz feature strongly in her repertoire. Invitations from larger opera houses followed quickly and as a freelance singer Michelle Breedt has appeared regularly at the Semperoper Dresden, Staatstheater Hamburg and Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as at the Paris Opéra and in Amsterdam, Lisbon, Ferrara and Modena, and in the Opera Houses in Tokyo and Hong Kong.
In 2000 she made her debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) under Christian Thielemann, returning almost annually since then for Fricka and Brangaene. Appearances at the Salzburg and Bregenz Festival feature in her calendar. Since 2000 she has had a close association with the Vienna Staatsoper, singing Niklaus, Cherubino, Stephano (Roméo et Juliette), Octavian and Brangäne, and winning the Eberhard Wächter Medaille.
2006 saw the start of a close relationship with the Zurich Opera which began with the Composer in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos, a role which she sings all over the world, followed by Brangaene and Oktavian.
Recitals and concerts feature large in Michelle Breedt’s career. She is a regular visitor at the Schubertiade Festival in Austria, and has also appeared at the Wigmore Hall in London, the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berliner Philharmonie and Schauspielhaus, and the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein. She has worked with the leading conductors of the day, amongst others Gerd Albrecht, Christoph von Dohnányi, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Mariss Jansons, Seiji Ozawa, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann and Franz Welser-Möst.
Countless CDs and DVDs are available.

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