Anne Schwanewilms

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Schwanewilms as Ariadne in Ariadne auf Naxos, State Opera Hamburg, 2012

Anne Schwanewilms (born 1967, in Gelsenkirchen, West Germany) is a German lyric soprano. She studied gardening before training in Cologne as a singer with the German bass Hans Sotin. She is particularly associated with performing the works of Richard Wagner, Franz Schreker, Alban Berg, and Richard Strauss. One of her greatest triumphs was in the lead role of Carlotta in Franz Schreker's "Die Gezeichneten" at the Salzburg Festival in 2005, recorded and subsequently published on DVD by Opus Arte.

She sang Gutrune in James Levine's Der Ring des Nibelungen.

On 26 January 2011, she performed the role of the Marschallin in the jubilee centenary performance of Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss at the Semperoper in Dresden.

Her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City in the role of the Kaiserin in Die Frau ohne Schatten took place on 7 November 2013.


In 2002, she was named Singer of the Year by the German magazine Opernwelt.

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