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Annette Dasch

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Annette Dasch
Annette Dasch during the Salzburg Festival, 2008
Born (1976-03-24) 24 March 1976 (age 48)
  • Opera singer
  • concert soloist
Years active2000–present
(m. 2011)

Annette Dasch (born 24 March 1976) is a German soprano. She performs in operas and concerts.



Born in West Berlin,[1] Annette Dasch studied voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München with Josef Loibl.

She made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera as the Gänsemagd (Goose girl) in Humperdinck's Königskinder, at La Scala as Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, at the Salzburg Festival 2006 as Aminta in his Il re pastore, staged and conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock,[2] and at the Paris Opera as Antonia in Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann.[3] Her performance of Schumann's Genoveva at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden under Marc Piollet was recorded live in 2006.[4] In 2007 she sang Elvira at the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim.[5] She appeared in Salzburg in 2007 as Haydn's Armida, staged by Christof Loy,[6] and in 2008 as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni.[7][8] She sang the role of Electra in Mozart's Idomeneo, staged by Dieter Dorn and conducted by Kent Nagano, in the reopening in June 2008 of the Cuvilliés Theatre where the opera had been first performed in 1781.[9][10] Idomeneo was performed by John Mark Ainsley and Ilia by Juliane Banse. Her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 2009 was the Countess in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, conducted by Fabio Luisi.[11] Her debut at the Bayreuth Festival as Elsa in Wagner's Lohengrin, staged by Hans Neuenfels and conducted by Andris Nelsons, in the opening night 25 July 2010.[7]

On the concert stage she appeared at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Mendelssohn's Elijah with Seiji Ozawa. She sang in Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.[3] With the Gächinger Kantorei and the New York Philharmonic under Helmuth Rilling she appeared in Avery Fisher Hall in Handel's Messiah in 2009.[12][13]

In December 2014, she returned to the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.[14]

Dasch is on the jury of the International Song Competition "Das Lied" chaired by Thomas Quasthoff.[15] Composer Richard Beaudoin has dedicated two works to her.[16]

She has a regular show called "Annette's Dasch-Salon" in Berlin, playing with the term "Waschsalon" (laundromat).[17]

Dasch voiced Madame de Garderobe in the German dubbing of the 2017 film Beauty and the Beast.[18]

She replaced Anna Netrebko, who withdrew due to exhaustion, as Elsa in Lohengrin at the 2019 Bayreuth Festival.[19]

Personal life


In 2011, Dasch married Austrian baritone Daniel Schmutzhard.[20] They have two children, Fanny and Hans.[21]

Selected recordings



  1. ^ ""Ich muss raus. Ich muss leben!"". 25 November 2007.
  2. ^ Salzburg Festival Archive 2006
  3. ^ a b Annette Dasch on Bach Cantatas website
  4. ^ Schumann: Genoveva – Opera in Four Acts, Op. 81 – 2CD on Premiere Classical
  5. ^ Annette Dasch Archived 23 December 2009 at the Wayback Machine at New York Philharmonic
  6. ^ Salzburg Festival Archive 2007
  7. ^ a b "Annette Dasch". Bayreuther Festspiele. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
  8. ^ Salzburg Festival Archive 2008
  9. ^ Idomeneo Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Bayerische Staatsoper, Biographies
  10. ^ Jubel für «Idomeneo» im wiedereröffneten Münchner Cuvilliés-Theater[permanent dead link] ddp, 15 June 2008 (in German)
  11. ^ Pratfalls at the Palace, Upstairs or Downstairs review by Steve Smith in The New York Times, 5 November 2009
  12. ^ Messiah Archived 6 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine New York Philharmonic, 2009
  13. ^ A Period-Style Taste of a Holiday-Season Staple review by Vivian Schweitzer in The New York Times, 16 December 2009
  14. ^ Bernheimer, Martin (4 December 2014). "Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Metropolitan Opera, New York – review". Financial Times.
  15. ^ Das Lied Archived 8 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine The Jury for 2011
  16. ^ Richard Beaudoin: Works Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, accessed 10 January 2011
  17. ^ Vom Urlaub träumen ist auch okay (It's also ok to dream of vacation) Interview in FAZ, 10 June 2008 (in German)
  18. ^ "Die Schöne und das Biest (Deutscher Original Film Soundtrack)". Discogs. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  19. ^ "Annette Dasch: Erst Wotersen, dann Bayreuth". Lübecker Nachrichten. 8 August 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2020.
  20. ^ Hauser, Marion (8 June 2012). "Annette Dasch: Gefunkt hat es bei Blunzengröstl". Kurier.
  21. ^ "DANIEL SCHMUTZHARD – Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald". Oline Merker. 22 March 2015.