Marlis Petersen

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Marlis Petersen
Berliner Philharmoniker at Brandenburg Gate asv2019-08-24 img23.jpg
Marlis Petersen in 2019
Born3 February 1968

Marlis Petersen (born 3 February 1968)[2][1] is a German coloratura soprano in opera.


Born in Sindelfingen, Germany,[1] Marlis Petersen won six important piano competitions before eventually going to the Stuttgart Conservatory where she studied music education, flute and dance as well as voice. She made her operatic debut at the Staatstheater in Nuremberg as Ännchen in Der Freischütz which led to a contract with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where she primarily sang in operas by Mozart and Strauss. On 6 September 2007, Petersen sang the role of Aphrodite in the world premiere of Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra at the Berlin State Opera.[3] Another world premiere came in May 2008, when she sang the role of Marta in Manfred Trojahn's La Grande Magia at the Dresden Semperoper.[4] Petersen has also appeared on the stages of Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, London, Paris, Geneva, and Monte Carlo.

In addition to her operatic roles, Petersen is known for her performances in works by Johann Sebastian Bach with conductors Ton Koopman and Helmuth Rilling and for her Lieder recitals with pianist Jendrik Springer. She sang the title role in the premiere of the Aribert Reimann opera Medea at the Vienna State Opera in 2010.[5]

Ιn March 2010, Petersen undertook the role of Ophélie in Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet at the New York Metropolitan Opera. She spent less than four days preparing for the role, which, a reviewer remarked, "to judge from her beautiful and emotionally vulnerable singing, she clearly relishes."[6]

Since 2009, she lives in Athens, Greece.[7]



  1. ^ a b c Ketterson (2008)
  2. ^ Heinrich (2018)
  3. ^ Apthorp (2007)
  4. ^ Apthorp (2008)
  5. ^ Schott Music (2010)
  6. ^ Tommasini (2010)
  7. ^ Kousteni (2016)


  • Apthorp, Shirley (11 September 2007). "Dazzling music, murky meaning". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  • Apthorp, Shirley (15 May 2008). "La Grande Magia, Semperoper, Dresden". Financial Times. Retrieved 13 November 2008.[permanent dead link]
  • Heinrich, Luigi (19 January 2018). "Zwischen Opern und Oliven". Kleine Zeitung (in German). Graz. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  • Ketterson, Mark Thomas (August 2008). "Sound Bites: Marlis Petersen". Opera News. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  • Kousteni, Matula (28 May 2016). "Interview". Protagon (in Greek). Athens. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  • ""A Magical Moment" Medea Premiered at the Vienna State Opera". Schott Music. Mainz. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 29 August 2019.
  • Tommasini, Anthony (17 March 2010). "This Prince: What a Piece of Work". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved 29 August 2019.

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