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Opernwelt crowns Marlis Petersen as ‘Singer of the Year’

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The authoritative German magazine Opernwelt has released its Jahrbuch 2020. After questioning 50 independent and internationally renowned critics, it takes stock of the past opera season. After awards in 2004, 2010, and 2015, Marlis Petersen, currently performing at La Monnaie in Die tote Stadt, has been proclaimed ‘Sängerin des Jahres’ for the fourth time. Nobody can imitate the German soprano.

Marlis Petersen received her nomination for her “method acting-inspired interpretation of Korngold’s Marietta (and Marie) at the Bavarian State Opera Munich, in addition to that of Salome (Strauss) at the Theater an der Wien. In both cases, the soprano has created role portraits that fascinate by their layering and their existential weight; in short, by an authenticity that almost makes the viewer forget that they are fictional characters.”

Marlis Petersen has been our guest several times since her La Monnaie debut in 2006 as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Mozart). She performed Aphrodite in Henze’s Phaedra (2007), made her debut there as Marguerite de Valois in Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots (2011), and sang Leonore in a concert version of Beethoven’s only opera in 2017.