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Annekathrin Laabs, Alto/Mezzo-soprano

Born in Erfurt, Annekathrin Laabs studied singing with Prof. Christiane Junghanns at the Dresden Uni-versity of Music and at masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Anna Reynolds, Peter Schreier and Hans-Joachim Beyer.

Annekathrin Laabs first came to international prominence in a series of concerts under the direction of Peter Schreier, which took her to the Los Angeles Opera, the Munich Philharmony Hall and con-cert halls in Linz, Prague, Luxembourg and Parma for performances of JS Bach's Mass in B minor, Christmas Oratorio and St Matthew Passion and Handel's Messiah. Invitations followed from all over Germany and abroad. Annekathrin Laabs is now in great demand as a soloist for the mezzo so-prano and alto roles in the oratorios of Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Dvo?ák, Mendelssohn and Honegger. She has a number of acclaimed CDs to her name, besides many live radio and TV re-cordings.
Annekathrin works with distinguished conductors such as Hans-Christoph Rademann, Tomas Neto-pil, Peter Schreier, Wolfgang Katschner, Roderich Kreile, Ludwig Güttler, Michael Schönheit, Mat-thias Jung, Ekkehard Klemm, Hansjörg Albrecht, Andrej Kosendiak, Mario Venzago and Kai-Uwe Jirka, appearing regularly with ensembles such as Munich Bach Choir, Stuttgart Hymnus-Chorknaben, Dresden Kreuzchor and Dresden Philharmonie, Dresden Chamber Choir and Dresden Baroque Orchestra, State- and Cathedral Choir Berlin, Lautten Compagney Berlin, MDR Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Sächsisches Vocalensemble, Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, Merse-burger Hofmusik and Wroc?aw Baroque Orchestra.

Operatic roles have included Murmilla (Telemann/Handel: Richardus I) for Leipzig Bach Festival and further venues, Ramiro (Mozart: La finta giardiniera) for Prague National Theatre, Frau Reich (Nico-lai: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Speranza and Proserpina (Monteverdi: Orfeo) as well as Witwe Browe (Lortzing: Zar und Zimmermann) for Hersfeld Operatic Summer -where she was awarded the Hersfeld Orpheus Prize-, Prinz Orlowsky (J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus) in Jena, Sorceress (Purcell: Dido and Aeneas ) with the Singakademie Dresden and Sinfonietta Dresden, Oreste (A.Lotti: Ascanio) with the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle for the Leipzig Bach Festival, Meissen and Bayreuth, Hänsel (Hum-perdinck: Hänsel und Gretel) for the Neue Elbland Philharmonie, Abel (Antonio Lotti: Kain und Abel ) and the female leading role of Lisa (Benjamin Schweitzer: Jakob von Gunten, world premiere) for Dresden University of Music.

Concert engagements in 2009/2010 have included Bach’s St Matthew Passion directed by Ludwig Güttler with the Virtuosi Saxoniae and the Dresden Vocalensemble, Bach’s Köthener Trauermusik at the Thuringia Bach Festival with the Lautten Compagney Berlin under Wolfgang Katschner, Men-delssohn’s Paulus in Spain with the Dresden Chamber Choir and Mendelsohn Chamber Orchestra under Hans Christoph Rademann, the alto role of Saint Catherine in Honegger’s Jeanne d'Arc au bucher with the Philharmonic Choir of Konstanz and the Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie under Wolfgang Mettler, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Thomaskirche Leipzig with the Leipzig Vocalen-semble and the Leipzig Baroque Orchestra under Philipp Amelung, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël at the Frauenkirche Dresden with the Frauenkirche Chamber Choir under Matthias Grünert, Mozart Requiem and Bach Cantatas in Japan, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Stuttgart Liederhalle, and Bach’s Mass in B Minor at the Frauenkirche Dresden.

Engagements for 2011 include a concert and CD recording of the programme Naples in Dresden of works by Domenico Sarri with the Sächsisches Vocalensemble and the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle un-der Matthias Jung followed by performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion in Rouen (France), at the Herkulessaal, Munich and the Basilika Benediktbeuern with the Arcis-Vocalisten under Thomas Gropper, Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Hasse’s Missa ultimo in G minor with the Sächsisches Vo-calensemble and the Virtuosi Saxoniae under Ludwig Güttler, and the role of Goffredo in Handel’s opera Rinaldo with the Lautten Compagney Berlin under Wolfgang Katschner
Chamber music is an important part of Annekathrin's musical life. Recent performances have in-cluded a programme of Handel solo cantatas with the harpsichordist Jan Katschke, works for solo alto voice and gamba with Thomas Fritzsch (gamba) and the harpsichordist Michael Schönheit and cantatas by Vivaldi und Hasse with the Dresden Baroque Orchestra. With the pianist Alexander Schmalcz, Annekathrin Laabs has given recitals of songs by Brahms, Mahler, Schumann and Britten at festivals and in concert series throughout Germany.

 

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