Wiebke Lehmkuhl


Contralto Wiebke Lehmkuhl was born in Oldenburg and studied singing under Ulla Groenewold and Hanna Schwarz at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, graduating with distinction. In Mozart Year 2006 Wiebke Lehmkuhl was awarded the city of Hamburg’s Mozart Prize and in 2011 was crowned Young Singer of the Year by the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation.

After guest performances at Kiel’s Opera House, and at the state operas in Hamburg and Hanover, Wiebke Lehmkuhl began her first permanent engagement at Zurich Opera House while still a student in 2008/09. Here she was able to further expand her repertoire, most important her debut as Erda (Das Rheingold). In 2012 Wiebke Lehmkuhl made her debut under Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Salzburg Festival. Further commitments included the Ring des Nibelungen (stage director: Günter Krämer, conductor: Philippe Jordan) to the Opéra de Bastille in Paris and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she performed the roles of the First Norn and Flosshilde in the Götterdämmerung under Kent Nagano.

On the international concert stage Wiebke Lehmkuhl is a highly sought-after soloist and gives regular guest appearances at all the major festivals, for example, at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival and the Festival La folle journée in Nantes. In addition Wiebke Lehmkuhl often performs as a guest in Vienna’s Musikverein, at the NDR in Hanover, with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, the Bamberg Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic and in cities such as Bilbao, Tokyo and Shanghai. The young contralto regularly works together with conductors such as Philippe Jordan, Daniele Gatti, Marc Minkowski, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Reinhard Goebel, Andreas Spering, Ottavio Dantone, Franz-Welser Möst, Riccardo Chailly, Kent Nagano and Daniel Harding. In addition Wiebke Lehmkuhl had also worked with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Frans Brüggen.

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