Petra Lang
Adrian Baianu

Mezzo-soprano Petra Lang has made a name for herself worldwide as an interpreter of the major roles in Richard Wagner’s operas. For years she has sung the role of Isolde at the Bayreuth Festival. Furthermore, Petra Lang is an extremely sensible Lied singer who enchants her audiences wherever she performs. At this year’s Richard-Strauss-Tage she will perform songs by Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Marx, and Gustav Mahler (for whose compositions she has a particular affinity) and thus, together with her piano partner Adrian Baianu, provide an insight into the development of the Lied in the 19th century. Also two compositions by Richard Strauss that have never been performed in public will be presented at this concert. You ask, which ones will they be? Let us surprise you!

18:15 Introduction

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© Ann Weitz
© Ann Weitz

Petra Langis one of the most renowned Wagner singers of today. She sang Isolde in Bayreuth, Munich and Vienna and was Brünnhilde in the Ring Cycles at the Semper Opera Dresden under Christian Thielemann, at the Vienna State Opera under Peter Schneider and at the Grand Théâtre de Genève under Ingo Metzmacher. She interpreted Brünnhilde also in Bamberg, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest, Dortmund, Lucerne, Munich, Paris, Stuttgart and Tokyo.

Her legendary Ortrud earned worldwide recognition. Starting off as a lyric mezzo, she was quickly recognized for her interpretation of Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Cassandre (Les Troyens), Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos), Marie (Wozzeck) as well as her Wagner roles of Brangäne, Sieglinde, Venus, Kundry, Waltraute and Fricka.

Petra Lang sang at the major houses on both sides of the Atlantic and appeared at the festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz, Edinburgh and Bayreuth (Brangäne, Ortrudand Isolde). Her Cassandre on the live recording of Les Troyens under Sir Colin Davis and with the London Symphony Orchestra won her two Grammy Awards, a BRIT Award, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik as well as the Orphées d’Or de L’Academie du Disque.

She has a special connection to the works of Gustav Mahler. She recorded his symphonies No. 2 and 3 under Riccardo Chailly with the Concertgebouw Orchestra for DECCA and in addition sings a vast concert repertoire reaching from Bach to modern.  In addition, she is a sensitive Lied singer. She gave recitals with Adrian Baianu, Malcom Martineau, Carmen Piazzini, Maurizio Pollini, Wolfram Rieger, Charles Spencer and Einar Steen-Noekleberg in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Brussels (La Monnaie), Dresden (Semperopera), Edinburgh, Geneva (Victoria Hall, Grand Théâtre), Gent, London (Wigmore Hall, St. Lukes), Milan (La Scala), Munich (Gasteig), New York (Carnegie Hall, Danny Kaye Hall, Rockefeller University), Tokyo and Paris (Châtelet, Louvre, Salle Pleyel).

Petra Lang was born in Frankfurt am Main. After graduating as a violinist, she studied voice with Gertie Charlent and Ingrid Bjoner. She also worked on her Wagner roles with Astrid Varnay and studied with the Italian tenor Angelo Loforese. She visited master classes of Judith Beckmann, Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Hotter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Peter Schreier.

Adrian Baianu

Adrian BaianuAfter graduating from high school he studied music in Munich (piano with Gottfried Hefele, song interpretation with Erik Werba, Helmut Deutsch, Norman Shetler and Siegfried Mauser), musicology, theater studies and Italian philology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

Adrian Baianu works as a répétiteur and Lied accompanist with Susan Anthony, Wolfgang Brendel, Albert Dohmen, Wolfgang Koch, Petra Lang, Regula Mühlemann, Noemi Nadelmann, Tareq Nazmi, Andreas Schmidt, Wolfgang Schwaiger, Cheryl Studer, Falk Struckmann, Juha Uusitalo, Michael Volle, Okka von der Damerau, Edith Wiens and Elena Zaremba, among others.
Recitals in Berlin (Komische Oper), Bern, Grand Theatre de Geneve, Krakow, Wigmore Hall and St. Lukes London, Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Monte Carlo, Munich (Prinzregententheater), Savonlinna (Opera Festival), Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Valencia (Palau de les Artes and Palau de la Musica), Zurich, La Monnaie, Brussels, Strasbourg, Tokyo Spring Festival.