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ANA MARIA LABIN |Soprano
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Romanian born soprano Ana Maria Labin grew up in Switzerland. Still as a student she won the First Prize at the inaugural Swiss competition Concours Ernst Haefliger and had her debut as Valencienne in Pier Luigi Pizzi’s Die lustige Witwe under the baton of Asher Fish at La Scala di Milano.

 

Highlights for the season 2019/2020 for Ana Maria include the role of Ginevra in concert performances of Händel's Ariodante with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski in a European tour visiting venues such as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kölner Philharmonie and the Opéra National de Bordeaux, Euridice in Haydn's Orfeo ed Euridice at the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt under Enrico Onofri, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro and Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte all at the Opéra National de Bordeaux,

Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte with Classical Opera and conductor Ian Page at Cadogan Hall in London and Belezza in Händel's Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with ensemble Les Accents. At Theater St. Gallen she is scheduled to make her role debut as Agathe in Der Freischütz.

Most recently she sang the role of Romilda in Händel's Xerxes and Leocasta in Vivaldi’s Giustino with Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina and Esilena in Händel's Rodrigo with ensemble Les Accents , all at the Festival de Beaune, the title role in Haydn’s Armida at the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt under Enrico Onofri, Mozart's Great Mass in c minor with Les Musiciens du Louvre and Marc Minkowski in a tour through Europe, the Countess’ last Scene from Strauss' Capriccio with Staatskapelle Halle, Strauss' Vier Letzte Lieder at Opera North and she made her debut as Pamina in Die Zauberflöte at the Opernfestspiele St Margarethen. 

Ana Maria established herself as an acclaimed Mozart singer as Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni and Fiordiligi  in Cosi fan tutte in Drottningholm and Versailles, also performing Donna Anna at Glyndebourne On Tour and Contessa at the Estate Theatre Prague, at Opera North and at Oper Köln. Other Mozart roles include Arminda in La Finta giardiniera at the Festival Aix-en-Provence, Luxemburg and Toulon, Celia in Mozart’s Lucio Silla, staged by Günter Krämer at the Mannheimer Mozartsommer under the baton of Dennis Russel Davies/Adam Fischer and Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Opera Amsterdam, Opéra de Montpellier and Théâtre du Châtelet Paris.

 

Her further roles include Klara in Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna under Julia Jones, La Baronessa Irene in Haydn’s  La vera costanza under Andreas Spering at the Brühler Schlosskonzerte, Héro in Berlioz’ Béatrice et Bénédict and Giulietta in Bellini’s I Capuleti ed i Montecchi with the Chelsea Opera Group, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival under Vladimir Jurowski and she made her debut at the Opéra de Paris Garnier singing Valencienne in Die lustige Witwe.

 

From the Baroque repertoire, Ana Maria Labin has performed roles such as Armida in Robert Carsen’s production of Händel’s Rinaldo at Glyndebourne on Tour under Laurence Cummings and Manto in Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe under Thomas Hengelbrock at the Schwetzingen Festival.

 

Ana Maria's concert engagements have taken her to the Vienna Konzerthaus performing Haydn’s Il ritorno di Tobia, The Creation and The Seasons in the Congress Innsbruck, the Philharmonie Luxembourg and the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Philharmonie under Adam Fischer. Other engagements have included Vivaldi’s motet In furore iustissimae iras with the English Concert under Harry Bickett, Pergolesi’s La Maddalena al sepolcro and Stabat Mater at the Festival La Chaise-Dieu under Giulio Prandi and the Ghislieri Consort and Ino in Telemann’s Ino Kantate under Michael Schneider and La Stagione at the Kasseler Musiktage, a piece that she has recently recorded for Sony „deutsche harmonia mundi“.

 

She has been invited to sing Haydn’s Scena di Berenice and Beethovens concert aria Ah, perfido with Boston Baroque; Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder at the Tonhalle St. Gallen and Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore under Claus Peter Flor with the Orchestra Santa Cecilia in Rome. She performed Mozart airs and duets with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Antonello Manacorda at the newly built opera house in Bahrain and has sang in the renowned New Year’s Eve concert at the Semperoper Dresden under Christian Thielemann. The concert has been broadcast live on TV and was released on CD/DVD with Deutsche Grammophon.

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Photo:Tim Dunk