Ana Maria Labin
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.
Ana Maria Labin established herself as an acclaimed Mozart singer as Contessa in „Nozze di Figaro“, Donna Anna in „Don Giovanni“ and in 2017 Fiordiligi in „Cosi fan tutte“ in Ivan Alexandre’s Da Ponte Trilogy under Marc Minkowski in Drottningholm and Versailles, also performing Donna Anna at Glyndebourne OT and Contessa at the Estate Theatre Prague and Opera North. Other Mozart roles include Konstanze in „Entführung aus dem Serail“ at Glyndebourne on Tour, 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 under Lawrence Foster.
Her further roles include Klara in Haydn’s “Die Welt auf dem Mond” 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, Euridice in Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” in Zürich and Najad in “Ariadne auf Naxos” at the Glyndebourne Festival under Vladimir Jurowski. She made her debut at the Opéra de Paris Garnier singing Valencienne in “Die lustige Witwe” and has recently moved on to singing Hanna Glawari in the same Operetta.
From the Baroque repertoire, Ana Maria Labin has performed such roles as Armida in Robert Carsen’s production of Händel’s “Rinaldo” at Glyndebourne on Tour under Laurence Cummings, Manto in Agostino Steffani’s “Niobe, Regina di Tebe” under Thomas Hengelbrock at the Schwetzingen Festival, the soprano part in Purcell’s “King Arthur” by Corinne and Gilles Bénizio (alias Shirley & Dino) under Hervé Niquet with Le Concert Spirituel at the Festival of Radio France in France and Japan, the title role of “La Giuditta” by Scarlatti alongside Michael Chance in Holland, Belinda in Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” at the Festival Retz and Galatea in Händel’s “Acis and Galatea” under Raymond Leppard with the English Chamber Orchestra.
Ana Maria Labin’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 a tour to Italy and Turkey with the English Concert under Harry Bickett singing Vivaldi’s motet “In furore iustissimae iras” and arias from Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Rinaldo, 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.
The young soprano has also premiered contemporary pieces such as “La chevelure de Bérénice” of Dominique Lemaître with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI under Daniel Kawka; a song cycle by Richard Dubugnon under Alain Altinoglu at the Festival Présences Radio France and sang compositions by Beat Furrer under David Zinman and Luciano Berio’s “Sequenza III” at the Tonhalle Zürich.
Future engagements include the revival of Ivan Alexandre’s staging of „Don Giovanni“ as Donna Anna in Versailles and a new production of „Cosi fan tutte“ as Fiordiligi under Marc Minkowski in Drottningholm and the Enescu Festival in Bucarest with Les Musiciens du Louvre; Lied recitals in Vienna and Basel and concerts at the Magdeburger Telemann Festival with Michael Schneider.