The 2018-19 season will see Greek soprano Danae Kontora debut at Israeli Opera in the role of Oscar in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera under the baton of Daniel Oren and at Oper im Steinbruch in St. Margarethen as the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, a role she also sings in return engagements at Oper Frankfurt and Oper Leipzig.
As member of the ensemble of Oper Leipzig, Ms. Kontora’s 2017-18 season included Marion Delorme in Gounod’s Cinq-Mars, the Young Shepherd in a new production of Tannhäuser and the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte. She also returned to the Semperoper Dresden and the Komische Oper Berlin as Queen of the Night, and made her debut at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus in concert with Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester as part of the orchestra’s 275th Anniversary Celebrations. She also sang in a gala concert at Lviv National Opera in Ukraine under the baton of Oksana Lyniv, debuted with Greek National Opera as Frasquita in Bizet’s Carmen at the Athens Epidaurus Festival in summer 2018 and as Waldvogel in Wagner’s Siegfried at the Edinburgh Festival with The Hallé under Sir Mark Elder.
In 2016-17 season Ms. Kontora made her house debuts as the Queen of the Night at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, the Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, and returned to Oper Frankfurt in the same role. She also appeared as the Queen of the Night, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Waldvogel in Siegfried at Oper Leipzig. Other highlights included the Mozart Requiem at the Mozartfest in Würzburg with the Bamberger Symphoniker under the baton of Juraj Valcuha and her Chinese debut as Queen of the Night at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing in the famous Barrie Kosky production.
As a member of the Opera Studio at Oper Frankfurt, Ms. Kontora’s 2015-16 season included role debuts as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel, Voce dal cielo in Don Carlo and Tigrane in a new production of Händel’s Radamisto. She made further debuts with Oper Leipzig as die Queen of the Night and in concert at the Alte Oper Frankfurt under the baton of Sebastian Weigle in Mendelssohn’s Elias. She also joined the Münchner Rundfunkorchester for concerts conducted by Mario Venzago and Friedrich Haider.
Highlights of the 2014-15 season included the title role in Martin y Soler’s L’arbore di Diana with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under the baton of Paolo Carignani in the Prinzregententheater in Munich as well as the role of Soprano Colorature in Claude Viziers’ Kopernikus at the prestigious Munich Biennale Festival of Contemporary Music. She was also honored with the Bayerische Kunstförderpreis.
Danae Kontora holds a Diploma and Master’s Degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding.