Anne Schwanewilms is recognised as one of the leading interpreters of the works of Richard Strauss. Her extensive repertoire covers roles such as Arabella, Ariadne, Chrysothemis, Feldmarschallin, Empress, Danae but also Elsa, Elisabeth, Desdemona, Marie and Madame Lidoine. She has appeared at many of the major opera houses in the world including Munich, Dresden, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, New York and Tokyo. The soprano is a regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival and the Salzburg Festival, where her performances as Carlotta in Schreker’s „Die Gezeichneten“ and as the Empress in Strauss’ “Die Frau ohne Schatten” were particularly significant. In 2017 she sang Eva in the new production of “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” at the Bayreuth Festival.
Anne Schwanewilms appears regularly with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Zubin Metha, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim and Vladimir Jurowski. Engagements have included the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre National de France. One of the leading exponents of Lied, Anne Schwanewilms has appeared in recital at the Wigmore Hall London, at the Lincoln Center New York and at the Edinburgh Festival. She is a member of the jury of the international Louis Spohr Competition and a professor of Vocal Studies at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar.
Anne Schwanewilms has a comprehensive discography. A recipient of many awards, she was “Singer of the year” in 2002. In 2014 she received a GRAMMY Award nomination for her CD recording of Richard Strauss’ “Elektra” with Christian Thielemann. Her recording of Berg’s “Wozzeck” with the Houston Symphony Orchestra received the ECHO Klassik Award 2017 and the GRAMMY Award 2018.
As of July 2019