German soprano Anja Petersen initially completed studies in violin and music education before devoting herself entirely to singing, finishing her education in the soloist class with highest marks. While still a student, she was a member of the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and appeared with them in many international concerts.
From 2002 to 2007 Anja Petersen (at the time, Anja Metzger) was a member of the Oldenburg State Theatre ensemble, where she developed and performed many lyric coloratura roles amongst which Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi’s “Rigoletto”, Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’s “Ariadne auf Naxos”, Susanna in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Die Hochzeit des Figaro”, Adina in Gaetano Donizetti’s “L’elisir d’amore” und Olympia in Jacques Offenbach’s “Hoffmanns Erzählungen”. In 2005 Anja Petersen was awarded the Erna Schlüter Prize for “Extraordinary Vocal Achievement as a Young Performer”.
Since 2007 she has performed as a soloist in several productions of the West German Radio Orchestra. As Blonde in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” she has given guest performances at the Wiesbaden State Theatre, the Bremen Theatre and the Semperoper Dresden, and she was Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Zauberflöte” at the New European Festival and Polyneikes in the Stuttgart State Opera premiere of Younghi Paagh-Paan’s chamber opera “Mondschatten”. In the 2007/2008 season she was a member of the Augsburg Theatre ensemble where she appeared as Despina in Mozart’s “Cosi fan tutte”, Blonde in Mozart’s “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” and Oscar in Verdi’s “Un ballo in maschera”.
Since 2010 Anja Petersen is member of the RIAS Chamber Choir Berlin and at the same time can be heard as an active guest-performer both nationally and internationally in a repertory which stretches from the baroque to the modern. 2014, 2015 and 2020 she held lectureships at the Berlin University of the Arts. In June of 2014 she appeared as First Israelite in Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach’s “Die Israeliten in der Wüste” as part of the Leipzig Bach Festival. This performance was released as a CD by Sony in March of 2015.
Anja Petersen jumped in, at extremely short notice, to substitute at the world premiere of Arnulf Herrmann’s “Drei Gesänge am offenen Fenster” with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in October 2014, a feat for which she received wide acclaim from the international press.
In December 2016 she was Lady Macbeth in the world premiere of Frank Schwemmer’s opera “Macbeth” in Berlin and in 2017 she was performing “L’Icône paradoxale” von Gérard Grisey with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Munich as well as singing the female leading part Johanna in Arnulf Herrmann’s opera “Der Mieter” at the Oper Frankfurt.
At the Musikfest Berlin she will appear in August 2020 in the world premiere of Herrmann’s “Tour de Trance”.
As of May 2020