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Soprano Annette Dasch, a native of Berlin, completed her vocal studies with Josef Loibl at the Munich University of Music; she studied lieder performance with Jan Philip Schulze, Wolfram Rieger, and Helmut Deutsch. In 2000 she launched her international career with three victories in prestigious singing competitions: the Maria Callas Competition in Barcelona, the Schumann Competition in Zwickau, and the Concours de Genève. As a result of this remarkably auspicious beginning, Dasch was engaged by many renowned companies. She made her debut at the Bavarian Staatsoper as the Goose-Girl in Humperdinck’s The King’s Children, later appearing there as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Pamina in The Magic Flute, and (for the reopening of the Cuvilliés Theater) Elettra in Idomeneo. She has appeared as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, as Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Paris National Opera, and as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at La Scala in Milan. Dasch made her Salzburg Festival debut as the shepherd Aminta in Mozart’s Il re pastore in 2006; in subsequent years she has been seen there as the title heroine in Haydn’s Armida and also made her role debut as Donna Anna. In 2010 she made her first appearance in Bayreuth as Elsa in Lohengrin, a role she has gone on to perform there every summer. Whether on the opera stage or in the concert hall, Dasch has worked with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Kent Nagano, Andris Nelsons, Simon Rattle, and Christian Thielemann. Her CD of arias titled Armida won the Echo Klassik Award in 2008. Annette Dasch is also a successful television presenter and has hosted her own music talk show for the last four years, which is called Annette’s Dasch-Salon.