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The soprano Juliane Banse, who was born in southern Germany and grew up in Zurich, initially studied with Paul Steiner and Ruth Rohner, before competing her training with Brigitte Fassbaender and Daphne Evangelatos. She was only 20 when she made her debut as Pamina in The Magic Flute at the Komische Oper in Berlin; this was followed by engagements with the Vienna and Bavarian Staatsoper companies and with Zurich Opera, where she made her triumphant debut in 1998 in the world premiere of Holliger’s Schneewittchen (“Snow White”). Originally at home in lyrical soprano roles, today Banse’s repertoire also encompasses such roles as the Countess in Figaro, which she first performed in 2006 at the Salzburg Festival, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Schumann’s Genoveva, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, and Grete in Schreker’s Der ferne Klang. In 2014 she sang Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at Lyric Opera of Chicago and made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as Zdenka in Strauss’s Arabella. In the 2015-16 season she took on the title role in Grigory Frid’s Diary of Anne Frank at the Theater an der Wien and appeared as Braunfels’ Saint Joan in Cologne. At the latter she will also perform Poulencs La voix humaine in the coming season; she will additionally sing Angèle Didier in a new production of Lehár’s The Count of Luxembourg at Deutsche Oper am Rhein. Juliane Banse worked for many years with Claudio Abbado; she has also concertized with Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, and Franz Welser-Möst. She is moreover a celebrated lieder interpreter, as demonstrated by her multiple-award-winning CDs. She is the recipient of two Echo Klassik Awards: for Braunfels’ Jeanne d’Arc and for Mahler’s Eighth under David Zinman.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 5 September 1996 with the lieder project Du holde Kunst (“Oh Lovely Art”).