Okka von der Damerau

mezzo-soprano

Alto Okka von der Damerau, a native of Hamburg, was originally educated as an acoustician before she decided to take up a singing career. She began her studies at the Academy of Music and Theater in Rostock, gaining early stage experience at the Stuttgart Opera School and graduating in 2006 under Dorothea Wirtz from the Freiburg/Breisgau Academy of Music. Beginning in 2000, Okka von der Damerau frequently performed for the companies in Rostock and Freiburg. In 2006 she was engaged by the Hannover Staatsoper ensemble, where she appeared in such roles as Erda in Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, the Third Woman in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Suzuki in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. She additionally took part in the world premiere of Edward Rushton’s and Dagny Gioulami’s Die fromme Helene. After making her Bavarian Staatsoper debut in the 2008-09 season in a production of Elektra, Okka von der Damerau was made a permanent member of this company in 2010. Since then she has appeared there as Hänsel in Humperdinck’s operatic fairytale, as Dryad in Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos, and in various roles in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, as well as in Dvorák’s Rusalka, and Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg. In the 2011-12 season she performed in new productions of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Wagner’s Ring cycle. In the concert hall, Okka von der Damerau is also active as a performer of lieder and oratorios. She has particular experience singing Bruckner’s Te Deum, having performed this work with the Bavarian Staatsoper Orchestra under Kent Nagano at the Vatican.

August 2012