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The soprano Regula Mühlemann, who was born in 1986, comes from Adligenswil near Lucerne and studied at the Lucerne conservatory with Barbara Locher. She has additionally taken master classes with Margreet Honig, Klaus Mertens, Rudolf Piernay, Juliane Banse, and Marieke Spaans. Mühlemann’s first stage credits were with the Swiss Opera Studio in Bern and the Luzerner Theater. She became known to a wider public in 2011 when she took on the role of Ännchen in Weber’s Der Freischütz in the film production
Hunter’s Bride by Jens Neubert, which was conducted by Daniel Harding. Soon after she made her debut as
Giannetta in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at Zurich Opera and the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the latter in a staging by Rolando Villazón. She has appeared at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, and in 2012 she made her Salzburg Festival debut as Young Papagena in Peter von Winter’s Das Labyrinth. Other credits include Rossini’s Le Comte Ory at the Theater an der Wien, Serpetta in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at the Staatsoper Berlin, and the Wood Bird in Wagner’s Siegfried at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. The Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle engaged Mühlemann as Papagena for Die Zauberflöte at the Baden-Baden Easter Festival in 2013; she has since performed the same role at the Opéra National de Paris, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam. In the summer of 2015 she sang Barbarina in Mozart’s Figaro in Baden-Baden; a CD of this production is being released in March 2016. Regula Mühlemann’s concert performances in the current season include work with Pablo Heras-Casado, Václav Luks, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hans-
Christoph Rademann, and Christian Zacharias.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 3 September 2013 in songs by Schubert, Debussy, Ravel, and Mendelssohn.