Tanja Ariane Baumgartner

Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Tanja Ariane Baumgartner made her debut at Covent Garden in the summer of 2013, singing Clairon in Strauss`Cappriccio, which was followed by Judith in Bartok`s Bluebeard’s Castle at the Edinburgh Festival. She made her debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in May 2014, with Brangaene, and, during the 2014/15 season, will appear at the Hamburg State Opera and Konzertverein in Vienna for the first time.

During the 2013/14 season at Oper Frankfurt, where she has been a member of the ensemble since 2009/10, she sang the Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Iocaste (Oedipe), the extremely demanding role of Tigrana (Puccini’s Edgar), Charlotte (Werther) and Gaea (Daphne). Frankfurt’s 2014/15 season began with the world premiere of Rolf Riehm’s Sirens in which she sang Circe, and ends with her singing the Witch in Humperdinck’s Königskinder. Other roles with which she has enjoyed great success in Frankfurt have included Cornelia (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), the Princess of Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur),  Eboli (Don Carlo), Fricka (Rheingold and Walküre), Gora in the first performances in Germany of Reimann’s Medea (available on CD – OehmsClassics), Emilia (Otello), Fenena (Nabucco) and The Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten). Her bel canto technique and natural affinity for highly dramatic roles earned her enormous success and international acclaim for the title role in Othmar Schoeck’s Penthesilea at Theater Basel. This production, voted „Production of the Year 2008“ by Opernwelt magazine, was later seen at Oper Frankfurt where Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, once again, enjoyed a triumph.

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Reviews

“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner performed the Princess of Bouillon with phenomenal stage presence and unfailing vocal power and sonority. An absolutely sensational role debut, vigorously applauded by the audience.”

Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich

“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner matched him (Bryan Hymel) in presence and voice. Her dress, slit to the thigh, was a good scenic touch. She thrilled the audience with the virtuosity and brightness of her wonderfully focussed mezzo, and the apparent ease with which she soared strongly into the upper register. Tigrana is the only lead mezzo role Puccini wrote and in Frau Baugartner, in Frankfurt, she found a great interpreter.”

Manfred Langer

Der Opernfreund

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“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner performed the Princess of Bouillon with phenomenal stage presence and unfailing vocal power and sonority. An absolutely sensational role debut, vigorously applauded by the audience.”

Adriane Lecouvrer at Oper Frankfurt: Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich, Opernwelt

“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner matched him (Bryan Hymel) in presence and voice. Her dress, slit to the thigh, was a good scenic touch. She thrilled the audience with the virtuosity and brightness of her wonderfully focussed mezzo, and the apparent ease with which she soared strongly into the upper register. Tigrana is the only lead mezzo role Puccini wrote and in Frau Baugartner, in Frankfurt, she found a great interpreter.”

Manfred Langer, Der 0pernfreund 

“Who could have resisted the seductive charms of Tanja Ariane Baumgartner’s Tigrana? Her visual presence is combined with a wonderful musicality, her dark and warm shimmering, seamless mezzo-soprano – a magnificent voice (Dalila one day?)”

Gerhard Hoffmann, Der Neue Merker Vienna 

“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner gave a powerfully moving, deeply sensual performance as Charlotte. Her bearing and movements embodying the womanly ideal praised by Albert, but desire shines in her eyes; grief and passionate frustration throb in her voice. Baumgartner sang the final scene with incredible generosity, crying out her anguish, pouring out her love.”

0peraobsession 

“The other roles are secondary to Oedipus but find gifted interpreters in the mezzo-soprano Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (Jocasta), alto Katharina Magiera (the Sphinx) and baritone Dietrich Volle (Creon).”

George Loomis, New York Times 

“A company that has such an exciting and glamourous princess, and singer, on its roster as Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, a mezzo in this tricky soprano role, is lucky indeed.”

Opera Magazine

“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner is Frankfurt’s “secret weapon” of dramatic mezzo, her Princess of Bouillon in “Adriana Lecouvreur” is still (very) well remembered, a dazzling posture and a superbly appealing voice in every register put the listener’s attention under its spell in this demonic role.”

Helmut Walter, Das Opernglas

“…Tanja Ariane Baumgartner is a rapidly rising star on the continent, though but a name here. She has several deep contralto parts in her repertoire, yet reached the higher notes of Judith’s music with ease, and sang consistently with a gloriously rich tone. These two principals acted and reacted expressively, and constantly held attention.”

Bluebeard’s Castle at Edinburgh Festival Theatre: Opera Scotland

“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner’s performance was particularly fine. Her crowning moment was unforgettable! That glorious top C – reminiscent of Haydn’s Creation – towered triumphantly over brass triads, as she opened a non-existent door 5, revealing the moonlit panorama of Bluebeard’s kingdom.”

Bluebeard’s Castle at Edinburgh Festival Theatre: Marc Corbett-Weaver, Edinburgh Guide 

“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, whom I have had a few occasions to praise in performances outside this country, made a splendid Covent Garden debut as Clairon, rich of tone and both alluring and lively of presence.”

Capriccio at The Royal Opera House: Mark Berry, Opera Today 

“Vocally, this ‘Carmen’ has brought an authentic revelation: a young, brunette German mezzo, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, who in the title role, proved to be a surprising vocal beauty with an excellent pronunciation of our language. A true stage performer, endowed with an attractive physique, she holds the attention through the wonderfully balanced timbre across her vocal range; her stage presence along with her in depth portrayal of the character complete one of the most convincing ‘Carmen’ performances we have ever seen.”

Carmen at Théâtre de Bâle: Emmanuel Andrieu, Classique Info 

“Schoeck’s demand that his listener “has to become conscious of Kleist” was painstakingly realized by his remarkable cast. Mezzo Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, his Penthesilea, had the voluminous, wide-ranging voice needed to plump the role’s abysmal depths and ascend to its gloriously blazing heights. And she looked the warrior maiden to perfection, slim and graceful like the bow from which she shot her arrows with pinpoint exactitude. In her role’s few lyrical moments she heated up her voice with a sensual glow.”

Penthesilea at Théâtre de Bâle: Horst Koegler, Opera News

“Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as Eboli is a natural phenomenon! Elegant, passionate, with exciting mezzo-colours and with secure coloraturas, she undrapes “The Veil Song” with vibrancy and stunningly imbues “O don fatale” with a dramatic richness whilst creating a magnificent harmony in the higher reaches of the aria.”

Don Carlo at Oper Frankfurt: Gerhard Hoffmann, Der Neue Merker 

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