Birgit Remmert
Birgit Remmert

Birgit Remmert is a German Mezzo-Soprano who has garnered critical acclaim as a Concert Singer interpreting Bach, Mozart as well as an Opera Singer of Wagner and Strauss Operas.

She studied in Detmold at the Conservatory for Music with Helmut Kretschmar and since 1998 her vocal coach has been Renate Faltin from the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin.

She was awarded prizes in several renown international vocal competitions.

In 1992 she started her career as a member of the Zurich Opera House, where within 6 years she performed many big roles of her Fach, such as Farnace in Mozart's "Mitridate, Re di Ponto", Suzuki in "Madama Butterfly", Zita in "Gianni Schicchi" and La Zia Principessa in "Suor Angelica", Verdi-Roles like Ulrica (Un Ballo In Maschera) and Mrs. Quickly (Falstaff) next to Dalila in "Samson et Dalila" and Orlofski in Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus". During these 6 years she also performed numerous concerts in the whole of Europe and the USA.

At the Festival in Montpellier 1998 she sang the title role in Othmar Schoeck's "Penthesilea" and in 2000 and 2001 Fricka in "Das Rheingold" and "Die Walküre" in the Millennium Ring by Jürgen Flimm next to Placido Domingo at the Bayreuth Festival.

From 2001 until 2004 Birgit Remmert performed the main Mezzo/Alto roles in Willy Decker's "Ring" at the Semper Opera in Dresden, such as Erda, Waltraute and Fricka.

Sir Simon Rattle invited her for concerts and CD-recording of Mahler's Third Symphony with the City of Birmingham Orchestra, a tour with the Vienna Philharmonics of Mahler's Second Symphony, for Schönberg's Gurrelieder in Philadelphia and the Carnegie Hall and Mahler's Eightth Symphony at the BBC Proms in 2002 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Since 1993 Birgit Remmert is a regular guest of the Salzburg Festival: in 1993 she sang Nutrice in "L'Incoronazione di Poppea", 2004 the Alto parts in Henry Purcell's "King Arthur", 2008 Jezibaba in Jossi Wieler's and Sergio Morabito's production of "Rusalka" and numerous concerts as Mozart's Requiem with the Vienna Philharmonics in 2012 and Mahler's 8th Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel in 2013.

In 2009 the artist gave her debut as Amme in "Die Frau ohne Schatten" in a new production by David Pountney under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst at the Zurich Opera House.

In the following seasons she sang Amme at the Vienna State Opera, Mother Goose in a new production of "The Rake's Progress" by Krzysztof Warlikowski at the State Opera Berlin, Erda in "Das Rheingold" in Oviedo, Jezibaba at the Bavarian State Opera Munich and Grand Theatre Geneva, Herodias in "Salome" under Zubin Mehta at the State Opera Berlin and under Yannick Nezet-Seguin in Philadelphia and Gaea at the La Monnaie Opera House Brussels.

She sang with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Gary Bertini, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, William Christie, Carlo Maria Giulini, Bernard Haitinck, Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Lorin Maazel, Philippe Herreweghe, Fabio Luisi, Kurt Mazur, Kent Nagano, Krysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Christian Thielemann, Edo de Waart, David Zinman.

Concerts and Recitals have brought her to almost all the countries in Europe as well as to Australia, Japan, China, Russia, Israel, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Venezuela, and to the U.S.A. She gave concerts in besides others Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo,Caracas, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, New York, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oslo, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxemburg, Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Lille, Lisbon, Madrid, Sevilla, Monte Carlo, Rome, Florence, Milano, Venice, Vienna, Graz, Salzburg, Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Warshaw, Krakow, Prague, Bratislawa, Budapest, Moscow, Beijing, Tokio, Sapporo, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth.

The German composer Stefan Heucke composed his opera "Iokaste" for Birgit Remmert. In 2014 it was premiered at the Ruhrfestspiele and performed at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Duisburg too.

Recent projects were Amme in "Frau ohne Schatten" at the Zurich Opera House, Juno in "Semele" with Cecilia Bartoli at the Salzburg Festival, Fricka in "Walküre" under Adam Fisher in Budapest, Erda in "Rheingold" in Odense, Mahler´s 3rd Symphony under Charles Dutoit in Tokyo, Bach's "St.Matthew Passion" in Rotterdam and a Schubert recital at the Budapest Spring Festival

DVDs with Birgit Remmert are available, such as "King Arthur", Salzburg Festival 2004, "Daphne", Teatro La Fenice 2005, "Semele, Zurich Opera House 2007, "Missa Solemnis (Beethoven), Dresden 2005.

She can be heard on more than 30 CDs, inter alia 2nd, 3rd and 8th Symphony of Mahler, Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony of Beethoven, Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and three Solo-CDs.