Lioba Braun celebrates great success as Klytämnestra

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon - February 2018

Elektra - Richard Strauss
Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa
Conductor: Leo Hussain
Stage Director:Nicola Raab

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"Lioba Braun was an absolutely magnetic Klytämnestra. The voice with a rare beauty, her acting encapsulating the queen’s desperation to find a way out of her nightmares. Even in this semi-concert setting, she was utterly compelling and the ease on the G-sharps on top gave her Klytämnestra a beauty among the horror.”

Operatraveller, 05.02.2018

Read the complete Operatraveller interview with Lioba Braun here.

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"Lioba Braun, the most experienced artist on stage, pleases and surprises by the precision of her expressive detail, worthy of an interpretive lineage marked by a lied singer.”

Manuel Pedro Ferreira - Público, 04.02.2018

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Lioba Braun enchants as Klytämnestra at the Opéra de Lyon

March-April, 2017

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Elektra by Richard Strauss, Conductor: Hartmut Haenchen, Production: Ruth Berghaus.
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„Aber ebenso eindrucksvoll waren Katrin Kapplusch als lebenshungrige Chrysothemis mit mädchenhaft zarten Tönen, und Lioba Braun als traumgeplagte Klytämnestra.“

Walter Nowtny,, 03.2017

„En Clytemnestre, aux allures de Walkyrie des temps-modernes, Lioba Braun convainc par la mesure et la densité nouvelles qu'elle apporte au personnage.“

Jonathan Parisi,, 20.03.2017

„La Clytemnestre de Lioba Braun secoue aussi le spectateur, d’abord par ses cris bestiaux au moment où Oreste la frappe, mais aussi par son rire convulsif à la fin de la scène avec Elektra : elle a su rendre parfaitement l’errance du personnage entre humanité et bestialité, entre tension angoissée et recherche désespérée d’apaisement. Lioba Braun est une vieille connaissance de la scène allemande, une de ses artistes qui n’a jamais été de premier plan, même si elle a chanté un peu partout les grands rôles du répertoire, dont Brangäne dans production Heiner Müller/Barenboim à Bayreuth, mais toujours solide, toujours sans reproche, incarnant toujours de manière intéressante les personnages (je me souviens d’une Kundry frappante). Elle a d’ailleurs dans Clytemnestre la sauvagerie et la douleur d’une Kundry vieillissante : elle sculpte chaque mot, distille chaque expression, et utilise une voix « qui fut » mais qui n’est plus tout à fait, de la manière merveilleuse et prodigieuse des grandes dames du chant dont la technique et l’intelligence supplée aux inévitables problèmes d’usure. Son spectre vocal, qui va du contralto au soprano (Kundry, Brangäne, Eboli, Marschallin et même Isolde), lui permet des ruptures de ton, des changements de registres brutaux, une expressivité audacieuse qu’on n’entend pas toujours dans ce rôle. Elle la joue expressionniste : une artiste à la Edvard Munch. Impressionnante.“, 20.03.2017

„Lioba Braun convainc par la mesure et la densité nouvelles qu'elle apporte au personnage.“

Jonathan Parisi,, 20.03.2017

„Le jeu théâtral et vocal de Clytemnestre, par Lioba Braun, sont étonnants et intéressants; elle exprime la terreur et le désespoir », en modifiant le timbre de sa voix, sans excès et sans perte d’intensité.“

Emmanuel Deroeux, Olyrics, 21.03.2017

Lioba Braun celebrated great success as Ortrud in Wagner's Lohengrin at the Royal Oper House Muscat – Oman - 10.2016

„…If you like your evil pure and unadulterated, then Lioba Braun as Ortrud, Telramund’s wife, as excellent as red-headed Lady Macbeth-like anti-heroine. Her voice was the embodiment of a pagan witch – voluminous and dark…”

Oman Daily Observer - 22.10.2016

“…It was much more than a memorable performance. It was also an important landmark in the history and evolution of the Royal Opera House Muscat… the romantic drama was outstanding in terms of performance, pace and presentation… provided quality music that was dedicated to the highest of standards.”

Oman Daily Observer, Maurice Gent - 21.10.2016

Rheingau Musik Festival 2015 - Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Elias

The full concert with RIAS Kammerchor under Hans-Christoph Rademann on ARTE

Lioba Braun continues her triumphal procession as Isolde

Great success at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta

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Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner, conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Stefano Poda.
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RAI TV - Prima della Prima on May 5th, 2014


Behind the scenes of the 77th Festival del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Lioba Braun talks about Tristan und Isolde


Zubin Mehta about Lioba Braun during an interview with Repubblica Firenze:

Maestro, the last time you conducted Tristan und Isolde in Florence in 1999, one could notice your preference for the gentle, more intimate sounds.

„Because this is great chamber music that embosoms the word in all its innuendos. Lioba Braun, who will be singing Isolde, is perfect for the role exactly because she does not scream a single time and has the right color of voice for the love duet in the second act. Tristan is an eternal revolution, be it in Wagner's musical universe, as well as in the whole opera literature. There are similarities between Tannhäuser and Lohengrin, but here there is something new on each page, never heard before, in the orchestration, in the harmony. It is an ambiguous opera, because it seems to have no solution: Wagner starts something that ends with Schönberg's atonality.“

Interview Zubin Mehta - Reppublica Firenze


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Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner, conducted by Zubin Mehta and directed by Stefano Poda.
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Gigantic success at Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp/Gent


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photo: Annemie Augustijns

After her praised concert debuts as Isolde unter the baton of Andris Nelsons in Birmingham and Paris (to greatest critical acclaim in 'The Times', 'The Observer', 'The Guardian' and 'Le Figaro') and her scenic debut in this role at Staatstheater Nuremberg this part is more and more becoming one of the central roles in Lioba Braun’s repertoire: At Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp/Gent under the baton of Dmitri Jurowski Lioba Braun has achieved another triumphal reception. The New York Times writes: „Lioba Braun contributes a first-rate Isolde, full-bodied and darkly hued in the tradition of mezzo-soprano exponents of the role like Waltraud Meier. Ms. Braun shows a fine ability to spin out long phrases with a smooth legato, and high notes are solidly in place. The production’s oddities do not preclude her credibility as an actress.“ The New York Times, George Loomis, 02.10.2013


New York Times - complete review from oct 2,2013