Petra Lang

 Born in Frankfurt, Petra Lang made her San Francisco Opera debut as Venus in 2007’s Tannhäuser. She began her music studies with the violin before she went on to study voice and worked from 1989–2006 with Ingrid Bjoner. She was involved in master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Hotter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Schreier and also studied her Wagner roles with Astrid Varnay. Awards include placing first in the s’Hertogenbosch, Robert-Stolz, and Girardi International Singing Competitions. Currently Lang is much in demand for her Wagnerian roles of Kundry (Parsifal), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Brangäne (Tristan und Isolde), Venus, Ortrud, Bartok‘s Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Berlioz‘s Cassandre (Les Troyens), the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos, and for her interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s work. Lang has appeared at the major opera houses in Europe and the U.S., at the festivals of Bayreuth, Salzburg and Bregenz, has sung with the major orchestras worldwide and has worked with the leading conductors. In 2002 she won two Grammy Awards for her interpretation of Cassandre as part of London Symphony's live recording of Berlioz' Les Troyens. Upcoming engagements include Sieglinde, Brangäne, Kundry, and Venus in Munich; Ortrud at the Bayreuth Festival; Kundry in Budapest; and Brünnhilde in concerts in Berlin as well as Götterdämmerung in Paris and in the new Ring cycle at Geneva Opera.