Petra Maria Schnitzer
Austrian soprano Petra Maria Schnitzer made her Company debut in 2007 as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, a role she has sung at Deutsche Oper Berlin, Los Angeles Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, the Vienna State Opera, and Deutsche Oper Berlin. A native of Vienna, she studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum and the Vienna Conservatory, and she was a member of the studio at Vienna State Opera. Schnitzer won Barcelona’s 1993 Viñas Competition and made her debut as Agathe in Der Freischütz at Vienna State Opera later that year, returning as Countess Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro), Ilia (Idomeneo), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Micaëla (Carmen), Freia (Das Rheingold), and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung). She has appeared with the Salzburg Festival (Der Freischütz), the Bayreuth Festival (Lohengrin), Bavarian State Opera (The Bartered Bride, Der Freischütz), Zurich Opera (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tiefland), the Vienna International Festival (Così fan tutte under Riccardo Muti), and Die Walküre (Sieglinde) in Valencia and Florence. Other career highlights include Elsa (Lohengrin), Leonore (Fidelio), the Marschallin (Der Rosenkavalier), Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Isolde (Tristan und Isolde), and Marta with Deutsche Oper Berlin; the title role of The Merry Widow with Saxon State Opera in Dresden; Elisabeth with the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona and Teatro Real in Madrid; Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni) at the Met; Chrysothemis (Elektra) in Munich and Warsaw; and Agathe in Barcelona. She is featured with her husband Peter Seiffert on a recording of lieder and duets by Robert and Clara Schumann; her discography also includes recordings of Der Freischütz and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.