2017–18 Season: Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen
Acclaimed for her portrayals of some of the most demanding roles in the dramatic soprano repertory, Evelyn Herlitzius makes her highly anticipated Company debut as Brünnhilde. Herlitzius has performed with the leading opera houses of Europe, including Vienna State Opera, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The German soprano debuted at the Bayreuth Festspiele in 2002 as Brünnhilde and returned on numerous occasions, including as Isolde in Tristan und Isolde to open the 2015 Festival. Her highly-acclaimed portrayal of the title role in Strauss’ Elektra, which the Telegraph called "a creature of mesmerizing intensity," has been seen at the Bavarian State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro alla Scala, and Opernhaus Zürich. A DVD of the 2013 Festival d’Aix en Provence Elektra—conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and in the late French director Patrice Chéreau’s final production—is available from BelAir Classique. Recent and upcoming engagements include Kundry in Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera, Elektra at Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Brünnhilde in Wiesbaden and Berlin, and Ortrud in Lohengrin at Paris Opéra.