Liesl Odenweller Resume

      ...the heir apparent to Sutherland and Anderson:
This is one of the best techniques I have ever heard.”
– Christopher Raeburn

A rare and versatile performer, Liesl Odenweller consistently delights audiences and critics throughout Europe in her unique and exciting interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Liederkranz Prize in the US, the International Bellini Prize, and the Italian “Il Virtuoso” Prize. She has received much acclaim for her performances as Violetta in La Traviata in several European and American theaters and has also enjoyed great success as Queen of the Night, Cleopatra, Gilda, Lucia, Konstanze, and Adina.

Recent roles include her critically acclaimed début as Cleopatra, Pergolesi's Serpina in Venice, Queen of the Night and First Lady Die Zauberflöte, First Knappe and Blumenmädchen Parsifal, First Maid Daphne (the latter two just released on CD and DVD), Bastienne Bastien und Bastienne (broadcast live on Italian Radio),the Confidante in Elektra, and Cunegonde Candide (cover) for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Piccolo in Milano, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and Vicenza's Teatro Olimpico.

Major concert engagements have included gala events in Venice, including her recent recital at the Teatro La Fenice, the opening of the Biennale di Arte Contemporanea 2007, as well as in Milan and New York: Mozart Mass in C Minor, Poulenc Gloria, Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder, Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, Szymanovsky Stabat Mater, Brahms Requiem, and Fauré Requiem at Carnegie Hall, the Auditorium di Milano, Teatro La Fenice, Festival de La Ciotat, Eglise de la Madeleine, Palazzo Ducale, and the Ratzeburger Dom, collaborating with such orchestras as Riccardo Chailly's Orchestra Verdi di Milano, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and the Neue Bachorchestra.

A devoted recitalist, Liesl Odenweller has been particularly admired for her interpretations of the repertoire of Vivaldi, Rossini, Debussy, Strauss, Mozart, and Tosti. She made her Lincoln Center début at Avery Fisher Hall in 1997 and her London recital début in 2003. She has collaborated with conductors including Sir Jeffrey Tate, Andrea Marcon, Gunther Neuhold, Romano Gandolfi, Raymond Hughes, Stefan Anton Reck, Gabor Ötvös, Marco Boemi, Bruno Rigacci, and Giovanni Reggioli, and stage directors Robert Wilson, Jonathan Miller, Paul Curran, Klaus Michael Grüber, Lorenzo Mariani, Renaud Doucet, Serena Sinigaglia, Denis Kriev, Thaddeus Strassberger, Gianfranco De Bosio, e Giuseppe Frigeni. She performs regularly with the Baroque ensembles MusicaVenezia and Baroccanalia.

Liesl Odenweller's recording dĂ©but CD was “This Son So Young,” issued on the Tower Hill label, and she is currently recording “The Golden Age of Venice” with MusicaVenezia.

Liesl Odenweller's forthcoming engagements include La Pulcinella in Venice, return engagements at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and the Festival de la Ciotat in Provençe, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, Gilda Rigoletto, Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Queen of the Night Die Zauberflöte in Milan, and symphonic concerts and recitals in Santa Fe, London, Venice, Treviso, Verona, Rome, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York, including a US tour with Baroccanalia.

Updated:  May 7, 2010

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