Tanja Ariane Baumgartner has been a member of the ensemble at the Frankfurt Opera since 2009/2010. Roles that brought her great success in Frankfurt include Cassandre (Les Troyens), Carmen, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare in Egitto), the Princess of Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur), Eboli (Don Carlo), Fricka (Rheingold and Walküre), Gora in the German premiere of Reimann’s Medea (published on CD by OehmsClassics), Emilia (Verdi’s Otello), Fenena (Nabucco), the Nurse (Die Frau ohne Schatten), the Foreign Princess (Rusalka), Iocaste (Oedipe), Tigrana (Puccini’s Edgar), Charlotte (Werther), Gaea (Daphne) and the title role in Othmar Schoeck’s Penthesilea. This last production, which had previously been shown in Basel, was voted „Production of the Year 2008“ by the Opernwelt Magazine critics and brought Baumgartner international regard.
Her Frankfurt schedule for the season 2017/18 includes Azucena (Trovatore), Fricka (Rheingold), Princess of Bouillon (Adriana Lecouvreur). Internationally she will sing Walküre-Fricka at Lyric Opera Chicago, Kundry (Parsifal) at Vlaamse Opera Antwerpen and a new production at Salzburg Festival 2018.
In 2017 she made her debut Bayreuth Festival as Fricka in Ring des Nibelungen. Apart from her commitments in Frankfurt Tanja Baumgartner has appeared in 15/16 in Toulouse as Judith in Herzog Blaubarts Burg, at Theater an der Wien as Clairon in Capriccio and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde. During the 2014/2015 season for the first time she was a guest performer at the Staatsoper Hamburg and she made her debut at the Wiener Konzertverein. In May 2014 Baumgartner debuted at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as Brangäne. In summer 2013 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House in London as Clairon in Strauss’ Capriccio and made a guest performance at the Edinburgh Festival, singing the role of Judith in Bartoks one-acter Herzog Blaubarts Burg.
She gave guest performances at the Basel Theatre (role debuts as Amneris in Aida and in 2011/2012 as Carmen, both directed by Calixto Bieito), at the Opéra de Marseille (Eugen Onegin), at the De Vlaamse Opera in Gent/Antwerpen (the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten), at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana) and at the Berliner Staatsoper (AscheMOND or the Fairy Queen). In 2010 she sang the role of Geschwitz in Lulu for the first time at Salzburg Festival. Two years later she returned as Charlotte in Zimmermann’s Soldaten to Salzburg Festival.
Baumgartner was an ensemble member of the Lucerne Theatre from 2002 to 2008. She studied violin at the Fribourg Conservatory, then singing in Karlsruhe, Vienna and Sofia.
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