• Astrid Kessler took over on short notice the title role of Arabella in the new production of Zurich Opera directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Fabio Luisi in March 2020. She gave her debut in the part only a few weeks earlier in Leipzig conducted by ulf Schirmer.

    Among plans of Astird Kessler, who was awarded 2nd prize at the International Meistersinger Competition in Nuremburg in summer 2018, are Sieglinde in Die Walküre in Chemnitz, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus at the New National Theatre in Tokyo and Sieglinde in a new production Die Walküre in Dortmund directed by Peter Konwitschny in 2021.

    In Mannheim she performs during the 2019-20 season Sieglinde in Loriot‘s Der Ring an einem Abend, Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, Desdemona in Otello, Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, Ellen Orford in a new production Peter Grimes and a new production of Phantome der Oper.

    2019 Astrid Kessler was highly successful in the part of Sieglinde in Die Walküre at Ludwigsburg Festival next to Klaus Florian Vogt and Catherine Foster and in the same part in Chemnitz. In Mannheim she was heard as Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and as Mélisande in Pelléas et Mélisande, in Saarbrücken she performed Abigail in Nabucco. For the turn of the year 2018/19 she took over on short notice the part of Rosalinde in semi-staged performances Die Fledermaus at Hamburg Elbphilharmonie conducted by Manfred Honeck.

    2017 Astrid Kessler guested at Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf in Franz Lehar’s operettea Der Graf von Luxemburg as Angèle Didier. She gave her debuts in the title role of Alfredo Catalani’s La Wally conducted by Marc Piollet at Vienna Volksoper, as Feldmarschallin in Der Rosenkavalier and as Elisabeth in Tannhäuser in Mannheim.

    Since 2012 she belongs to the ensemble of Mannheim National Theatre, where she has sung almost all suitable roles of her fach like Liú in Turandot, Nedda in I Pagliacci, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Hanna Glawari in Die lustige Witwe, Alice Ford in Falstaff, Mimì in La Bohème and Micaela in Carmen, Governess in Benjamin Brittens The Turn of the Screw and Rachel in Halevy’s La Juive directed by Peter Konwitschny.

    2014 at Vienna Volksoper Astrid Kessler gave her highly acclaimed debut in Emmerich Kálmán’s Gräfin Mariza and guested as Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Deutschen Oper am Rhein in both Düsseldorf and Duisburg.

    Astrid Kessler was heard at the Teatro Real Madrid, in the title role of Verdi’s Giovanna d´Arco Theater Bielefeld and as Sonja in Franz Léhar’s operetta Der Zarewitsch at Staatsoperette Dresden.

    Astrid Kesser gave her operatic debut 2011 at Theater Osnabrück in the roles of Donna Elvira und Angèle Didier.

    She began her vocal education at the age of 16 at the international School in Seoul. After a class of acting at the Oswego State University in New York, USA, she studied voice at the Hochschule für Musik in Nuremburg with Prof. Elisabeth Kovacs and continued her studies with Prof. Reiner Goldberg in Berlin and with Prof. Peter Anton Ling in Hannover.



Ausrine Stundyte gives her debut in the title role of Elektra at Salzburg festival on August 1st - conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski.

More performances are scheduled on August 6, 10, 16, 21 and 24.

LOMBARDI Federica soprano

We are very happy to announce, that the young Italian soprano Federica Lombardi has been invited by the Teatro alla Scala in Milan to perform there on July 08th, 2020 one of the first concerts after the closure due to the Corona epidemic.

She will sing arias and duets together with tenor Francesco Meli.

You will find a streaming of the concert on the social media of the Teatro alla Scala or on the site of the Corriere della Sera.

LOMBARDI Federica soprano

Released: Verdi's Otello with Federica Lombardi as Desdemona - alongside Jonas Kaufmann and Carlos Alvarez. The conductor is Antonio Pappano.

LOMBARDI Federica soprano Verdi Otello Jonas KAUFAMANN 2CD Sony

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Astrid Kessler takes over on short notice the title role in the opening night of Arabella in Zurich directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by Fabio Luisi im March 1st.