Danae Kontora astonished with extremely fluent coloratura.
- Kulturkompasset (Cinq-Mars, Oper Leipzig, May 2017) -
Greek soprano Danae Kontora is a member of the Ensemble of Oper Leipzig, where her roles in the 2017-18 season include the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, Marion Delorme in Gounod’s Cinq-Mars and the Young Shepherd in a new production of Tannhäuser. She returns to the Semperoper Dresden and the Komische Oper Berlin to perform one of her signature roles, the Queen of the Night, and makes her debut at Leipzig’s Gewandhaus in concert with Andris Nelsons and the Gewandhausorchester as part of the orchestra’s 275th Anniversary Celebrations. She also sings a gala concert at Lviv National Opera in Ukraine under the baton of Oksana Lyniv and debuts with Greek National Opera as Frasquita in Carmen at the Athens Epidaurus Festival in summer 2018.
In 2016-17 season Ms. Kontora made her house debuts as the Queen of the Night at the Aalto Musiktheater Essen, the Semperoper Dresden, Komische Oper Berlin, and returned to Oper Frankfurt in the same role. She also appeared as the Queen of the Night, Blonde in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Waldvogel in Siegfried at Oper Leipzig. Other highlights included the Mozart Requiem at the Mozartfest in Würzburg with the Bamberger Symphoniker under the baton of Juraj Valcuha and her Chinese debut as Queen of the Night at the Tianqiao Performing Arts Center in Beijing in the famous Barrie Kosky production.
As a member of the Opera Studio at Oper Frankfurt, Ms. Kontora’s 2015-16 season included role debuts as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel, Voce dal cielo in Don Carlo and Tigrane in a new production of Händel’s Radamisto. She made further debuts with Oper Leipzig as die Queen of the Night and in concert at the Alte Oper Frankfurt under the baton of Sebastian Weigle in Mendelssohn’s Elias. She also joined the Münchner Rundfunkorchester for concerts conducted by Mario Venzago and Friedrich Haider.
Highlights of the 2014-15 season included the title role in Martin y Soler’s L’arbore di Diana with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester under the baton of Paolo Carignani in the Prinzregententheater in Munich as well as the role of Soprano Colorature in Claude Viziers’ Kopernikus at the prestigious Munich Biennale Festival of Contemporary Music. She was also honored with the Bayerische Kunstförderpreis.
Danae Kontora holds a Diploma and Master’s Degree from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München and the Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding.
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Danae Kontora as Tigrane has a wonderfully fresh soprano voice.
Frankfurter Neue Presse (Radamisto, Oper Frankfurt, March 2016)
Danae Kontora entzückte den Saal mit der Arie der Königin der Nacht.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Opera Gala, Frankfurt, November 2015)