Ann Petersen, soprano

Ann Petersen

Represented By:

Michael Morelli
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Ann Petersen is a well-known international Soprano and is notable for her performances especially in the German repertoire of R. Wagner and R. Strauss. She has compelling and charismatic stage presence.

Ann Petersen has been singing at many of the major Opera Houses such as: Wiener Staatsoper, Staatsoper Berlin, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, Opéra National de Paris, Teatro Real de Madrid and Festspielhaus Baden-Baden.

Next to her international career, she is an ensemble member at The Royal Danish Opera.


Ann Petersen’s recent and future engagements include (among others):

  • Isolde/Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Danish Opera, at La Monnaie de Bruxelles with Alain Altinoglu and Ralf Pleger, at Teatro Comunale di Bologna (with Maestro Valcuha) and in a concert version in Taiwan;
  • Turandot (her debût) with Alexander Verdernikov in Copenhagen;
  • Salome with Claus Gut and Sokhiev at Bolshoi Theater;
  • Sieglinde/Walküre at NCPA Beijing;
  • Leonore/Fidelio at the Royal Danish Opera and at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw;
  • Ariadne/Ariadne auf Naxos at the Theâtres de la ville de Luxemburg;
  • Kundry/Parsifal at the Royal Danish Opera
  • Judith/Bluebeard’s Castle with Aarhus Symfoniorkester.



The highlights of 2017-2018 included Beethoven 9. Symph. in Tel Aviv (2018), Isolde/Tristan und Isolde in Kassel ( 2018), Ellen Orford/ Peter Grimes in Monte Carlo with José Curâ ( 2018), Isolde/Tristan und Isolde at Opera de Lyon with Häenchen, and at the NCPA in Beijing, directed by Mariusz Trelinski ( 2017), “Vier Letzte Lieder” by R. Strauss with Orchestra National de Radio France Paris, Gala Concert at Bolshoi Theatre ( 2 act. Tannhäuser) and Minnie ( her debût)/ Fanciulla del West in Copenhagen (2017).


Highlights in 2015/2016 included Elsa/Lohengrin in Hamburg conducted by Nagano, Freia/Das Rheingold at Semper Oper Dresden conducted by Thielemann, Senta/Der Fliegende Holländer in Copenhagen, debut as Salome also at the Royal Danish Opera in Stefan Herheims regie. Further engagements in 2015/2016 included the Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier at Wiener Staatsoper conducted by Adam Fischer, Leonore/Fidelio in Taiwan, Kaiserin/Frau ohne Schattenin at Copenhagen and Gutrune/Götterdämmerung at the Staatsoper Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

Career Highlights from Previous Seasons

Higlights in season 2014/2015 included Die Marschallin/Der Rosenkavalier in Copenhagen, Isoldes “Liebestod” in a Tribute Concert to Montserrat Caballé at Teatro Real de Madrid, Isolde/Tristan und Isolde at the Greek National Opera in Athens and Elisabeth/Tannhäuser with Barenboim at Staatsoper Berlin.

Highlights in the seasons of 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 included Elsa/Lohengrin at La Scala di Milano with Barenboim and J. Kaufmann, Elisabeth/Tannhäuser with Barenboim at Staatsoper Berlin, Elisabeth/Tannhäuser in Copenhagen, Senta/Der fliegende Holländer at the Chorégies d’Orange, Desdemona/Otello in Copenhagen, Senta/Der fliegende Holländer in Copenhagen and Wagner Galas in Baden-Baden with Thielemann (Isolde and Elsa), at Opéra de Monte-Carlo (Sieglinde and Isolde) and in Copenhagen (Sieglinde) with K. Petrenko.

Her Concert repertoire include among others, Beethoven 9. Symph. (with Kent Nagano, Marc Soustrout), Mahler’s 2., 4. & 8. Symph., Verdi’s Requiem, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, R. Strauss’ Orchestra Lieder & Four Last Songs (with Hartmut Haenchen, Kent Nagano), R. Wagner’s Wesendonc Lieder, Wagner Gallas (Christian Thielemann, Kirill Petrenko), Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang & Elias, Les Béatitudes by César Franc.


Ann Petersen – Tannhäuser by R. Wagner – Dich teure Halle, role Elisabeth

Ann Petersen – Der Fliegende Holländer by R. Wagner – Senta’s Ballad

Ann Petersen – Die Frau Ohne Schatten by R. Strauss – Act 3

Ann Petersen – Fanciulla del West by G. Puccini – 2 Act

Ann Petersen – Tristan & Isolde by Wagner – Extraits and Liebestod – Opéra de Lyon, 2017

Ann Petersen – Ariadne auf Naxos by R. Strauss – Es Gibt ein Reich, role Ariadne

Ann Petersen – Tannhäuser by R. Wagner – Allmächt’ge Jungfrau, role Elisabeth

Ann Petersen – Fanciulla del West by G. Puccini – 1. Act

Ann Petersen – Wesendonck Lieder by R. Wagner with Orchestre national de France

Ann Petersen – Turandot by G. Puccini – In questa reggia, Copenhagen 2019


Strauss Gala – Tivoli Copenhagen, June 2019

“Worldstar sang grand music of Richard Strauss. Ann Petersen went into the different extracts from the various Strauss operas ( Rosenkavalier, Frau ohne Schatten, Arabella, Ariadne and Salome) with body, soul, acting and everything. She has all the light and strength in the voice and the completely right, beautiful and big Strauss-sound to this task. She was as always fabulous and confirmed that she is a worldstar!”

– Thomas Michelsen, Politiken

Tristan und IsoldeLa Monnaie De Munt, May 2019

“The production enjoys a cast of very high level, dominated by the Isolde, Ann Petersen. Grandios in stature and in voice, the danish soprano familiar with the great Wagnerian and Straussian roles delivers here a remarkable performance, dominating the role without any weakness, with an assurance and a professionalism that are impressive, giving a lot of character, which at times becomes almost terrifying.”
– Claude Jottrand, Forum Opera

Tristan und Isolde – La Monnaie De Munt, May 2019

“Ann Petersen is impeccable as Isolde, having all the technical requirements for this role.”
– Alexander Diaconu, Broadway World

Parsifal, 2. act in concert – The Royal Opera Copenhagen, Feb. 2019

“It was such a big pleasure to hear Ann Petersen sing the part as Kundry. Although it was her role debût, she was feeling at home, and she sang it beautifully and secure.”

– Camilla Marie Dahlgreen,

Turandot by G.Puccini – The Royal Opera Copenhagen, Jan. 2019

“Ann Petersen sings the legendary difficult part as Turandot irreproachable.”
– Ulla Strømberg,

Turandot by G. Puccini, The Royal Opera Copenhagen, January 2019

“After her succés in Pucinnis “La fanciulla del West”, Ann Petersen adds another certain stone to her impressive career path, with a Turandot made of flesh and blood.”

– Thomas Michelsen, Politiken

Tristan and Isolde at Opera de Lyon, March 2017

“Ann Petersen is a remarkable Isolde, with subtle shudder, with a superb projection and capable also a wonderful piani, communicating an intense emotion throughout the work until its last apparition in Liebestod.”
– Fabrice Malkani, Forumopera