Doris Soffel

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Doris Soffel

Doris Soffel (born 12 May 1948, Hechingen, Germany) is a German mezzo-soprano.

Doris Soffel first played the violin, then switched to singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. She was member of the Stuttgart Opera ensemble from 1973 to 1982. Her international breakthrough was as Sesto in Mozart's La clemenza di Tito at the Royal Opera House, London in 1982. She sang Fricka in the Bayreuth Festival 1983 and was the only German coloratura mezzo with an international career, singing in works by Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Vincenzo Bellini. She sang world premieres by contemporary composers like Aribert Reimann and Krysztof Penderecki and had performances worldwide of Gustav Mahler's vocal works. From 1994, more dramatic roles like Judith in Béla Bartók's Bluebeard's Castle , Eboli in Verdi's Don Carlo and Amneris in his Aïda . Since 1999 she belongs to the most important interpreters of operas by Richard Wagner and Richard Strauss (e.g. Ortrud, Kundry, Fricka, Herodias and Amme). In 2007 she sang the female principal part (Marfa) in the Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina in Munich. She appears on about 60 CDs and several DVDs.

Doris Soffel was awarded the title Kammersängerin and holds the Royal Swedish Order of Northern Star.



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Ortrud, Lohengrin
Béla Bartók A Kékszakállú herceg vára (Bluebeard's Castle)Judit
Vincenzo Bellini NormaAdalgisa
Alban Berg LuluGräfin Geschwitz
Hector Berlioz Les TroyensDidon
Georges Bizet CarmenCarmen
Francesco Cilea Adriana LecouvreurLa Principessa di Bouillon
Gaetano Donizetti Anna BolenaGiovanna di Seymour
La FavoritaLeonora di Guzman
Maria StuardaElisabetta
Antonín Dvořák RusalkaHexe Jezibaba
Friedrich von Flotow Martha oder Der Markt zu RichmondNancy
Christoph Willibald Gluck Orfeo ed EuridiceOrfeo
George Frideric Handel HerculesDejanira
Leoš Janáček Káta KabanováKabanicha
Pietro Mascagni Cavalleria rusticanaSantuzza
Jules Massenet HérodiadeHérodiade
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Così fan tutteDorabella
La Clemenza di TitoSesto
Die ZauberflöteZweite Dame
Modest Mussorgsky Boris GodunowMarina Mnisek
Krzysztof Penderecki Ubu RexMère Ubu
Amilcare Ponchielli La GiocondaLaura Adorno
Francis Poulenc Dialogues des CarmelitesMadame de Croissy
Aribert Reimann TroadesKassandra
Gioachino Rossini CenerentolaAngelina
Il Barbiere di SivigliaRosina
L'Italiana in AlgeriIsabella
Mosè in EgittoSinaide
Camille Saint-Saëns Samson et DalilaDalila
Othmar Schoeck PenthesileaPenthesilea
Louis Spohr JessondaAmazili
Johann Strauss Die FledermausPrinz Orlofsky
Richard Strauss ElektraKlytämnestra
Ariadne auf NaxosDer Komponist
Die Frau ohne SchattenDie Amme
Der RosenkavalierOctavian
Igor Stravinsky Oedipus RexJocaste
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Orleanskaja DevaJeanne d'Arc
Pique DameGräfin
Giuseppe Verdi AidaAmneris
Don CarlosEboli
Un ballo in MascheraUlrika
Il TrovatoreAzucena
Richard Wagner GötterdämmerungWaltraute
Das RheingoldFricka
Rienzi: Der letzte der TribunenAdriano
Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf WartburgVenus
Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne
Die WalküreFricka
Hugo Wolf Der CorregidorFrasquita
Alexander Zemlinsky Eine Florentinische TragödieBianca


Johann Sebastian Bach Passionen und OratorienMezzo
Ludwig van Beethoven Missa solemnis D-dur op.123Mezzo
Symphonie No. 9Alto
Hector Berlioz Mort de CleopâtreMezzo
Nuits d´étéMezzo
Damnation de FaustMarguerite
Johannes Brahms Lieder BrahmsMezzo
Anton Bruckner Mass No. 3 in F minorAlto
Joseph Haydn Harmoniemesse B-dur Hob.XXII:13Alto
Heiligmesse B-dur Hob XXII:10Alto
Missa Sanctae Caeciliae C-durAlto
Karl Amadeus Hartmann Symphonie 1 Versuch eines Requiem (on texts by Walt Whitman)Alto
Gustav Mahler Das Lied von der ErdeMezzo
Sinfonie Nr.2 c-moll (Auferstehung)Alto
Sinfonie Nr.8 Es-dur (Sinf.der Tausend)Alto
Symphonie No. 3Mezzo
Lieder eines fahrenden GesellenMezzo
Hermann Reutter LiederMezzo
Franz Schubert Lieder und LiederzyklenMezzo
Erwin Schulhoff Landschaften/MenschheitMezzo
Robert Schumann Lieder und LiederzyklenMezzo
Arnold Schoenberg GurreliederWaldtaube
Wolfgang von Schweinitz Liederzyklus "Papiersterne"Mezzo
Alexander Scriabin Symphonie Nr. 1 E-DurMezzo
Richard Strauss Lieder und LiederzyklenMezzo
Giuseppe Verdi RequiemMezzo
Richard Wagner Wesendonk-LiederMezzo
Alexander Zemlinsky Maeterlink OrchesterliederMezzo

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