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Wiebke Lehmkuhl

The contralto from Oldenburg received her vocal training with Ulla Groenewold and Hanna Schwarz at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. After guest engagements at the Kiel Opera House and the Hamburg and Hanover State Operas, Wiebke Lehmkuhl took up her first permanent engagement at the Zurich Opera House while still a student. In 2012 she made her debut at the Salzburg Festival under the baton of Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Further engagements took her to the Opéra de Bastille in Paris, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where she sang in Götterdämmerung under Kent Nagano. Wiebke Lehmkuhl is also a sought-after soloist on the international concert podium and a regular guest with the well-known orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, the Gewandhausorchester zu Leipzig, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris and the concert halls in Bilbao, Tokyo or Sao Paulo. She also participated in the opening concert of the Elbphilharmonie with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
under Thomas Hengelbrock and is a regular guest at festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Lucerne Festival and La Folle Journée in Nantes. In opera, Wiebke Lehmkuhl can be heard regularly at the Salzburg and Bayreuth Festivals.

In the 2021/22 season Wiebke Lehmkuhl toured Europe as Erda in concert performances of Wagner's Rheingold under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and sang Maher's 2nd Symphony with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She
also took part in the festive concert celebrating the reopening of the Tonhalle Zurich. Wiebke Lehmkuhl begins the current season in Munich with the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra with Reger's An die Hoffnung and Reger´s Requiem. Other highlights of the coming season include Mendelssohn's Elijah with the Berlin Philharmonic and Mahler's 8th Symphony under Riccardo Chailly at La Scala in
Milan. Wiebke Lehmkuhl works regularly with conductors such as Philippe Jordan, Marc Minkowski, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Ottavio Dantone, Franz-Welser Möst, Laurence Equilbey, Kent Nagano, Christian Thielemann, Antonio Pappano and Daniel
Harding. Her artistry has also been recorded on numerous recordings, including J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchestrer under Riccardo Chailly (Decca) or C.P.E. Bach's Magnificat with the RIAS Chamber Choir and the
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under Hans-Christoph Rademann (Harmonia Mundi).