Marlis Petersen



The German soprano Marlis Petersen is one of the most sought-after singers of her time. The focus of her repertoire lies in the full lyric soprano fach and in the interpretation of contemporary music.

Since her acclaimed debut at the Vienna State Opera as "Lulu", she has been a regular guest on the world's most important opera stages, including the Opéra de Paris, the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the State Operas in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Vienna, the Theater an der Wien, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the LA Opera, the Chicago Lyric Opera and the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.

Her wide-ranging repertoire includes roles such as Marietta (Tote Stadt), Handel's Alcina, Manon, Thais, Violetta (La Traviata), Elettra (Idomeneo), through to the Strauss roles of Salome and Marschallin (Rosenkavalier), with which she recently celebrated sensational success at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich.

As a concert singer, Marlis Petersen has appeared on all the major stages and sang at the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, among others. In the 19/20 season she was Artist in Residence of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2020 Marlis Petersen was named 'Singer of the Year' for the 4th time by the magazine "Opernwelt" for her portrayal of Salome at the Theater an der Wien. In the same year she received the OPUS KLASSIK for her album "Dimensionen: INNENWELT". In 2021 Marlis Petersen was awarded the honorary title of 'Kammersängerin' by the Bavarian State Opera in Munich.

After an acclaimed debut as Feldmarschallin (Rosenkavalier) at the Bavarian State Opera, as Emilia Marty in (Die Sache Makropoulos) at the Berlin State Opera, as Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) at the Salzburg Easter Festival, in the current season she can be heard as Marie (Wozzeck) at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and as Hannah Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe) at the Zurich Opera House.



Composer Work Role
Beethoven Leonore Leonore
  Fidelio Leonore
Donizetti Maria Stuarda Stuarda
Händel Alcina Alcina
Haydn Orlando Paladino Angelica
Henze Phaedra Aphrodite
Janacek Das schlaue Füchslein Bystrouska
  Die Sache Makropulos Emilia Marty
  Katia Kabanova Katia*
Korngold Die Tote Stadt Marie
Lehar Die lustige Witwe Hanna Glawari
Massenet Thaïs Thaïs
  Manon Manon
Meyerbeer Les Huguenots Marguérite de Valois
Mozart Don Giovanni Donna Anna
  Le Nozze di Figaro Contessa
  Idomeneo Elettra
  Die Zauberflöte Pamina
Offenbach Les Contes d’Hoffmann Giulietta
Reimann Medea Medea
Schreier Hamlet Gertrude
Schreker Der Ferne Klang Grete Graumann*
Strauss, R.  Ariadne auf Naxos Ariadne*
  Arabella Arabella*
  Salome Salome
  Der Rosenkavalier Marschallin
  Die Frau ohne Schatten Kaiserin*
Thomas Hamlet Ophélie
Trojahn La grande Magia Marta
  Was ihr wollt Viola/Cesario
Verdi La Traviata Violetta
Wagner Tannhäuser Elisabeth*
Zemlinsky Der Zwerg Donna Clara
    *in preparation






  • 2004Opernwelt - Sängerin des Jahres

    Lulu - Hamburger Staatsoper
  • 2010Opernwelt - Sängerin des Jahres

    Medea - Wiener Staatsoper
  • 2013Österreichischer Musiktheaterpreis

    Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Olympia) - Theater an der Wien
  • 2015Opernwelt - Sängerin des Jahres

    Lulu - Wiener Staatsoper
  • 2020Opus Klassik - Sängerin des Jahres

    Dimensionen – Innenwelt
  • 2021Opernwelt - Sängerin des Jahres

    Salome - Theater an der Wien Tote Stadt (Marie) - Bayerische Staatsoper
  • 2021Bayerische Kammersängerin

  • 2022Bayerisches Verdienstkreuz