L I E S L O D E N W E L L E R Soprano
A rare and versatile performer, Liesl Odenweller consistently delights audiences and critics throughout Europe in her unique and exciting interpretations of a wide variety of repertoire. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Liederkranz Prize in the US, the International Bellini Prize, and the Italian “Il Virtuoso” Prize. She has received much acclaim for her performances as Violetta in La Traviata in several European and American theaters and has also enjoyed great success as Queen of the Night, Cleopatra, Gilda, Lucia, Konstanze, and Adina.
Recent roles include her critically acclaimed début as Cleopatra, Pergolesi’s Serpina in Venice, Queen of the Night and First LadyDie Zauberflöte, First Knappe and Blumenmädchen Parsifal, First MaidDaphne (the latter two just released on CD and DVD), BastienneBastien und Bastienne (broadcast live on Italian Radio),the Confidante in Elektra, and CunegondeCandide (cover) for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Piccolo in Milano, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and Vicenza’s Teatro Olimpico.
Major concert engagements have included gala events in Venice and Rome, including her recent recital at the Teatro La Fenice, the opening of the Biennale di Arte Contemporanea 2007, as well as in Milan and New York: Mozart Mass in C Minor, Poulenc Gloria,Strauss Vier Letzte Lieder, Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem, Pergolesi Stabat Mater, Mozart Requiem, Szymanovsky Stabat Mater, Brahms Requiem, and Fauré Requiemat Carnegie Hall, the Auditorium di Milano, Teatro La Fenice, Festival de La Ciotat, Eglise de la Madeleine, Palazzo Ducale, and the Ratzeburger Dom, collaborating with such orchestras as Riccardo Chailly’s Orchestra Verdi di Milano, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and the Neue Bachorchestra.
A devoted recitalist, Liesl Odenweller has been particularly admired for her interpretations of the repertoire of Vivaldi, Rossini, Debussy, Strauss, Mozart, and Tosti. She made her Lincoln Center début at Avery Fisher Hall in 1997 and her London recital début in 2003. She has collaborated with conductors including Sir Jeffrey Tate, Andrea Marcon, Gunther Neuhold, Romano Gandolfi, Raymond Hughes, Stefan Anton Reck, Gabor Ötvös, Marco Boemi, Bruno Rigacci, and Giovanni Reggioli, and stage directors Robert Wilson, Jonathan Miller, Paul Curran, Klaus Michael Grüber, Lorenzo Mariani, Renaud Doucet, Serena Sinigaglia, Denis Kriev, Thaddeus Strassberger, Gianfranco De Bosio, e Giuseppe Frigeni. She is a founding member of Venice’s most exciting new Baroque ensemble, Venetia Antiqua Ensemble, who are performing for the Gala Closing of the America’s Cup World Series in Venice.
Liesl Odenweller’s recording début CD was “This Son So Young,” issued on the Tower Hill label, and she is currently recording “The Golden Age of Venice” with Venetia Antiqua Ensemble.
Liesl Odenweller’s forthcoming engagements include Esther with VAE, return engagements with Santa Fe Pro Musica and the Festival de la Ciotat in Provençe, Cleopatra Giulio Cesare, Gilda Rigoletto, Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Queen of the NightDie Zauberflöte in Milan, and symphonic concerts and recitals in Santa Fe, London, Venice, Verona, Rome, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and New York, including a US tour with Venetia Antiqua Ensemble. Liesl Odenweller, Soprano Operatic Repertoire (Complete Roles) Ruoli di Opere Liriche I Capuleti e i Montecchi (in progress) A Midsummer Night’s Dream Lucia di Lammermoor Don Pasquale L’Elisir d’Amore Roméo et Juliette Alcina (in progress) Giulio Cesare Die Entführung aus dem Serail Le Nozze di Figaro
* K ö n i g i n d e r Die Zauberflöte Die Zauberflöte Die Zauberflöte Les Contes d’Hoffmann La Serva Padrona La Bohème Sweeney Todd Der Rosenkavalier (in progress) La Traviata Rigoletto Falstaff (in progress) Siegfried Parsifal
* -- Roles already débuted* -- Ruoli già debuttati
Liesl Odenweller, Soprano Symphonic and Oratorio Repertoire Repertorio Sinfonico e di Oratorio Magnificat IX Sinfonia Les Leçons de Ténèbres Israel in Egypt Messiah IV Symphony Lobgesang Psalm 42 Coronation Mass Exsultate, Jubilate Requiem Mass in C Minor Solemn Vespers Carmina Burana Stabat Mater Salve Regina The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation Miriam’s Song of Triumph Vier Letzte Lieder Stabat Mater Dona nobis pacem Gloria Motet Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera Motet In furore iustissime irae Various solo cantatas
All works already débuted. Tutti già debuttati. Liesl Odenweller, Soprano “.the heir apparent to Sutherland and Anderson: this is one of the best techniques I have ever heard.” – Christopher Raeburn “Ben interpretati anche tutti i ruoli di fianco. Citeremo almeno . la confidente di Liesl Odenweller (The secondary roles were also interpreted well. We must at least mention the Confidante of Liesl Odenweller.)” – Asterisco Informazioni, March 2008 “…very attractive and sexy as the maid was Liesl Odenweller.” – Il Giornale di Vicenza, 11 June 2005 “.particular praise goes to the soprano, Liesl Odenweller, who has a velvety and intense voice, rich with fascinating colors.” – Operaclick, 23 maggio 2005 “…among the outstanding soloists the soprano Liesl Odenweller deserves special attention.” – Corrierebit, 20 maggio 2005 “Liesl Odenweller’s…tone is rich and expressive, and her upper range is broad and notes effortlessly reached…. Miss Odenweller [also] has a very good comic flair.” -- Bedford Gazette, 29 October 2004 “The acoustics…enabled the singer to showcase her virtuosic abilities. The sweet, controlled, animated and fetching soprano voice effortlessly filled the hall with appropriate tone, volume, and nuance. Even those unfamiliar with the languages could easily infer what was being sung.” – Recorder Newspapers, 17 November 2004 “Liesl Odenweller’s voice is perhaps a bit more lyric than one is used to hearing as Bastienne, but the color is extremely beautiful, and she has a refreshing inclination toward unabashed expressivity.” – Il Giornale di Vicenza, 3 June 2004 “Odenweller portrayed every pensive demand of the text through her excellent German and the wide variety of colors in her voice, fascinating even the most exacting musical critic. She was showered with applause at the conclusion.” – Kirchenzeitung, 28 November 2002 “The American soprano Liesl Odenweller transmitted a blissful message through the color of her light, sweet soprano voice in the Solace Aria.” -- Lübecker Nachrichten, 26 November 2002 “.a technically impeccable performance of the highest quality and rare intensity, in a work that is notoriously difficult.” – l’opera, December, 2002 “The two soloists for the Brahms Requiem are simply exceptional. No vocal overindulgence: merely great artists.” – Interview with Conductor Maestro Romano Gandolfi, Il Giorno, November, 2002 “.seldom have we had the honor of having soloists of the caliber of the soprano Liesl Odenweller, who despite a light cold sang with elegance and great beauty of vocal line.” – Ratzeburg Gazette, June, 2002 “.the twosome kept their hearers spellbound with superb presentations. Odenweller displayed exceptional virtuosity and tremendous grasp of the singer’s art, engaging her audience. Her superb renditions of songs.were uniformly crafted, expertly delivered – and very sweetly sung.” -- Bedford Gazette, March, 2002 “Liesl Odenweller has a lovely voice with a clear, bright top.” – Fanfare, May/June, 2001 “Among the other notable moments: the episode of Pinkerton with his American wife, an extremely beautiful and very elegant Liesl Odenweller with a classic Wilson costume.” – Orsiitaliani, February, 2001 “. beautifully voiced singers combined seamlessly, with Liesl Odenweller a particularly memorable Violetta .” -- Evening Advertiser, 25 July 2000 “The public’s overwhelming consensus was easily won by the young American soprano Liesl Odenweller, who possesses an impressively effortless and secure technique. This was evident particularly in her interpretation of Gilda in Rigoletto, a role that is perfect for her vocal abilities, which allow her to soar in impressive pyrotechnics with great agility and ease even in the highest register.” -- Il Gazzettino di Venezia, February 1999 “Soprano Liesl Odenweller as Pamina brought a silvery vocal sheen to her performance. Her controlled legato and ability to sustain long phrases were impressive.” – Asheville Citizen-Times, July, 1995
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