Nadine Secunde - Sopran - soprano
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Elsa, Bayreuth

Katja Kabanowa



American soprano Nadine Secunde has become a leading artist in the world's finest opera houses in the demanding Strauss and Wagner repertoire. Critical acclaim for her ”glowing, blooming soprano” and her ”brilliant character portrayal” has been ratified by tremendous popular success and reengagements by the theaters in which she appears. Nadine Secunde made a triumphant debut at the Bayreuth festival in 1987 as Elsa in a new production of ”Lohengrin” by the noted German film director Werner Herzog. The following summer she scored a great personal success at Bayreuth as Sieglinde in Harry Kupfer's controversial production of ”Die Walküre” conducted by Daniel Barenboim which has been recorded for video.

Since her Bayreuth debut she has appeared in many of Europe's great theaters. In Munich she has sung the role of Elisabeth in ”Tannhäuser” conducted by Zubin Mehta. In Hamburg she appeared in the title role of ”Katya Kabanova” and as Isolde; her debut in Vienna was as Sieglinde; there she has also sung Elisabeth in ”Tannhäuser” and Chrysothemis in ”Elektra”. In this role she made her Paris debut with Seji Ozawa conducting and in Covent Garden with Sir Georg Solti. Anthony Papano conducted her first ”Lady Macbeth of Msenk” in Brussels, and she was privileged to take part in the world premier of Hans Werner Henze' ”Venus und Adonis” as The Primadonna.

Her American debut took place at the Lyric Opera of Chicago is Peter Sellar's highly acclaimed production of ”Tannhäuser”. Other important engagements have included her Los Angeles debut as Cassandre in ”Les Troyens” and her San Francisco debut as Chrysothemis, conducted by Christian Thielemann. In Seattle she sang her first Brünnhilde in the 1997 ”Ring”. and her first Marschallin.

Since then she has garnered critical acclaim and enormous public reaction in her ”new” repertoire. Her first Bünnhilde in ”Die Götterdammerung” in Amsterdam is 1999 was greeted with ”an unimaginable outpouring of audience jubilation” Her debut as Elektra in the prestigious ”Leonie Rysenek Memorial Production” in Marseille was a stunning success with audience and critics, leading to new productions scheduled in Tokyo and Amsterdam in 2006.

Important orchestral engagements have included her American debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Andre Previn in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, which she also sang in Paris with Daniel Barenboim and in Rome with Christian Thielemann. She took part in the ”Towards the Millenium” concert series in London's Royal Festival Hall as the soloist in Berg's ”Seven Early Songs” conducted by Simon Rattle. Her Italian concert debut was a celebrated performance of Britten's ”War Requiem” with Wolfgang Sawallisch. In the spring of 2000 she sang a concert performance of ”Die Walküre” in the recently renovated Teatro Lyceo in Barcelona with Placido Domingo.

Miss Secunde made her recording debut as Chrysothemis in a concert performance of ”Elektra” with Hildegard Behrens in the title role. Seji Ozawa conducted the Boston Symphony in the Philips release. She also recorded the demanding role of Renata in Prokoviev's ”The Fiery Angel” for DGG, with Neeme Järvi conducting the Goteborg Symphony Orchestra, ”The Turn of the Screw” by Benjamin Britten for Naxos Oper and a complete video recording of ”Tannhäuser” as Elisabeth conducted by Zubin Mehta with Rene Kollo and Waltraut Meier.


With Placido Domingo