Daniela Lehner, mezzo soprano

Austrian mezzo Daniela Lehner studied in Linz, Vienna, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Daniela has received scholarships for the Ravinia Festival Young Artists Programme, Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and the Music Academy of the West. She has participated in masterclasses with Marilyn Horne, Christa Ludwig, Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau and Ferenc Rados.

She has worked with leading pianists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Stephen Kovacevich, Graham Johnson and Roger Vignoles. Daniela also works closely with Spanish pianist Jose Luis Gayo, her regular duo partner. Apart from conventional repertoire, the duo also enjoys exploring lesser known German, Spanish and Latin-American works.

In 2008 Daniela made her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut, singing the role of Hermia in Britten's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". She has participated in Graham Johnson's complete Schumann song recordings (Hyperion) and has recorded for BBC Radio 3, ORF and NDR. 

A committed recitalist, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Wiener Konzerthaus, De Singel Antwerp, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Kölner Philharmonie, Philharmonie Berlin, Salle Pleyel, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Aldeburgh Festival, Chichester Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival and BBC Proms.

Awards include a Georg Solti Scholarship, Rotary Prize, Prize of the Académie Musicale de Villecroze and First Prize in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition. She received a Borletti-Buitoni Award in 2008 and was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2008-2010.

Recent projects include concerts and recordings for BBC Radio 3, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, Mozart La Finta Giardiniera in the Barbican and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr, Zemlinsky Maeterlinck-Lieder under Kazushi Ono, Mozart Requiem under Sir Colin Davis in Barcelona and with the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena, Zarzuela arias and Spanish songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Josep Pons, her role debut as Idamante for Grange Park Opera, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde in the Berlin Philharmonie, Dvorak Stabat Mater with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel with AAM and Stephen Cleobury, Handel recitals with Richard Egarr, Mozart Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra under Yutaka Sado and Beethoven Missa Solemnis on European tour with John Eliot Gardiner. 

Upcoming project include recitals in Austria and Spain, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Orquestra Metropolitana Lisbon and Mozart Requiem with with Richard Egarr in La Coruna and with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington under Christoph Eschenbach, Monteverdi Incoronazione di Poppea with the Academy of Ancient Music in the Barbican, a recital for Oxford Lieder Festival, Mendelssohn Elijah with Stephen Cleobury in Cambridge, Beethoven Missa Solemnis in Istanbul and Beethoven Ninth Symphony in the Barbican and Vivaldi Gloria in the Royal Festival Hall.

 

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