ann liebeck

soprano voice

Ann Liebeck was a prize winning student at the Royal College of Music Opera School and Salzburg Mozarteum and started her career as a dramatic coloratura soprano. She was awarded the Hamburg Shakespeare Prize bursary by Dame Gwyneth Jones  and began her international career at the Vienna State Opera. She made her debut there as Poussette in Manon with Adam Fischer, in a production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. Other roles for Vienna - Jenny in Mahagonny (Kurt Weill), Friederike in Lenz (Wolfgang Rihm) and all the high soprano roles in Schoenberg’s Moses and Aaron (the latter with Horst Stein in a production by the legendary Goetz Friedrich.)

She made her US debut in Pittsburg as Queen of the Night, a role repeated at the Vienna Volksoper, National Theatre Prague, Braunschweig State Theatre), and on tour in Paris, Salamanca, Segovia and Madrid. She has guested as Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda, Konstanze, Violetta, Zerbinetta, Musetta, Liu, and the Countess in Marriage of Figaro, at the State Opera Prague, National Theatre Prague, Scottish Opera, English National Opera and Dartington Summer Festival. She has premiered Gilda, Frasquita and Donna Anna at Opernair Gars Summer Festival in Vienna. In 2007/2008 she was engaged as Donna Anna, Violetta, Elettra in Idomeneo and Rusalka by the State Opera Brno. In the season 2009/2010 she guested as Rusalka and made her role debut as Salome in Pilzen, and sang Violetta at Opernair Gars, Austria, in an acclaimed production by Karel Drgač conducted by  BBC Concert Orchestra guest maestro Johannes Wildner.She has also covered  Leonora Trovatore and Aida at Opernair Gars-2007,2008,2009. 2011 saw her in Rome preparing roles such as M Butterfly Manon Lescaut and Tosca on the advice of star tenor Giuseppe Sabbatini. in 2013 she made a role debut as Tosca here in the UK for Ellen Kent International Productions.She is now singing lirico spinto roles on the advice of conductor Graeme Jenkins and dramatic sopranos Rosalind Plowright and Francesca Patane.


Concert work in all the major London halls and various festival venues includes the Verdi Requiem under Sir Colin Davis, and Graeme Jenkins, Handel’s Messiah and Mozart's C Minor Mass under Sir David Willcocks and solo recitals at the Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall. A long association with conductor Ross Pople and the London Festival Orchestra resulted in CDs of Carmina Burana and Messiah for BMG Arte Nova. Ann has also worked with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Strasbourg Philarmonic Orchestra, made radio broadcasts for France Musique, Italian Radio, BBC Radio 3 Radio 4 and Classic FM, and appeared on Austrian, Czech and Slovak TV. She has premiered and collaborated in works by many contemporary composers such as Paul Barker, John Woolrich, Dan Warburton and John Tavener.

She has been most recently appearing in operatic dance drama  Violetta’s Last Tango which was launched to a sold-out house at Kings Place in December 2013 and also at London’s  South Bank in May 2014 and Artsdepot theatre London in March 2015.

She recently returned from the Edinburgh Festival where  Violetta’s Last Tango  was presented to 4**** reviews and an enthusiastic public.The company will be touring the show in the UK in 2017.

She regularly gives recitals in major halls in London specialising in tango and Spanish and Latin American Song.

She is a trained dancer; ballet, tango, contemporary dance and speaks German, Italian French and Spanish.

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Home LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages French,  German,  Italian,  Spanish; Castilian 
EdinburghGuide » Edinburgh's Festivals » Festival 2014 Reviews Song Recital, St Andrew's and St George's West, Review
2014-08-13 webpage, Edinburgh
"We heard firstly from Spain the three of the cartoon sets of Granados's Tonadillas: flirtatious, lightly comic and then tragic. Already it was clear that Ann Liebeck had a confident and powerful voice - a delight to enjoy.The hour passed so quickly - a great concert."
(Barnaby Miln)
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