Anne Wieben, soprano

soprano voice
biography

American Soprano Anne Wieben has been hailed by critics as ‘sensual’ and ‘secure’ (Münchner Merkur) with a ‘hint of femme fatal in her velvety soprano’ (Süddeutschezeitung).​She holds a Masters degree in Opera Performance from the Vienna Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Classical Vocal Performance, magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota.

Most recently, Wieben sang the role of Marcellina and covered the role of Countess in a historically authentic production of Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” with Teatro Barocco in February 2016. In the 2014/2015 season, Ms Wieben sang the role of Rosalinde in OperRundUm innovative and successful production of Die Fledermaus. She also performed the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte in opera houses and concert halls across Germany, including Munich, Stuttgart, Ulm, and Berlin. In 2013 Ms.Wieben sang the role ofEcho in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos in a benefit production sponsored by the Vienna Life Ball and she gave her debut at the renowned Vienna Musikverein as Dot Robinson in the critically acclaimed Austrian premiere of Raymond Yiu’s chamber opera The Original Chinese Conjuror. In an equally successful production, Ms.Wieben sang the role ofDorinda in Michael Hayden’s baroque chamber opera Die Hochzeit auf der Alm as part of the Teatro Barocco festival in Stift Altenburg, Austria. The Austrian press named the festival as one of the top three most important cultural events of the year, and critics praised Wieben for her ‘beautiful, well guided’ and ‘expressive’ singing. Earlier in the season, Wieben reprised the role ofDonna Anna in the Kammeroper Weissenhorner’s production of Don Giovanni, a role she debuted at the Pasinger Fabrik in 2011. In October, 2012 Ms.Wieben performed the role of Femme Fatale in the world premiere of Clio Montrey’s chamber opera Photo Socrates at Nikki Bogart Gallery in Vienna. Also in 2012, she debuted the roles of Sandmännchen and Taumännchen in Hänsel und Gretel at the Einstein Cultural Center of Munich, as well as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi at the Theater in Pfarrkirchen. In 2011, Wieben sang the lead role of Diana in Anton Urpsruch’s opera Das Unmöglichste von Allem, and has since reprised the role throughout Germany. Her performance was revered as ‘captivating’ and ‘radiant’ with a ‘warm-sounding yet clear voice’ (Neue Merker). She also recorded the role for Marco Polo Records, and the CD was released in September, 2013.

Anne Wieben sang the role of Avril in Michael Nyman’s minimalistic opera Love Counts at Metro Kino Theater in Vienna in 2010, and on the concert stage she has performed many of the Mozartean heroines: Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, as well as Musetta in La Bohème.

In 2010 Ms. Wieben was invited to St. Mary’s Cathedral in Foxford, Ireland where she was the soprano soloist in performances of Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. She has also been the soloist in Faure’s Requiem and Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Taking on contemporary art song in Vienna, she recently sang Otto M. Zykan’s 5 Lieder and 5 Haikus at Museum Währing and Clio Montrey’s 5 Mannequin Songs at OFF Theater.

Ms. Wieben began her career in Vienna as a mezzo soprano and performed Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Odeon Theater, Niklausse in Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Theater Akzent, Frau Schuster-Bellheim in Die Drei Wünsche at Musiktheater Schönbrunn (and recorded for CPO Records), Vittoria in The Gondoliers at Kammeroper Wien, and she traveled to Poland to sing Frau Madaldrut in Siegfried Wagner’s Der Schmied von Marienburg with the Gdansk Philharmonic (and recorded for Marco Polo Records).


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NameWieben, Anne
Born inUnited States, North America
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages German 
attended UniversitiesKonservatorium Wien, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)
Reviews
Die Fledermaus, Aschbach Niederösterreich
2015-08-07 Niederösterrich Nachrichten,
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…Rosalinde gespielt von Anne Wieben glänzt in ihre Rolle… Ein junges dynamisches Ensemble, dass es versteht das Publikum in Banne zu ziehen. Spielerisch erstklassig.


….Rosalinde, played by Anne Wieben, shone in her role…. A young, dynamic ensemble that knows how keep an audience spell-bound. First-rate.

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(Heribert Hudler)
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Cosi fan tutte, Berlin Radialsystem, February 21, 2015
2015-02-22 webpage, Berlin
"" Anne Wieben als Fiordiligi wartet mit lupenreinem Gesang und schönen Decrescendi auf"
(Anne Wieben as Fiordiligi delivered flawless vocals and beautiful decrescendos)
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(Peter Pachl)
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2014-10-06 DeutschlandRadio Kultur Frühkritik, Stuttgart
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"Anne Wieben singt die koloraturen der Fiordiligi, die wirklich atemberaubend von Mozart komponiert, man kann auch sagen als eine Unverschämtheit kompniert für die Sopranistin, die singt sie ganz grandios." 

"Anne Wieben marvelously sang Fiordiligi's breathtakingly yet brazenly composed coloratura." (Rainer Zerbst,DeutschlandRadio Kultur Frühkritik, 6.10.2014)
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(Rainer Zerbst)
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Die Hochzeit auf der Alm, Teatro Barocco in Stift Altenburg, 2013
2013-07-13 Kleine Zeitung,
"… Above all others, Anne Wieben, with her beautiful, well guided voice, was a pleasure- ."
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