© Wilfried Hös
© Wilfried Hös

Petra Maria Schnitzer

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Born in Vienna, Petra Maria Schnitzer studied at the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Wiener Musikhochschule and became a member of the Opernstudio of the Vienna State Opera.


In 1993 she was prize winner at the Vinas-competition in Barcelona. The same year she debuted Agathe (Der Freischütz) at the Vienna State Opera, followed by Comtessa (Le Nozze di Figaro), Ilia (Idomeneo), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Micaëla (Carmen), Freia (Das Rheingold) and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung).


She was invited to the Salzburg Festival, the Bavarian State Opera (Die verkaufte Braut / Freischütz), the Aalto-Theatre Essen (Arabella) and the Wiener Festwochen, where she sang the role of Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte) under Riccardo Muti. At the Dresden Music Festival she appeared as Irene (Rienzi).


Further important engagements had been Elsa (Lohengrin) at the Bayreuth Festival 2002, 2003 and 2005 as well as Leonore (Fidelio) in Antwerpen. In 2004 she sang Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Agathe (Der Freischütz) in Venice and Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) in Los Angeles, San Francisco and at the Metropolitan Opera New York, she debuted as Sieglinde (Die Walküre) at the Châtelet in Paris, was invited to the Munich State Opera for Die verkaufte Braut / Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Tannhäuser, for Freischütz to the Berlin State Opera and for a new production of Tiefland to the Operahouse Zurich.


She sang at the Vienna State Opera the role of Elsa (Lohengrin), Leonore (Fidelio) and Elisabeth (Tannhäuser) and at the Deutsche Oper Berlin a new production of Tristan und Isolde and both Venus and Elisabeth (Tannhäuser).


At the Liceu in Barcelona she appeared in Tannhäuser and Fraischütz, at the Teatro Real in Madrid in Tannhäuser. She was invited to Peking as Elsa and to the State Opera of Hamburg for Lohengrin and Tannhäuser and to the Opera Festival of Munich as Isolde.


Besides her operatic engagements Petra Maria Schnitzer dedicates herself to concerts and Liedgesang and sings in many of Europe’s leading music centres. A CD with “Lieder” and duets by Robert and Clara Schumann, as well a Wagner CD were published.

For the most recent biography, please contact Nicola Kamphausen