Gun-Brit Barkmin is noted for her exciting portrayals of some of opera’s most complex leading ladies and has a strong association with the repertoire of Richard Strauss including Salome, Chrysothemis (Elektra) and Ariadne (Ariadne auf Naxos). Following an acclaimed portrayal as Marie (Wozzeck) marking her debut at Opéra national de Paris last season, Barkmin revisits the role this season for her first appearance at Staatsoper Hamburg under Kent Nagano. Barkmin joins us and Jaap van Zweden for her first Brünnhilde (Götterdämmerung) as part of the Ring Cycle recording project for Naxos. Elsewhere, she joins both the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and Wiener Staatsoper under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, both as Salome.
Boasting an impressively diverse repertoire, Gun-Brit Barkmin has appeared as Jenůfa at Komische Oper Berlin, Marie and Katerinza Izmailova (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk) at Opernhaus Zürich, Regan in Reimann’s Lear at Salzburg Festival under Franz Welser-Möst, Elena in the world premiere of Sotelo’s El Público at Teatro Real Madrid, Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Ariadne and Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) at Wiener Staatsoper, Bianca (Eine florentinische Tragödie) at Canadian Opera Company, and Chrysothemis with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons.