German contralto Wiebke Lehmkuhl makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season as Erda (Der Ring des Nibelungen).
Lehmkuhl studied singing at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater. She is a former ensemble member of Zürich Opera. Away from Zürich, her Wagner repertory includes Erda for Tokyo Spring Festival, Magdalene (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) for Paris Opéra and Bayreuth Festival, and Flosshilde, Grimgerde and First Norn (Der Ring des Nibelungen) and Voice from Above (Parsifal) for Bayreuth Festival. Other appearances include Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte) for Paris Opéra, and for Salzburg Festival under Harnoncourt, Annina (Der Rosenkavalier) for Salzburg Festival and Storgè (Jephtha) for Dutch National Opera under Bolton.
Lehmkuhl is also active as a concert artist, performing with orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphony, at leading venues including the NDR in Hanover and Vienna’s Musikverein, and at the major European festivals including Lucerne and Schleswig-Holstein. She has worked with conductors including Chailly, Gatti, Harding, Jordan, Minkowski and Nagano. Her concert repertory includes Bach’s St Matthew Passion and Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Requiem, Mahler’s Symphonies no.2 and no.3 and Das Lied von der Erde and Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder. She performed at the opening of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, in a concert conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock.