Elisabeth Hornung

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Elisabeth Hornung (* around 1958 in Lower Silesia ) is a German opera singer ( mezzo-soprano ).


After graduating from high school, Hornung studied mathematics at the University of Poznań and at the same time singing at the Poznań University of Music. She completed further vocal studies at the Gdansk Music Academy . She made her debut at the Komische Oper Berlin , where she was engaged while still studying. During her engagement there, she performed at the Dresden State Opera . In 1984 she moved to the Staatstheater Darmstadt , where she still works today.

Hornung sang numerous major roles in the field of "dramatic mezzo-soprano" at the Staatstheater Darmstadt. Her stage roles in Darmstadt included, for example, Amneris in Aida , Princess Eboli in Don Carlos , the title role in Carmen , Venus in Tannhäuser , Kundry in Parsifal , Herodias in Salome and the title role in Penthesilea by Othmar Schoeck .

In 2000 she sang Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro and Türken-Baba in The Rake's Progress at the Darmstadt State Theater ; In 2001 she took over Fricka in Die Walküre there . She made several guest appearances at the Essen Opera House , in 1999 as Gaea in Daphne and 2001 as Alte Buryja in Jenůfa . In 2001 she sang Zita in Gianni Schicchi at the Stadttheater Basel , and in 2002 there Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff .

She gave further guest performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin , the Edinburgh Festival , the Schwetzinger Festival , the Nationaltheater Mannheim , the Staatstheater Karlsruhe (2000/2001 season), the Oper Frankfurt and the Theater Augsburg . Hornung also sang in Belgium and Spain .

Hornung's repertoire, which includes around 40 major and medium roles, included a. also Azucena in Il trovatore , Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera , the composer in Ariadne auf Naxos , the sexton, later the old woman Buryja in Jenůfa and Countess Geschwitz in Lulu .

She has appeared in premieres and premieres of contemporary operas several times. a. in works by Reinhard Febel and Klaus Huber . In 1996 she sang the role of Countess von Kirchstätten in Hans Werner Henze's opera Elegy for Young Lovers at the Darmstadt State Theater .

On January 18, 2019, she was awarded the title of chamber singer.

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