Ingeborg Danz - Alto

“Of the four soloists, Ingeborg Danz’ alto was the most mesmerizing. I have listened to her voice develop over many years. It is always good, but it has now developed a rich, golden depth, pureness and patina that must make her the envy of many other altos. Her Agnus Dei was gorgeous.” Oregon-Bach-Festival – July 2008 – The Register Guard

German contralto Ingeborg Danz studied with Heiner Eckels in Detmold. Whilst still being a student, she was awarded several prizes and was granted scholarships by Deutscher Musikrat and Richard-Wagner-Federation.

Although the artist has appeared on several opera stages, a. o. in Hamburg, her main focus is on oratorio, concert and lied. She very closely collaborates with Helmuth Rilling/Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart and Collegium Vocale Gent and Philippe Herreweghe.

Ingeborg Danz does not exclusively commit herself to certain musical epochs. Works of the late romantic period, such as Mahler's symphonies, Berlioz' Nuits d'été or Schumann's Faust-Szenen, sacral music by Bruckner and Beethoven are part of her regular repertoire, still it is no exaggeration to call her one of the finest Bach performers of her generation. After a concert of B Minor Mass with the Munich Philharmonic, the Munich press judged her with the words: "Ingeborg Danz, the leading concert contralto of today – all future b minor masses are spoilt for one that has been moved by this Agnus Dei aria!" Ingeborg Danz is also a board member of the Neue Bachgesellschaft Leipzig.

Her collaboration with conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Herbert Blomstedt, Manfred Honeck, Christopher Hogwood, Philippe Herreweghe, Riccardo Chailly, Heinz Holliger, Helmuth Rilling, Ingo Metzmacher and Semyon Bychkov led her to the Theatro alla Scala, the Lucerne and Salzburg Festival and the leading orchestras of the world including Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Vienna, Munich and Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Symphony Orchestra of the BR, Boston Symphony Orchestra, DSO Berlin, NDR Hamburg, Bamberger Symphoniker, Radio-Symphony-Orchestra Stuttgart of the SWR, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra or the National Symphony Orchestra Washington and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Ingeborg Danz will start the current season at the “Lied und Lyrik” festival with Gustav Mahler ́s Lied von der Erde with the Bamberger Symphoniker and a Lied matinee for children with Michael Gees at the piano in Kloster Banz. Further concerts will lead her to the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Kent Nagano, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI under Helmuth Rilling, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam with Ivan Fischer, the Bruckner Orchestra Linz as well as the Orchestra Sinfonica do Estado do Brasil under Thomas Dausgaard, amongst others.

Ingeborg Danz is a dedicated lieder singer. She went on a recital tour greatly acclaimed by both audience and press with Juliane Banse, Christoph Prégardien and Olaf Bär, and later with James Taylor. With Olaf Bär she further gave concerts, at the Rheingau Musik Festival. Also her recitals together with pianist Michael Gees received rave reviews.

She demonstrates her enormous repertoire in numerous broadcast and TV productions and many CD recordings: Mozart masses with Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec), several discs with Philippe Herreweghe for Harmonia Mundi, and, all for hänssler, her first recital disc with Brahms Lieder and Bach's St Matthew and St John Passion, B Minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio (all with Helmuth Rilling). In May 2008 Brilliant Classics released a CD box with the complete works of Johannes Brahms – including a recital disc with Ingeborg Danz and the pianist Helmut Deutsch.

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