Biography

The dramatic soprano Vera Wenkert has sung and presented more than 30 leading roles in opera performances - especially in dramatic roles - on German stages, e.g. Stadttheater Trier, Stadttheater Münster, Staatstheater Nürnberg, before she made her appearance in an international framework.

Vera Wenkert had won several prestigious fellowships, among others from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, the Impulse Privatstiftung Austria and Foundation Idella Denmark. For her interpretation of Hedwig in the Offenbach opera Die Rheinnixen in Trier, she was nominated in the category "Best Singer of the Year" by the journal OPERNWELT.

Vera Wenkert studied singing with Gloria Davy, Indiana University of Bloomington / USA, with Susanna Eken, Royal Academy of Music / Copenhagen, Kari Lövaas and David Jones. She has participated in masterclasses by Friedrich Gürtler, KS Berit Lindholm, Birgit Nilsson and KS Luana DeVol.

Vera Wenkert has sung in concerts in Bregenz, Geneva, Copenhagen, Luxembourg, Nice, Paris, Bordeaux, New York and Zurich. They could be seen in the Italian repertoire as Amelia (Un ballo in maschera), Leonora (La forza del destino) and Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) and in the title roles of Madama Butterfly and Turandot.

In 2010, she gave her debut as Ariadne auf Naxos in Antikenfestspiele Trier. Madame Wenkert has sung Tosca, Marie in Wozzeck and Senta in Flying Dutchman with Franz Grundheber.
2013, Mrs. Wenkert gave her debut as Brünnhilde both in R. Wagner’s Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in a gala concert at the Stadttheater in Trier.
2014, she was seen in France with Brünnhilde's final song, Götterdämmerung in the festival "Les Nuits de Cheronne".
2015, Vera Wenkert sang Isolde in a concert version of Tristan and Isolde (R. Wagner) under the musical principal of Douglas Martin in New York / Lincoln Center Area.
At the Zurich Opera, Mrs. Wenkert sang the role of Turandot in "Telling stories with Music"
2016, she gave concerts in the USA, in Germany and in Switzerland.
Currently, her career is focused on the Wagnerian repertoire in which Vera Wenkert already has shown Senta (The Flying Dutchman), Sieglinde (The Valkyrie), the dual role Venus & Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin) and Brünnhilde and Isolde (Tristand und Isolde).

Alongside her career as an opera singer, Vera Wenkert is an active and dedicated teacher.

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Vera Wenkert as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer

Vera Wenkert as Senta in Der fliegende Holländer

I consider myself to be a singing actress, who through the music and on the stage would like to follow the emotional journey of my singing character. As a singer, I am a creator.
— Vera Wenkert
Vera Wenkert as Turandot in Zurich opera (Photo: Lucian Hunziker)

Vera Wenkert as Turandot in Zurich opera (Photo: Lucian Hunziker)

Vera Wenkert as Marie in Wozzeck (A. Berg)with Franz Grundheber as Wozzeck

Vera Wenkert as Marie in Wozzeck (A. Berg)with Franz Grundheber as Wozzeck