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Biography

The dramatic soprano Vera Wenkert has sung more than 30 major roles on opera stages in Trier, Kaiserslautern, Münster, Nürnberg and Zurich, including Katja in Katja Kabanova (Janacek), Leonore in Fidelio (Beethoven), Madeleine (A.Chenier, Giordano), Marie (Wozzeck, A. Berg), Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera, Verdi)), Leonora (La Forza del Destino, Verdi), Abigaille (Nabucco, Verdi), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth, Verdi), Tosca (Tosca, Puccini) , Madama Butterfly (Butterfly; Puccini) and Turandot (Turandot; Puccini) and a few more. Her heart beats for the music of R. Wagner. Vera Wenkert has brought to life on opera stages many of his female characters such as in the double role of Venus-Elisabeth (Tannhäuser), Elsa (Lohengrin), Sieglinde (Valkyrie), Senta (Flying Dutchman), Brünnhilde (Götterdämmerung) and not least the Isolde (Tristan and Isolde) in a concert in New York. Vera Wenkert studied with Gloria Davy / Indiana University, Bloomington, USA and Susanna Eken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Masterclasses and role studies with important singers such as KS Birgit Nilsson, KS Berit Lindholm, Anna Reynolds, Jean Cox, Kari Lövaas and the New York vocal pedagogue David Jones followed.

In 2002 she got a scholarship from the Richard Wagner Association for the Bayreuth Festival. She was also a fellow of the Foundation Idella, Denmark, and the Ministry of Education and Arts, Austria. For her Hedwig in the premiere of "Die Rheinnixen" she was nominated as "Best Singer of the Year" in the well-known journal "Opernwelt". In the title role Ariadne (Strauss) she coined the open-air performance of this intimate opera with a sophisticated vocal and theatrical interpretation, so that one perceived the wide, open space of the Imperial Baths as an island at the Trier antiquities festival.

For her outstanding interpretation of Tosca and Fidelio-Leonore, she was awarded the "Theater Mask of the Theater Friends Trier 2004" - one of the most important cultural awards in the region.

Vera Wenkert sang Tosca, Marie in Wozzeck and Senta with Franz Grundheber. Franz Grundheber chose her as Wozzeck-Marie in his first direction of the opera Wozzeck.

From 2001 to 2011 she was a member of the jury for the final examinations of vocal students at the Conservatoire de la Ville de Luxembourg.

In 2007 Vera Wenkert sang in the Münster Theater the double role of Venus and Elisabeth in the opera Tannhäuser (R. Wagner). Vera Wenkert has been working freelance since 2009.

In 2011 she founded the international Institut StimmKunst. She regularly teaches in master classes for singing in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland.

In 2013, Ms. Wenkert made her debut as Brünnhilde in both Siegfried and Götterdämmerung in a gala concert "The Ring One Evening" in Trier.

In 2014 she performed in the festival "Les nuits de Chéronne" with Brünnhilde's final song (Götterdämmerung, R. Wagner).

In 2015, Vera Wenkert sang the Isolde in New York at Christ and St. Stephens Lincoln Center Area in a concert version of Tristan and Isolde (R. Wagner). Curt Peters sang Tristan, the musical direction was Douglas Martin.

At the Zurich Opera House she sang the role of Turandot (Puccini) in the context of "Telling stories with music".

Now her career focuses on Wagner's repertoire, in which Vera Wenkert is especially looking forward to singing Isolde on stage. Isolde perceives her as your heart's content.

She was heard in concerts in the Festspielhaus Bregenz, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, France, USA and also in Zurich.

In 2019, she is invited to give a master class in singing as a guest lecturer at the renowned International Conducting and Singing Symposium in Robbiate, Italy.

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

For more information please go to: www.stimmkunst.ch.

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

Vera Wenkert as Walkyre

Vera Wenkert as Walkyre

Vera Wenkert as Senta