Biography

Born in Berlin in 1958, Dagmar Manzel, graduate of renowned actor school Ernst Busch, belongs to Germany’s most successful actresses. She sings, dances, and plays her heart out! Unlike any other actress, she manages to metamorphose like a chameleon into any role – fresh gal or glamorous woman – without acting. She simply lives the character she impersonates on stage. Proof of this are the numerous awards such as the Adolf-Grimme-Preis, award of the best actress of the year, Deutscher Fernsehpreis, Deutscher Schauspielerpreis, and Deutscher Filmpreis. Alongside theater, film and TV, Dagmar Manzel’s love belongs to music. She enthralls her audience in grand recitals and title roles of music theater productions of venues such as Komische Oper Berlin, Opera Cologne, Hans-Otto Theater in Potsdam, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Berlin Philharmonie in Germany, but also in Paris at Cité de la Musique, at London’s Wigmore Hall, and at the Edinburgh International Festival.
 
Her latest CD, MENSCHENsKIND, was published with Deutsche Grammophon in February 2014. Since then, she is a regular guest at various German theatres and festivals such as Staatsoper Dresden, Volkstheater München, Theater Bremen, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Rheingau Musik Festival, and Beethovenfest Bonn. In 2015/16, Manzel performed in three different productions at the Komische Oper Berlin. Further, she sang the main role in the world premiere of Helmuth Oehring’s Agota at Staatstheater Wiesbaden.
 
During the past season, she also performed in three different productions at the Komische Oper Berlin, including the premiere of Oscar Straus’ Die Perlen der Cleopatra. In addition she guested with various productions of the Komische Oper Berlin i.a. at the Philharmonie Cologne, the Hamburgische Staatsoper and the Dresdner Staatsoperette.
 
In 2017/18, Dagmar Manzel remains true to the Komische Oper Berlin, where she will be seen in Barrie Kosky’s production of Jerry Bock’s Anatevka besides performances of Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will!
Furthermore, she’s touring through Germany with MENSCHENsKIND. 

Artist Website

www.dagmar-manzel.de 

Management

Worldwide

Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Boris Orlob
Managing Director
boris@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-172-8 51 55 14

Repertoire

Repertoire Concert

Georg Benda Ariadne auf Naxos with chamber orchestra and Dagmar Manzel as Sprecherin
Hanns Eisler Eisler Konzertabend with Tal Balshai and ensemble
Jaques Offenbach Offenbach und andere Sterne with the Salonorchester Unter den Linden
Kurt Weill Die Sieben Todsünden with chamber orchestra
Michael Jarrel Kassandra with chamber orchestra
Richard Heymann Heymann Abend with Tal Balshai and ensemble
 

Repertoire Opera

Cole Porter Kiss me, Kate Kate/ Lilly
Jaques Offenbach La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein Julia
  La Périchole La Périchole
Johann Strauß Die Fledermaus Rosalinde
Kurt Weill Die Sieben Todsünden Anna
Ralph Benatzky Weißes Rößl Josepha
Stephen Sondheim Sweeney Todd Mrs. Lovett

News

On tour with MENSCHENsKIND and successful projects at Komische Oper Berlin
In addition to her projects at the Komische Oper Berlin, Dagmar Manzel is touring Germany with her solo program MENSCHENsKIND. Most recently she has given guest performances at the Kurt Weill Festival in Dessau and at the Schauspielhaus Hannover. “Accompanied by an elegant trio, Manzel serves the songs artfully and without frills” – the Hannoversche Allgemeine writes.  
On March 23rd, Dagmar Manzel once again performed songs by Friedrich Hollaender at the Theater Chemnitz before returning to her musical success projects at the Komische Oper Berlin:
Die Perlen der Cleopatra: March 30
Anatevka: April 1/29 and July 15.

Press

 

MENSCHENsKIND / Staatstheater Hannover / 01.03.18 / haz.de


"ebenso raffiniert wie schnörkellos" 

Die Perlen der Cleopatra / Komische Oper Berlin / 14.02.18 / britishtheatre.com


"the sensation that is Dagmar Manzel" 

Anatevka / Komische Oper Berlin / 07.12.17 / nytimes.com


"combined a no-nonsense attitude with subtle warmth and affection" 

Die Perlen der Cleopatra / Komische Oper Berlin / 06.12.16 / sueddeutsche.de


"der große Dreh- und Angelpunkt" 

Die Perlen der Cleopatra / Komische Oper Berlin / 06.12.16 / welt.de


 "vom Operettensonnengott erleuchtet" 

Die Perlen der Cleopatra / Komische Oper Berlin / 05.12.16 / bz-berlin.de 
 

"diese Urgewalt namens Manzel" 

Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will / Komische Oper Berlin / 23.05.16 / fr.de


 "darstellerische Perfektion" 

Eine Frau, die weiß, was sie will / Komische Oper Berlin / 01.02.15 / deutschlandfunk.de


 "ungemein unterhaltsam" 
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