Doris Soffel studied singing at the Munich Academy of Music with Marianne Schech. She made her debut at the Bayreuth Youth Festival, singing Isabella in Wagner´s Das Liebesverbot. Wolfgang Windgassen then engaged her at the Stuttgart opera where she could build up a broad repertoire, including roles like Carmen, Cenerentola, Dorabella/Così fan tutte and Octavian/Der Rosenkavalier.
With her success in 1983 at Covent Garden as Sesto in Mozart´s La clemenza di Tito her global career was launched.  Since then she has appeared in all important opera houses and concert halls of the world. Doris Soffel became the only German mezzo-soprano with a world career in bel canto-coloratura roles. Via Italian and French mezzo-roles by Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Berlioz and Massenet she developed into the world of Wagner and Strauss.
Her greatest Wagner successes as Fricka/Das Rheingold and Die Walküre she had not only in Amsterdam, Cologne and Dresden but also with Solti in Bayreuth, at La Scala with Barenboim and at Deutsche Oper Berlin with Rattle. Her Kundry/Parsifal with Thielemann and her Ortrud/Lohengrin with Luisi are legendary.
Other highlights in her opera and concert career were her collaboration with great conductors like Celebidache, Karajan, Giulini, Sawallisch, Sinopoli, Maazel, Mehta and Masur.
She sang concerts and Lieder (particularly Mahler) all over the world. Her versatility is reflected in a very large number of CDs and DVDs and in recordings from radio and television.
She celebrates one triumph after the other in Strauss roles such as Amme/Die Frau ohne Schatten i. a. in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Herodias/Salome i. a. in Munich, Paris, Madrid, Zurich, Washington, as well as Klytämnestra/Elektra i. a. in Salzburg Festival, Munich, Stuttgart, Brussels, and Berlin.
Working with stage directors like Rennert, Ponnelle, Friedrich and Kupfer had a great influence on her artistry and today she works with directors like Konwitschny, Loy, Carsen, Herheim, Wilson and Tcherniakov.

Her plans for the season 2018/19 include Candide at Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Erda/Das Rheingold and for the first time in Siegfried under the baton of Kent Nagano at Staatsoper Hamburg, Adelaide/Arabella at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Bayerische Staatsoper Munich each under Constantin Trinks as well as Madame Louise in the world premiere of Glanert’s Oceane at Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Doris Soffel is German “Kammersängerin” and has been awarded with the Royal Swedish Northern Star Order.

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Repertoire Concert

Bach, J.S. Christmas Oratorio
  St. Matthew Passion
Beethoven Missa solemnis
  Symphony no. 9
Berg Sieben frühe Lieder
Berlioz La mort de Cleopatre  
  Les nuits d'été
  Romeo et Juliette
Brahms Alt-Rhapsodie
  Vier ernste Gesänge
Dvorak Stabat Mater
Hindemith Requiem
Mahler Das Lied von der Erde
  Des Knaben Wunderhorn
  Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen
  Symphony no. 2
  Symphony no. 3
  Symphony no. 8 / Alto 1
Martin Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets
  In terra pax
Mendelssohn Elias
Mozart Requiem
Pfitzner Von deutscher Seele Op. 28
Ravel Shéhérezade
Rossini Petite Messe solennelle
  Stabat Mater
Schnittke Faust-Kantate / Mefistofela
Schulhoff Menschheit Landschaften
Schönberg Gurrelieder / Waldtaube
Sibelius Orchesterlieder
Strauss, R. Orchesterlieder
Strawinsky Oedipus Rex
Szymanowski Stabat Mater
Verdi Requiem
Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder
Zemlinsky Sechs Gesänge nach Texten von Maurice Maeterlinck

Repertoire Opera

Bartók Bluebeard's Castle Judit
Bellini Norma Adalgisa
Berg Lulu Countess Geschwitz
Berlioz Les Troyens Didon
Bernstein Candide Old Lady
Bizet Carmen Carmen
Cilea Adriana Lecouvreur  Principessa
Debussy Pelléas et Mélisande Geneviève
Donizetti La favorita Leonora
  Maria Stuarda Elisabetta
Dvorak Rusalka Jezibaba
Giordano Andrea Chénier La comtesse di Coigny
Gluck Orfeo et Euridice Orfeo
Hindemith Cardillac Die Dame
Janácek Katja Kabanova Kabanicha
Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Santuzza
Massenet Herodiade Herodiade
  Werther Charlotte
Mozart La clemenza di Tito Sesto
Mussorgsky Boris Godunov Marina
  Chowanschtschina Marfa
Offenbach Les contes d'Hoffmann La voix de la mère
Penderecki Ubu Rex Maire Ubu
Ponchielli La Gioconda Laura Adorno
Poulenc Dialogues des Carmélites Madame de Croissy
Reimann Troades Kassandra
Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila Dalila
Schoeck Penthesilea Penthesilea
Spohr Jessonda Amazili
Strauss, J. Die Fledermaus Prinz Orlofsky
Strauss, R. Arabella Adelaide
  Ariadne auf Naxos Composer
  Capriccio Clairon
  Der Rosenkavalier Octavian
  Die Frau ohne Schatten Nurse
  Elektra Klytämnestra
  Salome Herodias
Stravinsky Oedipus Rex Jokaste
Tchaikovsky The Maid of Orleans Joan of Arc
  The Queen of Spades Countess
Verdi Aida Amneris
  Don Carlo Eboli
  Il trovatore Azucena
Wagner Das Rheingold Fricka
  Die Walküre Fricka
  Götterdämmerung Waltraute
  Lohengrin Ortrud
  Parsifal Kundry
  Rienzi Adriano
  Tannhäuser Venus
  Tristan und Isolde Brangäne


Waves of Wagner in Hamburg
The audience of the Staatsoper Hamburg can expect great voices, when Doris Soffel and Andreas Schager will dock at the port on the 18th of November on the occasion of Wagner’s Ring. In Claus Guth‘s production of Siegfried they will take on two of their best roles under the baton of Kent Nagano. She will perform the role of Erda, which she already sang in Das Rheingold, and he will embody the role of Siegfried not only in the third part of the cycle, but in Götterdämmerung as well. Experience exceptional opera evenings on the following dates:
Siegfried: 18th and 23rd of November
Götterdämmerung: 25th of November and 2nd of December

A Lady for Bernstein, Wagner and Strauss
Filled with passion for each project, Doris Soffel begins the new season.
Just like in 2016 in Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle under Jeffrey Tate, she can be heard in concertante performances of Bernstein’s Candide at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona on October 18th and 20th.
In Hamburgische Staatsoper’s Ring, Doris Soffel will be taking on the role of Erda under Kent Nagano not just in Rheingold (30.10.; 04.11.), but also, and for the first time, in Siegfried with performances on the two following evenings: 18./23.11.
By the beginning of the new year she will finally return to Munich’s Bayerische Staatsoper in the role of Adelaide/Arabella, whom she has been embodying since the premiere of the production. Alongside Anja Harteros, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller, Michael Volle and Kurt Rydl as well as with Constantin Trinks at the conductor’s stand, she will be providing special opera nights on: January 11/14/18/22 and 25.



Liederabend / Philharmonie Essen / 07.05.18 /

"raumgreifend, frei schwingend, ohne jede Grelle" 

Dialogues des Carmélites / Staatsoper Hamburg / 08.05.17 /

"l'extraordinaire première Prieure (Madame de Croissy) de Doris Soffel" 

Elektra / Staatstheater Stuttgart / 26.02.17 /

"Klytämnestra ist nicht nur Doris Soffels Signature Role, es ist schlicht ein Erlebnis!" 

Elektra / Bayerische Staatsoper / 17.02.17 /

"Elektra, starke Frauen" 

Elektra / Oper Stuttgart / 15.02.17 /

"Das kann man kaum besser singen!" 

Doris Soffel im Gespräch / 14.02.17 /

 "Man braucht Mut zur Hässlichkeit" 

Elektra / Aalto-Musiktheater Essen / 16.05.16 /

 "Ein Ereignis!" 

Elektra / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 03.04.16 /

"eine wunderbare Darbietung" 

Dialogues des Carmélites  / De Nationale Opera Amsterdam / 07.11.15 /

 "Unvergesslich, unvergleichlich, einfach wahnsinnig" 

Salome / BBC Proms / 01.09. 14 /

 "such astonishing power, richness, precision" 

Die Frau ohne Schatten / Oper Leipzig / 12.06.14 /

 "eine anziehende Vorstellung" 

Das Rheingold / Deutsche Oper Berlin / 22.09.13 /

 "Kraft, Klang, Erfahrung, Ausdruck in einer Stimme vereint" 

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