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 Liebesverbot. Wolfgang Windgassen then engaged her at the Stuttgart opera where she could build up a broad repertoire, including roles like Carmen, Cenerentola, Dorabella (Cosi) and Octavian (Rosenkavalier).
With her success in 1983 at Covent Garden as Sesto in Mozart´s Titus 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 (Rheingold and 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 (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 Tscherniakov.

Her plans for the season 2017/18 include Herodias (Salome) in Zurich, Turin, and Leipzig, Klytämnestra (Elektra) at Deutsche Oper Berlin, recital at the Essen Philharmonie, Erda (das Rheingold) in Hamburg, Adelaide (Arabella) in Munich, Baroness (Barber´s Vanessa) in Glyndebourne, and The Old Lady (Bernstein´s Candide) in Barcelona.

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


Straussian mother roles and Wagner's earth goddess
Just like Wagner’s earth goddess we look into the future and see Doris Soffel in three most diverse roles of her repertoire.
In Robert Carsen’s production of Salome and under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda she will be on stage as Herodias at Teatro Regio di Torino on the following dates: February 15th/18th/20th/22nd/25th.
Next she will be travelling north to embody Erda at Staatsoper Hamburg for the first time. The production of Das Rheingold is staged by Claus Guth and conducted by Christoph Prick. Performances: May 18th/21st/26th/29th.
At the end of the season, Doris Soffel will be taking on the role of Adelaide in the revival of Andreas Dresen’s Arabella at Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. The audience can look forward to great opera nights with a high-quality cast and Constantin Trinks on the conductor’s stand. (June 16th/19th/22nd and July 04th/07th)



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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