Budapest Festival Orchestra

Yvonne Naef

Known for her devoted musicality and earthiness of her dark colored and powerful mezzosoprano, swiss born Yvonne Naef appears regularly at the foremost opera houses and concert venues including the Metropolitan Opera, Opera de Paris, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, State Operas of Vienna and Hamburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Zurich Opera, Salzburg Festival, Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Philharmony Berlin, Royal Albert and Carnegie Halls etc. With a vast repertory from the baroque to the contemporary, she collaborates with conductors such as Alain Altinoglu, Semyon Bychkov, Douglas Boyd, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Iván Fischer, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Marc Minkowski, Seiji Ozawa, Mariss Jansons, Michael Tilson Thomas and Franz Welser-Möst.

Highlights of the past seasons include Quickly/Falstaff in Zurich, Milan and Astana, Ulrica/Un ballo in maschera and Kundry/Parsifal, Fricka/Die Walküre, Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges under Seiji Ozawa, Mahler’s 8th Symphony in Salzburg under Gustavo Dudamel and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder in Paris.

The current season sees amongst others Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges with the Berlin Philharmonic and Mikko Franck and Verdi´s Falstaff with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under the baton of Iván Fischer.

Yvnonne Naef has made numerous recordings, some of which have received coveted international classical music awards.


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