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Annekathrin Laabs

Mezzosoprano I Alto

Born in the capital of Thuringia, Erfurt, Annekathrin Laabs works as a freelance soloist, focussing on church music from the baroque to the Romantic and the contemporary  period, baroque and romantic opera and chamber music. Her multi-faceted work is based on long-standing close collaborations with renowned conductors and ensembles, for example Peter Schreier, Ludwig Güttler (Virtuosi Saxoniae, Dresden), Wolfgang Katschner (Lautten Compagney, Berlin), Gregor Meyer (Gewandhaus Choir, Leipzig), Gotthold Schwarz (St. Thomas Choir; Bach Consort Leipzig), Roderich Kreile (Dresden Kreuzchor, Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra), Mario Venzago, Andrzej Kosendiak (Wrocław Baroque Orchestra), Michael Schönheit, Hans-Christoph Rademann.

Annekathrin Laabs completed her vocal studies at the University of Music “Carl Maria von Weber” Dresden with Prof Christiane Junghanns and attended master classes led by Brigitte Fassbaender, Anna Reynolds, Peter Schreier, and Hans-Joachim Beyer.

Numerous concert tours and invitations led her to national and international concert halls (USA, Japan, Russia, Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and elsewhere).

Her reputation as an interpreter of Johann Sebastian Bach’s compositions was established by numerous performances of Bach’s major works, such as Mass in B Minor, Magnificat, St Matthew Passion, St John Passion, St Mark Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Easter Oratorio, Ascension Oratorio, and several cantatas.


Annekathrin Laabs performed cantatas and the great oratorios by Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Rossini, Dvořak and Martin working together with ensembles such as the Munich Bach Choir und Orchestra, the Dresden Chamber Choir and the Dresden Baroque Orchestra, the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle, the Lautten Compagney Berlin, the St. Thomas Choir Leipzig (Thomanerchor), the Saxon Vocal Ensemble, the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Virtuosi Saxoniae, the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra or l‘arte del mondo.

Recent concert engagements included Frank Martin’s In terra pax and J. S. Bach‘s Christmas Oratorio with the Dresden Kreuzchor (director: Roderich Kreile, Kreuzkirche Dresden), J. S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (conductor: Ludwig Güttler, Frauenkirche Dresden and with the Thomanerchor and conductor Gotthold Schwarz, Konzerthaus Berlin), and J. S. Bach’s Trauerode, BWV 198 (conductor: Rudolf Lutz, J.S. Bach-Foundation St. Gallen).

Annekathrin Laabs guests regularly at international festivals, such as “Bachfest Schaffhausen” (Switzerland), “Thuringia Bach Festival”, and “Bach Festival Leipzig”, „Rheingau Musik Festival“. 

She features on various radio broadcasts, CDs and DVDs.


Apart from various roles in independent opera productions ranging from baroque to contemporary music, her opera engagements included the “Ramiro” in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (National Theatre Prague), the “Ms Reich” in Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (Bad Hersfeld Summer Opera Festival), the “Murmilla” in Telemann’s adaptation of Handel’s Richardus I. (Bach Festival Leipzig) and the “Mrs. Quickly” in Verdi’s Falstaff (Herrenchiemsee Festival).


Annekathrin Laabs took part in several German chamber music series and festivals, performing, among other work, solo cantatas by Bach, Vivaldi and Hasse (with Dresden Baroque Orchestra), Handel’s Solo Cantatas for Alto (with cembalist Jan Katzschke), and sundry cantatas for alto and viola da gamba (with Thomas Fritzsch and Michael Schönheit). She also gave a number of lieder recitals covering works by Brahms, Mahler, Schumann, Schubert, Britten, Grieg, de Falla, Wagner, and Tschaikowsky (with pianists Alexander Schmalcz and Mirella Petrova).

Last update: January 2019

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