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Marjana Lipovsek
Marjana Lipovsek

A108087   A 108 087
G. Mahler: Symphonies 3 & 5
Pure Audio Blu-ray Disc
B108046   B 108 046 / S 108 047
G. Mahler: Symphony No. 3, d minor
2CD-box / 2SACD-box
B108049   B 108 049
R. Wagner: Wesendonck-Lieder, Siegfried-Idyll
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Born in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, the dramatic contralto Marjana Lipovsek initially studied piano and music teaching in her native city, then began training as a singer at the Musikhochschule in Graz.

Immediately after completing her studies, Marjana Lipovsek was engaged by the Vienna State Opera, where she acquired experience on the stage in small and medium roles.

She began her conquest of the major contralto roles at the Hamburg Opera: Oktavian in Der Rosenkavalier, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Marina in Boris Godunov and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera. She made a very successful debut at La Scala in Milan as Mrs. Quickly in Falstaff. At the Munich State Opera, she mastered more of the repertoire's great dramatic roles, above all Marie in Alban Berg's Wozzeck, Preziosilla in La forza del destino, Gaea in Daphne and Fricka, which, in Marjana Lipovsek's interpretation, became a focal point of the new Munich Ring production.

At the Bregenz Summer Festival, her Dalila in Saint-Saëns' opera Samson et Dalila was a spectacular success and led to further engagements in this role in Berlin, in Perelada (with José Carreras as Samson), at the Vienna State Opera and at the Opéra de la Bastille in Paris.

In the meantime, she has sung the most important roles of the contralto repertoire, e.g. Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde, Amneris in Aida, Azucena in Il trovatore, Orpheus in Orpheus und Eurydice, Eboli in Don Carlo in the most important European opera houses. In October 1989 she interpreted Marfa in Khovanshchina at the Vienna State Opera under Claudio Abbado and in March 1990 she sang Klytemnestra in Elektra at Covent Garden under Sir Georg Solti. At the Salzburg Easter and Summer Festivals in 1992 she was highly acclaimed for her first Amme in Die Frau ohne Schatten.

Marjana Lipovsek returned to Salzburg for the Easter and Summer Festivals in 1994 in the role of Marina in Boris Godunov and appears at the 1995 Easter Festival in the role of Klytemnestra in Elektra under the baton of Claudio Abbado.