Leila Pfister

Leila Pfister


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«A Mezzo with a beautiful alto register like velvet red wine (DORABELLA)»
deropernfreund.de (2017)
«easy height, WARM in the middle and a broad, deep and passionate force in the low register. (DidO)»
place de l'opera (2017)
«The YOUTHFUL Mezzo Pfister's is gleaming in this debut, beautifully shaped and guided with blissful Timbre. (MAGDALENE)»
Opernglas (2017)
2017Puccini: Gianni SchicchiZita
2017Puccini: Il tabarroLa Frugola
2017Strauss R.: Ariadne auf NaxosDryade
2015Mozart: Le nozze di FigaroMarcellina
2015Humperdinck: Hänsel und GretelDie Knusperhexe (The Witch)
2014Wagner R.: Das RheingoldErda
2014Wagner R.: SiegfriedErda
2014Wagner: Die WalküreWaltraute
2014Verdi: Un ballo in mascheraUlrica
2013Bizet: CarmenCarmen
2013Offenbach: Orphée aux enfersOrphée
2012Mozart: Die Zauberflöte3. Dame
2012Rossini: Guillaume TellHedwige
2012Donizetti: La fille du régimentLa marquise de Berkenfield
2012Wagner: Der fliegende HolländerMary
2012Strauss: ElektraDritte Magd
2011Mozart: Cosi fan tutteDorabella
2011Rossini: La CenerentolaAngelina
2011Wagner R.: Die Meistersinger von NürnbergMagdalena
2011Puccini: Madama ButterflySuzuki
2011Tchaikovsky: MazepaIvan Mazepa
2010Purcell: Dido and AeneasDido
2010Verdi: FalstaffQuickly
2010Tchaikovsky: Eugene OneginLarina
2010Strauss R.: ArabellaAdelaide
2009Nicolai: Die lustigen Weiber von WindsorFrau Reich (Mrs Page)
2009Debussy: Pelléas et MélisandeGeneviève
2008Verdi: NabuccoFenena
2008Offenbach: Barbe-bleueBoulotte
2006Bizet: La Jolie Fille de PerthMab


The Swiss-born Mezzosoprano was award winner of several International Vocal Competitions; she was nominated 'young singer of the year' in renowned Opera Magazine 'Opernwelt' critics poll 2011 for her interpretation of 'La Cenerentola'.

Apart from that role, in her first Opera engagement at the Aachen Theatre she sang for instance Mrs Quickly, Suzuki and Ljubov in Tchaikowsky's Mazeppa. She then became part of the Staatstheater Nuremberg Ensemble, where she debuted as Carmen, Magdalene in Wagner's Meistersinger, Dorabella, Hédwige in Rossini's Guillaume Tell; Erda and Waltraute in Nuremberg’s new production of Wagner’s Ring and Ulrica (Ballo in maschera) at the Coburg Landestheater.
Since 2015 she is a freelancer, with guest contracts at Staatstheater Mainz, Oper Halle and Staatstheater Nürnberg a.o.

Apart from Opera, Leila Pfister is dedicated to a Concert Repertoire spreading from Renaissance to contemporary composers; and especially her Art Song recitals have been very well-acclaimed.

Several CD- and DVD-productions are documenting her artistic profile, the latest example being a CD with songs by Ludwig Thuille for Label Capriccio (Release 2015), with Hartmut Höll on the piano.
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CV & Repertoire

Musical Work Role Jump-in ready? Company Year
Puccini: Gianni Schicchi Zita Immediately Theater Aachen 2017
Puccini: Il tabarro La Frugola Immediately Theater Aachen 2017
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos Dryade Theater Aachen Und Sinfonieorchester Aachen 2017
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro Marcellina Immediately Staatstheater Nürnberg und Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Nürnberg 2015
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel Die Knusperhexe (The Witch) Immediately Staatstheater Nürnberg und Philharmonisches Orchester der Stadt Nürnberg 2015