photo: André Schweizer©Basle/Switzerland
Brigitte Schweizer, opera
Drama is my passion - in my eyes I am a singing actress.
Already during my studies, I've got the chance to give my debut in a WDR-Cologne opera tour production playing the part of "Zemire" in Louis Spohrs seldomly produced fairy tale opera after "The Beauty and the Beast" titled "Zemire and Azor" at the Stadttheater Lippstadt, Hamm, Viersen and Minden.
Not only beauty is fascinating for me, but character roles, as for example the passionate "Carmen" (Schlossfestspiele Werdenberg, Switzerland), the "Witch" in Humperdincks "Hansel & Gretel" at the "Bad Hersfeld Opera Festival", Germany,
the wise old woman "Taven" in Gounod's rare played opera "Mireille" at the Festival "Arles en Musique" as well as the fascinating "Cziprà" in Johann Strauss' "Gipsy Baron" (Operettenbühne Vaduz) or the "3rd Dame" at the "Festival
Musik & Theater Saar", German. One of my favorite roles is the part of the elegant "Prince Orlowsky" in Johann Strauss' "Bat" ("Operettenbühne Vaduz).
It has been a great honor to play side by side with great collegues of the "Scala di Milano" in Verdis opera "Rigoletto"
in Switzerland's Verona: "Festival d'Opéra d'Avenches".
In my opinion, opera rarities should be performed on stage: the Hamburg Chamber Opera invited me to play the main role of "Ernestina" in Rossini's seldomly produced youth opera "L'Equivoco Stravagante" during one theatre season.
It's been a great pleasure, too, to sing two summers at the "Arosa Opera Festival", Switzerland as passionate "Arminda" in Mozart's opera "La Finta Giardiniera"/Mozart and as "Amital" in Mozart's rare-played Dramma sacra "La Betulia Liberata" in Basle, Switzerland.
My special flair for contemporary music lead Brigitte Schweizer to participate in first opera performances at the Basle Theatre in the opera "Idiot" by Johannes Harneit, in the french region of Switzerland in Vevey/Montreux at the Théâtre L'Oriental in Dominique Lehmann's Opera "Sauvage" and at the "Swiss Sound Artist Festival" in Zug as a soloist for David Wohnlich's opera "Der Sturmgipfel", which included recording for CD and radio by the Swiss Radio DRS II as well as at the Festival "European Music Month Basel" /Switzerland.
"For a woman with a slight physique and attractive appearance Brigitte Schweizer did well, scoring many laughs... the performance was a knockout."
John Lannigan-O'Keefe, Ex-Journalist Opera-Australiasia and Opera Canada
"In Bad Hersfeld the witch wasn’t a grumpy old woman, but a lady with lots of temperament."
Fuldaer Zeitung, "Hansel & Gretel"/Humperdinck
"Brigitte Schweizer's interpretation of the snobby, bored Prince Orlowsky was fabulous."
Rheintalische Volkszeitung, Vaduz/FL, „Die Fledermaus“/J.Strauss