Marlis Petersen is best known for her performances of the title role of Alban Berg’s Lulu, Konstanze in Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Zerbinetta in Richard Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos. The German coloratura soprano has the noted ability to combine her crystal-clear voice with believable acting. An incredible voice and a dramatic presence as Lulu at the Met Opera' according to Bachtrack in November 2015.
After completing her studies at the Stuttgart Conservatory, Petersen joined the Staatstheater in Nuremberg in 1994. She worked at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf and Duisburg from 1998 to 2003. She has travelled throughout Europe and the United States to make guest appearances singing both operatic and concert repertoire.
Petersen has a passion for early music and has worked with such specialists as René Jacobs and Ton Koopman. She is also in high demand as a soloist in contemporary works, having garnered acclaim in Aribert Reimann’s Medea at the Vienna State Opera.
Petersen made her first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Beethoven’s Missa solemnis under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt in April 2012.