"smooth, rich, substantial colouring"
Hear Austian Mezzo-Soprano, Daniela Lehner's engaging characterisation in April 2016, as she joins us for our performances of Bach's Magnificat. Well suited for Baroque music, Daniela's artistry will respond to the awe and exultation of Bach's memorable work. Daniela also returns to the SCO in February 2017, performing Mozart's Coronation Mass with Richard Egarr and the SCO Chorus.
Austrian Mezzo-Soprano Daniela Lehner studied in Linz, Vienna, the Mozarteum Salzburg and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She received scholarships to study on the Ravinia Festival Young Artists Programme, Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme and the Music Academy of the West. Prizes include a ‘Georg Solti Scholarship’, ‘Rotary Prize’, ‘Prize of the Académie Musicale de Villecroze’, and First Prize in the ‘Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition’. In 2008 she received a ‘Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award’ and was a member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme.
Daniela’s recent symphonic engagements include Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, Ramiro La Finta Giardiniera with the Academy of Ancient Music under Richard Egarr in London and Paris, Mozart Requiem under Sir Colin Davis in Barcelona and with the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena, Mozart and Handel arias with the Wiener Kammerorchester at Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio Folk Songs with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Diego Masson, Zemlinsky and Wolf with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Takuo Yuasa, Spanish songs and Zarzuela with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Josep Pons, Zemlinsky Maeterlinck-Lieder with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Kazushi Ono and Mahler Das Lied von der Erde at the Berlin Philharmonie.
A committed recitalist, Daniela has appeared at the Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, De Singel Antwerp, the Klavier Festival Ruhr, Kölner Philharmonie, as well as the Aldeburgh, Cheltenham, Chichester, City of London, Oxford Lieder, Danube and Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festivals and BBC Proms. She has worked with leading pianists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Stephen Kovacevich, Graham Johnson and Roger Vignoles.
In 2008, Lehner made her Royal Opera House Covent Garden debut, singing the role of Hermia in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In recording, she has recently participated in Graham Johnson's complete Schumann song recordings for Hyperion Records.
Recent highlights include her role debut of Idamante Idomeneo at Grange Park Opera, Dvořák Stabat Mater with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Handel recitals with Richard Egarr and Dixit Dominus with the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) and Kings College Choir, Cambridge. Daniela has also performed Beethoven Missa Solemnis on European tour with the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner, and with Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Mozart Requiem under Christoph Eschenbach with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington and with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Recent and future plans include Mozart Requiem with Richard Egarr in La Coruna, Orfeo with the Academy of Ancient Music at the Barbican, Bach Christmas Oratorio in Edinburgh, Missa Solemnis with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, Beethoven 9th, Amor and Damigella L’incoronazione di Poppea both with the AAM and Richard Egarr, and Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Royal Festival.