After completing her violin studies Petra Lang studied singing with Gertie Charlent and Ingrid Bjoner. She was involved in masterclasses with Brigitte Fassbaender, Hans Hotter, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Schreier and also studied her Wagner roles with Astrid Varnay.
Petra Lang is well known for her interpretation of the Wagnerian roles of Kundry, Sieglinde, Ortrud, Brangäne, Venus, Bartoks Judith, Berlioz’ Cassandre and Strauss’ Ariadne. After a repertoire change in 2012 she added Brünnhilde (Die Walküre, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung) to her repertoire with concert performances in Berlin, Stuttgart, Luzern, Bukarest and Bamberg as well as staged at the Opéra National de Paris conducted by Philippe Jordan. She celebrated her internationally highly acclaimed break-through in this role in the 2013/2014 new Ring production by Dieter Dorn at the Grand Théâtre de Genève followed by an equally successful performance in Budapest under the baton of Adam Fischer.
At the Bayreuth Festival Petra Lang has sung Brangäne in Tristan und Isolde (2005/2006), and appeared as Ortrud in Lohengrin by Hans Neuenfels in 2011 and 2013.
In addition to her successes on the opera stage, she is an internationally sought-after concert singer who is known mainly for her sensitive interpretation of the works of Gustav Mahler.
She performs worldwide with all the major orchestras under the direction, amongst others, of Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Riccardo Chailly, M. W. Chung, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Adam Fischer, Ivan Fischer, Bernard Haitink, Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, Philippe Jordan, Zubin Mehta, Ingo Metzmacher, Riccardo Muti, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leif Segerstam, Simon Rattle, Donald Runnicles, Peter Schneider, Jeffrey Tate, Christian Thielemann, Silvio Varviso, Simone Young.
In addition Petra Lang has a successful career as a Lied singer. She sings a comprehensive repertoire of Lieder from Franz Schubert to Anton Webern, and works with the pianists Adrian Baianu, Malcolm Martineau, Carmen Piazzini, Maurizio Pollini, Wolfram Rieger, Charles Spencer, and Einar Steen-Noekleberg. Their song recitals have been performed at, amongst others, Wigmore Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Schubertiade (Feldkirch), Semper Opera House (Dresden), La Scala (Milan), Carnegie-Weill Hall (New York), Salle Pleyel (Paris) and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Petra Lang won numerous awards including two Grammys for her Cassandre on the LSO's live recording of Berlioz' Les Troyens.
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