Annette Jahns (1958 – September 2020) was a German operatic mezzo-soprano and contralto, and opera director, based at the Semperoper in Dresden. She appeared at international opera houses and festivals, with a focus on contemporary music including world premieres. She taught at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden.
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Born in Dresden in 1958 to a family of opera singers, Jahns began her vocal studies in 1975 at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden; she attended master classes with Judith Beckmann, Ute Niss and Theo Adam. In 1982, she was accepted into the opera studio of the Semperoper, and from 1986, she was a member of the ensemble of the Semperoper. She appeared there, in addition to classical contralto and mezzo-soprano roles, in world premieres, such as Sarah Chatterton in Thomas Chatterton by Matthias Pintscher on 25 May 1998, repeated at the Volksoper in Vienna. She performed in the world premiere of Peter Ruzicka's Celan on 25 March 2001.
She portrayed the title role in Bettina by Friedrich Schenker and Karl Mickel, premiered at the Theater im Palast in Berlin in 1987. Since 1999, she worked as a freelance singer and director. In 2001 and 2001, she appeared at the Bayreuth Festival as Grimgerde in Die Walküre. She directed Puccini's Madama Butterfly in Dresden in 2003.
Jahns taught at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber from 1995. She collaborated with Pina Bausch from 1996. She worked as secretary of the performing arts and film class at the Sächsische Akademie der Künste from 2005 to 2008.
Annette Jahns died from a long illness in Dresden the night to 11 September 2020 at age 62.
Jahn's stage productions included:
Johann Gottlieb Naumann: Medea. Stadttheater Meißen. Premiere: 1999. Conductor: Franns Wilfried Promnitz von Promnitzau; stage: Arne Walter; costumes: Marina Zydek
Puccini: Madama Butterfly. Semperoper 19 July 2003. Conductor: Anthony Bramall; stage: Hartmut Schörghofer; costumes: Frauke Schernau
Rossini: La Cenerentola. Bayerische Theaterakademie August Everding. 27 May 2005 Theater Ingolstadt, 17 June 2005 Prinzregententheater Munich. Conductor: Bruno Weil; stage: Hannes Neumaier; costumes: Marina Zydek
Orff: Carmina Burana. Mittelsächsisches Theater . 16 June 2006 Nikolaikirche Freiberg. Conductor: Jan Michael Horstmann; stage and costumes: Marina Zydek; choreography: Erwin Hesse
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice. 17 November 2007 Stadttheater Freiberg. Conductor: Jan Michael Horstmann; stage and costumes: Marina Zydek; choreography: Erwin Hesse
1987 Kritikerpreis for the Berlin premiere of Bettina