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Gerlinde Sämann, born in Nuremberg, studied piano and voice at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich. She has also undergone training in respiratory therapy according to Ilse Middendorf. Her repertoire ranges from historical works, Lied and oratorios to avant-garde and contemporary musical theatre.
Since 1991, the blind soprano has performed as a soloist with a wide variety of ensembles: with the Balthasar Neumann Chor und Ensemble, the Dresdner Kammerchor, the Dresdner Kreuzchor, the Rias Kammerchor, the Mädchenchor Hannover, the Accentus Chamber Choir, Arsys Bourgogne , the Medieval Ensemble Estampie, VocaMe, Armonico Tributo Austria, the Himlische Cantorey, L’Arpeggiata, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, La Petite Bande, sette voci, Cantus Cölln, etc.
Gerlinde Sämann has participated in many festivals, such as Styriarte, La Folle Journée de Nantes, Festa da Musica Lisbon, Festival de Vézelay Bourgogne, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Festival van Vlaanderen Gent, etc.
In recent years, the artist has worked with Joshua Rifkin, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Howard Arman, Ton Koopman, Pablo Heras Casado and Sigiswald Kujken, among others. She has also been active on stage with a number of contemporary opera and musical theater directors, for example with Arila Siegert, Gil Mehmert, Thomas Höft, Crescentia Dünßer and Otto Kukla. In 2007, we heard her in "Wallenstein" by Peter Stein (Berliner Ensemble).
Gerlinde Sämann creates unusual and intense Lieder and duet programs, for example with the famous pianofortist Ronald Brautigam. The artist stands out for his flexible and subtle musicality and interpretation, which takes the audience on an unusual experience of multiple sound nuances. Numerous radio recordings and CDs have been produced in Germany and abroad. More recently, she recorded the complete lieder of Luxembourgish composer Helen Buchholtz with pianist Claude Weber for Solo Musica.