Mirka Wagner

Soloist - Soprano
© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
»... about my first visit to the opera. I sat with my eyes wide open, staring at the stage as if I were hypnotised.«
In the Ensemble of the Komischen Oper Berlin since 2012.

ORIGINALLY FROM
Hamburg

STUDIES
Hochschule für Musik »Hanns Eisler« Berlin (bei Prof. Norma Sharp und Snezana Brzakovic), Opernstudio Komische Oper Berlin

PRIZES
2. Preis beim Bundeswettbewerb Gesang in der Sparte Oper/Operette

MASTERCLASSES WITH
Thomas Quasthoff, Julia Varady, Wolfram Rieger

IMPORTANT PARTS AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Despina (Così fan tutte), Titelpartie in Der goldene Hahn von Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow, Berta (Der Barbier von Sevilla), Musette (La Bohème), Julia de Veert (Der Vetter aus Dingsda), Marietta (Die Bajadere), Parasja (Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi), Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (Der Rosenkavalier), Noémie (Cendrillon), Das Fräulein (Heute Nacht oder nie), Wendy Darling (Peter Pan), Briefträgerin Kathi (Im Weißen Rössl), Frasquita (Carmen), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Eurydike (Orpheus)

ELSEWHERE
Theater Regensburg: Lisa (Das Land des Lächelns), Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz: Prinzessin Ninetta (Die Liebe zu den drei Orangen), Staatsoperette Dresden: Annina (Eine Nacht in Venedig), Musikalische Komödie Leipzig: Lisa (Das Land des Lächelns)

EXCURSIONS
Bregenzer Festspiele: Zwerg in der Uraufführung von Detlev Glanerts Solaris, Théâtre Nantes/Angers: Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Edinburgh Festival und Shanghai Grand Theater: 1. Dame (Die Zauberflöte)

THIS SEASON AT THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN
Noémie (Cendrillon - Aschenputtel), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Prinzessin Ninetta (Die Liebe zu drei Orangen), Die gute Hexe des Nordens/Die gute Hexe des Südens/Die Königin der Feldmäuse/Glinda (Der Zauberer von Oz), Eine Schäferin / Die Fledermaus / Der Stuhl / Die Eule (Petruschka/L'Enfant et les Sortilèges); Parasja, Tochter des Tscherewik (Der Jahrmarkt von Sorotschinzi), Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin (Der Rosenkavalier)
Asked about her favourite film, Mirka Wagner doesn’t have to think long: La vita è bella, by and starring Roberto Benigni! »I’m just fascinated by the honesty and joy exuded by the film and its protagonists, even when there is really nothing left to laugh about.« Happiness and a fundamentally positive view of things are also central characteristics of Mirka Wagner. »My parents tell everyone about my first visit to the opera. I sat with my eyes wide open, staring at the stage as if I were hypnotised. The costumes, the light, that incredible music. In that moment I knew I was going to be an opera singer.«
 
When the children’s choir of the Hamburgische Staatsoper was looking for new singers, it was obvious that Mirka Wagner had to join. At 9 years of age, she was accepted into the children’s choir, and she left a full 10 years later, at 19, to move to Berlin to study. »Though I had been involved in countless operas in the children’s choir, I have to admit that I had very rarely experienced an opera as a member of the audience. And when I then did find myself sitting in the audience again, I thought to myself: Something is wrong here. I’m looking in the wrong direction«, she laughs.
 
A love of music influences every sphere of Mirka Wagner’s life – both private and professional. And the genre doesn’t really make a difference. Regardless of whether it’s classical or jazz, rock or pop, the main thing is that the music touches your heart. Her creative work in music is just as diverse: she helped to finance her studies recording advertising jingles and songs for Sesame Street. »Pay with Mastercard for your chance to win: go shopping in Milan and visit the Scala!« she sings with a laugh to the melody of »La donna è mobile«.
 
Making her start in Berlin wasn’t necessarily easy. »People often say that artists are a bit of  a mess. My fridge was mostly empty except for mustard and some dehydrated vegetables. And when I did do the shopping, I had no idea what to do with the groceries. I had to learn how to cook.« Nowadays though, it’s become a bit of a hobby. Mirka is a passionate chef, especially for her friends, cooking Turkish or Italian fare, following recipes or freestyle. As long as it tastes good!

Her performances ...

Sat08.09.19:30The Magic Flute
Sun23.09.11:00The Magic Flute
Sun23.09.19:00The Magic Flute
Fri28.09.11:00The Magic Flute
Fri28.09.19:30The Magic Flute
Fri19.10.19:30The Magic Flute
Sun21.10.14:00The Magic Flute
Sun21.10.19:00The Magic Flute
Sun28.10.16:00The Wizard of Oz
Tue30.10.19:30The Magic Flute
Sun04.11.11:00The Wizard of Oz
Sun04.11.19:30The Magic Flute
Sun18.11.11:00The Wizard of Oz
Thu29.11.11:00The Wizard of Oz
Fri07.12.10:00The Wizard of Oz
Sun09.12.11:00The Wizard of Oz
Wen12.12.11:00The Wizard of Oz