Marion Eckstein

The contralto Marion Eckstein was born in Bernkastel-Kues. After first completing a music education degree at the University of Music in Stuttgart, she began vocal training with Julia Hamari and continued her vocal studies with Dunja Vejzovic, passing with distinction. She also received additional training from Grace Bumbry, Anna Reynolds, Oskar Hillebrand and Luana de Vol. Her diverse concert repertoire includes music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century literature. She is especially devoted to the works of Mahler and performed and recorded his "Kindertotenlieder" with the Linos-Ensemble at the Konzerthaus Berlin. In addition, she has performed lesser known pieces like Elgar's “Kingdom” and "The Dream of Gerontius“, Schmidt's “Buch mit sieben Siegeln” and Dieter Schnebel's „Dahlemer Messe“. She is a sought-after soloist on international concert stages and a regular guest performer at seminal festivals, such as the Bachfest Leipzig, the Konzerthaus Berlin, at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, as well as at the Salzburger Festspiele, the Suntory Hall Tokyo, the Tonhalle Zürich, the Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Konzerthaus Wien. Eckstein has sung under the baton of conductors such as Kazem Abdullah, Christian Arming, Ivor Bolton, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, René Jacobs, Kay Johannsen, Ludger Rémy, Helmuth Rilling, Yutaka Sado and Christoph Spering. She has performed with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, European Chamber Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Concerto Köln, Freiburger Barockorchester, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart and the Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble. She has a close working relationship with Thomas Hengelbrock - with him as conductor she sang the Bach Mass B minor at the Bachfest Leipzig, Mendelssohn's "Elijah" at the Tonhalle Zürch and at the Gewandhaus Leipzig. Under Thomas Hengelbrock's baton she also sang "Stimme von oben" and "Blumenmädchen" in Wagner's Parsifal at the Teatro Real Madrid and in August 2015, giving her debut at the Salzburg Festival, Spirit and Witch in Purcell´s „Dido and Aeneas“. Eckstein makes her Wiesbaden debut this season as Bradamante in "Alcina".


Bradamante in »Alcina«