Internationally acclaimed in the role of the Queen of the Night, Darlene Ann Dobisch was born and brought up in Hardwick, MA. She graduated with honors in voice from Clark University, the University of Michigan, and after moving to Europe, from the Luebeck Conservatory of Music. Mentors include Phyllis Curtin, Maria Ferrante, Judith Beckmann, James Wagner, Martin Katz, Shirley Verrett, and Seiji Ozawa. An experienced Art Song singer, she coaches regularly with Ulf Bästlein and Charles Spencer. She won the Robert P. Manero Music Prize, was a finalist for the Rolf Mares Prize in Hamburg, and has received numerous scholarships which have fostered her career.
Ms. Dobisch has had engagements with the NDR Chorus, as a soubrette at Theater Neustrelitz, and for numerous lyric coloratura roles at Opernloft, Hamburg. She has performed the Queen of the Night in various productions of Mozart’s “Magic Flute” over 250 times. Her busy recital schedule takes her through Europe and North America on a regular basis and with her broad spectrum of repertoire, she is regularly in demand as an Oratorio singer as well.
Ms. Dobisch has enjoyed a particularly long and productive collaboration with Berlin Conductor, Pianist, and Stage Director, Christoph Hagel and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Under his direction, she has sung the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute in the Subway, Genio in Haydn’s “Orpheus and Euridice,” the Countess in “The Marriage of Figaro,” and the soprano solos in staged versions of Haydn’s “The Creation,” and Bach’s “St. John Passion,” in the Berlin Cathedral. Their latest collaboration, “Magic Flute Reloaded” has featured performances in Bayreuth and Munich, and is currently on tour in Europe.
She is also currently singing the Queen of the Night in the cross-over event, “Breakin’ Mozart” with Mr. Hagel and the DDC Break Dancing Company. This high-energy production premiered at the Mozart Festival in Würzburg, and has been performed at the Munich and Berlin Philharmonics, Prince Regent Theater in Munich, Technopolis in Athens, Greece, Museums Quarter in Vienna, and many other venues. The show will continue on tour Europe-wide until at least 2024.
An impassioned vocal pedagogue, Darlene Ann Dobisch is a lecturer for vocal pedagogy and voice at the Johannes-Brahms-Conservatory in Hamburg, Germany and conducts master classes and workshops internationally.