Stella Doufexis - © Monika Rittershaus

Stella Doufexis

Mezzo-Soprano

The German-Greek mezzo-soprano Stella Doufexis studied with Prof. Ingrid Figur, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Aribert Reimann in Berlin. She completed her studies with Anna Reynolds.

Since autumn 2005, Stella Doufexis has been a permanent ensemble member of the Komische Oper in Berlin, where she performed many important main roles of her field (Cherubino, Dorabella, Niklas and recently the Cavalier of the Rose-Oktavian) with great success. In this season, performances of Le Nozze di Figaro, Theseus, Der Rosenkavalier and Hoffmanns Erzählungen are scheduled in Berlin. For summer 2009, the world premiere of Christian Jost’s commissioned opera Hamlet is forseen with Stella Doufexis singing the title role. The singer will also appear as Niklas at the Opera in Geneva in autumn 2008.

Numerous guest performances have led Stella Doufexis, amongst others, to the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, to the German State Opera in Berlin, to the Scottish Opera (Oktavian) and the Gran Teatro del Liceu in Barcelona. At the Salzburg Festival, she convinced in Verdi’s Falstaff as Meg Page under the direction of Claudio Abbado as well as Lorin Maazel. She sang this part as well as the Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Communal Theatre of Ferrara under the direction of Claudio Abbado. The singer could be seen at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in new productions of Les Troyens (Berlioz) with Zubin Mehta and the Cunning Little Vixen (Janáček) with Jun Märkl. She stepped into the breach as Dorabella in the concert performance under the direction of Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonics in 2004, which brought her special recognition both from the audience and the press.

Stella Doufexis could be heard as renowned lied singer at the festivals of Luzern and Berlin, the Schubertiade Hohenems, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival as well as the Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival, and continued to perform with recitals in Brussels, Vienna, London, Amsterdam, Athens, Cologne, Hamburg, Paris, Berlin and most receently in Frankfurt. With her successful and extraordinary Greece programme “Beautiful world, where are you”, she could be heard in several recitals together with Axel Bauni. In autumn last year, the label Coviello released their recording titled Sketches of Greece on CD. Further recordings include for example Lieder by B. Blacher with Dietrich-Fischer Dieskau (Orfeo), Verdi’s Falstaff with Claudio Abbado and the Berlin Philharmonics (DG) or Il Tramonto by Ottorino Respihig (BIS Records). In early June 2004, her recording of Joseph Marx’ Orchestral Songs was released at ASV, which was nominated for a Grammy.
In the concert field, Stella Doufexis sang with all important German radio orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonics as well as the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Stuttgart Bach Academy. Working with renowned conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Semyon Bychkov, Lorin Maazel, Kent Nagano, Kurt Masur, Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Carl St. Clair, Helmuth Rilling, Ivor Bolton, Andrew Davis, Leonard Slatkin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Christoph Eschenbach, Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado led her to the BBC Proms, the Berlin Festival, the Bonn Beethoven Festival, to the Festival in Athens, the Halle Händel Festival and the Salzburg Festival, to name a few.
 
Apart from performances at the Komische Oper Berlin, this season includes amongst others invitations to Basel (Nuits d’été), Munich (Duruflé Requiem) and to the German Symphony Orchestra in Berlin under Ingo Metzmacher (Schumann Das Paradies und die Peri) as well as quartett recitals (with Marlis Petersen, Konrad Jarnot and Werner Güra) in Germany and Italy with Brahms’ Liebesliederwalzer and Neue Liebeslieder  which harmonia mundi just has published on CD.
 
Stella Doufexis lives in Berlin with her husband Christian Jost.