Nadja STEFANOFF Sopran
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

In autumn 2019 Nadja Stefanoff made her successful debut as MARIETTA in “Die Tote Stadt” at the Finnish National Opera Helsinki and performs this very role in 2021 at the Rhine Opera Düsseldorf Duisburg. In spring 2020 she debuts at the Opera House Graz as MARTA in “The passenger”.

Before, she enjoyed huge successes as SIEGLINDE in Walküre at the State Theatre Kassel, NORMA at the National Theatre Mannheim, ELISABETHA in Maria Stuarda, as DONNA ELVIRA in “Don Giovanni” at the Gärtnerplatztheater München and as KATJA in Katja Kabanova at the Mainz State Theatre.

From 2007 to 2014 the German singer was a member of the Bremen Opera House ensemble. Singing then as Mezzosoprano, she appeared in roles such as CALBO in Rossini's “Maometto”, II IDAMANTE in Mozart's “Idomeneo”, ANGELINA in “La Cenerentola”, ROSINA in “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” or OCTAVIAN in Strauss' “Der Rosenkavalier”. Ms. Stefanoff also knew great success as ADALGISA in Bellini's “Norma”, DONNA ELVIRA in Mozart's “Don Giovanni”, GIULIETTA in Offenbach's “The Tales of Hoffmann” and JUDITH in Bartok's ” Bluebeard's Castle”.

During this period, she also had guest performances with the Bremen Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, at the Stuttgart State Opera, the Comic Opera Berlin, the Dresden State Operetta , the Bielefeld Theatre and the Opera House Bonn. Moreover, she made CD recordings with the Dresden State Operetta and the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.

Her triumph as TOSCA in Bremen initiated a change of direction in her career. It was the beginning of her career as dramatic soprano. In this repertoire, she made her debut in the title role in B. Martinu’s “Juliette” (Bremen) as well as ANNA KARENINA in J.Hubays opera at the Staatstheater Braunschweig.

Since the season 2014/15 Nadja Stefanoff is a member of the Mainz State Theatre ensemble, where she performed such roles as MEDÈE, TOSCA, MADAME LIDOINE in Poulenc’s ”Les Dialogues des Carmélites” or VITELLIA in “La Clemenza di Tito”.
She could also be seen as LISA in “Pique Dame”, FALENA (La Falena) at the Braunschweig State Theatre or MÉDÉE at the Mannheim National Theatre . As a guest she portrayed MANON LESCAUT and SIEGLINDE at the Oldenburg State Opera.
Highlights of the last seasons are her debut as NORMA, CONTESSA in “Le Nozze di Figaro” or ARMIDE in Mainz. The press wrote on her appearance as ARMIDE in Mainz:

“The performance of Nadja Stefanoff is simply sensational and impressive – her powerful voice goes up to an exquisite line, grows according to the developing of the drama until the very end, where she offers a concentrated, expressive interpretation. Throughout the Recitative she equally creates high dramatic moments.“
Opernwelt

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Staatstheater Mainz - Manon Lescaut - MANON LESCAUT
The title role was splendidly performed by Nadia Stefanoff (soprano). Manon is faithless and constantly alternatig between 2 men. Her adaptability from a catholic monastic life, into a schoolgirl in stockings and finally into a party girl is also vocally expressed. Yet her voice always has the upper hand over the orchestra.
Der neue Merker 03/2020, Volker Funk
Nadja Stefanoff masterly portrays the role of Manon with all its facets and acts ardently. Her gentle bows and her interpretation of the lieder-like melodies in the first two acts were just as convincing as her appearance in the second part of the evening, where she approaches the verismo with total physical dedication and heart-warming singing, striking the very core of one’s heart. She proved to be a brilliant artist, not only acoustically but also as an actress.
Der Opernfreund
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Staatstheater Mainz - Armide - ARMIDE
Nadja Stefanoff is a godsend for the role of Armide. Expressively and with secure high notes, she interprets this part, that is in no way easy.
Opern Loderer
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Nadja Stefanoff’s portrayal is sensationally impressive – her powerful voice goes up to an exquisite line, grows according to the developing of the drama until the very end, where she offers a concentrated, expressive interpretation. Even in the recitatives she achieves highly dramatic moments.
Opernwelt 3/2017
The phenomenal actress in the title part, the soprano Nadja Stefanoff is a powerful mainstay for Steier’s production, in this story which is streamlined on clear outlining. The more so as Stefanoff’s dramatically perfect performance on stage excellently goes with her outstanding vocal presentation. Performing darkly but never flatly, passionately but never superficially, she sensitively illuminates portrays the character of the unanswered lover, always remaining splendid and technically sovereign. A real godsend for any theatre to have such an artist in the ensemble!
Rhein-Zeitung
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Staatstheater Braunschweig - Anna Karenina - ANNA KARENINA
The success of the evening crucially depends on the two main characters: with initially passionate, then more and more desperate dedication, Nadja Stefanoff throws herself into the emotional conflicts of the title part, which she convincingly portrays with intense acting engagement and an assertive voice.
Das Opernglas/April 2014
And in spite of the ambivalence of the musical language, this curio at the Braunschweig Theatre developed a captivating effect, mainly due to the protagonists: Nadja Stefanoff as Anna Karenina has a fantastic stage presence and expression of great dramatic quality, … Her dark timbred, smooth soprano voice captivated by her relaxed, agile voice leading and her precise intonation.
Opernwelt - Uwe Schweikert
With Nadja Stefanoff as Anna the role is ideally casted. Her dark timbre perfectly suits the brooding fundamental attitude of the character and its manifold dynamic differentiations Her soprano voice has great dramatic reserves and clearly focused high peaks, which melt into melodious passion.
Die deutsche Bühne – Andreas Berger
All the soloists mastered their difficult and power-taking parts – above all the soprano Nadja Stefanoff in the title role with her brilliant soprano voice, which was securely guided, also in the high registers.
Cellsche Zeitung
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ON STAGE
Staatstheater Mainz - Manon Lescaut - MANON LESCAUT
Photo: Andreas Etter
 
Staatstheater Mainz - Manon Lescaut - MANON LESCAUT
Photo: Andreas Etter
 
Staatstheater Mainz - Armide - ARMIDE
Photo: Andreas Etter
 
Staatstheater Mainz - Armide - ARMIDE
Photo: Andreas Etter
 
Staatstheater Mainz - Medea - MEDEA
Photo: Andreas Etter
 
Staatstheater Mainz - Norma - NORMA
Photo: Andreas Etter
 
Staatstheater Mainz - Norma - NORMA
Photo: Andreas Etter
 
Staatstheater Braunschweig - Anna Karenina - ANNA KARENINA
Photo: Jenö Hubay