Nominated as Singer of the Year for her interpretation of Rusalka by the Opernwelt Esther Dierkes will be heard again as the title role “Rusalka” in Dvořáks opera Rusalka, as well as “Gretel” in Humperdincks Hänsel und Gretel and as “Freia” (Das Rheingold), “Gerhilde” (Die Walküre) and “Gutrune” (Götterdämmerung) in the new Ring production at Stuttgart in the 2022/2023 season, where she joined the ensemble in 2017.
Her credits with the company include “Mimì” in Puccini`s La bohème, “Gretel” in Humperdinck’s Hänsel and Gretel, “Ninetta” in Prokofjew`s Die Liebe zu drei Orangen, “Pamina” in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, “Zerlina” in Mozart`s Don Giovanni, the female lead in the world premiere of Hosokawa’s Erdbeben.Träume, “Susanna” in Mozart`s Le nozze di Figaro as well as “Micaela” (Carmen).
In addition she will be heard as “Gretchen” and “Una Poenitentium” in Schumanns Faust Szenen at Opéra National Montpellier.
At the Glyndebourne Festival 2019 and at the BBC Proms as well as the Komische Oper Berlin Esther Dierkes was heard as “1. Dame” in the magic flute. As a concert singer she has already performed with the MDR Symphony Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the hr-Symphony Orchestra and the Gürzenich Orchestra. Esther Dierkes is a regular guest at the Kölner Philharmonie, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Alte Oper Frankfurt and works with conductors such as Hartmut Haenchen, Sylvain Cambreling, Risto Joost, Marc Soustrot, Andrew Manze and Bertrand de Billy.
The soprano is a scholarship holder of the “Richard-Wagner-Verband”, received the scholarship of the Catholic Study Foundation “Cusanuswerk” and was also supported by the “Da Ponte” Foundation and Yehudi-Menuhin “Live Music Now” e.V.
During her studies in the class of Prof. Hedwig Fassbender at the Frankfurt State Conservatory, Esther Dierkes already performed at Opera Frankfurt, at Staatstheater Darmstadt, the “Festival of Young Artists” in Bayreuth, Rheingau Music Festival and under the patronage of Anna Netrebko at the St. Margarethen Opera Festival.