12th-17th Oktober 2021, Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen

Helen Donath studied in Texas and New York and debuted in Europa in January 1962 as a member of the Opernstudio in Cologne, where she sang roles such as Wellgunde in Wagner’s „Das Rheingold“ under the baton of Wolfgang Sawallisch and the direction of Wieland Wagner. After her beginnings at the Staatstheater Hannover, where she met her future husband, the conductor and pianist Klaus Donath, an international career started. Helen Donath has appeared at La Scala, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berlin Staatsoper, the Dresden Opera, Hamburg Staatsoper, the Metropolitan Opera, as well as in Paris, Tokyo, and throughout the USA. In 1991 she debuted as Marzelline in Beethoven’s „Fidelio“ at the Metropolitan Opera New York.
Helen Donath worked and works with renowned conductors such as Karl Richter, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Rafael Kubelik, Antal Doráti, Leonard Bernstein, Georg Solti, Giuseppe Patanè, Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Sir Neville Marriner, Helmuth Rilling, Sir Colin Davis, Eugen Jochum, Riccardo Muti, Zubin Mehta und Herbert von Karajan. She has received several awards, including the Bavarian Kammersängerin title, an honorary doctorate from the University of Miami and the Lower Saxony Prize in 1990. In 2005 she received the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Lower Saxony Order of Merit.