Daniela Lehner was supported by BBT between 2008 and 2011.
Austrian mezzo soprano Daniela Lehner studied in Vienna, Salzburg and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. She received many prizes and scholarships including the Solti scholarship and the Marilyn Horne prize. Daniela is a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award winner and was also a member of the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists scheme. Symphonic engagements include Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the LSO and Haitink, Mozart and Handel arias with the Wiener Kammerorchester and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Zemlinsky Maeterlinck Lieder with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ramiro La Finta Giardinera with the AAM and Richard Egarr and Mozart Requiem with the BBC Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena and with Sir Colin Davis. A committed recitalist, Daniela has appeared in many prestigious venues including the Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie Berlin, Wigmore Hall, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, De Singel Antwerp, the Klavier Festival Ruhr, Kölner Philharmonie, Aldeburgh and Oxford Lieder. In 2008, Daniela made her Royal Opera House debut singing Hermia in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other highlights include her role debut of Idamante Idomeneo (Grange Park Opera), Dvořák Stabat Mater with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Dixit Dominus with the AAM and Kings College Choir, Cambridge. This season, Daniela will give Handel recitals with Richard Egarr (London), Mozart Requiem with the LSO under Sir Colin Davis, Beethoven Missa Solemnis on European tour with the Monteverdi Choir under John Eliot Gardiner as well as with the Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, and Mozart Requiem under Christoph Eschenbach with the NSO Washington.
I cannot thank the Borletti-Buitoni Trust enough for giving me this award and all the support that goes with it. It came to me at a very crucial moment and has made a big difference to my life. I would like to thank all the people involved in this Trust for their dedication and enthusiasm. Your support and your belief in my talent has been second to none, and I will always be deeply grateful for the help I received.
Photographs by Marco Borggreve