Imogen has been awarded a fest contract with Meininger Staatstheater as a soprano in the chorus with soloist commitments. For the remainder of the 2017/2018 season, Imogen performs in productions of Cosi fan tutteTosca, Carmina BuranaTannhäuser performed on-site at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Evita, and the June premiere of Piraten von Penzance.

The upcoming 2018/19 season includes 88 performances across nine different productions encompassing opera, operetta and musical theater. Premieres include CarmenSchwarzwaldmädelDie Entführung aus dem Serail, and the newly revised 2018 version of Das Schloß Dürande, which premiered in 1943 with strong nationalist ideologies.  Imogen is delighted to lead regular voice lessons with the Theater’s Extrachor.

Meininger Staatstheater is the Thüringen State Theater in Germany and has a rich history, particularly thriving under the direction and patronage of Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (1826-1914). It has been credited with the development of modern acting and stage design principles, and legends such as Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and Max Reger were conductors of the Meininger Hofkapelle. Incoming Chief Conductor for the Berliner Philharmoniker, Kirill Petrenko, was the General Musical Director earlier in his career, conducting Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen over four consecutive days in 2001. Since 2011, the General Music Director position has been held by Philippe Bach with Ansgar Haag as Intendanz since 2005. The theater has 300 employees, realising more than 450 performances a year across opera and musical theater, theater, concert, education and youth, and puppetry. 


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