credit Susie Knoll
Lioba Braun initially studied church music and was then trained by Charlotte Lehmann as a mezzo-soprano. After a first engagement at the State Theatre in Karlsruhe, she moved on to the Vienna Volksoper in 1989, switching shortly afterward to the Vienna State Opera. From 1993 to 2000 Lioba Braun regularly sang such major mezzo roles as Eboli, Dalila, Azucena, Amneris, Kundry and Venus at the National Theatre in Mannheim.
When she stepped in as Brangäne under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim at the 1994 Bayreuth Festival, this marked the beginning of her international career as a Wagner singer, performing Wagnerian roles at La Scala Milan, the Dresden Semperoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich as well as the opera houses in Zurich, Stuttgart, Madrid, Barcelona and Los Angeles, among others. With her extensive Wagner repertoire she was engaged for several years at Bayreuth.
Lioba Braun performs with a large number of renowned orchestras, such as the Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest in Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic and the NHK Orchestra in Tokyo.