The blind soprano Gerlinde Sämann studied piano and singing at the Richard Strauss Conservatoire in Munich, working with teachers including Karl- Heinz Jarius, Henriette Meyer-Ravenstein and Selma Aykan. Her repertoire ranges from historic works, via lieder and oratorio, to avant-garde and contemporary music theatre works. Since 1991 Gerlinde Samann has performed as a soloist with a wide range of ensembles, mainly specializing in early music, at leading festivals. These include the Dresdner Kreuzchor, Accentus Chamber Choir, Arsys Bourgogne, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, and La Petite Bande. She also enjoys a busy career in opera and contemporary music theatre, working with directors such as Arila Siegert, Gil Mehmert, Sabine Hasz, Thomas Hoft, Crescentia Dunser, and Otto Kukla. She has made numerous radio recordings and CDs in Germany and abroad. Gerlinde Samann is passionately committed to devising programs of unusual songs and duos, performing these with musicians such as the renowned fortepianist Ronald Brautigam.