Lyric dramatic soprano
Prof. Lechner completed musical and vocal studies at the Viennese Musikhochschule and in Italy. She was awarded the diploma summa cum laude in vocal training, lied and oratorio, and opera. She also won prizes in several competitions: Mario del Monaco (Italy), Opera en Belcanto (Belgium), and Dr. Luis Segall Competition (Chile). She performed for many years with the Vienna State Opera and Graz Opera and then joined Zürich Opera (1991-2001) where she sang the major lyric and dramatic roles of Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, and Wagner and performed over 26 leading roles in the operas of Gluck, Mozart, Weber, Meyerbeer, Boito, Giordano, Offenbach, Schreker, Goldmark, and modern composers Henze and Reimann, among others.
She performed in almost every European country, Korea, Chile and participated in major international festivals such as the Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Prague Spring Festival and Carinthischer Sommer Austria. Her international career began in 1986 as Amelia (Un Ballo in Maschera) at the Vienna State Opera with Luciano Pavarotti and Claudio Abbado.
She has a vast concert repertoire having appeared with the leading conductors of the day (she has worked with over 120 conductors!), and appears often in solo concerts in European countries. Many radio and television broadcasts and CD/DVD productions, including Un Ballo in Maschera with Pavarotti and Abbado, Tosca with Neil Shicoff, Hänsel und Gretel with Maestro Welser-Möst, have resulted from these artistic collaborations.
Currently she is a Professor of Voice at the Viennese University of Music and Dramatic Arts. She has judged the Meistersinger Vocal Competition and has been a favorite masterclass teacher at AIMS for many years.