After studying in Leipzig, Ricarda Merbeth continued her training as a singer with the tenor Wolfgang Millgramm. From 1999 until 2005, she was a member of the Vienna Staatsoper where she performed the roles of Marzelline in Fidelio, Giulietta in The Tales of Hoffmann, the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Fjordiligi in Così fan tutte, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Chrysothemis in Elektra, Elisabeth in Tannhauser, Evan in Die Meistersinger, Sieglinde in Die Walküre, Irene in Rienzi and the title role in Daphne.
She is regularly invited to perform in Vienna where she made her role debut as the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, in the title role in Jenůfa and as Elsa in Lohengrin. In April 2011, she was nominated “Kammersänderin” by the Vienna Stattsoper. In 2000, she made her Bayreuth Festival debut with Freia and Gutrune in Jürgen Flimm’s production of the Ring and then sang Elisabeth in Tannhauser and Senta in The Flying Dutchman conducted by Christian Thielemann. Ricarda Merbeth is regularly invited to perform at all the major international opera houses, including the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, the Hamburg Staatsoper, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the New National Theatre in Tokyo and the Paris Opera where she has sung the roles of Sieglinde, Ariadne, Chrysothemis, Marietta in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt and Emilia Marty in The Macropoulos Case.
She has recently performed Elizabeth and Venus in Tannhauser with Deutsche Oper, Madame Lidoine in Dialogues des Carmelites at the Hamburg Staatsoper, Chrysothemis at the Vienna Staatsoper and Senta at the New National Theatre in Tokyo and in Marseille. She made her debut at La Scala Milan in October 2015 in the role of Marie in Wozzek with Ingo Metzmacher and sang her first Isolde in 2016 in Hamburg conducted by Kent Nagano.
Senta at the Bayreuth Festival and at the Teatro Real in Madrid; Elsa at the Vienna Staatsoper, Elisabeth/Venus (Tannhauser), Brunnhilde in Siegfried and Gutrune in Götterdämmerung at the Berlin Deutsche Oper.