Gun-Brit Barkmin makes her Seattle Opera debut as Mimì in the 2007 production of La Bohème. Barkmin received her early training in her native Germany, where she was engaged as a company member at Freiberg Stadttheater and later at the Komische Oper Berlin. Her roles there have included Alice in Verdi’s Falstaff, Mimì, Marie in Berg’s Wozzeck (a role she also sang for Welsh National Opera in 2005), Amelia in Reimann’s Bernarda Albas Haus , the title role of Janacek’s Jenufa, the Governess in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, and Sylva Varescu in Emmerich Kálmán’s Gypsy Princess. Last summer Barkmin made her debut with Opéra National de Lyon as Anna in Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins, a role she has sung at the Edinburgh International Festival and will perform again at New Zealand Art Festival in 2008. Other recent engagements include Katharina in Janacek’s Kata Kabanová for Staatstheater Braunschweig, the Governess for Teatro Regio di Parma, and the Foreign Princess in Dvorak’s Rusalka for Städtischen Bühnen Münster. After La Bohème in Seattle, Barkmin returns to the Komische Oper Berlin to sing Rosalinde in Johann Strauss, Jr.’s Fledermaus.