Born in Austria, Gudrun Volkert studied with E. Auer-Weissgräber and F. Grossmann in Linz and Vienna where she also graduated.
She participated in master classes with A. Varnay and J. Greindl in Berlin and worked as a trainee at the Bayreuth Festival under the direction of Wieland Wagner. After two years at the Stadttheater Klagenfurt (Austria), she made her debut at the age of 23 as Ortrud at the Operahouse in Kiel where she was employed by her patron-to-be, Dr. J. Klaiber.
Due to this remarkable success she received numerous offers from renowned theatres. In Düsseldorf Gudrun Volkert met Friedel Becker-Brill who from then on accompanied the artistic career of the young singer and influenced her by continuously helping her in the careful choice of repertoire – according to the gradual maturation process of her voice. She equally acquired a substantial Lied and Oratorium-Repertoire at frequent concert appearances, performing for larger audiences with conductors such as A. La Rosa Parodi, Z. Pesko, P. Gülke and S. Köhler.
She made guest appearances at the State Opera Stuttgart (direction: Wieland Wagner) as Fidelio-Leonore, as well as Glasgow, Edinburgh and Lisbon. Furthermore, she sang Ortrud in the Lohengrin-Production with F. Araiza at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice (musical direction: Chr. Thielemann), she sang Adriano (Rienzi) under the direction of Janos Kulka at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.
She embodied the Strauss-parts of Marschallin, Ariadne and Salome, Wagner’s Senta (with P. Schneider at the National Theatre in Mannheim), Ponchielli’s Gioconda, Puccini’s Tosca and Turandot, Cherubini’s Medea, Wozzek’s Marie amongst others at the largest German opera houses, such as Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Wiesbaden, Karlsruhe, Braunschweig, Darmstadt, Cologne and others.
She sang Kundry under the direction of Uwe Mund at the Gran Teatre del Liceu and Isolde in Sydney and Melbourne. She sang all parts of the dramatic genre at the most important theatres in Europe, such as Brussels, Rouen, Turin, Strasbourg, Antwerpen, Rotterdam, Zurich amongst others.
Gudrun Volkert attained international success, however, with her Ring-Brünnhildes. Under the direction of Prof. A. Everding, the conductor R. Satanowski and the set-designer Prof. G. Schneider-Siemsen, she was the Brünnhilde in the Warsaw Ring at the Teatr Wielki, the first Ring production there (1986-1989) since the Second World War.
In the following, she sang Brünnhilde at the Summer Festival in Seattle, before she was called to New York and the MET to sing Brünnhilde under James Levine’s direction and stood on stage with Christa Ludwig and Jessey Norman. She went to Tokyo with the MET ensemble, where Placido Domingo sang Siegmund.
A commitment for several years to this theatre crowned Gudrun Volkert’s career; many radio and cd recordings gave proof of her success.
Apart from her vocal commitments, she took more and more time to attend to young singers and students and their technical-interpretorial questions and gathered educational experience in the studio of Becker-Brill.
Since 1998 Gudrun Vokert was a visiting professor at the Mozarteum University, since 2001 a university professor. Here she continuously prepared students for their professional life drawing from 33 years of stage experience.