The German mezzo-soprano, Gudrun Pelker, received her training at the Hochschule für Musik in Köln with Jost Metternich. She followed her studies by participating in master-classes in singing with Birgit Nilson, Hilde Zadek and Judith Beckmann, and in Lieder interpretation with Charles Spencer and Norman Shetler.
In 1988 Gudrun Pelker made her stage debut in the role of Carmen at the Internationalen Sommerfestspielen in Schloss Weikersheim. This was followed by engagements at the Musiktheater in Revier Gelsenkirchen and the Oper Frankfurt, where she could be heard in more than 50 roles. Guest engagements led her to the State Theaters of Wiesbaden, Oldenburg, Hannover and the stages in Köln, Krefeld, Hagen, Essen, Dortmund, Basel, as well as to festivals as the Schwetzinger Festspielen, the der Münchner Biennale and the Wiener Festwochen, among others.
Unusual versatility marks the career of Gudrun Pelker: apart from her stage activity she devotes herself to concert and Lieder singing. Her repertoire covers thereby both the works of classical masters and compositions of contemporary music.
Gudrun Pelker teaches singing at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen.