Dietrich Henschel

Dietrich Henschel © KJO photopgraphy

He began his career with Henze’s Prince of Homburg at the Berlin Opera and Busoni’s Doctor Faust in Lyon. Since then, he has sung at the Chatelet and La Bastille in Paris and at the operas of Genoa, Amsterdam, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Geneva, Cologne, Lyon, Madrid, Zurich and Hamburg and at the Salzburg Festival, among others.

He has worked with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestra dell’Academia di Santa Cecilia, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin, with conductors such as Harnoncourt, Gardiner, Eschenbach, Nagano, Dohnanyi, Byschkov, Rattle, Thielemann, Metha, Muti, Jacobs, Christie and Herreweghe.

He has sung important roles such as Figaro (The Barber of Seville, Rossini), Ulysses (Ulysses’ Return to the Fatherland, Monteverdi), Orfeo (L’Orfeo, Monteverdi), Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Wolfram (Tannhäuser, Wagner), Wozzeck (Wozzeck, Berg), Dr Schön (Lulu, Berg) and Prince Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande, Debussy), among others. He has also premiered several operas by major contemporary composers in Amsterdam, Hamburg and the Bregenz Festival and has recorded more than 50 works over the course of his extensive career.

In the field of Lieder, he has presented his adaptation of Schubert’s Schwanengesang at La Monnaie in Brussels, the Komische Oper in Berlin, the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and the Norske Opera in Oslo.

His most recent performances include the role of the Speaker from The Magic Flute at La Monnaie with Romeo Castellucci, the premiere of Peter Ruzicka’s new opera Benjamin at the Hamburg Opera, Schlagt sie tot! by Bo Holten in Malmö, Schönberg’s Gurrelieder in Tokyo conducted by Sylvain Cambreling, the premiere of a work by Matthias Pintscher with Kent Nagano at the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and Haydn’s Four Seasons with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.


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