Baritone Dietrich Henschel is a towering figure, physically, intellectually, musically and theatrically. His prowess as an interpreter, by which I mean precisely his ability to get below the surface of a song and right into its soul, is extraordinary.
Henschel capitalized on his charismatic stage presence and his effortless technique enabled him to fully exploit the playful nature of the music, which the audience ate up.
At the peak of his career, this vastly experienced (in both opera and Lieder) German baritone encompasses the reflective songs with as much aplomb as he brings to the dramatic pieces and his ever-inquiring partner provides revelatory perceptions at the piano.
quite simply, the world's greatest living lieder singer... One of the greatest things I've ever heard in my life.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian, 15 August 2003 (on Dietrich Henschelʼs performance with Irwin Gage of Schubertʼs Schwanengesang and other lieder, Edinburgh Festival)
Baritone Dietrich Henschel captivates audiences as a regular guest at major opera houses, as an esteemed interpreter of lieder and oratorios and with his varied multimedia projects. His repertoire stretches from Monteverdi to the avant-garde. His international career began with an outstanding lead performance in Busoni’s Doktor Faust at the Opéra de Lyon and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, for which he won a Grammy.
The singer’s major roles include Rossini’s Figaro, Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Monteverdi’s Ulisse and Orfeo, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Dr. Schön in Lulu, Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’sThe Rake’s Progress. Most recently he appeared as Frank in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt at La Monnaie in Brussels and as Pergolesi's „Il Ciarlatano“ at the Styriarte Graz.
In addition to his operatic work, Dietrich Henschel is committed to the performance of lieder and concert works for voice. In orchestral concerts he has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Kent Nagano, Semyon Bychkov, and Sir Simon Rattle. His collaborations with John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Sir Colin Davis are documented on numerous oratorio recordings. He has performed staged versions of Schubert lieder cycles at La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Norske Opera Oslo, and the Komische Oper Berlin, among others. In the project IRRSAL – Triptychon einer verbotenen Liebe, featuring the orchestral songs of Hugo Wolf and conceived together with director Clara Pons, he combined film and live music.
In 2021/22 he will premiere Francesco Filidei's The Red Death for the 100th anniversary of the Donaueschinger Musiktage with Sylvain Cambreling and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, followed by concerts at the Elbphilharmonie and the Kölner Philharmonie. Other highlights include Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Britten's War Requiem with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Vasily Petrenko at the Royal Albert Hall.
coming up in October/November/December
concerts, recitals, performances
Donaueschinger Musiktage, Elbphilharmonie, Philharmonie Köln: Flidei/The Red Death
Ars Choralis Köln:
LiedFest Berlin - Oxford im KühlhausBerlin
Recital/Eisler, Dessau, Mendelssohn, Reimann
De Bijloke Gent
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