Henschel’s voice is as velvet smooth as a pint of Guinness (…) It is not always the case in these songs that the male voice is so beautiful in tone. (…) Henschel is as imaginative and dramatic as anyone could wish for but he marries that with lashings of chocolatey tone to boot.
Music Web International / David mcDade
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)
The baritone Dietrich Henschel is known as a regular guest at major opera houses, as a valued interpreter of song and oratorio, as the inventor and protagonist of a wide range of multimedia projects. His repertoire ranges from Monteverdi to the avant-garde.
Henschel began his international career with a co-production between Opéra de Lyon and Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris in the title role of Busoni's opera Doktor Faust, for which he won a Grammy Award.
The singer's leading roles include Rossini's Figaro, Wolfram in Wagner's Tannhäuser, Monteverdi's Ulisse and Orfeo, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Alban Berg's Wozzek and Dr. Schön in Lulu, Golaud in Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande and Nick Shadow in Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress. Contemporary opera also has an important part in Henschel's repertoire; many great composers such as Pèter Éötvös, Detlev Glanert, Manfred Trojahn, Peter Ruzicka or Chaja Czernowin entrusted him with important roles in the premieres of their works.
In orchestral concerts, Henschel regularly works with conductors such as Sylvain Cambreling, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly and Vladimir Jurowski. Recordings with John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Sir Colin Davis document his oratorio work. He has performed scenic versions of Schubert song cycles in La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Norske Opera Oslo and the Komische Oper Berlin, among others. In the project IRRSAL – triptych of forbidden love, conceived together with the director Clara Pons, orchestral songs by Hugo Wolf were combined with a feature film shot especially for their live performance; the great success of this project led to the follow-up project Wunderhorn, an international co-production involving 8 partner institutions, including La Monnaie, Bruxelles, BBC Symphony Orchestra London and De Doelen, Rotterdam.
The 2022/23 season starts with Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier at the Théâtre La Monnaie, Bruxelles. Further opera activities include a new production of Ferrucio Busoni's Doktor Faustus at the Teatre di Maggio Musicale, Firenze in February 2023. Gaetano Donizetti's opera Rita in March at the Opéra de Tours, Gustav Mahler's Lied von der Erde with the orchestra of Palma and Schönberg's Gurre-Lieder with the States Opera Prague are other highlights in Henschel's agenda.
concerts, recitals, performances
Jerusalem/Jerusalem Chamber Music Festival
Schönberg: Ode to Napoleo
Ullmann: Der Cornet
Pergolesi: Il Ciarlatano
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier
Firenze/Teatro del Maggio Musicale
Busoni: Doktor Faustus
Tours/Opéra de Tours
Palma de Mallorca/Orquestra de Palma
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde
Pergolesi: Il Ciarlatano
Prague: States Opera