Heike Wessels, Mezzo-soprano
Heike Wessels

Heike Wessels

Mezzo-soprano
Bio: The german mezzosoprano Heike Wessels studied at the Folkwang University of Arts Essen and the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg. She completed her studies by attending master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Hampson and Dame Gwyneth Jones. In 2006 she won the 5. International Competition for young Wagner voices in Venice. Following initial engagements at the Wuppertaler Bühnen and Staatstheater Braunschweig Heike Wessels joined in 2008 the ensemble of the Nationaltheater Mannheim singing signature roles of the dramatic mezzo fach such as Ulrica, Maddalena, Dalila, Eboli, Amneris, Brangäne, Fricka, Ortrud, Venus and Kundry . Guest contracts brought her to Oper Graz, Theater Dortmund, Volksoper Vienna, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf / Duisburg, Oper Frankfurt (Ortrud), Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Glyndebourne Festival and Opera Bastille Paris. In the Mannheim production of Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen 2013 (staged by Achim Freyer) she appeared to great acclaim as Sieglinde followed by debuts as Santuzza, Brünnhilde in Loriot's Der Ring an einer Abend and Agaue in Henze's The Bassarids. As a concert soloist Heike Wessels has performed at various events and venues including Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau-Musikfestival, Estonian Concert Hall Tallinn, Auditorio Principe Felipe Oviedo, Philharmonie Berlin, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome and Royal Festival Hall London. She sang under the baton of conductors like Friedemann Layer, Bertrand de Billy, Philippe Jordan, Marek Janowski, Axel Kober, Vladimir Jurowski, Dan Ettinger, Alexander Soddy, Shao Chia Lü, John Fiore, Sascha Goetzel and Gabriel Bebeselea. Since 2018 Heike Wessels has been working as a freelancer and guested as Brünnhilde (Die Walküre) at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and at the Musical Autumn Cluj Napoca. Concert engagements brought her to the Philharmonie Cologne and Taipei National Concert Hall. In 2019 she returned to Nationaltheater Mannheim as Herodias (Salome) and Alto Soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and to Cluj Napoca as Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust). At Deutsche Oper Berlin she debuted as Kundry (Parsifal).
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Bio: The german mezzosoprano Heike Wessels studied at the Folkwang University of Arts Essen and the Conservatoire National de Strasbourg. She completed her studies by attending master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Thomas Hampson and Dame Gwyneth Jones. In 2006 she won the 5. International Competition for young Wagner voices in Venice. Following initial engagements at the Wuppertaler Bühnen and Staatstheater Braunschweig Heike Wessels joined in 2008 the ensemble of the Nationaltheater Mannheim singing signature roles of the dramatic mezzo fach such as Ulrica, Maddalena, Dalila, Eboli, Amneris, Brangäne, Fricka, Ortrud, Venus and Kundry . Guest contracts brought her to Oper Graz, Theater Dortmund, Volksoper Vienna, Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf / Duisburg, Oper Frankfurt (Ortrud), Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Glyndebourne Festival and Opera Bastille Paris. In the Mannheim production of Wagner's Ring des Nibelungen 2013 (staged by Achim Freyer) she appeared to great acclaim as Sieglinde followed by debuts as Santuzza, Brünnhilde in Loriot's Der Ring an einer Abend and Agaue in Henze's The Bassarids. As a concert soloist Heike Wessels has performed at various events and venues including Gstaad Menuhin Festival, Rheingau-Musikfestival, Estonian Concert Hall Tallinn, Auditorio Principe Felipe Oviedo, Philharmonie Berlin, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome and Royal Festival Hall London. She sang under the baton of conductors like Friedemann Layer, Bertrand de Billy, Philippe Jordan, Marek Janowski, Axel Kober, Vladimir Jurowski, Dan Ettinger, Alexander Soddy, Shao Chia Lü, John Fiore, Sascha Goetzel and Gabriel Bebeselea. Since 2018 Heike Wessels has been working as a freelancer and guested as Brünnhilde (Die Walküre) at Deutsche Oper am Rhein and at the Musical Autumn Cluj Napoca. Concert engagements brought her to the Philharmonie Cologne and Taipei National Concert Hall. In 2019 she returned to Nationaltheater Mannheim as Herodias (Salome) and Alto Soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 and to Cluj Napoca as Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust). At Deutsche Oper Berlin she debuted as Kundry (Parsifal).
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Repertoire

Composer & WorkRoleProductions
Henze
The BassaridsAgave1
Humperdinck
Hänsel und GretelGertrud9
Mahler
Das Lied von der ErdeMezzosopran1
Mascagni
Cavalleria rusticanaSantuzza1
Mozart
Die ZauberflöteDritte Dame7
Le nozze di FigaroMarcellina1
Offenbach
Les contes d'HoffmannLa voix de la mère2
Prokofiev,S
Lyubov k tryom apelsinamFata Morgana2
Saint-Saëns
Samson et DalilaDalila1
Strauss II,J
Die FledermausPrinz Orlofsky1
Strauss,R
Der RosenkavalierAnnina1
ElektraDritte Magd2
SalomeHerodias1
Tchaikovsky,P
Pikovaya DamaPolina1
Yevgeny OneginLarina3
Verdi
AidaAmneris1
Don CarloLa Principessa Eboli2
RigolettoMaddalena1
Un ballo in mascheraUlrica1
Wagner,Richard
Das RheingoldFricka1
Der Ring an einem AbendSieglinde2
Brünnhilde2
Die Meistersinger von NürnbergMagdalena2
Die WalküreFricka1
Siegrune1
Sieglinde4
Brünnhilde2
GötterdämmerungWaltraute1
LohengrinOrtrud6
ParsifalKundry4
TannhäuserVenus4
Tristan und IsoldeBrangäne1
Weill
Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt MahagonnyLeokadja Begbick1
Zemlinsky
Eine florentinische TragödieBianca1