Jane Henschel

Jane Henschel

Mezzo-soprano
Bio: JANE HENSCHEL Mezzo sorpano Jane Henschel was born in Wisconsin, studied at the University of Southern California and subsequently moved to Germany. In concert, she has appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre de Radio France under Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Lorin Maazel, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis and Michael Schønwandt. Her recordings include Krasa Verlobung im Traum with Lothar Zagrosek (Decca), Baba the Turk in Stravinsky The Rake's Progress with Ozawa (Philips Classics), Albeniz Merlin with Placido Domingo (Grammy Award, 2001) and Henry Clifford (both for Decca), Britten The Turn of the Screw with Daniel Harding (EMI/Virgin - Gramophone Award 2003) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Rattle (EMI). In opera, Jane Henschel has sung Baba the Turk at the Glyndebourne, Saito Kinen and Salzburg Festivals; Brangäne (Wagner Tristan und Isolde) for Los Angeles Opera and the Opéra national de Paris; Klytemnestra (Strauss Elektra) for San Francisco Opera, the Principessa (Puccini Suor Angelica) with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chailly, Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmélites in Amsterdam; Kostelnicka (Janáček Jenufa) under Ozawa in Japan, Auntie (Britten Peter Grimes) with Rattle, and the Kabanicha (Janáček Katya Kabanova) for the Salzburg Festival. Recent engagements include her return to the Wiener Staatsoper for Salome and Katya Kabanova, the Dresdner Semperoper for Salome, the Staatstheater Stuttgart for Eugene Onegin, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra for Salome, Auntie (Britten Peter Grimes) at the Oper Frankfurt, Babulenka The Gambler for Basel Opera and Herodias in concert at the Staatsoper Hannover with Donald Runnicles. For The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden she has sung Fricka (Wagner Die Walküre) and Waltraute (Wagner Götterdämmerung) under Bernard Haitink, Ulrica (Verdi Un ballo in maschera) under Gatti, Klytemnestra under Christian Thielemann and Sir Mark Elder, Mrs Grose (Britten The Turn of the Screw) under Colin Davis and Harding, and Erda in the new Ring Cycle under Antonio Pappano; at Teatro alla Scala, Milan she has sung Herodias (Strauss Salome) under Myungwhun Chung, Cassandre (Berlioz Les Troyens) under Colin Davis, and Waltraute under Riccardo Muti. Her roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich include Herodias, Klytemnestra, Ulrica, Mistress Quickly (Verdi Falstaff) and Ortrud (Wagner Lohengrin); at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin Klytemnestra, Herodias and Ortrud; at the Wiener Staatsoper, Klytemnestra, Mistress Quickly and Fricka; and Mistress Quickly for Los Angeles Opera under Kent Nagano. It is the Amme (Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten) which has become her signature role, one which she has sung in Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. For the most up-to-date biography, please contact us. This biography should not be edited without permission from Askonas Holt. NATASHA WORSLEY /AUGUST 2018
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Bio: JANE HENSCHEL Mezzo sorpano Jane Henschel was born in Wisconsin, studied at the University of Southern California and subsequently moved to Germany. In concert, she has appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Orchestre de Radio France under Seiji Ozawa, James Conlon, Lorin Maazel, Sir Simon Rattle, Marek Janowski, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Andrew Davis and Michael Schønwandt. Her recordings include Krasa Verlobung im Traum with Lothar Zagrosek (Decca), Baba the Turk in Stravinsky The Rake's Progress with Ozawa (Philips Classics), Albeniz Merlin with Placido Domingo (Grammy Award, 2001) and Henry Clifford (both for Decca), Britten The Turn of the Screw with Daniel Harding (EMI/Virgin - Gramophone Award 2003) and Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Rattle (EMI). In opera, Jane Henschel has sung Baba the Turk at the Glyndebourne, Saito Kinen and Salzburg Festivals; Brangäne (Wagner Tristan und Isolde) for Los Angeles Opera and the Opéra national de Paris; Klytemnestra (Strauss Elektra) for San Francisco Opera, the Principessa (Puccini Suor Angelica) with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Chailly, Poulenc Les Dialogues des Carmélites in Amsterdam; Kostelnicka (Janáček Jenufa) under Ozawa in Japan, Auntie (Britten Peter Grimes) with Rattle, and the Kabanicha (Janáček Katya Kabanova) for the Salzburg Festival. Recent engagements include her return to the Wiener Staatsoper for Salome and Katya Kabanova, the Dresdner Semperoper for Salome, the Staatstheater Stuttgart for Eugene Onegin, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra for Salome, Auntie (Britten Peter Grimes) at the Oper Frankfurt, Babulenka The Gambler for Basel Opera and Herodias in concert at the Staatsoper Hannover with Donald Runnicles. For The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden she has sung Fricka (Wagner Die Walküre) and Waltraute (Wagner Götterdämmerung) under Bernard Haitink, Ulrica (Verdi Un ballo in maschera) under Gatti, Klytemnestra under Christian Thielemann and Sir Mark Elder, Mrs Grose (Britten The Turn of the Screw) under Colin Davis and Harding, and Erda in the new Ring Cycle under Antonio Pappano; at Teatro alla Scala, Milan she has sung Herodias (Strauss Salome) under Myungwhun Chung, Cassandre (Berlioz Les Troyens) under Colin Davis, and Waltraute under Riccardo Muti. Her roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich include Herodias, Klytemnestra, Ulrica, Mistress Quickly (Verdi Falstaff) and Ortrud (Wagner Lohengrin); at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin Klytemnestra, Herodias and Ortrud; at the Wiener Staatsoper, Klytemnestra, Mistress Quickly and Fricka; and Mistress Quickly for Los Angeles Opera under Kent Nagano. It is the Amme (Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten) which has become her signature role, one which she has sung in Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. For the most up-to-date biography, please contact us. This biography should not be edited without permission from Askonas Holt. NATASHA WORSLEY /AUGUST 2018
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Jane Henschel
Jane Henschel
Mezzo-soprano
Full name: Jane Henschel

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"Jane Henschel ... sang Klytämnestra’s punishing music with clarity and ear-perfect pitch and played off Elektra’s madness with her own – this was a fearless confrontation, topped with a cruel laugh that seemed to drive Elektra even madder."
Robert Levine
"As Queen Herodias, Jane Henschel brought a rich mezzo-soprano tone to a role of one-liners where it had little chance to bloom, but she struck some fine, angry sparks off Siegel’s Herod as the action neared its tragic climax."
David Wright

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