Bio: JANE HENSCHEL
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.
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NATASHA WORSLEY /AUGUST 2018