Dietrich Henschel

Dietrich Henschel blickt direkt in die Kamera
© Susanne Diesner

Dietrich Henschel

The stylistic range of the Berlin baritone, born in 1967, extends from Monteverdi to contemporary premieres. In between are huge roles such as Mozart's Don Giovanni or Busoni's Doktor Faust, which won him a Grammy in 2001. In addition to his engagements at Europe's great theatres, Dietrich Henschel's devotion is also to the Lied.

About the artist

Dietrich Henschel rauchend in der Produktion Il Ciarlatano bei der Styriarte 2021



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.

Major roles

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.

On stage

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.

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