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Dietrich Henschel (Bass-Baritone)

Born: 1967 - Berlin, Germany

The German bass-baritone, Dietrich Henschel, studied with Hanno Blanschke in Munich and in Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's class in Berlin. While he still a student he won important prizes in German competitions and at the International Hugo Wolf Competition.

Dietrich Henschel was twenty-three years old when he made his professional stage début at the 1990 Munich Biennale in Michèle Reverdy's Le Précepteur. His performance was followed by invitations to appear at many other opera houses (both in Germany and abroad) and leading music festivals, including the Schubertiades in Vienna and Feldkirch, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn, European Music Festival Stuttgart, and Richard Strauss Festival in Garnisch-Partenkirche.

As a member of Kiel Opera between 1993 and 1995, Dietrich Henschel took on many baritone roles including Mozart's Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) and Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Charles Gounod's Valentin (Faust), Debussy's Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande) and Monteverdi's Orpheo (L'Orfeo).

Since 1996 guest appearances have taken Dietrich Henschel to the opera houses in Bonn, Stuttgart and Lyons and to the Deutsche Oper, Berlin, where he made his acclaimed début in 1997 in the title role of Hans Werner Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg. He won further international plaudits for his performance as Faust in Ferruccio Busoni's Doktor Faust at the Lyons Opera, a performance that led to appearances at other leading houses.

In addition to his work in opera, Dietrich Henschel has also enjoyed a successful career in the concert hall: among the orchestras with which he has appeared are the Vienna and Berlin philharmonics, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris. He has regularly performed in concert with conductors as Peter Eövös, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Fabio Luisi, Helmuth Rilling, Philippe Herreweghe and many others.

Dietrich Henschel is particularly fond of the Lieder repertory and has given many song recitals. His accompanists have included Irwin Gage as well as Fritz Schwinghammer, Helmut Deutsch, Leonard Hokanson and Shiny Okahara, with whom he has undertaken regular tours of Japan since 1996. With Irwin Gage Dietrich Henschel has appeared in a number of highly acclaimed staged performances of Die Winterreise, directed by Peter Stosser.

Dietrich Henschel has many radio, television and commercial recordings to his credit His CD productions include Carmina Burana, Mozart's arrangement of the Messiah, songs by Othmar Schoeck, Engelbert Humperdinck's Königskinder, Johannes Brahms's German Requiem, and Haydn's Four Seasons. Dietrich Henschel signed a contract with Teldec in 2000 primary for Lieder projects. His début recording for the label, Schubert's Die Winterreise, in which Henschel is partnered by Irwin Gage, was released in February 2000. Other releases include Gustav Mahler's orchestral songs with Kent Nagano and the Hallé Orchestra, J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Concentus Musicus Wien and a recording of Korngold Lieder featuring songs by the composer which have never been performed or recorded.

More Pohotos

Source: Liner notes to the CD J.S. Bach: Secular Cantatas BWV 201 conducted by Rilling (Hännsler, 1999); Teldec Website; Ruud Janssen (February 2006)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2001, April 2003)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Herbert Blomstedt


BWV 232 [DVD]

John Eliot Gardiner


BWV 66, BWV 248 [DVD]
BWV 7, BWV 20, BWV 30, BWV 36, BWV 39, BWV 61, BWV 62, BWV 63 [2nd], BWV 70, BWV 75, BWV 132, BWV 147, BWV 167
Post BCP:
BWV 11 [2nd], BWV 37 [2nd], BWV 43 [2nd], BWV 128 [2nd]

Enoch zu Guttenberg


BWV 232 [DVD], BWV 248

Nikolaus Harnoncourt


BWV 244 [4th]

Philippe Herreweghe


BWV 244 [2nd]

Christian Kabitz


BWV 248/1-3 [1st]

Fabio Luisi


Mauricio Kagel: Sankt-Bach-Passion

John Nelson


BWV 232 [2nd, DVD]

Christoph Prégardien


BWV 245

Helmuth Rilling


BWV 201, BWV 203, BWV 215

Links to other Sites

Dietrich Henschel (Official Website)
Dietrich Henschel (Osterklang Wien)
Dietrich Henschel (Harmonia Mundi)
Récital Dietrich Henschel - Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet [French]
Teldec artists: Dietrich Henschel

Dietrich Henschel (biography) (Gulbenkian) [Portuguses]
Récital Dietrich Henschel - La Monnaie [French]
Interview Henschel - forum opéra [French]
GOG - Giovine Orchestra Genovese: Dietrich Henschel [Italian]
Dietrich Henschel Biografie (Bühne Köln) [German]

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