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Dietrich Henschel Biography

Dietrich Henschel starts the season 2015/2016 with several Lieder recitals: Mahler‘s Wunderhorn-Lieder (combined with the WUNDERHORN film by Clara Pons), Schumann‘s Dichterliebe and Brahms‘ Die schöne Magelone. With the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Jurowski he‘ll perform Brahms‘ Ein deutsches Requiem in the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona. In December he‘ll be returning to the Théatre de La Monnaie, Brussels to perform Hansel und Gretel. Afterwards he will go to the Staatsoper Hamburg for a New Years Eve concert conducted by Kent Nagano. In the second half of the season Henschel will be touring to South Africa and Israel. He will also be travelling to England and France for concerts of Britten‘s War Requiem. In May his film project IRRSAL (EPR Classic, EPRC 014) is featured again in performances with Philippe Herreweghe in Belgium and Holland. For Lieder concerts he comes to the Musikverein Wien in March and to the Philharmonie Berlin in May.


The bariton Dietrich Henschel is a singer who´s repertoire extends from the beginning of baroque opera to modern day avantgarde. He debuted at the Münchener Biennale with the title role of Michèle Réverdy´s opera “Le Precepteur“. At the opera in Kiel, he performed many classics such as Papageno, Figaro-count, the role of Pelleas, Monteverdi´s Orfeo and Henze´s Prinz von Homburg. Mr Henschel´s international career began with Busoni´s “Doktor Faust” in Lyon and Henze´s “Prinz von Homburg” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Invitations followed from the important opera houses in Europe. Henschel has a broad repertory: amongst others, Rossini´s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia“, the part of Wolfram in Wagner´s “Tannhäuser“, Monteverdi´s “Il ritorno d´Ulisse in Patria“,Krenek´s “Karl der V“, Mozart´s “Don Giovanni“, Beckmesser in Wagner´s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Berg´s “Wozzeck“, Dr Schoen in Bergs “Lulu“, Golaud in Debussy´s “Pelleas et Melisande“ and Nick Shadow in Stawinsky´s “The Rakes Progress“, the title roles of Enecu’s “Oedipe“ and Manfred Trojahn’s “Orest“. Recently he sang Kunrad in“Feuersnot“ and Johanaan in“Salome“, both operas by Richard Strauss.

In addition to opera, a wide range of acclaimed recordings testifies to Dietrich Henschel’s success as a lied interpreter and an oratorio singer. Mr. Henschel’s collaboration with great conductors such as Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Eschenbach, Kent Nagano or Colin Davis is documented on many CD’s and DVD’s.

In a daring attempt to visualize the literary and emotional content of the lieder he sings, Mr. Henschel has also been exploring the intersection between art music, theatre, and the visual media. After theatrical productions of Schubert‘s Winterreise and Schönbergs Buch der Hängenden Gärten he went on tour with a staged version of Schubert’s Schwanengesang in 2010, which was featured in major European theatres such as La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, and Komische Oper Berlin.

In 2013 his film project “IRRSAL”, with the english title “forbidden prayers – triptych of illicit love” (directed by Clara Pons) was premiered in Tonhalle Dusseldorf, which envisages the ramifications of love, guilt and sacrifice in the symphonic songs Hugo Wolf set to the haunting poems by Eduard Mörike. The film is combined with a live perfomance of the songs in concert.

The most recent project “WUNDERHORN” is a feature film for the performance in a live concert of all Lieder aus “Des Knaben Wunderhorn” by Gustav Mahler. It was premiered in 2014/15 and is now on tour all over Europe. Its coproduction team is composed of seven partners (so as De Doelen, Rotterdam, BBS Symphony Orchestra London and Théatre La Monnaie, Bruxelles).