Dietrich Henschel



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12.02. 20:00
La Monnaie de Munt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Der Schauspieldirektor

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie
Alain Altinoglu, conductor

13.02. 20:00
La Monnaie de Munt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Der Schauspieldirektor

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie
Alain Altinoglu, conductor

14.02. 15:00
La Monnaie de Munt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Der Schauspieldirektor

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie
Alain Altinoglu, conductor

16.02. 20:00
La Monnaie de Munt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Der Schauspieldirektor

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Orchestre symphonique de la Monnaie
Alain Altinoglu, conductor

27.02. 19:30
Holywell Music Room, Oxford

Franz Schubert,  Winterreise Op. 89, D. 911

Dietrich Henschel, baritone
Sholto Kynoch, piano


Baritone Dietrich Henschel is a towering figure, physically, intellectually, musically and theatrically. His prowess as an interpreter, by which I mean precisely his ability to get below the surface of a song and right into its soul, is extraordinary. The Herald Scotland

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. Born in Berlin and raised in Nuremberg, he made his debut in 1990 at the Munich Biennale for New Music and first became known internationally from 1997, following a period as an ensemble member of the Opera Kiel. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin he took the title role in Hans Werner Henze’s Prinz von Homburg, staged by Götz Friedrich, and gave 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.

The singer’s major roles include Rossini’s Figaro, Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Monteverdi’s Ulisse and Orfeo, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Beckmesser in Wagner’s Die Meistersingervon Nürnberg, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck and Dr. Schön in Lulu, Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, and Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, with which he makes regular appearances at the major European opera houses. Contemporary composers such as Péter Eötvös, Detlev Glanert, Manfred Trojahn, Unsuk Chin, Peter Ruzicka, and José-Maria Sanchez-Verdu have all dedicated leading roles in their operas to the baritone.

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, Cornelius Meister, Sylvain Cambreling, and Semyon Bychkov. His collaborations with John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and Colin Davis are documented on numerous oratorio recordings. Dietrich Henschel is particularly interested in theatrical and multimedia presentations of vocal music. 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 concieved together with director Clara Pons, he combined film and live music. WUNDERHORN, featuring songs by Gustav Mahler and also created in collaboration with Pons, was co-produced by European partners including De Doelen, La Monnaie, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra London. 

Dietrich Henschel launched his project X-Mas Contemporary at the Konzerthaus Berlin in December 2019 with the ensemble unitedberlin under the musical direction of Vladimir Jurowski. Twelve composers contributed works to the extraordinary program, which was hailed by critics and released as a CD by FARAO CLASSSIC.

Known for his unconventional projects, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic the artist has consistently devoted himself to the question of how to creatively deal with the necessary regulations and restrictions. In response, he has performed in several new streaming concert formats, initiated and curated a series of radio concerts co-produced by his production company WUNDERHORN together with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and developed a pandemic-friendly production of Mozart's opera Così fan tutte entitled Così.20, a co-production with the Austrian opera company ARTHOUSE OPERA.

2020/21 Season

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On the performances of Erich Korngold's "Die Tote Stadt" at the Brussel opera "La Monnaie":

As Paul's friend Frank, Dietrich Henschel is, as always, a safe bet when it comes to singing and acting intensity.
BRF, Hans Reul, 23 October 2020

On the performance of Rossini with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
Henschel capitalized on his charismatic stage presence and his effortless technique enabled him to fully exploit the playful nature of the music, which the audience ate up.
Bachtrack, Cochrane, 16 January 2020

… the velvety and soulful voice of Dietrich Henschel fascinates and caresses the ear… Dietrich Henschel's singing on the [X-mas Contemporary] CD is flawless: his voice can be fragile and immaterial, or strong and rich., Vladimir Zhalnin, 6.12.2019

On the premiere of Chaya Czernowin's 'Heart Chamber':
The woman is played by Patrizia Ciofi, the man by Dietrich Henschel. Both singers impressively master the manifold vocal demands.
Opera Online, Achim Dombrowski, 15.11.2019.

On the performance of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s ‘Livietta e Tracollo’ at Festival Oude Muziek:
With his beautiful baritone and ditto character, Dietrich Henschel makes the endearing crook Tracollo credible in all facets, Misha Spel, 26 August 2019

Dietrich Henschel was the powerful and nuanced little crook Tracollo with a beautiful bass-baritone.
Opera Online, Helmut Christian Mayer, 21 August 2019

On the performance of Haydn’s Jahreszeiten with the Runfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin:
Dietrich Henschel, with the maturity of his experience and high vocal presence sung in every moment…
Der Tagespiel, Sybill Mahlke, 25 June 2019

On the world premiere of ‘Schlagt Sie Tot!’ at the Malmo Opera
Dietrich Henschel, with his bass baritone, succeeds in portraying all of Luther’s sides: violence, charisma and morality.
Sveriges Radio, Jan Wieslander, 11 May 2019

It is a strong portrait, and at the premiere in Malmö, Luther was portrayed with charisma and striking vocals by one of Germany's foremost character baritones, Dietrich Henschel.
Aftonbladet, Lennart Bromander, 13 May 2019

On the world premiere of Peter Ruzicka’s “Benjamin” at the Hamburg State Opera
Baritone Dietrich Henschel was a credible and direct Benjamin, both in terms of his acting and his immaculate vocal performance. In every second of this densely conceived production, he brought both a depressive emptiness and an abundant exuberance to the stage: a godsend for the production.
Spiegel Online, Werner Theurich, 4 June 2018

An excellent ensemble of singers was assembled for the world premiere, above all baritone Dietrich Henschel in the expressive title role.
NDR Kultur, Elisabeth Richter, 4 June 2018

Dietrich Henschel, often compared with Fischer-Dieskau, brings a powerful intelligence to his singing but, in text-focused Lieder like Wolf’s, is very much his own man.
Gramophone, James Jolly, 14 February 2017

Hugo Wolf Lieder at The Wigmore Hall with Angelika Kirchschlager and Julius Drake
Hugo Wolf doesn't get better than this…Henschel's ability to absorb himself totally in what he sings, meanwhile, and to give the impression of living the music rather than performing it, resulted in matchless accounts of Grenzen der Menschheit and Prometheus… One of the great recitals, and absolutely outstanding
Guardian,  8 January 2013

Zimmermann: Ecclesiastical Action & Brahms German Requiem – London Philharmonic Orchestra
Dietrich Henschel sang like a man possessed, making for an unforgettable performance.
Guardian, 02 December 2012

It had majestic moments, and Henschel’s powerful solos contrasted beautifully with Miah Persson’s ethereal soprano.   
Times, 02 December 2012

War Requiem – Dallas Symphony Orchestra
The "most beautiful voice on the stage" award has to go to German baritone Dietrich Henschel. His performance of Owen's dismal poetry was mesmerizing.
TheaterJones, 09 November 2012

German baritone Dietrich Henschel supplied vivid and eloquent declamation, in tones alternately powerful and poignant.
Dallas News, 10 November 2012

Recital - Edinburgh Festival
Baritone Dietrich Henschel is a towering figure, physically, intellectually, musically and theatrically.
His prowess as an interpreter is extraordinary. And his ability to characterise a song through sheer acting as much as singing resulted in a recital of consummate intelligence, fuelled by a voice where beauty of sound is almost a secondary consideration to penetrating and revealing the nuances and implications of a text.

Herald Scotland, 28 August 2012

German baritone Dietrich Henschel’s EIF recital was a pretty dark affair. But it was riveting from start to finish, his compelling and often highly theatrical interpretations partnered superbly by the subtle yet commanding playing of Edinburgh-born pianist Steven Osborne.
Scotsman, 28 August 2012

Oedipe – La Monnaie
Dietrich Henschel in the marathon role of Oedipus still makes music where others would simply go through the motions.
Financial Times, 24 October 2011

Il mondo della luna - Theater an der Wien – DVD review
Henschel’s muscicianship carries him far, especially in a colourfully onomatopoeic aria expressing wonderment at the Moon’s sylvan delights
Opera, July 2011

Wolf: Mörike Lieder – CD review
Henschel, as always, values emotional veracity over tonal beauty, and takes us to the outer limits of experience in songs such as Der Geuerreiter and Der Genesene and die Hoffnung.
Guardian, 12 August 2010

Monteverdi: L’Orfeo – DVD review
The subtlety of Henschel’s acting matches the complexity of his vocal characterisation so that, by the end, you not only feel you’ve been taken on a vast journey from joy to grief and back again, but also believe that Orfeo’s own music really has the power to affect both gods and nature.
Guardian, 11 December 2009

Il mondo della luna - Theater an der Wien
the charisma of his cast, especially by Dietrich Henschel’s athletic Buonafede,
Financial Times, 10 December 2009

Schubert: Schwanengesang - CD review
enschel is never less than elegant, virile and intelligent. He is at his best in the lyrical Liebesbotschaft and Ständchen,
Telegraph, 11 August 2009

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Opera Repertoire

A. BERG Wozzek Wozzek
Lulu Dr. Schön, Jack the Ripper
F. BUSONI Doktor Faustus Faust
C. DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande Golaud
G. ENESCU Œdipe Œdipe
D. GLANERT Solaris Kelvin
CH. W. GLUCK Alceste Le Grand Prètre, Hercule
H.W. HENZE Der Prinz von Homburg Homburg
J. HAYDN Il mondo della luna Buonafede
P: HINDEMITH Cardillac Cardillac

Concert Repertoire

J. S. BACH St. Matthew Pasion
St. John Passion
Christmas Oratory
b minor mass
solo cantatas & cantatas
L.v. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9
Choral Fantasy
Missa Solemnis
Christus am Ölberge
L. BERIO Stanze for Baritone, 3 Male Choirs and Orchestra

with Simone Rubino (Percussion)

Avner Dorman: Commissioned work for Baritone and Percussion (based on Shakespeare's sonnets)
Gustav Mahler:  Rückert-Lieder (Arr.: Simone Rubino and Dietrich Henschel)
Annette Schlünz: Commissioned work for Baritone and Percussion (based on Petrarca's sonnets)
Arrangements of German folk songs and Italian canzones

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Dietrich Henschel, Vladimir Jurowski, ensemble unitedberlin, Simone Rubino
FARAO Classics, B 108106, Nov 2019


Peter Eötvös ‎– Atlantis

Dietrich Henschel, Márta Fábián, Kölner Domchor, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Peter Eötvös
Budapest Music Center Records, 2002, BMC CD 007

b minor mass

Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B minor BWV 232

Dietrich Henschel, Joyce Di Donato, Ruth Ziesak, Paul Angew, Daniel Taylor, Maitrise de Notre Dame de Paris, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, John Nelson
EuroArts, 2017


Richard Strauss – Feuersnot

Dietrich Henschel, Nicola Beller Carbone, Alex Wawiloff, Ruben Amoretti, Anna Maria Sarra, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Gabriele Ferro
Arthaus Musik, 2015

Berg Lulu

Alban Berg – Lulu

Dietrich Henschel, Barbara Hannigan, Natascha Petrinsky, Charles Workman, Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie, Paul Daniel
BelAir, 2014


Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Dietrich Henschel, Melanie Diener, Petra Lang, Endrik Wottrich, La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe
Harmonia mundi, 2013, 1951687



Dietrich Henschel, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Markus Hollop, Kim Begley, Torsten Kerl, William Dazeley, Choeur de l'Opera National de Lyon, Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon, Kent Nagano
Erato, 2013



Dietrich Henschel, Phillipe Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic
Epr-Classic, 2013, EPRC 014

Mahler Wunderhorn

Gustav Mahler – Des Knaben Wunderhorn

Dietrich Henschel, Boris Berezovsky
EPR Classics, 2013


Richard Wagner – Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Dietrich Henschel, Albert Dohmen, Edith Haller, Robert Dean Smith, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Marek Janowski
Pentatone, 2011


Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Dietrich Henschel, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Sonia Prina, Luigi De Donato, Antonio Abele, Les Arts Florissants, William Christie
Dynamic, 2009


Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste

Dietrich Henschel, Anne Sofie von Otter, Paul Groves, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
Warner, 2009


Franz Schubert - Schwanengesang

Dietrich Henschel, Fritz Schwinghammer
Ambroisie/Naïve, 2009


Unsuk Chin: Alice in Wonderland

Dietrich Henschel, Sally Matthews, Andrew Watts, Choir & Children’s choir of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Bayerische Staatsorchester
MediciArts, 2008


Schoenberg – Die Jakobsleiter

Dietrich Henschel, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Kent Nagano
Harmonia mundi, 2007


Johann Sebastian Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248

Dietrich Henschel, Malin Hartelius, Melinda Paulsen, Tom Allen, Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, Orchester der KlangVerwaltung, Enoch zu Guttenberg
Farao, 2003


Joseph Haydn – Die Jahreszeiten

Dietrich Henschel, Marlis Petersen, Werner Güra, Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS-Kammerchor, René Jacobs
Harmonia mundi, 2003, 801829.30


Gustav Mahler - Rückert-Lieder/Des Knaben Wunderhorn/Kindertotenlieder

Dietrich Henschel, Hallé Orchestra, Kent Nagano
Teldec, 2001, 8573-86573-2


Franz Schubert – Winterreise

Dietrich Henschel, Irwin Gage,
Teldec Classics, 2000

Die schöne Müllerin

Franz Schubert – Die schöne Müllerin

Dietrich Henschel, Fritz Schwinghammer
EMI Classi, 1999

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