Dietrich Henschel, Baritone
Dietrich Henschel captivates audiences as a regular guest at major opera houses, an esteemed interpreter of lieder and oratorios as well as with his multimedia projects. His repertoire stretches from Monteverdi to the avant-garde. Born in Berlin and having grown up 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 he made an outstanding lead performance in Busoni’s Doktor Faust at the Opéra de Lyon and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, for which he was awarded 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 operatic 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, Sylvain Cambreling and Semyon Bychkov. His collaborations with John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Colin Davis is documented on numerous oratorio recordings. Dietrich Henschel has a particular focus on theatrical and multimedia presentations of vocal music. He has performed staged versions of Schubert lieder cycles at La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Den 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, he combined film and live concert; his project featuring songs by Gustav Mahler, WUNDERHORN, was also a collaboration with director Clara Pons, and was developed as a co-production between several European partners including De Doelen, La Monnaie and the BBC Symphony Orchestra London.
Le Concert Lorrain
Early music ensemble Le Concert Lorrain has made exceptional progress since its formation in 2000. Blessed with influences from both the French and German cultures, and benefiting from the dual artistic directorship of Anne-Catherine Bucher and Stephan Schultz, the group has since made its way into the most prestigious musical circles, thanks to the quality of their interpretations of the great repertoire, as well as the originality of their programming.
The group already performed in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, in the Musikverein in Vienna (chamber orchestra concerts cycle), in the Philharmonie in Luxembourg, in the Philharmonie in Warszaw, in the Cité de la Musique in Paris, but also in Antwerp, Oslo, Torino, San Sebastian, Cuenca, Burgos, Lucerne, Basel, Lyon etc... Le Concert Lorrain was also a guest in famous festivals such as Rheingaumusikfestival, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Festival de La Chaise-Dieu, Romanische Sommer Köln, Festival de Sully et du Loiret, Sinfonia en Périgord, etc... They also tour throughout Lorraine.
Le Concert Lorrain regularly works with renowned artists such as Andreas Scholl, Christoph Prégardien, James Gilchrist, Joanne Lunn, Katherine Fuge, Robin Blaze, Peter Kooij, Pierre Cao, Daniel Reuss, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Ralph Otto, etc. The ensemble also performs with the choirs Arsys Bourgogne, the Dresdner Kammerchor, Cappella Amsterdam, and the Nederlands Kamerkoor. Radio presentations, including concerts, have been broadcast by France Musiques, Radio Classique, the BBC, SR, RB and DLF, alongside television coverage by the ARD. The ensemble’s first recording, “Le Manuscrit des Ursulines de la Nouvelle-Orléans” (The New-Orleans Ursuline Manuscript) of Henry Desmarest appeared in 2002 on the K617 label, to great acclaim. It was awarded no fewer than five « Diapasons », and received a « five stars » rating from the international Goldberg magazine. The group’s following recording was “Les petits motets d’Henry Madin” (The small-scale motets of Henry Madin), also with K617, which was awarded a « Diapason d’or découverte (Gold Award for Discovery) » in November, 2007. In 2012 Le Concert Lorrain released a CD, “Les Sirènes”, with the British soprano Carolyn Sampson, which includes five Cantatas from Thomas-Louis Bourgeois in a world premiere. The latest CD of Le Concert Lorrain is a live recording of Israel in Egypt by G.F. Handel (Label Et’cetera) with the famous conductor Roy Goodmann, which received very positive reviews.