Edith Wiens

Biography

Born: June 9, 1950; Saskatoon, Canada  
Canadian soprano Edith Wiens initially forged a reputation overseas in the concert hall, largely because of her numerous acclaimed appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. But she also gave many highly praised recitals elsewhere across Europe. Wiens was a relative late-comer to opera, though, making her major debut in 1986 at Glyndebourne singing Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni. Thereafter, she balanced her career mixing in opera Read more with concert work and recitals. In opera she has tended to favor Mozart, but her repertory otherwise is quite broad, taking in lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Richard Strauss; masses by Mozart and Beethoven; Haydn's The Creation; Mahler symphonies; Gershwin and Stephen Foster songs; and various folk songs and carols. Wiens has been widely praised for the beauty of her vocal tone, the clarity of her diction, and the intelligence of her phrasing. A Grammy and Diapason d'Or award winner, she has recorded for EMI, Philips, Telarc, and Erato.

Edith Wiens was born in Saskatoon, Canada, on June 9, 1950. Her father was a Mennonite minister and young Edith studied at the Bible College in Vancouver and later at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover, Germany. She graduated in 1974, and then enrolled at Oberlin College, where she earned a master's degree in 1976. She later took vocal lessons privately with Ernst Haefliger in Munich.

After her 1979 first prize win at the Robert Schumann Music Competition in Zwickau, Wiens established a busy career in Europe, especially in Germany. From 1981-1886 she made 14 appearances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. During this period she also sang with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in two J.S. Bach concerts (1985).

Following her 1986 Glyndebourne debut Wiens became a familiar face at other important operatic venues, including La Scala, Amsterdam Opera, and the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. She gave highly acclaimed recitals in Moscow in 1989 and 1990. 1990 was also the year she won a Grammy Award for her recording of Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri.

From about the early '90s, Wiens began making more frequent appearances in North America: her Toronto recital debut came in 1994 and her 2000 appearance with the New York Philharmonic in Mendelssohn's St. Paul drew rave notices. In the new century Wiens remained active as a singer, but also serves on the faculties of the Munich Hochschule für Musik and the Hochschule für Musik, Nürnberg-Ausburg Abt. Augsburg. Read less
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    Mozart: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 1116167 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Margaret Urquhart,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Marten Boeken,  Remy Baudet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaap ter Linden,  Paul Freeman,  János Ferencsik,  Kurt Masur  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amsterdam Mozart Academy,  Musica Amphion,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    EMI Eminence - The Original Jacket Collection [50-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 393872 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  David Nolan,  Jonathan Small,  George Malcolm,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Anton Rickenbacher,  Vernon Handley,  George Guest,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir  ... 
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    Ferdinand Leitner Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12019 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Monique Haas,  Deon Van der Walt,  Barbara Kilduff,  Edith Wiens  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg State Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Wagner: The Complete Operas / Daniel Barenboim [34-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 66834 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Sieffert,  Jane Eaglen,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Benjamin Britten: War Requiem
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9645 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Nigel Robson,  Hĺkan Hagegĺrd
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Choir,  Ankor Children's Chorus
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    Bach: Complete Cantatas / Rilling, Stuttgart Bach Collegium
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98630 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 71
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Walter Heldwein,  Philippe Huttenlocher,  Aldo Baldin,  Arleen Augér  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Frankfurt Kantorei  ... 
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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 / Wiens, Walther, Goldberg, Stryczek, Blomstedt
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 11009 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Reiner Goldberg,  Edith Wiens,  Ute Walther,  Karl-Heinz Stryczek
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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    Wagner: Parsifal / Barenboim, Meier, Jerusalem, Van Dam, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4675177 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hilde Leidland,  Helmut Pampuch,  Daniela Bechly,  Pamela Coburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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    Klaus Tennstedt - The Complete Mahler Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94493 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Doris Soffel,  Edith Mathis,  Ortrun Wenkel,  Lucia Popp  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Southend Boys Choir  ... 
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    Mozart Edition - Complete Works
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94051 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 170
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Christian Bach
    Performer:  Angela Bucci,  Baltazar Zuniga,  Elena Biscuola,  Abramo Rosalen  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Favero,  Ton Koopman,  Paul Freeman,  Jaap ter Linden  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oficina Musicum,  Radio Chamber Orchestra,  Musica Amphion  ... 
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    Schumann: Das Paradies Und Die Peri  / Jordan, Wiens, Herman, Pregardian
    Label: Cascavelle   Catalog: 3110 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Anne Gjevang,  Edith Wiens,  Robert Gambill,  Sylvia Herman  ... 
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 08985 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Christa Ludwig,  Fritz Wunderlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Otto Klemperer,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Complete Mozart Edition 12 - Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Etc
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586002 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Thomas Moser,  Lucia Popp,  Edith Mathis,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Jörg-Peter Weigle,  Sir Colin Davis,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (
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    Mozart: The Complete Operas [44-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001305102 Release Date: 08/04/2009   Number of Discs: 44
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Douglas Johnson,  Peter Schreier,  Inga Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier,  Sir Colin Davis,  Uwe Christian Harrer,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Mendelssohn Edition, Vol. 4 - Choral Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4692676 Release Date: 06/15/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christiane Oertel,  Edith Wiens,  José Fardilha,  Nathalie Stutzmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon  ... 
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    Mendelssohn Edition, Vol. 3: Paulus; Elias; Lieder
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4692699 Release Date: 05/18/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Rachel Yakar,  Brigitte Balleys,  Markus Schäfer,  Thomas Hampson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
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    Mendelssohn-bartholdy: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Complete Recording)
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 699002 Release Date: 02/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christiane Oertel,  Edith Wiens,  Friedhelm Eberle
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt / Masur, Wiens, Heberle, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422343 Release Date: 08/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Annette Markert,  Bettina Denner,  Adelheid Vogel,  Friedhelm Eberle  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Children's Choir
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    Mozart: Requiem, Mass in C Minor / Welser-Möst
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 20949 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  David Bell,  Laurence Dale,  Robert Lloyd,  Felicity Lott  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mahler: Symphonies 4 & 8 / Lucia Popp, Klaus Tennstedt
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 61580 Release Date: 10/03/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lucia Popp,  Elizabeth Connell,  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Nadine Denize  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus
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    Mendelssohn: Symphonies, Piano Concertos, Etc / Masur, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 62769 Release Date: 06/20/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Cyprien Katsaris,  Christiane Oertel,  Edith Wiens,  Friedhelm Eberle
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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    Gemini - Haydn: Die Schöpfung / Marriner, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 50842 Release Date: 05/02/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Edith Wiens,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz,  Olaf Bär  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Chorus
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    Complete Mozart Edition 14 - Middle Italian Operas
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000586402 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Lilian Sukis,  Barry McDaniel,  Ezio Di Cesare,  Julia Conwell  ... 
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Colin Davis,  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Bavarian Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Saint-Saens: Christmas Oratorio / Hellmann, Schweizer, Wiens, Jungwirth
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 5023 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Friedreich Melzer,  Hans-Joachim Bartsch,  Kurt Widmer,  Barbara Biermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Diethard Hellmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mainz Bach Collegium,  Mainz Bach Choir
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