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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    Mozart: Symphonies K 200 & K 385, Der Schauspieldirektor
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4050 Release Date: 08/16/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Deon Van der Walt,  Barbara Kilduff,  Edith Wiens,  Gwynne Howell
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Günter Wand Edition - Mozart: Haffner Serenade, Bella mia fiamma
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4053 Release Date: 07/19/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ernö Sebastyén,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Zimmermann, U: Pax Questuosa
    Label: Col Legno   Catalog: 20085 Release Date: 05/31/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Udo Zimmermann
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Roland Hermann,  Siegmund Nimsgern,  William [Tenor Vocal] Cochran  ... 
    Conductor:  Udo Zimmermann
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  • 30.
    Musik in Deutschland 1950-2000 - Geistliche Oratorien
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 73570 Release Date: 04/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Driessler,  Johann Nepomuk David,  Klaus Huber,  Udo Zimmermann  ... 
    Performer:  Gerd Türk,  Christiana Baumann,  Wolfgang Dallmann,  Albrecht Ostertag  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Markus Göttsche,  Rolf Schweizer,  Wolf-Dieter Hauschild,  Hans Zender  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pfalz Evangelical Youth Choir,  Pfalz Landeskirche Chamber Orchestra,  Pforzheim Motet Choir  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mahler: Symphony No 3;  Zemlinsky: Lyric Symphony / Jordan
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62215 Release Date: 01/06/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Andreas Schmidt,  Edith Wiens,  Jadwiga Rappé
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lausanne Womens Chorus,  Geneva Public Conservatory of Music Choir
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  • 32.
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No 2 / Bonney, Wiens, Schreier, Masur
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4601562 Release Date: 06/23/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Peter Schreier,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Radio Chorus
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  • 33.
    Wand Edition - Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 / Wand, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Special Imports   Catalog: 89109 Release Date: 05/20/2003   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Hildegard Hartwig,  Keith Lewis,  Roland Hermann,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Günter Wand
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Chorus,  Hamburg State Opera Chorus,  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Franck: Messe A-dur Op 12 Für Soli, Chor Und Orchester
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95431 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Raimundo Mettre,  Ivo Ingram,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Hubert Beck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schwäbisch Gmünd Philharmonic Orchestra,  Schwäbisch Gmünd Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 35.
    Mahler: Symphony No 4 / Jordan, Suisse Romande Orchestra
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 389238 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Robert Zimansky
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 49 - Cantatas Bwv 161-164 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92049 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Adalbert Kraus,  Helen Watts,  Arleen Augér,  Niklaus Tüller  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Frankfurt Kantorei
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  • 37.
    Edition Bachakademie Vol 49 - Cantatas Bwv 161-164 / Rilling
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 92049 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Adalbert Kraus,  Hildegard Laurich,  Wolfgang Schöne,  Kurt Equiluz  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Frankfurt Kantorei,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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  • 38.
    Franck: Die Sieben Worte Christi Am Kreuz / Beck, Et Al
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95432 Release Date: 05/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck
    Performer:  Raimundo Mettre,  Thomas Pfeiffer,  Ivo Ingram,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Hubert Beck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schwabischer Orchester,  Schwabischer Singkreis
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  • 39.
    Mahler: Complete Symphonies / Tennstedt, London Philharmonic
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72941 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Trudeliese Schmidt,  Hans Sotin,  Nadine Denize,  Edith Wiens  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Tiffin School Boys Chorus,  London Philharmonic Choir  ... 
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  • 40.
    Absolute Heaven / Robert Shaw, Atlanta So & Chorus, Et Al
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80458 Release Date: 04/29/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Schubert,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Sylvester,  William Stone,  Marietta Simpson,  Heidi Grant Murphy  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampa Bay Master Chorale,  University of South Florida Chorus members,  Ohio State University Choir  ... 
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  • 41.
    Vaughan Williams: Donna Nobis Pacem, Etc / Bryden Thomson
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8590 Release Date: 09/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Brian Rayner Cook,  Edith Wiens
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Schumann: Das Paradies Und Die Peri / Jordan, Wiens, Gambill
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 45456 Release Date: 05/01/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Edith Wiens,  Anne Gjevang,  Christoph Prégardien,  Hans-Peter Scheidegger  ... 
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lausanne Pro Arte Chorus,  Suisse Romande Chamber Choir
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  • 43.
    Complete Mozart Edition Vol 39 - L'oca Del Cairo, Lo Sposo
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 422539 Release Date: 12/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Ileana Cotrubas,  Robert Tear,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Felicity Palmer  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Classics - Mozart: Mass;  Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Shaw
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80150 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Janice Taylor,  Tom Krause,  John Aler,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Shaw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,  Atlanta Symphony Chorus
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