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Dietrich Henschel

Biography

Born: 1967; Berlin, Germany  
Bass-baritone Dietrich Henschel has been singing professionally since 1990, largely, however, confining his early career to Germany. With his 1997 appearances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin singing the title role in Henze's Der Prinz von Homburg and at the Opéra National de Lyon as Faust in Busoni's Doktor Faust, he launched his international career with conspicuous critical acclaim. He has gone on to many further successes on the operatic stage, Read more but also made numerous appearances with major and second-tier orchestras and often given lieder recitals. His operatic repertory takes in a broad range of works by such disparate composers as Monteverdi, Gluck, Mozart, Bizet, Gounod, Richard Strauss, and Humperdinck, as well as a spate from the twentieth century, including Korngold, Berg, Unsuk Chin, and the aforementioned Busoni and Henze. Henschel has sung lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, Duparc, Dallapiccola, and Eisler, and has sung orchestral works by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Orff, and Berio. He has recorded for a variety of labels, including EMI, Philips, Chandos, Teldec, Virgin Classics, TDK, and EuroArts.

Henschel was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1967. As a child and teen he studied piano and today remains an accomplished pianist. He turned to vocal studies relatively late, but his list of teachers is impressive and includes Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Hanno Blanschke.

Henschel made his professional operatic debut at the 1990 Munich Biennale, a contemporary works festival, appearing in Michčle Reverdy's Le Précepteur. From 1993-1995 he was a member of the Kiel Opera (Germany) where he sang Orpheo (Monteverdi's L'Orfeo), Count Almaviva (Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro), and Pelleas (Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande), among other roles.

After his 1997 successes in Berlin and Lyon, invitations to appear at leading opera houses and with major orchestras poured in from across the globe. His recording of Doktor Faustus on Erato, with Kent Nagano conducting, was awarded a Grammy in 2000. Henschel's first recording for Teldec, Schubert's Die Winterreise, with pianist Irwin Gage, was issued that year as well and was also a critical success.

In the new century, Henschel has been in demand throughout Europe, regularly appearing at the major opera houses in Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Lyon, Geneva, and Zurich and at important festivals, such as Aix-en-Provence, Maggio Musicale (Florence), and Salzburg. Among his recordings is the 2007 Virgin Classics CD of Haydn's The Creation with conductor William Christie. Read less
Korngold: Lieder / Henschel, Deutsch
Release Date: 09/10/2013   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 1951780   Number of Discs: 1
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Wolf: Prometheus, Orchestral Lieder / Nagano, Banse, Henschel
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 501837   Number of Discs: 1
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Herreweghe, Diener, Lang, Wottrich, Henschel, Champs-Elysees Orchestra
Release Date: 03/12/2013   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 1951687   Number of Discs: 1
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Invitation Au Voyage / Henschel, Schwinghammer
Release Date: 07/11/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901875   Number of Discs: 1
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Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Connolly, Henschel, Et Al
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 901920   Number of Discs: 1
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    Berg: Lulu / Daniel, Hannigan, Henschel, Workman, Petrinsky
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 109 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Natascha Petrinsky,  Dietrich Henschel,  Barbara Hannigan,  Charles Workman
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 45098 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Christoph Genz,  Bernarda Fink,  Claron McFadden
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Gardiner, Mcfadden, Fink, Genz [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 45094 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Christoph Genz,  Bernarda Fink,  Claron McFadden
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Wagner: The Complete Operas / Marek Janowski
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 186700 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 32
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Robert Dean Smith,  Matti Salminen,  Albert Dohmen,  Ricarda Merbeth  ... 
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Gluck: The Great Operas / Gardiner, Minkowski, McCreesh
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002088102 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Derek Lee Ragin,  Sylvia McNair,  Cyndia Sieden,  Richard Croft  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Marc Minkowski,  Paul McCreesh,  Bernhard Forck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Les Musiciens du Louvre  ... 
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    Schubert: An den Mond - Lieder / Dietrich Henschel, Helmut Deutsch
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501822 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Helmut Deutsch
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    Wolf: Prometheus, Orchestral Lieder / Nagano, Banse, Henschel
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501837 Release Date: 07/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Juliane Banse
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus
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    Richard Strauss Collection
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107539 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Matthias Klink,  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Bronder,  Nadja Michael  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Claudio Abbado,  Karl Böhm,  Wolfgang Sawallisch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Haydn: The Seasons / Jacobs
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 971829 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Marlis Petersen,  Werner Güra,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  René Jacobs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
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    Invitation Au Voyage
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951875 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Gustav Mahler,  Ildebrando Pizzetti,  Henri Duparc
    Performer:  Fritz Schwinghammer,  Dietrich Henschel
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  • 11.
    Irrsal: Lieder By Hugo Wolf / Henschel, Herreweghe, Royal Flemish Philharmonic [with Dvd]
    Label: Evil Penguin Records Classic   Catalog: 14 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Flemish Philharmonic
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    Manfred Trojhan: Orest
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72605 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manfred Trojahn
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Finnur Bjarnason
    Conductor:  Marc Albrecht
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    Chin: Alice In Wonderland / Nagano [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2072414 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Unsuk Chin
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Guy de Mey,  Dietrich Henschel,  Steven Humes  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus,  Bavarian State Opera Children's Choir
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    Das Alte Werk - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 46438 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Orlando Gibbons  ... 
    Performer:  Herbert Tachezi,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Frans Brüggen,  Jeannette Van Wingerden  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Werner Ehrhardt,  Giovanni Antonini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Leonhardt Consort,  Studio for Early Music  ... 
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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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    Bach: Cantatas / John Eliot Gardiner
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 186 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johann Christoph Bach,  Johann Kuhnau,  Heinrich Schütz
    Performer:  Wilke te Brummelstroete,  David Henschel,  Joanne Lunn,  Paul Agnew  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  Cambridge Trinity College Choir  ... 
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    Mahler: Complete Wunderhorn Songs / Henschel, Berezovsky
    Label: Evil Penguin Records Classic   Catalog: 13 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Boris Berezovsky
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    Korngold: Lieder / Henschel, Deutsch
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951780 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
    Performer:  Helmut Deutsch,  Dietrich Henschel
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    Busoni: Doktor Faust / Nagano, Henschel, Begley, Varnier
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 46824 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni
    Performer:  Hjördis Thébault,  Markus Hollop,  Eva Jenisová,  William Dazeley  ... 
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra,  Geneva Grand Theatre Chorus,  Lyon Opera Chorus
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  • 20.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 28 / Gardiner,  English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 185 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Meg Bragle,  Lenneke Ruiten,  Andrew Tortise,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 21.
    Renee Fleming - Live at the Opera National de Paris [6-DVD Set]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 107529 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Antonín Dvorák,  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Alain Vernhes,  Michel Sénéchal,  Renée Fleming,  Marcelo Alvarez  ... 
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  James Conlon,  Ulf Schirmer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Chorus,  Paris National Opera Orchestra
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 / Herreweghe, Diener, Lang, Wottrich, Henschel, Champs-Elysees Orchestra
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 1951687 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Melanie Diener,  Petra Lang,  Endrik Wottrich,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Chapelle Royale Paris,  Collegium Vocale,  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Hugo Wolf: Morike Lieder, Vol. 1
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108007 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Fritz Schwinghammer,  Dietrich Henschel
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  • 24.
    Bach: Cantatas For Christmas / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 178 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Bernarda Fink,  Christoph Genz,  Claron McFadden  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 25.
    Weihnachts Lieder Vol 2
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83010 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Wolfgang Gentner,  Hans Georg Pflüger,  Max Reger  ... 
    Performer:  Monika Mauch,  Hugh Sandilands,  Barbara Pfeifer,  Ingeborg Danz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius,  Kay Johannsen,  Marcus Creed,  Georg Christoph Biller  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lords of the Chords,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Ensemble 94  ... 
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