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
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  • 26.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor; Mendelssohn, Beethoven / Blomstedt, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra & Choir [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059234 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Ruth Ziesak,  Anna Larsson,  Christoph Genz,  Dietrich Henschel  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Chamber Choir
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  • 27.
    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Eschenbach, London Philharmonic
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 61 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Anne Schwanewilms,  Nikolai Schukoff,  Annette Jahns,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 28.
    Kinderlieder, Vol. 2
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83007 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Gerhard Schone,  Hans-Jurgen Bareiss,  Birger Heymann  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schindler,  Klaus K. Weigele,  Elisabeth Froschle,  Oliver Scholl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hoppel Hoppel Rhythm Club
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  • 29.
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg / Janowksi, Dohmen, Henschel, Breedt, Sonn
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186402 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Albert Dohmen,  Edith Haller,  Robert Dean Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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  • 30.
    Lumieres - Music Of The Enlightenment [30-CD Set]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908601 Release Date: 10/01/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Kobie van Rensburg,  Véronique Gens,  Patrizia Ciofi,  Marie McLaughlin  ... 
    Conductor:  René Jacobs,  William Christie,  Daniel Reuss,  Philippe Herreweghe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Cologne,  Cologne Collegium Vocale,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Chailly, Leipzig Gewandhaus
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20222 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christiane Oelze,  Ricarda Merbeth,  Lioba Braun,  Erika Sunnegardh  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Children's Choir,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus  ... 
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  • 32.
    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Chailly, Leipzig Gewandhaus [blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10222 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Georg Zeppenfeld,  Stephen Gould,  Gerhild Romberger,  Dietrich Henschel  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Children's Choir,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Chorus,  Leipzig St. Thomas Church Choir  ... 
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Mahler: Ruckert-lieder; Kindertotenlieder; Wunderhorn-lieder
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4675389 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Volkslieder, Vol. 1
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83003 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Silcher,  Ludger Rémy,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Schindler  ... 
    Performer:  Franz-Josef Selig,  Gerold Huber,  Dorothee Mields,  Ludger Rémy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Calmus Ensemble  ... 
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  • 36.
    Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Connolly, Henschel, Herreweghe [CD+Catalog]
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2901920 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Sarah Connolly
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Paul Hindemith: Ploner Musiktag
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6728 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Maxi Kaun,  Rudolf Dobler,  Cornelia Dohler,  Angelika Steinbeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Jobst Liebrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensembles Der Hans-Werner-Henze-Musikschule,  Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
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  • 38.
    Bach: Cantatas Vol 18 / Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists
    Label: Soli Deo Gloria Records   Catalog: 174 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    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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  • 39.
    Haydn: Il Mondo della Luna / Genaux, Henschel, Harnoncourt
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 703508 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Anja-Nina Bahrmann,  Vivica Genaux,  Bernard Richter,  Dietrich Henschel  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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  • 40.
    Haydn: Il Mondo della Luna / Genaux, Henschel, Harnoncourt [Blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 703604 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Anja-Nina Bahrmann,  Vivica Genaux,  Bernard Richter,  Dietrich Henschel  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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  • 41.
    Wolf: Morike-Lieder / Henschel, Schwinghammer
    Label: Fuga Libera   Catalog: 568 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf
    Performer:  Fritz Schwinghammer,  Dietrich Henschel
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  • 42.
    Bach: St. Matthew Passion / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 5908376 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Sibylla Rubens,  Andreas Scholl,  Dietrich Henschel  ... 
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ghent Collegium Vocale,  Ghent Collegium Vocale Orchestra,  Cantate Domino Chorus
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  • 43.
    Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 1098 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Sophie Koch
    Conductor:  Guillaume Tourniaire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geneva Motet Choir,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Bach: Sacred Masterpieces, Cantatas / John Eliot Gardiner [22-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001410302 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance,  Stephen Varcoe,  Nancy Argenta  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  London Oratory Choir
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  • 45.
    Pintscher: Herodiade Fragmente, Sur Depart, Music Aus Thomas Chatterton / Eschenbach
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4684000 Release Date: 03/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matthias Pintscher
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Claudia Barainsky
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hamburg,  North German Radio Chorus Hamburg
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  • 46.
    Krenek: Karl V, Kehraus Um St. Stephan / Koenigs, Axelrod
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 9001 Release Date: 09/29/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ernst Krenek
    Performer:  Alexander Mayr,  Matthias Klink,  Dietrich Henschel,  Cassandra McConnell  ... 
    Conductor:  Lothar Koenigs,  John Axelrod
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Silesia Singers,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Vorarlberg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Monteverdi: L'orfeo / Henschel, Schiavo, Prina, Christie
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33598 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi
    Performer:  Hanna Bayodi,  Maria Grazia Schiavo,  Sonia Prina,  Dietrich Henschel
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Les Sacqueboutiers du Toulouse
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  • 48.
    Haydn: Creation / Bostridge, Henschel, Matthews, Davis, London SO
    Label: Lso Live   Catalog: 628 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Sally Matthews,  Ian Bostridge
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Edvard Grieg & Henrik Ibsen: Peer Gynt
    Label: Aeon   Catalog: 642 Release Date: 04/01/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Dietrich Henschel,  Inger Dam-Jensen,  Sophie Koch,  Vegar Vardal
    Conductor:  Guillaume Tourniaire
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Geneva Motet Choir
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  • 50.
    Gluck: Alceste / Von Otter, Groves, Gardiner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 16570 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck
    Performer:  Ludovic Tézier,  Yann Beuron,  Paul Groves,  Anne Sofie von Otter  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists
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