Robin Johannsen

Soprano

“Robin Johannsen’s assumption of this, the biggest female role [Clio], comes close to stealing the show. Hers is a lovely bright soprano, full of character, a voice that comes with a high level of technical accomplishments which include excellent diction and beautifully turned, agile ornaments that encompass several perfectly executed cadential trills.”

Brian Robins, Opera Magazine

Berlin-based American soprano Robin Johannsen began her career as a young artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, after which she joined Oper Leipzig. Robin has gone on to establish an international career both on the opera stage and in concert with a special affinity for the Baroque and Classical repertoires.

Highlights

  • Haydn Die Schöpfung – Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Manfred Honeck, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Philippe Herreweghe
  • Purcell King Arthur – Berliner Staatsoper and Akademie für Alte Musik René Jacobs
  • Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Dresdner Musikfestspiele René Jacobs
  • Handel Teseo – Theater an der Wien – René Jacobs
  • Solo programme incl Handel, Haydn and Mozart for West Coast of America tour with Wiener Akademie and Musica Angelica Martin Haselböck
  • Handel Judas Maccabeus – Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Nicolas McGegan

Biography

Robin has appeared at Theater an der Wien, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Athens’ Megaron, Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Regio Torino, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, Vlaamse Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Komische Oper Berlin, and Bayreuth Festival, where…

Robin has appeared at Theater an der Wien, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Athens’ Megaron, Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Regio Torino, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, Vlaamse Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Komische Oper Berlin, and Bayreuth Festival, where roles have included Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Norina Don Pasquale, Oscar Un ballo in maschera, Venere/Giuturna Amor vien dal destino, title role Almira, Soeur Constance Les dialogues des Carmélites, Marzelline Beethoven’s Leonore Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, the title role of Telemann’s Emma und Eginhard, and Adina L’elisir d’amore.

She has a close working relationship with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester, and is a frequent guest with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, La Cetra Basel, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Concerto Köln, Academia Montis Regalis, and Belgium’s B’Rock.  She has also collaborated with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Teodor Currentzis, Ottavio Dantone, Antonello Manacorda, Andrea Marcon, Alessandro De Marchi, Raphaël Pichon, Jérémie Rhorer, Christian Thielemann, Manfred Honeck, Daniel Reuss, Ton Koopman, Nicholas McGegan, and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.

Robin’s numerous concert engagements have included performances with the Dresden Philharmonic, OSESP São Paolo, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Ensemble Pygmalion, Academy of Ancient Music, RIAS Kammerchor, Academia Montis Regalis, Café Zimmermann, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, NDR Hannover, Helsinki Philharmonic and Singapore Symphony, as well as at the Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Essen Philharmonie, Gasteig Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Paris Philharmonie, the Vatican, Salzburg’s Mozarteum and Groβes Festspielhaus, Tonhalle Zürich, Elbphilharmonie, the Wiener Musikverein and Santa Cecilia in Rome.

In the States, Robin has appeared with the Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Dallas and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras as well as with Musica Angelica and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall and the Oregon Bach Festival.

Her ever-growing discography includes recent additions of Telemann’s Miriways with Akamus (Pentatone), Beethoven’s Leonore with FBO and René Jacobs (harmonia mundi), a DVD of the Berliner Staatsoper’s King Arthur with Akamus (Naxos), Telemann Cantatas with Concerto Melante (dhm/Sony), the title role in Vinci’s Didone Abbandonata with the Lautten Compagney (dhm/Sony), and Handel’s Parnasso in festa with Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Basel (Pentatone). She was awarded an Edison Classical Music Award for her performance as Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail under René Jacobs for harmonia mundi. In May 2014, Sony Classical (dhm) released Robin’s first solo disc, ‘In dolce amore’, a world premiere recording of baroque arias and cantatas by Antonio Caldara, conducted by Alessandro De Marchi.

Recent and future highlights include debuts with Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Haydn’s Schöpfung (Manfred Honeck), Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mozart’s Requiem (Daniel Reuss), Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España Bach’s B Minor Mass (David Afkham), Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble Schöpfung (Thomas Hengelbrock) and Wiener Symphoniker Bach Magnificat (Philippe Jordan). Future tours include those with FBO, Akamus, La Folia Barockorchester, the Netherlands Bach Society and RIAS Kammerchor, including a recording for harmonia mundi as well as performances at the Mozartiana in Gdansk, a return to Santa Cecilia, and as Angelica in Orlando Paladino with the Kammerorchester Basel under René Jacobs.

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