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, and Christian Thielemann.

Robin Johannsen’s numerous concert engagements have included performances with the Dresden Philharmonic, OSESP São Paolo, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Pygmalion, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and B’Rock Belgium, Academy of Ancient Music, RIAS Kammerchor, Freiburger Barockorchester, Academia Montis Regalis, Café Zimmermann, Concerto Köln, NDR Hannover, Helsinki Philharmonic, and Singapore Symphony, as well as at Berliner Philharmonie, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Essen Philharmonie, Gasteig Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Lucerne Festival, Paris Philharmonie, the Vatican, Salzburg’s Mozarteum and Tonhalle Zürich.

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

Her ever-growing discography includes recent additions of Telemann Cantatas with Concerto Melante (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony), the title role in Vinci’s Didone Abbandonata with the Lautten Compagney (for Sony Classical), and Handel’s Parnasso in festa with Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Basel (for 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 (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony) 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 Haydn’s Die Schöpfung (Manfred Honeck), with the English Concert Bach’s St John Passion (Harry Bickett), Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de Espana Bach’s B Minor Mass (David Afkam), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Die Schöpfung (Philippe Herreweghe) and Wiener Symphoniker Bach Magnificat in D (Philippe Jordan) and in North America she makes debuts with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Handel Judas Maccabeus (Nicolas McGegan) and The Arion Orchestre Baroque with Andrea Marcon.  Future tours include those with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, La Folia Barockorchester and with RIAS Kammerchor including a recording for Harmonia Mundi as well as performances at Halle, Ensecu and Dresdner Musikfestspiele (Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem). On the opera platform she returns to Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin for Purcell King Arthur.

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