Jane Henschel

Jane Henschel has appeared with some of the foremost opera houses and orchestras of Europe and America. The Amme (Die Frau ohne Schatten) has become her signature role, and one she has sung in Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Paris, Vienna, Berlin and New York. Born in Wisconsin, Jane studied at the University of Southern California before moving to Germany.

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In concert she has appeared with the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony, BBC Symphony, Philadelphia, Oslo Philharmonic and Deutsches Symphony Orchestras, the Dresden Staatskapelle and the Orchestre de Radio France under Ozawa, Conlon, Maazel, Janowski, Colin Davis, Andrew Davis and Rattle. She has recorded widely for Decca, Philips, Chandos and EMI, including Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the CBSO and Rattle.

In opera, she has sung Baba the Turk at the Glyndebourne and Salzburg Festivals; Brangäne in Los Angeles and Paris; the Kostelnicka (Jenufa) in Japan, the Kabanicka (Katya Kabanova) for the Salzburg Festival and Herodias (Les Troyens) at Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Roles for The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden include Fricka and Waltraute, Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), Klytemnestra and Mrs Grose (The Turn of the Screw). Roles at the Bayerische Staatsoper include Herodias, Klytemnestra, Mistress Quickly and Ortrud; at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin Klytemnestra, Herodias and Ortrud; Auntie (Peter Grimes) in Salzburg with Rattle, Mistress Quickly under Nagano in Los Angeles, and Klytemnestra, Fricka and Mistress Quickly in Vienna.



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    ALBENIZ 'Merlin'

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 01 Dec 12

    Madrid Symphony/ Eusebio

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    BRITTEN 'The Turn of the Screw'

    Label: EMI

    Release Date: 01 Nov 12

    Royal Opera Covent Garden / Harding

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    DUKAS 'Ariane et Barbe-Bleue'

    Label: Oehms Classics

    Release Date: 01 Oct 12

    Vienna Radio Symphony / de Billy

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    HUMPERDINCK 'Hansel and Gretel'

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Sep 12

    Philharmonia Orchestra / Mackerras

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    JANÁČEK 'Katya Kabanova'

    Label: Chandos

    Release Date: 01 Aug 12

    Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera / Rizzi

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    KRASA 'Verlobung im Traum'

    Label: Decca

    Release Date: 01 Jul 12

    Deutsches Symphony Orchestra/ Zagrosek

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    MAHLER Symphony No. 8

    Label: EMI

    Release Date: 01 Jun 12

    CBSO/ Rattle

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    VERDI 'Falstaff'

    Label: LSO Live

    Release Date: 01 May 12

    London Symphony Orchestra/ Colin Davis

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    22 Oct 15 STRAUSS Elektra
    Carnegie Hall / Boston Symphony Orchestra

    “Jane Henschel conveyed the royal agonies of Klytämnestra with vivid exclamation enhanced by poignant restraint. ”
    Martin Bernheimer, Financial Times, 23 October 2015 

    “Jane Henschel … sang Klytämnestra’s punishing music with clarity and ear-perfect pitch and played off Elektra’s madness with her own – this was a fearless confrontation, topped with a cruel laugh that seemed to drive Elektra even madder.”
    Robert Levine, Bachtrack, 22 October 2015 

    “Jane Henschel…gave an incisive dignity to the tortured queen and alternated pin-pointedly accurate singing with penetrating sprechstimme”
    Huffington Post, 28 October 2015 

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    12 Sep 15 WAGNER Das Rheingold
    Jahrhunderthalle Bochum

    “…hält der Abend zwei große Momente bereit. Einen davon schenkt uns Jane Henschel als Erda, deren Bühnenpräsenz an Magie und deren brillant geführter, warmer Alt an ein Wunder grenzen.”
    Kultur-Extra, Heiko Schon, 22 September 2015 

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    01 Mar 15 UNSUK CHIN Alice in Wonderland
    Los Angeles Philharmonic

    “The Queen of Hearts seems to have stepped out of a grand opera in an alternative universe, and soprano Jane Henschel was a delight.”
    Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 1 March 2015

    “But it was Jane Henschel who trumped them all as the beautifully irrational Queen of Hearts. Her commanding Brünnhilde-esque soprano and persona were just right in a role which can hardly be overdone.”
    Jim Farber, San Francisco Classical Voice, 3 March 2015

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    06 Mar 14 STRAUSS Salome: 6 March 2014
    Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons: Symphony Hall, Boston

    “mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel brought power and presence to the role of Herodias”
    Jeremy Eichler / Boston Globe / 7 March 2014 

    “As Queen Herodias, Jane Henschel brought a rich mezzo-soprano tone to a role of one-liners where it had little chance to bloom, but she struck some fine, angry sparks off Siegel’s Herod as the action neared its tragic climax.”
    David Wright / Boston Classical Review

    “Jane Hensch/ 7 March 2014 el gave a strong and well-characterized performance”
    Susan Stempleski / / 7 March 2014 

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    01 Mar 14 STRAUSS Salome
    Carnegie Hall

    “The veteran American mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel was wonderful as Herodias, Salome’s scheming mother.”
    New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, 2 March 2014 

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    12 May 12 STRAUSS Elektra
    Verizon Hall, Philadelphia

    “Jane Henschel’s mezzo, extremely powerful and communicative, was the rarest of pleasures. Here is a singer for whom all musical decision flows from the text — with a low range that seems to come with its own resonance chamber.”
    The Inquirer, Peter Dobrin, 12 May 2012 


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