Juliane Banse & Martin Helmchen

Biography Juliane Banse & Martin Helmchen

Juliane Banse
is an artist of outstanding artistic versatility. She has an extremely broad opera repertoire, having sung roles such as Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), the Countess in Figaro (her debut at the Salzburg Festival), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Genoveva (title role), Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Arabella (title role), Grete (Der ferne Klang), and Leonore (Fidelio). She made her U.S. opera debut at the Lyrical Opera of Chicago as Rosalinde (Fledermaus) and shortly afterwards made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera New York as Zdenka in Arabella (2014). Last season she had a great success not only for her interpretation of the title role of Grigory Frid’s Tagebuch der Anne Frank at the Theater an der Wien, but also when she took over the title role at short notice in the opera by Stefan Braunfels, Jeanne d’Arc, at Opera Cologne and performed in a world premiere by Manfred Trojahn during the Salzburg Easter Festival. On the concert stage Juliane Banse is also sought after in a wide variety of roles. She has worked with numerous renowned conductors including Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Franz Welser-Möst, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta. She also works regularly with Heinz Holliger; her highly celebrated performance as Snow White in the premiere of the opera of the same name (Schneewittchen) at Zurich Opera is well remembered.

Upcoming engagements will take Juliane Banse to the opera houses in Nantes and Anger where she sings the role of Elsa von Brabant in Wagner’s Lohengrin. At the Deutsche Oper am Rhein she sings the role of Angèle Didier in the new production of Lehár’s Graf von Luxemburg by Jens-Daniel Herzog. At Cologne Opera she will be heard in the title role of Poulenc’s Voix humaine. Concert engagements take her to the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, to the Ruhr Piano Festival and to the Philharmonie of Cologne.

Juliane Banse also performs in concerts of chamber music, for instance at the Schubertiade Vilabertran, in Oxford, Elmau (Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder), in Bremen with a composition by Reimann dedicated to her, and with Wolfram Rieger as accompanist for the opening of the Boulez Hall in Berlin.

Juliane Banse was born in southern Germany and grew up in Zurich. She took lessons first with Paul Steiner and later with Ruth Rohner at the Zurich Opera House, completing her studies under Brigitte Fassbaender and Daphne Evangelatos in Munich. She made her stage debut as a twenty-year-old in the role of Pamina in Harry Kupfer’s production of The Magic Flute at the Komische Oper Berlin.

Many of her CD recordings have won awards. Two recordings by Juliane Banse received an Echo Klassik: Braunfels’s Jeanne d’Arc with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck (nominated ‘first world recording of the year’) and Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich under David Zinman (‘symphonic recording of the year, 19th century’). Further outstanding projects include a collection of opera arias under the title Per Amore with the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern, the recording of lieder Tief in der Nacht with Aleksandar Madzar, and finally the film Hunter’s Bride/Der Freischütz with the London Symphony Orchestra, Juliane Banse in the role of Agathe, conducted by Daniel Harding. This season her first CD with the Munich Radio Orchestra will be released with works by Braunfels, Korngold, Marx and Pfitzner.

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