Jane Henschel


The Wisconsin-born mezzo-soprano is celebrated internationally in a highly varied repertoire. Among her specialties are three formidable Strauss roles: the Nurse/Die Frau ohne Schatten (eight major houses, among them the Metropolitan Opera and London’s Royal Opera); Herodias/Salome (La Scala, Bavarian State Opera, and recently the Vienna State Opera, Dresden’s Semperoper, and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra), and Klytämnestra/Elektra (Munich, Vienna, Berlin, San Francisco, London). Additionally, she has earned acclaim in Verdi (Un ballo in maschera, London; Falstaff, Munich, Vienna); Wagner (Tristan und Isolde, Los Angeles, Paris; Ring cycle, London; Lohengrin, Berlin); Janácek (Katya Kabanova, Vienna, Salzburg; Jenufa, Japan); Tchaikovsky (Filipyevna/Eugene Onegin, Stuttgart); Stravinsky (The Rake’s Progress, Glyndebourne, Salzburg, Japan); Britten (Peter Grimes, Salzburg; The Turn of the Screw, London); and Poulenc (Dialogues des Carmélites, Amsterdam). Henschel has been heard in concert with the Dresdner Staatskapelle, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, and Boston Symphony; and at the Salzburg Easter Festival, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and Japan’s Saito Kinen Festival.

Lyric debut: Countess/The Queen of Spades (2019|20).

Last updated: February 14, 2019
Photo: Barbara Eichinger