Few artists of her generation are as successful in so many spheres and with such varied repertoire as Juliane Banse. Her opera repertoire ranges from the Marschallin, the Countess in Figaro, Fiordiligi, Donna Elvira, Vitellia (La clemenza di Tito), Genoveva (title role), Leonore, Tatyana (Eugene Onegin), Arabella (title role), to Grete (Schreker’s Der ferne Klang). She achieved her artistic breakthrough as a twenty-year-old in the role of Pamina in Harry Kupfer’s production of The Magic Flute at the Komische Oper Berlin. Her performance as Snow White in the world premiere of the opera of the same name by Heinz Holliger at Zurich Opera House is also unforgettable; she works together closely with Holliger. 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. Since the winter semester 2016/2017 Juliane Banse herself has held a professorship for singing at the Robert Schumann Academy in Dusseldorf.

Juliane Banse is also highly in demand as a concert singe with a broad repertoire. She has worked together with many renowned conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Franz Welser-Möst, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta and Manfred Honeck.

The 2019/20 season begins with a completely new project: Juliane Banse performs Schubert’s Winterreise in a danced and sung form accompanied by the pianist Alexander Krichel and the dancer István Simon directed by Andreas Heise. The premiere takes place in September 2019 in Leverkusen, guest performances follow in Spain and South America. Several exciting concert projects are planned: for instance Mahler’s Eighth Symphony conducted by Eliahu Imbal in Taipei, Berg’s Wozzeck Fragments with the SWR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tito Ceccherini, in Frankfurt Heinz Holliger’s Puneigae and György Kurtág’s Messages of the late R. V. Troussova with the Ensemble Modern under Heinz Holliger, in Vienna H. W. Henze’s Nachtstücke und Arien with the ORF Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, in Tokyo and Yokohama Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with the New Japan Philharmonic under Toshiyuki Kamioka.

Juliane Banse recently sang the title role in the revival of Jeanne d’Arc by Walter Braunfels in Cologne and in Zurich performed the world premiere of Heinz Holliger’s opera Lunea. She also sang the Marschallin for the first time in Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, a role that the artist has long wanted to sing. Other major engagements include main roles in the monodrama THE TELL-TALE HEART by the Dutch composer Willem Jeths in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, in Girgory Frid’s Diary of Anne Frank at the Theater an der Wien, in Poulenc’s mono opera Voix humaine at the Berlin State Opera, and Elsa von Brabant in Wagner’s Lohengrin in Nantes and Anger. In the USA she was to be heard as Rosalinde (Fledermaus) in Chicago and in Strauss’s Arabella at the MET in New York.

Lied recitals and chamber music feature regularly in Juliane Banse’s calendar. She was recently a guest at the Schubertiade Vilabertran, in Oxford, at the lied week in Schloss Elmau, and she also performed during the first concerts in the new Boulez Hall in Berlin, giving a recital accompanied by Wolfram Rieger. Hindemith‘s Marienleben is a work that Juliane Banse particularly enjoys singing and which she has recorded on CD together with Martin Helmchen. A new lied project is planned for the spring of 2020 in China: Dichterliebe (based on Robert Schumann) by Christian Joost. She also sings Wagner’s Wesendonck songs accompanied by the Czech Nonet.

Many of Juliane Banse’s CD recordings have won awards; two 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 Eighth Symphony with the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich under David Zinman.

In February 2017 her first CD, Unanswered Love, was issued to great acclaim in the media. It contains what are in some cases the first recordings of works dedicated to the singer by Reimann, Rihm and Henze which she recorded with the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern and Christoph Poppen. With the Munich Radio Orchestra she recorded the CD Im Arm der Liebe, with works by Braunfels, Korngold, Marx and Pfitzner. CD recordings of the orchestral projects in the current season are planned: Heinz Holliger’s Puneigae and G. Kurtág’s Messages of the late R.V. Troussova in Frankfurt as well as Henze’s Nachtstücke und Arien in Vienna.

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