|Biography ~ Long Version
|American soprano Robin Johannsen made her European debut as a Young Artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2002. One year later, she was invited to
become a soloist in the Ensemble. Highlights of Ms. Johannsen’s three seasons at the Deutsche Oper Berlin included Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro,
Norina in Don Pasquale, Aljeja in a premiere of Janacek’s Aus einem Totenhaus, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, and Soeur Constance in Les Dialogues des
Carmélites. In 2003, the soprano was invited to make her debut at the Bayreuther Festspiele as the Young Shepherd in Tannhäuser under the musical
direction of Christian Thielemann. For the next six seasons, she appeared regularly in Bayreuth as both the Young Shepherd and the Waldvogel in Siegfried
and can be heard as the Waldvogel in the Thielemann Ring (CD - Opus Arte, November 2009). In 2008, Robin Johannsen began her freelance career with a
special affinity for Baroque and Classical repertoire.
Engagements for the soprano in 2013/2014 and beyond include the title role in a new production of Handel's Almira at the Hamburgiche Staatsoper
(Alessandro De Marchi, conductor; Jetske Mijnssen, director); Konstanze in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio under René Jacobs both on CD (Harmonia
Mundi) and on international tour; arias and cantatas by G.F. Handel and J.C. Pepusch with the Barocksoloisten München in the Händel-Haus in Halle; her US
debut recital with the TCNJ Center for the Arts Performance Series with pianist Tomoko Kanamaru; Messiah at Duke Chapel / Duke University in North Carolina;
a concert of Vivaldi arias with the Bremen Philharmoniker under De Marchi; a Brazilian debut with Beethoven's Mass in C Major with the Săo Paolo Symphony
Orchestra under Celso Antunes; concerts of Mozart arias with the Baden-Baden Philharmoniker under chief conductor, Pavel Baleff; arias by Bach, Handel
and Scarlatti at the Konzerthaus Berlin; Amital in a staged version of Mozart's La Betulia liberata with the Kammerakademie Potsdam under Antonello
Manacorda; Bach's B Minor Mass in Berlin's Konzerthaus with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Andrea Marcon; and Adina in L'elisir d'amore at
the Hamburgische Staatsoper. In May 2014, Robin Johannsen’s first solo CD, a world premiere recording of arias and cantatas by Baroque composer
Antonio Caldara and conducted by De Marchi, will be released by Sony Classical (dhm).
In 2012/2013, Robin Johannsen's engagements included a return to the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent as Pamina in a new production of Die
Zauberflöte (Tomas Netopil, conductor; David Hermann, director); Konstanze in a new production of Entführung aus dem Serail (Kevin John Edusei, conductor;
Lydia Steier, director) with Konzert Theater Bern; concerts of Ravel’s Shéhérazade and Mendelssohn's Ein Sommernachtstraum with the Berlin
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt under Howard Griffiths; Handel’s Aminta e Fillide with the Belgian baroque orchestra B’Rock in Antwerp and
Ghent under Frank Agsteribbe; and Handel’s Saul under Helmuth Rilling with the Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart. She also sang in three Carmina
Burana productions in the springtime: with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop; the Bamberger Symphoniker under Ari Rasilainen; and in
Carmina - das inklusive Tanzprojekt, a staged version of the work with a large cast including mentally and physically disabled dancers, staged by Wolfgang
Stange and conducted by Timo Handschuh.
Engagements for 2011/2012 included Handel concerts with Academia Montis Regalis in Innsbruck and Bruges; Hasse’s Romolo ed Ersilia (Attilio
Cremonesi, conductor; Aniara Amos, director) at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music; a German tour of Carmina Burana with the Bachakademie under
Celso Antunes; a New Year’s Eve gala at the Essen Philharmonie with Cappella Coloniensis under Bruno Weil; performances as Madame Silberklang in
Mozart’s Impresario with Concerto Köln and Harald Schmidt; Vivaldi’s Gloria and Dixit dominus with NDR Hannover under Robert King; and the Waldvogel in
Oper Frankfurt’s new production of Siegfried under Sebastian Weigle.
In 2010/2011 the soprano's engagements included Pergolesi’s La serva padrona and Bach’s Coffee Cantata at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music
(Alessandro De Marchi, conductor; Christoph von Bernuth, director); Adele in a new production of Die Fledermaus at the Staatsoper Stuttgart (Manfred Honeck,
conductor; Philipp Stölzl, director); a return to the Komische Oper Berlin in Fidelio 1805 as Marzelline (Martin Hoff, conductor; Benedikt von Peter, director); and
a staged production of Haydn’s Die Jahreszeiten with O.T. Theater Rotterdam (Christopher Moulds, conductor; Mirjam Koen and Gerrit Timmers, directors).
She also appeared in John Adams’ El niño in Stuttgart and Basel under Dennis Russell Davies; a tour of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium
under Rilling; Messiah with the Dallas Symphony also under Rilling; and Vivaldi with the Danish National Chamber Orchestra under Ottavio Dantone. At the
Oregon Bach Festival 2011, among other concerts, the soprano sang Belinda in Dido and Aeneas on tour with Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque
Orchestra, Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia under Matthew Halls, and Bach’s Magnificat under Jeffrey Kahane.
In 2009/2010, Robin made her debut with the Oregon Bach Festival in Haydn’s Creation under Helmuth Rilling’s direction and performed in many of the
Festival's concerts including the world premiere of Sven-David Sandström’s Messiah. Other performances for the season included a German “Double
Messiah” tour and CD production with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart under Rilling; a gala at the Festspielhaus St. Pölten under Julia Jones; Les
nuits d’éte in the Cologne Philharmonic with the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Warsaw under Lukasz Borowicz; Messiah with the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra under Robert Page; Handel concerts in Torino with Academia Montis Regalis under Alessandro De Marchi; Jauchzet Gott in the Konzerthaus
Berlin with the Kammerorchester Berlin; and Messiah with the Helsinki Philharmonic under Andreas Spering. Additionally, Ms. Johannsen made her debut
with the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent, performing the role of Isifile in Cavalli’s opera Giasone (Federico Maria Sardelli, conductor; Mariame Clement,
director). She performed Bach cantatas with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center under Rilling; Handel’s La
Resurrezione with the Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselböck; Mozart and Handel at the Tonhalle in Zurich conducted by Howard Griffiths; and Creation
with the Dresden Philharmonic under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
Highlights of the 2008/2009 season were her debut as Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Lucerne Festival, Festspielhaus St. Pölten, and
Theater Freiburg (Attilio Cremonesi, conductor; Joachim Schlömer, director); as well as her debut at the Komische Oper Berlin singing the role of Agilea in
Handel’s Teseo (Alessandro De Marchi, conductor; Benedikt von Peter, director). Concert highlights included Haydn’s Harmonienmesse in the Vatican with
Helmuth Rilling and Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium in Milan and Turin with Alessandro De Marchi; Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and Strauss Lieder with the
Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt; and Schönberg’s Herzgewächse and Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten with the Deutsches Symphonie-
Engagements for the soprano in the 2007/2008 season included concerts of Handel arias in Dresden and Hamburg broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur;
Handel’s Messiah with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra; gala New Year’s concerts with the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt; as well as
Haydn’s Schöpfung with the same orchestra. Ms. Johannsen was the soprano soloist in Wolfgang Rihm’s Deus Passus with the Internationale
Bachakademie Stuttgart under the direction of Helmuth Rilling, and she made her Italian debut singing concerts of Scarlatti’s Davidis pugna et victoria in
Mondovì and Turin with Academia Montis Regalis with Alessandro De Marchi. She recorded Davidis pugna et victoria with Academia Montis Regalis as well
as three Telemann cantatas under the direction of Martin Haselböck. In May 2008, she was featured in Seduction and Despair, a collaboration between John
Malkovich and Haselböck with Musica Angelica in Los Angeles. Additionally, the soprano returned to the Oper Leipzig to sing Pamina and reprised the
Waldvogel with the Bayreuther Festspiele.
During the 2006/2007 season, Robin Johannsen’s performances included a Lieder recital in Bayreuth; Handel Cantatas with the Bach Consort Wien in the
Wiener Musikverein and the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona; a gala concert with the chamber orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin; a new production of Die
lustige Witwe with the Oper Leipzig; as well as reprisals in the roles of Blonde and Pamina also at Oper Leipzig. Engagements for the soprano in 2005/2006
included singing Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel; Pamina in Die Zauberflöte; Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro; Marzelline in Fidelio under the musical direction of
Herbert Blomstedt; and Blonde in a premiere of Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Oper Leipzig under Frank Beermann. She also performed Musetta in
La Bohème with the Nationaltheater Mannheim and returned to the Deutsche Oper Berlin as a guest artist singing the role of Amalia in Aribert Reimann’s Das
The Philadelphia-born soprano has been the recipient of many awards and honors. Besides being a winner of a Liederkranz Foundation Award and the
Friedrich Schorr Memorial Performance Prize in Voice, she was awarded the Alberto Vilar Scholarship from the American Berlin Opera Foundation and the
Franz-Josef-Weisweiler Stipendium from the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In the United States, Robin Johannsen performed with the Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestra and the Cincinnati Opera Outreach. She appeared in a gala concert at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center and was featured in several concerts in
Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. After winning a prize from the Liederkranz Foundation in 2002, she performed the role of Madame Herz in Der
Schauspieldirektor with the Liederkranz Society of New York. That season, she also debuted the roles of Adele in Die Fledermaus with the Pine Mountain
Music Festival, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Taconic Opera, and Mlle Jouvenot in Adriana Lecouvrer with the Opera Orchestra of New York.
The soprano holds degrees in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Discography (Selection): CALDARA: IN DOLCE AMORE ~ World premiere recordings by Baroque composer, Antonio Caldara with A. De Marchi and Academia
Montis Regalis (Sony Classical / dhm); Cavalli IL GIASONE with F.M. Sardelli (Dynamic – CD and DVD); HANDEL – CALDARA: Carmelite Vespers 1709 with A.
De Marchi (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi). Waldvogel in SIEGFRIED in Frankfurt with Sebastian Weigle (OEHMS Classics - DVD); Waldvogel in SIEGFRIED in
Bayreuth with Christian Thielemann (Opus Arte); Scarlatti Oratorio DAVIDIS PUGNA ET VICTORIA with Alessandro De Marchi (Hyperion); BACH, TELEMANN,
HERTEL with Jeremy Joseph, Organ and Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe (New Classical Adventure); Sven David Sandström MESSIAH with Helmuth Rilling (Carus
|Biography ~ Extended Version