American soprano Robin Johannsen came to Europe as a young artist with the Deutsche Oper
Berlin and joined the company soon after as a soloist.  Her roles there included Susanna (Le nozze di
Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Aljeja (Aus einem Totenhaus), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), and
Soeur Constance (Les dialogues des Carmélites).  After two more years with Opera Leipzig (Gretel,
Marzelline, Blonde, Valencienne, Susanna, and Pamina), she began her freelance career in 2008 with
a special affinity for the baroque and classical repertoire.

In 2015/16, Robin makes her debut with Musikfest Bremen as Konstanze under Jérémie Rhorer and
Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. Concerts include Haydn at the Konzerthaus Berlin with Akademie für Alte
Musik Berlin and  a solo concert with the Kammerakademie Potsdam in Nikolaisaal. Among Robin’s
future engagements are debuts at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels as Smorfiosa in a new
production of Gassmann’s L’Opera seria under René Jacobs and at Teatro Regio Torino in Haydn’s
Schöpfung under Antonello Manacorda. She will sing Messiah with baroque orchestra La Cetra under
Andrea Marconin Basel and will return to the Staatsoper Berlin for Agostino Steffanis Amor vien dal
destino under René Jacobs.

In 2014/15, Robin gave her highly acclaimed debut at the Staatsoper Berlin in the title role of
Telemann’s Emma und Eginhard under René Jacobs. Under Jacobs, she also sang Konstanze on
international tour and recorded the role for harmonia mundi.  She debuted the role of Adina in L’elisir
d’amore with the Hamburg Staatsoper and appeared at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in Niccolò
Jommelis Don Trastullo under Alessandro De Marchi.  Additionally, she sang Pamina on tour with the
Lautten Compagney and Amital in Mozart’s Betulia liberata with the Kammerakademie Potsdam.  In
May 2014, Sony Classical (dhm) released Robin’s first solo CD, “In dolce amore”, a world premiere
Engagements in 2013/2014 included the title role in a new production of Handel's Almira under
Alessandro De Marchi at the Hamburg Staatsoper; a solo concert of Vivaldi arias with the Bremen
Philharmoniker under De Marchi; Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor at the Munich Philharmonic under
Hansjörg Albrecht with the Bach Collegium München; Haydn's Jahreszeiten in the Berlin Philharmonic
with Hans-Christoph Rademann and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; a Brazilian debut with
Beethoven's Mass in C Major with the Săo Paolo Symphony Orchestra under Celso Antunes; and Bach's
B Minor Mass in the Konzerthaus Berlin with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Andrea Marcon.

In 2012/2013, Robin's engagements included a return to the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent as
Pamina in a new production of Die Zauberflöte; Konstanze in a new production of Entführung aus dem
Serail at the Konzert Theater Bern; concerts of Ravel’s Shéhérazade 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; Handel’s Saul under Helmuth Rilling with the Internationale
Bachakademie; Carmina Burana with the Bamberger Symphoniker and Carmina Burana with the
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop.

Engagements for 2011/2012 included Handel concerts with Academia Montis Regalis under De Marchi
in Innsbruck and Bruges; Hasse’s opera Romolo ed Ersilia under Attilio Cremonesi at the Innsbruck
Festival of Early Music; a German tour of Carmina Burana with the Bachakademie under Celso Antunes;
a New Year’s Eve concert at the Essen Philharmonie with Cappella Coloniensis under Bruno Weil;
performances as Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s Impresario with Concerto Köln; 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.  

Robin Johannsen’s performances in 2010/2011 included Pergolesi’s La serva padrona and Bach’s
production of Die Fledermaus at the Staatsoper Stuttgart under Manfred Honeck; a return to the
Komische Oper Berlin as Marzelline in Fidelio 1805; and a staged production of Haydn’s Die
Jahreszeiten in at the O.T. Theater Rotterdam under Christopher Moulds.  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 Christmas Oratorio 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, she made her debut with the Oregon Bach Festival in Haydn’s Creation under Helmuth
Rilling’s direction and performed in many concerts including the world premiere of Sven-David
Sandström’s Messiah.  Other performances for the season included the following: a German tour and
CD production with the Internationale Bachakademie under Rilling; Messiah with the Pittsburgh
Symphony Orchestra under Robert Page; concerts in Torino with Academia Montis Regalis under De
Marchi; Creation with the Dresden Philharmonic under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos; Messiah (Mozart
version) with the Helsinki Philharmonic under Andreas Spering; and Cavalli’s Giasone with the Vlaamse
Opera in Antwerp and Ghent.

Highlights of the soprano’s 2008/2009 season were her debut as Konstanze in Entführung aus dem
Serail with the Freiburger Barockorchester (Attilio Cremonesi, conductor, Joachim Schlömer, director) at
the Lucerne Festival, Festspielhaus St. Pölten and the Theater Freiburg; Agilea in Handel’s Teseo at the
Komische Oper Berlin under Alessandro De Marchi; and a featured soprano role in John Malkovich’s and
Martin Haselböck’s Seduction and Despair in Los Angeles.

Discography (Selection): “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” under René Jacobs (harmonia mundi), Solo-
CD “In dolce amore” – World premiere recordings by Baroque composer Antonio Caldara with
Alessandro 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 Alessandro 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 Verlag).

Short Biography
American soprano Robin Johannsen came to Europe as a young artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin
and joined the company soon after as a soloist. After two more years with the Opera Leipzig, she began
her freelance career in 2008 with a special affinity for the baroque and classical repertoire.  Robin made
her debut with the Hamburg State Opera singing the title role in ALMIRA and Adina in L’ELISIR D’AMORE
under Alessandro De Marchi in 2014 and 2015.  In 2015 she made her debut at the Berlin State Opera
as Emma in Telemann’s EMMA UND EGINHARD under René Jacobs. Her first solo recording, “In dolce
amore” was released by Sony Classical (dhm) in 2014, and her recording of Mozart’s ENTFÜHRUNG
AUS DEM SERAIL (Konstanze) under René Jacobs was released in October 2015. Future projects
include a staging of Gassmann’s L’OPERA SERIA at Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels and two new
productions at Berlin State Opera, a debut in Teatro Regio Torino, and concerts in Basel under Andrea
Photo by Uwe Arens
Robin Johannsen