Biography ~ Long Version
Biography
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-
Orchester Berlin
.

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
Schloß.  

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
Verlag).
Oper Berlin in 2002, followed by debuts as the Forest Bird in Siegfried and the Young Shepherd in
Tannhäuser at the
Bayreuth Festival, where she continued to sing for six seasons.  As a resident
soloist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and
Oper Leipzig, she performed leading roles of her fach
including: Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Gretel
(Hänsel und Gretel), and  Marzelline (Fidelio).  

A freelance artist since 2008, Robin Johannsen has appeared with such opera houses and festivals
as the
Staatsoper Stuttgart, Komische Oper Berlin, Vlaamse Opera (Belgium), Innsbruck Festival
of Early Music,
and the Lucerne Festival.  She has concertized internationally with many orchestras
including the
Symphony Orchestras of Dallas, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, São Paolo, and Singapore
along with the Helsinki Philharmonic, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Freiburger
Barockorchester
, Dresden Philharmonic, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Concerto Köln,
Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.  

With a special affinity for Baroque music, Robin Johannsen has worked with internationally renowned
conductors such as
Alessandro De Marchi, Helmuth Rilling, Attilio Cremonesi, Monica Huggett,
and Ottavio Dantone.  Upcoming projects include title roles with the Hamburgische Staatsoper (Almira)
and the
Berliner Staatsoper (Emma und Eginhard); a recording and international tour as Konstanze
(Entführung aus dem Serail) with
René Jacobs and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; and Bach's
B Minor Mass in Berlin's Konzerthaus with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Andrea
Marcon
.  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)
.




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.  Her roles there included Susanna in
Le nozze di Figaro, Norina in Don Pasquale, Aljeja in Aus einem Totenhaus, Oscar in
Un ballo in maschera, and Soeur Constance in Les dialogues des Carmélites.  In the summer of 2003, she made her debut as the Young Shepherd in
Tannhäuser at the Bayreuth Festival, where she continued to appear as the Shepherd and the Forest Bird in Siegfried for six seasons.  From 2005-2007, the
soprano was engaged by the
Oper Leipzig, where her roles included Gretel, Marzelline, Blonde, Valencienne, Susanna, and Pamina.  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 under Alessandro De Marchi at the
Hamburgische Staatsoper;  Konstanze in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio under René Jacobs both on CD and on an international tour; a solo 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;  Bach's B Minor Mass in Berlin's
Konzerthaus
with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Andrea Marcon; and Adina in L'elisir d'amore with the Hamburg Staatsoper.  In May 2014,
Sony Classical (dhm) will release Robin’s first solo CD, In dolce amore, a world premiere recording of arias and cantatas by Baroque composer Antonio
Caldara conducted by De Marchi.

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 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.  

Robin Johannsen’s performances in 2010/2011 included Pergolesi’s
La serva padrona and Bach’s Coffee Cantata at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music
under
Alessandro De Marchi; Adele in a new 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 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: a German tour and CD production of S.D.
Sandström's Messiah 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 Isifile in 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):
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 (Sony Classical / dhm);  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).
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