Maxine Robertson Management

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Nicki Wenham
Artist Manager
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Associate Artist Manager
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Robin Johannsen, Soprano

“Johannsen, though, is a superb Konstanze, with impeccably expressive coloratura and a beautiful silvery tone reminiscent at times of Anneliese Rothenberger on Josef Krips’s recording (EMI, 10/70).”
Tim Ashley, Gramophone

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), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), and Soeur Constance (Les dialogues des Carmélites). After two more years with Oper Leipzig (Gretel, Marzelline, Blonde, Susanna, and Pamina), she began her freelance career in 2008 with a special affinity for the Baroque and Classical repertoires.

Robin Johannsen begins her 2018/2019 season performing at the Beethoven Festival Bonn under Christoph Spering, followed by performances of Handel’s Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno at Musikfest Bremen and in Ambronay, France with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester. She will sing Bach’s B Minor Mass with Concerto Köln under Andrea Marcon on tour and at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie under Chief Conductor, Klaas Stok. This season, Robin Johannsen performs in two staged productions at Theater an der Wien: Handel’s Teseo (René Jacobs, conductor; Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier, directors) and Purcell’s King Arthur (Stefan Gottfried, conductor; Sven-Eric Bechtolf, director). She also looks forward to performances with the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, La Cetra Barockorchester, and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin as well as concert debuts with the Warsaw Philharmonic, La Folia Barockorchester, Concerto con Anima, and the Munich Philharmonic.

In the 2017/2018 season, Robin Johannsen made her debut at Theater an der Wien, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, and Athens’ Megaron in a new production of Beethoven’s Leonore (Marzelline) with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester. Further performances brought her to Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Philharmonies of Paris and Cologne, and the Centre for Fine Arts ~ BOZAR in Brussels. She sang Bach’s B Minor Mass with the Windsbacher Knabenchor and the FBO on tour in Germany and Norway, and made her debut in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie in Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations with Tabea Zimmermann and Ensemble Resonanz. Further highlights of the season included the Telemann opera Miriways at NDR Hamburg’s Telemann-Festival under Bernard Labadie, a new production of Entführung aus dem Serail (René Jacobs, conductor; Andrea Moses, director) at Salzburg’s Mozarteum with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, and a revival of Purcell’s King Arthur at the Staatsoper Berlin. Additionally, she performed with La Cetra Basel, Pygmalion, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, B’Rock Belgium, and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

The 2016/2017 season began with Robin Johannsen singing Rameau arias on tour with Teodor Currentzis and his orchestra MusicAeterna. She then recorded three new albums: Telemann cantatas with Concerto Melante, the title role in Vinci’s Didone with the Lautten Compagney, and Handel’s Parnasso in festa with Andrea Marcon and La Cetra Basel. Her season continued with Purcell’s King Arthur at the Berliner Staatsoper followed by her debut as Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte on tour in Germany, Spain, and Asia with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester. The soprano then made her debut in France singing Telemann’s Brockes Passion with Raphaël Pichon and his orchestra, Pygmalion, at the Paris Philharmonie and in five other French cities. In addition, she sang concerts with leading Baroque orchestras such as Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Concerto Köln, and the Freiburger Barockorchester. She was awarded an Edison Classical Music Award for her performance as Konstanze in the CD of Entführung aus dem Serail (René Jacobs, harmonia mundi).

“American soprano Robin Johannsen led the pack as Emma. Her elegant voice gently wafted over the Schiller Theater...With freshness and legato, she gave the evening’s most fully defined performance, from her precise and measured coloratura to the warm notes of her lower range during the tender 'alphabet of love' that she sings with Eginhard.”
A.J. Goldmann, Opera News

Highlights of Robin Johannsen’s recent seasons include her acclaimed debut in the title role of Telemann’s Emma und Eginhard under René Jacobs at the Berliner Staatsoper; Venere/Giuturna in Amor vien dal destino also at the Berliner Staatsoper; her debut with Musikfest Bremen as Konstanze under Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie; the title role in Almira at the Hamburgische Staatsoper; and debuts at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Gassmann’s L’Opera seria and at Teatro Regio Torino in Haydn’s Schöpfung under Antonello Manacorda. She sang Konstanze on international tour and recorded the role with Jacobs for harmonia mundi. In 2015, she debuted the role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore with the Hamburgische Staatsoper and appeared at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in Jommeli’s Don Trastullo under Alessandro De Marchi. Additionally, she sang Pamina on tour with the Lautten Compagney and Amital in a staged production of 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 recording of baroque arias and cantatas by Antonio Caldara conducted by Alessandro De Marchi.

“Robin Johannsen is responsible for some of the evening’s most seductive and accomplished singing as unhappy sister Giuturna.”
Shirley Apthorp, Financial Times

Robin Johannsen has been a frequent guest with the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alte Musik, the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Academia Montis Regalis, and Belgium’s B’Rock. She has collaborated with conductors such as: René Jacobs, Alessandro De Marchi, Andrea Marcon, Antonello Manacorda, Attilio Cremonesi, Christopher Moulds, Helmuth Rilling, Ottavio Dantone, Howard Griffiths, Celso Antunes, Lukasz Borowicz, Christian Thielemann, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Marin Alsop, and Robert Page. Engagements have included performances with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Berliner Staatsoper, Komische Oper Berlin, Oper Leipzig, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, Vlaamse Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, OSESP São Paolo, Bayreuth Festival, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Dresden Philharmonic, Freiburger Barockorchester, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Academia Montis Regalis, Café Zimmermann, Concerto Köln, NDR Hannover, Helsinki Philharmonic, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony. She has also performed at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Rheingau Musik Festival, Gasteig Munich, Essen Philharmonie, Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Bremen’s Glocke, Lucerne Festival, the Vatican, Conservatorio Torino, Auditorium del Lignotto – Torino, Grattacielo del San Paolo - Torino; Conservatorio di Milano; Tonhalle Zürich, and the Oregon Bach Festival.