Soprano Rachel Harnisch

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Short biography Rachel Harnisch

Swiss soprano Rachel Harnisch studied with Beata Heuer-Christen in Freiburg im Breisgau. She gives guest performances at the leading opera houses in the world. At the beginning of her career she sang especially Mozart, but today it is predominantly works of the classical modern and contemporary.
In the recent past, she has received many great role debuts as Rachel in Halévy's La Juive, as Emilia Marty in Janácek's Vec Makropolus, and in the autumn of 2017 in a demanding playwright role in Aribert Reimann's world premiere .L 'Invisible' at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She worked closely with Claudio Abbado.
The soprano sings a wide concert repertoire from the passions of Johann Sebastian Bach to compositions of our time.
Lieder recitals are particularly close to her heart, her constant partner here is the pianist Jan Philip Schulze, with whom she has recorded a much acclaimed version of Hindemith's Marienleben. Numerous recordings document Rachel Harnisch's career.


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Biography Rachel Harnisch

After the extremely successful premiere of Aribert Reimann's opera L'Invisible at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in October 2017, in which she played three games, the Deutsche Oper immediately offered her the title role in Jenufa. She will be guesting with the Antwerp Opera in Brno as Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case, while another premiere project is planned in Antwerp.

In 2016, she gave two highly successful partisan roles: as Rachel in Halévy's La Juive in a production of Olivier Py under the musical direction of Daniele Rustioni in Lyon and as Emilia Marty in a new production of Janacek's Vec Makropulos under Tamas Netopil in Antwerp and Ghent. As Rachel, she was very successful in 2017 at the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg in a production by Peter Konwitschny.

Over the past few years she has performed with roles such as Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Pamina, The Magic Flute, Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio, Michaela in Bizet's Carmen, Antonia in Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Blanche in Poulenc's Les Dialogues des Carmélites, as Clémence in Kajia Saariaho's L'amour de loin, as Ann Truelove in The Rake's Progress, Marzelline in Fidelio, or as Hélène in Donizetti's Le Duc d'Albe in Bern, Geneva, Zurich, Munich , Essen, Bochum, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Brussels, Antwerp, Florence, Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Modena, Verona, Turin, Naples, Madrid, Athens, at the festivals of Glyndebourne and Lucerne or in Santiago de Chile ,

At La Scala in Milan, she debuted in 2007 as Nermin in the world premiere of Fabio Vacchi's opera Teneke conducted by Roberto Abbado.

Rachel Harnisch works with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Douglas Boyd, Philippe Herreweghe, Dimitri Kitayenko, Eliahu Inbal, Roberto Abbado, John Neschling, Armin Jordan, Christian Zacharias, Steven Sloane, Stefan Soltesz, Christopher Hogwood, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Muhai Tang , Jeffrey Tate, Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Johan Eliot Gardiner and Zubin Mehta.

An intense collaboration linked her with Claudio Abbado.

She sings a wide concert repertoire from the passions of Johann Sebastian Bach to Luigi Nono with leading European orchestras.

Most recently she has performed with Schumann's The Paradise and the Peri in Grenoble and Paris, with Mahler's Symphony No. 4 under Antonio Pappano in Catania and with Brahms' A German Requiem in Lisbon under Michael Corboz, with the BBC Proms in London under Marin Alsop, at the Edinburgh Festival under David Zinman and in Bern under Mario Venzago. She has performed with Schubert's Lazarus with the Vienna Philharmonic under Ingo Metzmacher in Rome, St. Pölten and the Wiener Musikverein, and with Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle in Zurich.

Most recently she sang Beethoven's Missa Solemnis under Mehta in Florence, Verdi's Requiem in Bern, Berg's Lulu Suite under Ingo Metzmacher in Turin and Mahler II in Palermo under Gabriele Ferro, a Schoeck evening under Mario Venzago in Winterthur and a German Requiem in Evian ,

Further planned include a New Year's Concert with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, a Mozart program in Zurich, Beethoven IX. in Lucerne, Haydn's Creation in Bern, Bach's St. Matthew Passion in Lisbon, Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn in Tampere under Eliahu Inbal. In Berlin, she will premiere a song cycle by Aribert Reimann.

Lieder recitals are especially close to her heart. In Linz she will be heard with Hindemith's Ein Marienleben.

There are several CD recordings, including arias by WA Mozart and Pergolesis Stabat Mater under Claudio Abbado, as well as DVD recordings of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Fidelio of the 2010 Lucerne Festival under Abbado and Le Duc d 'Albe from Antwerp before. In 2014, she played Schoeck's visit to Urach under Mario Venzago.

Most recently, photographs of Hindemith's Ein Marienleben and Mahler's Symphony No. 4 were published.

Rachel Harnisch, who studied with Beata Heuer Christians in Freiburg, has taught since autumn 2016 as a singing professor at the Bern University of the Arts.