HARNISCH Rachel

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HARNISCH Rachel

Rachel Harnisch

After her most successful debut in the world creation of Aribert Reimann’ opera L’Invisible at Deutsche Oper Berlin, in which she performed three roles, the opera house re-invited Swiss soprano immediately to sing the title role of Jenufa. With the opera house of Antwerp she guested at the Brno Janáček Festival as Emilia Marti in Vĕc Makropulos. She stays in touch with Antwerp, where she performs the world creation of Hector Parras’ Les Bienveillantes directed by Calixto Bieito in spring 2019.
At the Grand Théâtre de Genève she will perform again Emilia Marty in a new production of Vĕc Makropulos.

She starts into 2019 with concerts of Mahler’s 4th symphony in Rome conducted by Daniele Gatti. At Berlin Philharmonie she will perform the world creation of Aribert Reimann’s song cycle Fragments de Rilke, which has been written especially for her, conducted by Robin Ticciati. Rachel Harnisch adores song recitals: In Linz she will perform Hindemth’s Ein Marienleben, in Zurich she will present songs by Mahler, Schubert, Strauss and Crumb.

2016 she added two important roles to her repertoire: In Lyon she performed for the first time Rachel in Halévy’s La Juive in a production staged by Olivier Py and conducted by Daniele Rustioni and repeated the role in Peter Konwitschni’s production at Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg; in Antwerp and Gent she sang for the first time Emilia Marty in a new production of Janáček’s Vĕc Makropulos conducted by Tamas Netopil.

During past seasons she guested with roles like Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Michaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Marzelline in Fidelio, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Antonia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Blanche in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Clémence in Kajia Saariaho‘s L’amour de loin, Anne Truelove in The Rake’s Progress or Hélène in Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe in Berne, Geneva, Zurich, Munich, Essen, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Brussels, Antwerp, Florence, Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Modena, Verona, Turin, Naples, Madrid, Athens and Santiago de Chile. She is a regular guest at the festivals of Lucerne, Gstaad, Edinburgh, Evian and at the BBC Proms. at the festivals of Glyndebourne and Lucerne or in.
At the Teatro alla Scala in Milan she gave her debut as Nermin in the world creation of Fabio Vacchi’s opera Teneke conducted by Roberto Abbado.

Rachel Harnisch works with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Douglas Boyd, Philippe Herreweghe, Kent Nagano, Dimitri Kitajenko, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Roberto Abbado, John Neschling, Armin Jordan, Christian Zacharias, Stefan Soltesz, Sir Christopher Hogwood, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Jeffrey Tate and with the leading European orchestras.
A close artistic partnership related her to Claudio Abbado.

She performs a large concert repertoire. Recently she performed Schubert‘s Lazarus with Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Ingo Metzmacher at the Vienna Musikverein, also with Ingo Metzmacher Berg’s Lulu Suite and Schönberg’s op. 22 in Turin. In Florence she was heard with Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis conducted by Zubin Mehta, in Berne in Verdi’s Requiem, with Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Hope and Albrecht Mayer she performed New Years Eve concerts and in Tampere Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn conducted by Eliahu Inbal.

She recorded several CDs. Among them a live recording of a concert in memoriam Herbert von Karajan in Salzburg conducted by Claudio Abbado, in which she sang Airas by W. A Mozart. Also with Abbado she recorded several pieces by G. B. Pergolesi, among them his Stabat mater. With Mario Venzago she recorded Schoeck’s Besuch in Urach and Der Fischer und syni Fru. Lately have been released Beethoven’s 9. Symphony with Lucerne Symphonic Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan and a highly acclaimed recording of Hindemith’s Ein Marienleben.
Fidelio conducted by Claudio Abbado from the Lucerne Festival 2010, Les Contes d’Hoffmann and Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe are available on DVD.

01/2019

Videos (YouTube Videos)

Maurizio Pollini & Rachel Harnisch - Schubert: Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt (Lied d. Mignon D877.4)

Rachel Harnisch - Les Contes D'Hoffmann

Rachel Harnisch - Mozart - Laudate Dominum

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