The bariton Dietrich Henschel is a singer who´s repertoire extends from the beginning of baroque opera to modern day avantgarde. He debuted at the Münchener Biennale with the title role of Michèle Réverdy´s opera “Le Precepteur“. At the opera in Kiel, he performed many classics such as Papageno, Coun in „Le nozze di Figaro”, the role of Pelleas, Monteverdi´s Orfeo and Henze´s Prinz von Homburg. Mr Henschel´s international career began with Busoni´s “Doktor Faust” in Lyon and Henze´s “Prinz von Homburg” at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. Invitations followed from the important opera houses in Europe. Henschel has a broad repertory: amongst others, Rossini´s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia“, the part of Wolfram in Wagner´s “Tannhäuser“, Monteverdi´s “Il ritorno d´Ulisse in Patria“,Krenek´s “Karl der V“, Mozart´s “Don Giovanni“, Beckmesser in Wagner´s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Berg´s “Wozzeck“, Dr Schoen in Bergs “Lulu“, Golaud in Debussy´s “Pelleas et Melisande“ and Nick Shadow in Stawinsky´s “The Rakes Progress“. Most recently he sang Kunrad in“Feuersnot“ and Johanaan in“Salome“, both operas by Richard Strauss.
In addition to opera, a wide range of acclaimed recordings testifies to Dietrich Henschel’s success as a lied interpreter and an oratorio singer. Mr. Henschel’s collaboration with great conductors such as Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe or Colin Davis is documented on many CD’s and DVD’s.
In a daring attempt to visualize the literary and emotional content of the lieder he sings, Mr. Henschel has also been exploring the intersection between art music, theatre, and the visual media. In 2010 he performed a staged version of Schubert’s Schwanengesang, which was featured in major European theatres such as La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, and der Komische Oper.
In 2013 the film project “IRRSAL”, with the english title “forbidden prayers – triptych of illicit love” (directed by Clara Pons) was premiered in Tonhalle Dusseldorf. The film in which Henschel appears as a main actor, is combined with a live perfomance of the songs in concert.
His most recent project “WUNDERHORN” (2015) is a feature film for the live performance of the “Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn” by Gustav Mahler. It was produced with the support of a team of seven international coproduction partners (so as De Doelen, Rotterdam, BBS Symphony Orchestra London and Théatre La Monnaie, Bruxelles). Both film projects still are on European tour.