• 06.02.2020 Tokyo/Bunka Kaikan - Shinya Okahara, Klavier Schubert: Die Schöne Müllerin
  • 07.02.2020 Tokyo/Suntory Hall Mahler/Kindertotenlieder - Sapporo Symphony Orchestra Link
  • 08.02.2020 Kakogawa/ Hosenji Temple Schubert:Die Schöne Müllerin - Shinya Okahara, Klavier
  • 09.02.2020 Yonago/Bunka Hall Schubert:Die Schöne Müllerin - Shinya Okahara, Klavier
  • 02.04.2020 Madrid/RTVE Beethoven/Symphonie Nr. 9, Orquestra de la RTVE - Pablo Gonzales Link
  • 03.04.2020 Madrid/RTVE Beethoven/Symphonie Nr. 9, Orquestra de la RTVE - Pablo Gonzales Link



  • Heart Chamber

    Deutsche Oper Berlin
    CLAUS GUTH, Director, JOHANNES KALITZKE, Conductor


Dietrich Henschel sang like a man possessed, making for an unforgettable performance. The Guardian


“Baritone Dietrich Henschel is a towering figure, physically, intellectually, musically and theatrically. His prowess as an interpreter, by which I mean precisely his ability to get below the surface of a song and right into its soul, is extraordinary.” Herald Scotland

Baritone Dietrich Henschel captivates audiences as a regular guest at major opera houses, an esteemed interpreter of lieder and oratorios as well as with his multimedia projects. His repertoire stretches from Monteverdi to the avant-garde. Born in Berlin and having grown up in Nuremberg, he made his debut in 1990 at the Munich Biennale for New Music and first became known internationally from 1997, following a period as an ensemble member of the Opera Kiel. At the Deutsche Oper Berlin he took the title role in Hans Werner Henze’s Prinz von Homburg, staged by Götz Friedrich, and gave an outstanding lead performance in Busoni’s Doktor Faust at the Opéra de Lyon and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, for which he won a Grammy.

The singer’s major roles include Rossini’s Figaro, Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Monteverdi’s Ulisse and Orfeo, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Beckmesser in Wagner’s Die Meistersingervon Nürnberg, Alban Berg’s Wozzeckand Dr. Schön in Lulu, Golaud in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, with which he makes regular appearances at the major European opera houses. Contemporary composers such as Péter Eötvös, Detlev Glanert, Manfred Trojahn, Unsuk Chin, Peter Ruzicka and José-Maria Sanchez-Verdu have all dedicated leading roles in their operas to the baritone.

In addition to his operatic work, Dietrich Henschel is committed to the performance of lieder and concert works for voice. In orchestral concerts he has worked with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Kent Nagano, Cornelius Meister, Sylvain Cambreling and Semyon Bychkov. His collaborations with John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Colin Davis are documented on numerous oratorio recordings. Dietrich Henschel is particularly interested in theatrical and multimedia presentations of vocal music. He has performed staged versions of Schubert lieder cycles at La Monnaie, Theater an der Wien, Den Norske Opera Oslo and the Komische Oper Berlin, among others. In the project IRRSAL – Triptychon einer verbotenen Liebe, featuring the orchestral songs of Hugo Wolf, he combined film and live concert; his project featuring songs by Gustav Mahler, WUNDERHORN, was a collaboration with director Clara Pons, and was developed as a co-production between several European partners including De Doelen, La Monnaie and the BBC Symphony Orchestra London.

Last season, Dietrich Henschel presented a varied repertoire: in addition to playing the Speaker of the Temple in Zauberflöte at La Monnaie staged by Romeo Castellucci, he reprised the title role in Peter Ruzicka’s opera Benjaminat the Hamburg State Opera and played Martin Luther in the world premiere of Bo Holten’s opera Schlagt sie tot! in Malmö. He also performed at the Suntory Hall Tokyo, singing Schönberg’s Gurrelieder with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra under Sylvain Cambreling, and at the Berlin Philharmonic for Haydn’s Jahreszeiten with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Vladimir Jurowski.

In the 2019/20 season, Dietrich Henschel will be guesting at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in Chaya Czernowin’s world premiere Heart Chamber and taking on the role of Faninal in Damiano Michieletto’s new production of Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier at La Monnaie/De Munt in Brussels. In addition, his Christmas project X-mas Contemporary, created in collaboration with Vladimir Jurowski and the ensembleUnited, will be performed for the first time in the Konzerthaus Berlin and in Düsseldorf, with songs written for him in the spirit of the Christmas season. Further guest performances include Brahms’ Requiem under Kazushi Ono in Barcelona, the Schubert Festival with the Orchester Symphonique Montréal in Canada, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with RTVE in Madrid, and Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder in Tokyo paired with a recital tour of Japan, where his new recording of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin will be presented.

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  • Dietrich Henschel – Lulu 01 LuluBruxelles
  • Dietrich Henschel – Lulu 02 LuluBruxelles
  • Dietrich Henschel – Lulu 03 LuluBruxelles
  • Dietrich Henschel – Lulu 04 LuluBruxelles
  • Dietrich Henschel – Feuersnot 01 FeuersnotPalermo
  • Dietrich Henschel – Feuersnot 03 FeuersnotPalermo
  • Dietrich Henschel – Feuersnot 02 FeuersnotPalermo
  • Dietrich Henschel – Feuersnot 04 FeuersnotPalermo
  • Dietrich Henschel – Alice in Wonderland, LA Philharmonic here and there
  • Dietrich Henschel – Dr. Atomic here and there
  • Dietrich Henschel – Meister und Margerita, Hamburger Oper here and there


  • Wunderhorn

    feature film dircted by CLARA PONS
    performed with live music
    music: GUSTAV MAHLER/Lieder aus "Des Knaben Wunderhorn"


  • Dietrich Henschel – Irrsal

    IRRSAL / FORBIDDEN PRAYERS - Triptych of illicit love

    film directed by CLARA PONS
    performed with live music
    music: HUGO WOLF/Mörike-Lieder, Lieder aus dem Spanischen Liederbuch


  • Dietrich Henschel – Schwanengesang


    theater project by CLARA PONS
    music: FRANZ SCHUBERT/Schwanengesang




CD Lied

  • X-Mas Contemporary24 Weihnachtslieder des 21. Jahrhunderts
  • Invitation Au Voyage (Lieder von Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Pizzetti, duparc)Klavier: Fritz Schwinghammer (Harmonia mundi)
  • Hugo Wolf: Prometheus (Orchesterlieder)Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Leitung: Kent Nagano (Harmonia mundi)
  • Hugo Wolf: Mörike-LiederPhilippe Herreweghe – Royal Flemish Philharmonic (EPR Classics)
  • Franz Schubert: An Den MondKlavier: Helmut Deutsch (Harmonia mundi)
  • Franz Schubert: SchwanengesangKlavier: Fritz Schwinghammer (Ambroisie/Naïve)
  • Franz Schubert: WinterreiseKlavier: Irwin Gage (Teldec)
  • Franz Schubert: Die schöne MüllerinKlavier: Fritz Schwinghammer (EMI Classics)
  • Gustav Mahler: Rückert-Lieder/Des Knaben Wunderhorn/KindertotenliederHallé Orchestra, Leitung: Kent Nagano (Wea International/Warner)
  • Erich-Wolfgang Korngold: LiederKlavier: Helmut Deutsch (Harmonia mundi)
  • Hans Eisler: LiederKlavier: Axel Bauni (Orfeo)
  • Paul Dessau: LiederKlavier: Axel Bauni, Hanna Dóra Sturludottir (Orfeo)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: LiederKlavier: Michael Schäfer (Harmonia mundi)
  • Gustav Mahler: Des Knaben WunderhornBoris Berezovsky – Piano (EPR Classics)

CD Oper

  • Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von NürnbergRundfunkchor Berlin, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Leitung: Marek Janowski (PentaTone classics)
  • Otto Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weiber von WindsorWDR Rundfunkorchester Köln, Leitung: Helmuth Froschauer (Capriccio)
  • Erich-Wolfgang Korngold: Der Ring des Polykrates (Gesamtaufnahme)Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Leitung: Klauspeter Seibel (cpo)
  • Engelbert Humperdinck: Königskinder (Gesamtaufnahme)Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Chor des Bayrischen Rundfunks, Leitung: Fabio Luisi (Calig)
  • Edward Grieg: Peer Gynt (Komplette Schauspielmusik)Orchestre de la Suisse Romandre, Le Motet de Genève, Leitung: Guillaume Tourniaire (Aeon)
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck: Alceste (Gesamtaufnahme)The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Leitung: John Eliot Gardiner (Philips)
  • Peter Eötvös: Drei SchwesternOrchestre de L'Opéra de Lyon, Leitung: Kent Nagano, Peter Eötvös (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • Ferruccio Busoni: Doktor FaustOrchestre et Chœur de l'Opera National de Lyon, Leitung: Kent Nagano (Erato)

CD Oratorium/Konzert

  • The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage Vol. 28: For Ascension Day BWV 43, 37, 128, 11The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Leitung: John Eliot Gardiner
  • The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage Vol. 18: For Christmas Day BWV 63, 191; For Epiphany BWV 65, 123; For the First Sunday after Trinity BWV 154, 124, 32The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Leitung: John Eliot Gardiner
  • The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage Vol. 13: For the First Sunday in Advent BWV 61, 62, 36; For the Fourth Sunday in Advent BWV 70, 132, 147The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Leitung: John Eliot Gardiner
  • The Bach Cantata Pilgrimage Vol. 1: For the Feast of St. John the Baptist BWV 167, 7, 30; For the First Sunday after Trinity BWV 75, 39, 20The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Leitung: John Eliot Gardiner
  • Siegfried Wagner: Violinkonzert/Märchen vom dicken fetten PfannekuchenStaatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, Leitung: Werner Andreas Albert (cpo)
  • Franz Schreker und seine SchülerLuzerner Sinfonieorchester, Leitung: John Axelrod (Nimbus Records)
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Die Jakobsleiter, Friede auf ErdenRundfunkchor Berlin, Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Leitung: Kent Nagano (Harmonia mundi)
  • Joseph Haydn: Die Schöpfung (LSO Live)London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Leitung: Colin Davis
  • Joseph Haydn: Die SchöpfungLes Arts Florissants, Leitung: William Christie (Virgin Classics)
  • Joseph Haydn: Die JahreszeitenRIAS Kammerchor, Freiburger Barockorchester, Leitung: René Jacobs (Harmonia mundi)
  • Peter Eötvös: atlantisWDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Leitung: Peter Eötvös
  • Luciano Berio: In memoriam Luciano Berio – Rendering, StanzeFrench Army Chorus, Orchestre de Paris, Leitung: Christoph Eschenbach (Ondine)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sinfonie Nr. 9La Chapelle Royale, Orchestre de Champs-Elysées, Leitung: Philippe Herreweghe (Harmonia mundi)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Oster-KantatenThe Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Leitung: John Eliot Gardiner (Archiv Produktion)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Secular Cantatas (Edition Bachakademie)Gächinger Kantorei, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Leitung: Helmut Rilling (Hänssler)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-PassionCollegium Vocale Gent, Leitung: Philippe Herreweghe (Harmonia mundi)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Matthäus-PassionArnold Schönberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Leitung: Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Teldec)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: WeihnachtsoratoriumChorgemeinschaft Neubeuren, Orchester der KlangVerwaltung München, Leitung: Enoch zu Guttenberg (Farao)

DVD Oper

  • Richard Strauss: FeuersnotTeatro Massimo (Palermo), Leitung: Gabriele Ferro, mit: Dietrich Henschel, Nicola Beller-Carbone u.a., Regie: Emma Dante (Unitel Classics)
  • Alban Berg: LuluThéatre de la Monnaie (Brüssel), Leitung: Paul Davis, mit Barbara Hannigan, Dietrich Henschel, Tom Randle, Charles Workman u.a., Regie: Krysztof Warlikowski (BelAir Classics)
  • Richard Strauss: CapriccioOrchestre de L'Opera National de Paris, Leitung: Ulf Schirmer, mit: Renée Fleming, Franz Hawlata, Gerald Finley, Rainer Trost, Dietrich Henschel AnneSophie von Otter, Regie: Robert Carlsen (ArtHausMusik)
  • Claudio Monteverdi: Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patriaOrchester "La Scintilla" der Oper Zürich, Leitung: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, mit: Vesselina Kassarowa, Dietrich Henschel, Jonas Kaufmann u.a., Regie: Klaus-Michael Grüber (ArtHausMusik)
  • Claudio Monteverdi: L’OrfeoLes Arts Florissants, Leitung: William Christie, mit Dietrich Henschel, Maria Grazia Schiavo, Sonia Prina u.a., Regie: Pier Luigi Pizzi (Dynamic)
  • Ernst Krenek: Karl V./Kehrraus um St. StephanWiener Symphoniker (Bregenzer Festspiele), Leitung: Lothar Koenigs, mit: Dietrich Henschel, Nicola Beller-Carbone u.a., Regie: Uwe Eric Laufenberg (capriccio)
  • Joseph Haydn: Il mondo della lunaConcentus Musicus Wien (Theater an der Wien), Leitung: Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Theater an der Wien, mit: Dietrich Henschel, Bernhard Richter, Vivica Genaux u.a., Regie: Tobias Moretti (Cmajor)
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck: AlcesteThe Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists (Théatre du Châtelet, Paris), Leitung: John Eliot Gardiner, mit: Anne-Sophie von Otter, Paul Groves, Dietrich Henschel u.a., Regie: Bob Wilson (ArtHausMusik)
  • Unsuk Chin: Alice in WonderlandChor und Kinderchor der Bayrischen Staatsoper, Bayrisches Staatsorchester, Leitung: Kent Nagano, mit: Sally Matthews, Dame Gwyneth Jones, Dietrich Henschel u.a., Regie: Achim Freyer (medici arts)

DVD Oratorium/Konzert

  • Gustav Mahler: Sinfonie Nr. 8MDR Rundfunkchor, Chor der Oper Leipzig, GewandhausChor, Gewandhauskinderchor, Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Leitung: Riccardo Chailly (Accentus Music)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: H-Moll-MesseGewandhausKammerchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Leitung; Herbert Blomstedt (EuroArts)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: WeihnachtsoratoriumThe Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, Leitung: John Eliot Gardiner (ArtHausMusik)
Baritone Dietrich Henschel is a towering figure, physically, intellectually, musically and theatrically. His prowess as an interpreter, by which I mean precisely his ability to get below the surface of a song and right into its soul, is extraordinary. Herald Tribune


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