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Johanna Winkel initially made herself an excellent reputation in the early music scene and has been consistently expanding her stylistic range to include Romantic and Modern repertoire.

On concert podiums she has sung with musicAeterna conducted by Teodor Currentzis (in Purcell’s The Indian Queen), with the Bonn Beethoven Orchestra conducted by Christof Prick (in Britten’s War Requiem), with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Peter Dijkstra (in Frank Martin’s Le vin herbé), with the Cologne WDR Symphony Orchestra and Simon Halsey (in Mendelssohn’s Elijah), and with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra and Iván Fischer (in Bach’s Mass in B Minor). 


Johanna Winkel is also often heard on the opera stage. After having covered the roles of Mimi, Donna Elvira, and Micaela, she sang the roles of Alcina, Rosalinde, Agathe, and Beethoven’s Leonore with great success.


In 2017 she made her début appearance at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann in the role of Gerhilde in Die Walküre. Soon thereafter, she made a guest appearance in the same role with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden. At the 2018 Styriarte Festival in Austria she sang Beethoven’s Leonore under the baton of Andrés Orozco-Estrada.


In Lied recitals she appears in tandem with actor Josef Hader and pianist Yvonne Gesler. The three artists explore how literary motifs of “Dark Romanticism” have found their way into artsong repertoire from the early 19th century until today. Their programme was premièred at the Vienna Konzerthaus.


Johanna Winkel can be heard as soloist on a number of recordings. Her CD releases include Louis Spohr’s oratorio Die letzten Dinge with the Bremen Kammerphilharmonie, Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, works by Mendelssohn with the Bavarian Radio Choir, and Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.


On her agenda for the 2019/20 season she has an upcoming opera production with Trevor Pinnock within the framework of the Potsdam Winter Opera, as well as a number of concert appearances with Collegium 1704 (Václav Luks), the Bochum Symphony (Steven Sloane), the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Alexander Liebreich), the Stuttgart International Bach Academy (Hans-Christoph Rademann), the Dutch Chamber Choir (Peter Dijkstra), and Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (Alexander Liebreich).


Homepage Johanna Winkel


2019/2020 season (Representation: non-exclusive)


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