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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 as well.


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), with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra and Iván Fischer (in Bach’s Mass in B Minor), with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken (in Handel’s Messiah), and with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony). She is likewise regularly invited to perform with the Stuttgart International Bach Academy.


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 April of 2017 she made her début appearance at the Salzburg Easter Festival under the baton of Christian Thielemann, covering the role of Gerhilde in Die Walküre. In the fall of 2017 she sang the same role in China with the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducted by Jaap van Zweden, then at the Semperoper in Dresden, once more under the baton of Christian Thielemann. 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, leading to thrilling correspondences between text and music. This programme was premièred at the Vienna Konzerthaus.


Johanna Winkel can be heard as soloist on a number of recordings for broadcast and on CD. Her CD releases include Louis Spohr’s oratorio Die letzten Dinge with the Bremen Kammerphilharmonie (Frieder Bernius), Schoenberg’s Moses und Aron with the SWR Symphony Orchestra (Sylvain Cambreling), Bach’s Magnificat with the Arion Baroque Orchestra (Alexander Weimann), works by Mendelssohn with the Bavarian Radio Choir (Howard Arman), and the complete recording of Bach’s Lutheran Chorale Cantatas conducted by Christoph Spering (ECHO KLASSIK Prize 2017). In 2018 she appeared on Łukasz Borowicz’s recording of Bruckner’s Missa Solemnis with the RIAS Chamber Choir on the Diapason label, and Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Liebreich.


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2019/2020 season (Representation: non-exclusive)


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