Juliane Banse is an artist of outstanding artistic versatility. Her opera repertoire has an extremely wide range, she sang roles like Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Countess in Figaro (her debut at the Salzburg Festival), Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Vitellia (La Clemenza di Tito), Genoveva (title role), Tatjana (Eugen Onegin), Arabella (title role), Grete (Der ferne Klang), or Leonore (Fidelio). She made her US opera debut at the Lyrical Opera of Chicago as Rosalinde (Fledermaus) and shortly after her debut at the MET as Zdenka in Arabella (2014). Last season she had a big success not only for her interpretation of the title role of Girgory Frid’s Tagebuch der Anne Frank at Theater an der Wien, but also when she stepped in as Jeanne d’Arc in the so titled opera of Stefan Braunfels at Opera Cologne and for a world premiere of Manfred Trojahn within the Salzburg Easter Festival.
On the concert stage too, Mrs. Banse is sought after in a wide variety of roles. She has worked with numerous conductors of note including Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Franz Welser-Möst, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta. She also works regularly with Heinz Holliger, well remembered is her much-fêted performance as Snow White in the premiere of the opera of the same name (Schneewittchen) at Zurich Opera.
Upcoming engagements will take Juliane Banse to the opera houses in Nantes and Anger where she sings as Elsa von Brabant in Wagner’s Lohengrin. At the Deutsche Oper am Rhein she sings in the new production of Lehár’s Graf von Luxemburg by Jens-Daniel Herzog in the role of Angèle Didier. At opera Cologne she will be heard in the title role of Poulenc’s Voix humaine. Concert engagements take her to Kölner Kammerorchester, to Klavierfestival Ruhr and to the Philharmonie of Cologne.
Another focus for Juliane Banse is chamber music. She will perform at Schubertiade Vilabertran, in Oxford, Elmau with Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder, in Bremen with a composition by Reimann dedicated to her and with Wolfram Rieger at the occasion of the overture of the Boulez hall in Berlin.
Mrs. Banse was born in southern Germany and grew up in Zurich. She took lessons first with Paul Steiner, and later with Ruth Rohner at the Zurich Opera House, completing her studies under Brigitte Fassbaender and Daphne Evangelatos in Munich. She did her stage debut as a twenty-year-old in the role of Pamina in Harry Kupfer’s production of The Magic Flute at the Komische Oper Berlin.
Many of her CD recordings have won awards. Two recordings with Juliane Banse got the Echo Klassik: Braunfels’s Jeanne D’Arc with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Manfred Honeck (nominated ‘first world recording of the year’) and Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich under David Zinman (‘symphonic recording of the year, 19th century’). Further outstanding projects include a collection of opera arias under the title Per Amore with the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, the recording of Lieder Tief in der Nacht with Aleksandar Madzar and finally the film Hunter’s Bride/Der Freischütz with the London Symphony Orchestra, Juliane Banse singing/playing Agathe, directed by Daniel Harding. This season her first CD with the Münchner Rundfunkorchester will be released with works of Braunfels, Korngold, Marx and Pfitzner.