We're delighted to announce that Robin Johannsen has joined the Rayfield Allied roster for general management.
American soprano Robin Johannsen began her career as a young artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, after which she joined Oper Leipzig. Robin has gone on to establish an international career both on the opera stage and in concert with a special affinity for the Baroque and Classical repertoires.
“Johannsen, though, is a superb Konstanze, with impeccably expressive coloratura and a beautiful silvery tone.” Tim Ashley, Gramophone (CD: MOZART Die Entführung aus dem Serail with Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs, Harmonia Mundi)
“… splendidly matched by soprano Robin Johannsen, whose Israelitish Woman offered a wealth of pointed, crystalline singing. The Act 2 aria ‘From mighty kings he took the spoil,’ a virtuoso display of technical prowess and expressive specificity, was only one delight among many.” Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle (HANDEL Judas Maccabeus with Philarmonia Baroque Orchestra)
“Robin Johannsen’s assumption of this, the biggest female role [Clio], comes close to stealing the show. Hers is a lovely bright soprano, full of character, a voice that comes with a high level of technical accomplishments which include excellent diction and beautifully turned, agile ornaments that encompass several perfectly executed cadential trills.” Brian Robins, Opera Magazine (CD: HANDEL: Parnasso In festa with Barockorchester & Vokalensemble Basel, Andrea Macron, Pentatone)
Robin has appeared at Theater an der Wien, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Athens’ Megaron, Staatsoper Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburgische Staatsoper, Teatro Regio Torino, Staatsoper Stuttgart, Oper Frankfurt, Vlaamse Opera, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Komische Oper Berlin, and Bayreuth Festival, where roles have included Susanna Le nozze di Figaro, Norina Don Pasquale, Oscar Un ballo in maschera, Venere/Giuturna Amor vien dal destino, title role Almira, Soeur Constance Les dialogues des Carmélites, Marzelline Beethoven’s Leonore Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, the title role of Telemann’s Emma und Eginhard, and Adina L’elisir d’amore.
Recent highlights include debuts with Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Haydn’s Schöpfung (Manfred Honeck), Brahms Requiem with the Mozarteum Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and Mozart’s Requiem with Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Daniel Reuss), radio and television broadcasts of St. John’s Passion with the Bach Netherlands Society (listen here), Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and a CD recording for Harmonia Mundi with RIAS Kammerchor.
Future projects include Fiordiligi Così fan tutte for Opera Vlaanderen with Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Trevor Pinnock, a new production of Vivaldi’s Il Giustino at the Berliner Staatsoper under René Jacobs, Angelica in Orlando Paladino with the Kammerorchester Basel, the Fairy Queen with Concentus Musicus Wien under Stefan Gottfried, Haydn’s Schöpfung with Philippe Herreweghe and the Concertgebouworkest, Bach’s B Minor Mass with Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España (David Afkham), as well as tours and concerts with RIAS Kammerchor and the Freiburger Barockorchester.
We are thrilled to welcome Robin to the Rayfield Allied roster, where she will be managed by Nicki Wenham and Sophie Richardson.