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Charlotte Hellekant

  • Mezzo-Soprano

Biography

Charlotte Hellekant has appeared widely on the opera stage on both sides of the Atlantic. In Washington she has sung Cherubino and Charlotte; with the Canadian Opera Company, Cherubino and Dorabella; at Glimmerglass, Charlotte and the Composer and at the Met, the Page in Strauss’ Salomé. At L’Opera National de Paris, she has appeared as Siebel, Cherubino and Gluck’s Orfeo; at De Vlaamse Opera, Prince Charmant in Massenet’s Cendrillon, Fatima in Oberon and Niklausse; at the New Israeli Opera and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Charlotte; at De Nederlandse Opera, Janacek’s Varvara, Anna/Les Troyens, Handel’s Micah/Samson, Cornelia and Lichas/Hercules; at ENO, Bradamantes; at the Opera National de Lille and La Monnaie Brussels, Cornelia; at Stockholm’s Royal Opera, Carmen and at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Ino. At the Komische Oper Berlin, Charlotte Hellekant portrayed the title role in Handel’s Orest conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock, filmed for television and DVD release. Her debut at the Zurich Opera was marked by a new production of Giulio Cesare, conducted by Marc Minkowski and her debut at the Salzburg Festival was with the role of Marguérite. At the Aix-en-Provence Festival Charlote has been heard as Ino, Ottone and Meg Page/Falstaff, at the Ruhr Triennale in La Damnation de Faust and at the Glyndebourne Festival as Carmen.

In past seasons, Charlotte’s performances in contemporary repertoire have included Erik Bergmans’ The Singing Tree (Helsinki, Berlin), Lotte in the American première of Hans-Jürgan von Bose's The Sorrows of Young Werther (Santa Fe); Erika in Barber’s Vanessa (Washington Opera); Cherubino in Corigliani's Ghosts of Versailles (Chicago), Amando in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (Salzburg and Paris Chatelet) and Sir Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking (Opera Ireland).

Alongside operatic engagements, Charlotte Hellekant is also a highly acclaimed and versatile concert performer. Concert highlights include Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis (Eschenbach/NDR Orchester); Berg, Sieben fruhe Lieder (Orchestre de Paris/Paavo Jarvi); Berio Folk Songs (Oslo Philharmonic/Jansons); Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint Sebastian (Philharmonia/Salonen and Salzburg Festival/Nagano); Ligeti’s Requiem (Philharmonia/Salonen - also recorded by Sony); Sibelius’ Kullervo (RSO Frankfurt/Paavo Jarvi); Bluebeard’s Castle (BBC Proms with the Philharmonia/von Dohnanyi and Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jukka-Pekka Saraste).

Recognised as a fine exponent of Mahler, Charlotte Hellekant has performed his Symphony No 2, Symphony No 3, Symphony No 8, Rückertlieder, Das Lied von der Erde, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and features in the BBC Great Composers documentary about Mahler with the late Sir Georg Solti.

Charlotte Hellekant portrays Kate Julian in Britten’s Owen Wingrave in a recording and film, conducted by Nagano, for Channel 4 TV and appears on several recordings including Mahler, Symphony No 2 with Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony (Decca), Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with Salonen (Sony), Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Messiah with Minkowski/Les Musiciens du Louvre (DG), Grieg’s Peer Gynt with Paavo Jarvi (Virgin Classics), Nystroem’s Sinfonia del Mare and Songs by the Sea with Svetlanov and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (Musica Sveciae), and a further collection of Nystroem songs recorded with Anders Kilström for Daphne records.

In the current season Charlotte Hellekant appears as Nerone/Poppea at the Drottningholm Theatre, will further broaden her repertoire with Klytemnestra in Gluck’s Iphigenie en Aulide at La Monnaie and returns to De Nederlandse Opera as Anna in Les Troyens. Concert appearances include Bluebeard’s Castle with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Christoph von Dohnanyi.