Helena KÖHNE  Mezzo-soprano
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

In the season 2021 Helena Köhne made her successful debut at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden State Theatre as ERDA in “Das Rheingold” and “Siegfried” and as SCHWERTLEITE in “Die Walküre”.
In 2022 she sang GENEVIÈVE in “Pelléas et Mélisande” at the Nürnberg State Theater in concerts and will portray this very role here in 2024 in a scenic production.

Guest engagements brought the alto singer recently as the OLD BURIJA to the Opéra Dijon and the Opéra Caen, as BIANCA in ”The Rape of Lucretia” to the Opera Cologne, as ADELAIDE in “Arabella” to the Opera House Kiel, as WESENER’S MOTHER in “Die Soldaten” to the Nürnberg State Opera and to the Wiesbaden May Festival and as WET NURSE in “Boris Godunov” and ANNINA to the Wiesbaden State Theater. She sang the 3rd DAME in “Die Zauberflöte” in a production by Barrie Kosky at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

Helena Köhne studied singing at the Hamburg Conservatory with Klaus Bülow and at the Berlin University of Arts with Prof. Jutta Schlegel. 2003 legte Sie Ihr Diplom ab und wurde danach von Ruthild Engert künstlerisch betreut.

The singer was a scholarship holder of the Walter Kaminski Foundation and semi-finalist of the German Federal Singing Competition. At the Hanns Eisler Competition she was awarded the Prize for the best Interpretation of Contemporary Music for her interpretation of ‚eine Frau‘ - opera SWAP by Nicolai Zink.
At the International Bach Academy (Ltg. Helmut Rilling) she participated in numerous singing workshops with Ingeborg Danz and she attended scenic workshops with Vera Nemirova at the Berlin Academy of Arts.

HELENA KÖHNE is also a very much sought-after concert singer. She performed works such as the Christmas Oratorium, the Mozart Requiem, the Schumann Requiem, Frank Martin’s ‚In Terra Pax‘, various passions Berliner Philharmonics, the Hamburg Music Hall, the Oetkerhalle Bielefeld, and many others...

Since 2012 Helena Köhne has had guest performances as the MOTHER in der Braunfels’ opera “Die Verkündigung” at the Kaiserslautern Theater, as FILIPJEWNA in “Eugen Onegin” at the Görlitz Theater and at the Oldenburg State Theater, as ADELAIDE in “Arabella”, MARTHE SCHWERTLEIN in “Faust” and MS. QUICKLY in “Falstaff” at the Weimar National Theater, as the OLD BURYA in “Jenůfa” at the Görlitz Theater and she sang Mahler’s 8th symphony at the Berliner Philharmonics.
The artist also knew great successes with opera and operetta parts in Freiburg, Kassel and at the Eutin Festival. Here, she was very successful as CZIPRA and PALMATICA.

In 2019 she returned as the OLD BURYA to the Kaiserslautern Theater. In 2019/20 she performed in the contemporary opera STRAFEN at the Opéra Dijon and in 21/22 she was FILIPJEVNA at the Volkstheater Rostock.

Due to the COVD19 pandemic her engagement as the OLD BURYA a t the Flemish Opera Antwerp in autumn 2020 was canceled..

In the season 2022/23 she makes her debut as KLYTHÄMNESTRA in “Elektr” at the Münster Theater.

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Opéra de Dijon – Les Chatiments – LA MÈRE/MADAME SAMSA
Helena Köhne with her smooth alto timbre as the mother.
Klassikfavori
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The alto Helena Köhne is a magnificent Madame Samsa; of full sound and spotless eloquence, intensified by her play , which immediately met with acclamation.
Classiquenews.com
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Madame Samsa is sung by Helena Köhne, who has a beautiful alto voice, which already attracted attention with her portrayal of the grandmother in Jenufa.
ForumOpera.com
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....his mother Madame Samsa, sung by the alto Helena Köhne with her beautiful, rich alto voice..
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The roles of La Mère / Madame Samsa, which are so coherent, they require from Helena Köhne a voice, secure in the high registers changing suddenly into extremely low registers at the end.
Olyrix
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Oper Köln – Rape of Lucretia - BIANCA
Helena Köhne as beautifully singing nurse Bianca.
Der Opernfreund
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Opéra de Dijon – Jenufa – ALTE BURYA
Also worth mentioning Helena Köhne with her vivid interpretation of the Old Burya.
Concertonet
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Among the smaller roles, Helena Könhe with her fabulous contralto voice is particularly worth mentioning.
ClassiqueNews
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The alto soprano Helena Köhne gives a splendid interpretation of the Old Burya: her figure, her acting, her words and her singing are real. Thus, it is no surprise her 3 appearances were a true gain.
ForumOpera
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Oper Kiel - Arabella - ADELAIDE
Wonderfully keen was the portrayal of Adelaide as future mother-in-law, who tardily discovers her eroticism and would rather like to test her potential sons-in-law’s manhood herself. With her rich, powerful alto voice Helena Köhne draws a strong vocal and dramatic profile
Opernwelt 2/2018 Peter Krause
Staatstheater Wiesbaden - Boris Godunov - AMME
'At their side the dark alto voice of Helena Köhne.'
Der neue Merker
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'...meanwhile Helena Kohne as a matronly nanny trumps with pastose alto registers.'
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Wiesbaden State Theatre - La Traviata - ANNINA
'In the role of Annina, Helena Koehne with her profound voice material was very convincing.'
Der Opernfreund
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Arabella - ADELAIDE - Weimar National Theatre
'Helena Koehne as his wife impressed with beauty of sound and perfect acting'
Klaus Billand, Der neue Merker
 
 
 
ON STAGE
Volkstheater Rostock - Eugen Onegin – FILIPJEWNA
 
Volkstheater Rostock - Eugen Onegin – FILIPJEWNA
 
Oper Köln - The Rape of Lucretia – BIANCA
 
Oper Köln - The Rape of Lucretia – BIANCA
 
Opera de Dijon - Jenufa – ALTE BURYA
(crédit photos Opéra de Dijon © Gilles Abegg)
 
Opera de Dijon - Jenufa – ALTE BURYA
(crédit photos Opéra de Dijon © Gilles Abegg)
 
Oper Kiel - Arabella - ADELAIDE
 
Eutiner Festspiele - Der Vogelhändler - ADELAIDE
 
Eutiner Festspiele - Der Vogelhändler - ADELAIDE
 
Eutiner Festspiele - Der Vogelhändler - ADELAIDE
 
Theater Görlitz - Jenufa - ALTE BURYA
 
Staatstheater Oldenburg - Eugen Onegin - FILIPJEWNA
 
Nationaltheater Weimar - Falstaff
Foto Erhard Driesel
 
Nationaltheater Weimar - Falstaff
Foto Erhard Driesel