Lena Haselmann, mezzo-soprano


The German-Norwegian mezzo-soprano Lena Haselmann was born in Heidelberg and appeared at opera houses in Berlin (Staatsoper), Teatro alla Scala Milano, Teatro Comunale Bologna, National Opera Denmark, Opera Gothenburg Sweden, Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Weimar, Heidelberg or Schwetzingen. With a repertoire focussing on contemporary music, she is dedicated in particular to singing contemporary compositions. In November 2017 she succesfully made her debut at La Scala Milano in Salvatore Sciarrinos Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo (world premiere).

Lena Haselmann has performed with conductors as Christoph Eschenbach, Maxime Pascal, Helmuth Rilling, Marco Angius, Patrick Lange, David Coleman and Max Renne. She has worked with stage directors as Jürgen Flimm, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Thadeus Strassberger, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Philipp Kochheim, Thomas Schulte-Michels and Aniara Amos.

She performs at Prinzregententheater Munich, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Kunstfest Weimar, New Opera Festival Ostrava and many more. Her stage presence has been described as a „fearlessly seductive presence." (Classical Voice North America, Juli 2016).

Lena Haselmann studied voice at the University of Music and Performing Arts Mannheim and Augsburg-Nürnberg under the guidance of Prof. Rudolf Piernay and Prof. Dr. Edith Wiens. She attended master-classes with Susan Graham, Malcolm Martineau, Brian Zeger, Mechthild Georg and Ingrid Figur. Since then Lena Haselmann has worked and studied with soprano Leigh Hamilton, KS Renate Behle and Laura Aikin.

Ms. Haselmann, who holds a PHD in musicology, is also a specialist for Scandinavian Lied-repertoire. Oratorio and concert performances include e.g. Vaughan William's Serenade to Music with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, Mahler´s 2nd Symphony and Bach´s Christmas Oratorio with the Bachakademie Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling.

Her discography includes "Rastlose Lieder" with compositions from Norwegian women composers and „Durchlöcherte Tradition“, which features prohibited chamber works of the 19th century.

In 2018 Lena made her debut with Danish National Opera as Mercedés in Bizets opera Carmen, and for season 2020-21 she was back in Aarhus.

2019-20 season included engagements with Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Theater Brandenburg, Jönköping Sinfonietta (Sweden) and Sønderborg Symphony Orchestra (Denmark).