Henrike Legner

soprano

Steckbrief

Where do I come from?

Moers (a little town close to Düsseldorf)

Why do I sing?

When I sing, I can let myself go completely, enter into a world, where I forget everything around me. Simply, because the music is so powerful.

And what do I like apart from singing?

Dance (especially ballet and contemporary), playing the piano, reading, writing, board games, outdoor activities.

My own personal musical highlight?

When I was 17 years old I sang the Cantata ”Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen“ by Bach with the Shrewsbury Chamber Orchestra in Wigmore Hall, London.

My motto?

Stay humble, work hard, be kind.

Biography

Henrike Legner is a 24 year-old soprano, studying at the Theatre Academy August Everding in Munich in the class of KS Prof. Christiane Iven. She completed the first three years of her undergraduate degree at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London. After an Erasmus exchange, she stayed in Padova, Italy to complete her Bachelor`s degree with distinction in July 2019 at the Conservatorio di Musica Cesare Pollini.

Henrike’s further development has been supported by by the arteMusica foundation and the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation Munich (2023) as well as masterclasses with Emma Kirkby, KS Angelika Kirchschlager, KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Edith Mathis and more.

In her first year at the Theaterakademie August Everding Henrike performed Ginevra in Handel’s “Ariodante” and Die Kammerjungfrau in “Die Gänsemagd” (Iris ter Shiphorst) directed by Neil Barry Moss. Upcoming performances include Sole/Alinde in Cavalli’s “ Il Giasone”.

Henrike gained further experience with opera repertoire as Drusilla in “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” with the Trinity Laban Opera, Chorus (one to a part) in “Orfeo e Euridice” (Gluck) with the New Generations Festival Company (Italy), Bastienne in “Bastien und Bastienne”, Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro” (english), Cinderellain “Cinderella” (Peter Maxwell Davies).

As a concert soloist, Henrike sang with the Burgate Singers and Sinfonia (London), with the Shrewsbury School Community Choir (Shrewsbury) with repertoire including: “Messiah” (Handel), “Nulla in mundo pax sincera” (Vivaldi), “Vesperae Solennes ” (Mozart), “Exsultate Jubilate” (Mozart), “Gloria” (Poulenc), “Nelson Mass” (Haydn), “Stabat Mater” (Szymanowski) and “St. John Passion” (Bach).

Since early childhood, Henrike has played the violin and the piano. At the age of 8, she joined the children’s choir at the “Deutsche Oper am Rhein” in Düsseldorf, and at the age of 12, she started taking singing lessons with Dorothee Wohlgemuth. During the next few years, she won multiple 1st and 2nd prizes in the national final of “Jugend Musiziert”. In 2013, Henrike received a music scholarship from Shrewsbury School, where she sang “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” (Bach) in Wigmore Hall at the age of 17.In 2016 she won the Collingwood Finalist Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for young singers.

In 2018 she started a Lied-Duo with the pianist Sofia Andreoli in Padova. They took part in the Udo Reinemann International Masterclass for Duos under the direction of Christianne Stotijn at the La Monnaie in Brussels.

During her time at Trinity Laban, Henrike was a Choral Scholar at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir with Ralph Allwood where she performed many solos.

Other interests include dance (ballet and contemporary).

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