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 23 year old soprano, who is studying at the Theatre Academy August Everding in Munich in the class of KS Prof. Christiane Iven and Sabine Lahm. 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 with Cosetta Tosetti. Since 2020, Henrike Legner is generously supported by the arteMusica foundation.

Since early childhood, Henrike Legner 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 when she was 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”. Other performances included Bastienne in “Bastien und Bastienne” (Mozart) and Cinderella in “Cinderella” (Peter Maxwell Davies).

In 2013, Henrike Legner received a music scholarship from Shrewsbury School, where she was the Solo Soprano in “Messiah” (Handel), “Nulla in mundo pax sincera” (Vivaldi), “Vesperae Solennes” (Mozart), Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro” (Mozart). Moreover she sang “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” (Bach) in Wigmore Hall at the age of 17.

In the first years of her undergraduate degree, Henrike Legner performed several lunchtime recitals at the Old Royal Naval Chapel in Greenwich. With the Burgate Singers and Sinfonia, she was the soloist in “Exsultate Jubilate” (Mozart), “Gloria” (Poulenc), “Nelson Mass” (Haydn) and “Stabat Mater” (Szymanowski). With the Shrewsbury School Community Choir, she was the soloist in “St John Passion” (Bach).

In 2016 she won the Collingwood Finalist Prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for young singers, and in 2017, Henrike Legner sang Drusilla in “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” (Monteverdi) with the Trinity Laban Opera.

Other engagements include Chorus (one to a part) in “Orfeo e Euridice” (Gluck) with the New Generations Festival Company in Firenze, Milan and Piemonte.

During the last years, Henrike Legner took part in many masterclasses: among others with Emma Kirkby, KS Angelika Kirchschlager, KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell and Edith Mathis.

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 Legner 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), for which she started training more intensely over the last years with Giulia Giacon (Simply Dance Padova) and took part in the Progetto Danza Treviso Summer Intensive 2021.

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