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The young German mezzosoprano Dorothee Bienert has a beautiful dark-timbered, warm voice.
She has been a permanent ensemble member at the Landestheater Detmold since the 21/22 season. There she has sung roles such as Suzuki (Madama Butterfly), Amastre (Xerxes), Cherubino in “Le nozze di Figaro,” Olga in “Eugene Onegin,” Dryad in “Ariadne auf Naxos” and Frau#1 in the musical “Liebe, Mord und Adelspflichten,” which celebrated its German premiere in Detmold in fall 2021. Previously, she was a member of the opera studio at the Landestheater Detmold in the seasons 19/20 and 20/21 and appeared as Ulf in the children’s opera “Kannst du pfeifen, Johanna?”, as Nanette in “Wildschütz” and in the double role of Tante Hardegg/Obereunuch in Lehár’s “Land des
Land of Smiles”. She also appears frequently on stage at the Junge Theater, most recently as an opera singer
in the classroom play “Sterben kann Jede”.
Other engagements have taken her to the Bonn Opera House, the Oldenburg State Theater, the Junge Oper Schloss Weikersheim, the Hamburg Chamber Opera, the Lübeck City Theater and the Junge Studio there. She has already worked with directors such as Karen Stone, Jan Eßinger, Anthony Pilavachi, Dominik Wilgenbus, Kay Link, Guta G.N. Rau, Katja Wolff and Götz Hellriegel.
Dorothee Bienert is also in demand as an oratorio and concert singer, and is performing internationally with increasing frequency.
In the winter of 2021 and 2022, for example, she was heard as soloist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in Riga under the baton of Kaspars Putniņš. As part of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, she was engaged alongside actor Klaus Maria Brandauer and baritone Michael Nagy in Schumann’s “Scenes from Goethe’s Faust,” which was performed both at the Lübeck Music and Congress Hall and the Danish Alsion in Sønderburg. In the course of the 3rd International Music Festival Hamburg she made her debut at the Elbphilharmonie, where she sang the part of the Narrator in Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia”. Further concerts took her to the Laieszhalle Hamburg, the Hamburg Michel, the Deutsche Haus Flensburg and the Detmold Konzerthaus. She has been heard as soloist in numerous cantatas, masses, passions and oratorios by Bach, as well as in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and works by Schütz, Monteverdi, Telemann, Handel, Debussy and Mahler.
She has been a soloist at festivals such as the Jūrmalas Festivāls (Latvia), the Rheingau Music Festival, the Dresden Music Festival, the SHMF and the Brahms Festival Lübeck. Furthermore, she has sung together with ensembles such as the Sinfonietta Riga and the Latvian Radio Choir, the Elbipolis Baroque Orchestra, the Ensemble Schirokko, the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester as well as the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie and the Philharmonie Südwestfalen.
She has also worked with renowned conductors such as Andris Veismanis, Ton Koopmann, Bruno Weil, Matthias Janz, Ulrich Windfuhr and Florian Ludwig.
The versatile mezzo-soprano is also devoting herself increasingly to lied singing and has recently begun working with Prof. Manuel Lange. Since then, she has been a prizewinner in the GFF Lieder Competition at the Detmold University of Music and has given several recitals, including an online recital that was published as part of the digital schedule of the Landestheater Detmold.
She achieved further success in 2020 as a finalist in the German National Singing Competition in Berlin and in 2021 as a semi-finalist in the 39th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, where she was awarded the special prize in the form of a concert engagement.
Dorothee Bienert first studied at the Bachelor’s level with Prof. Christiane Hampe and completed her Master’s studies with Prof. Manuela Uhl at the University of Music Lübeck in April 2019 with top marks. In addition to her studies, she received important musical impulses from Margreet Honig, Valérie Guillorit, Gerhild Romberger and Hedwig Fassbender.