Henrike Legner
Soprano

Biography

Henrike is a 22-year old German soprano, who is studying for her Master’s degree at the Conservatorio di Musica Cesare Pollini in Padova, with Cosetta Tosetti. 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 to complete her Bachelor degree with distinction in July 2019. Since 2020, Henrike is generously supported by the arteMusica foundation.

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 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 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) and at the age of 17 “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” (Bach) in Wigmore Hall.

In the first years of her undergraduate degree, Henrike 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 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 took part in many masterclasses: among others with Emma Kirkby, KS Angelika Kirchschlager, KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Prof. Christiane Iven and Edith Mathis.

In 2018 Henrike started a Lied-Duo with the pianist Sofia Andreoli in Padova. They will take part in the Udo Reinemann International Masterclass for Duos under the direction of Christianne Stotijn at the La Monnaie in Brussels, from September 2019 until April 2020.

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

Deutsche Version

Henrike Legner ist eine 22-jährige Sopranistin aus Deutschland. Sie studiert zur Zeit am Conservatorio di Musica Cesare Pollini in Padova, mit Cosetta Tosetti. Seit Januar 2020 wird sie großzügig von der Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur arteMusica gefördert.

Bereits seit frühester Kindheit spielt Henrike Violine und Klavier und war Mitglied des Kinderchores der Deutschen Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf. Mit zwölf Jahren nahm sie Gesangsunterricht bei Dorothee Wohlgemuth und gewann mehrere erste und zweite Preise beim Bundeswettbewerb „Jugend Musiziert”. 2013 erhielt sie ein Stipendium für das Internat Shrewsbury School in England, wo sie im Alter von siebzehn Jahren „Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen” (J. S. Bach) in Wigmore Hall, London sang.

Henrike begann ihr Bachelorstudium am Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, wo sie unter anderem die Rolle der Drusilla in „L’Incoronazione di Poppea” (Monteverdi) mit der Trinity Laban Opera, unter der Leitung von Nicholas Kraemer und Harry Fehr, sang.

2016 gewann sie den Collingwood Finalist Prize beim Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary für junge Sänger.

Als Solistin sang Henrike unter anderem in Konzerten in der Old Royal Naval Chapel (London), mit den Burgate Singers and Sinfonia (London), mit dem Shrewsbury School Community Choir (Shrewsbury) und beim New Generations Festival (Florenz).

Meisterkurse besuchte sie u.a. bei Emma Kirkby, KS Angelika Kirchschlager, KS Brigitte Fassbaender, Joan Patenaude-Yarnell, Prof. Christiane Iven und Edith Mathis.

Nach einem Erasmus Austausch wechselte sie 2018 an das Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padova wo sie bei Cosetta Tosetti studiert. Im Juli 2019 hat sie dort ihr Bachelor Studium mit Auszeichnung abgeschlossen. Des Weiteren gründete sie ein Lied-Duo mit der Pianistin Sofia Andreoli und wird ab September an der Udo Reinemann International Masterclass für Duos in Brüssel unter der Leitung von Christianne Stotijn teilnehmen.

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