Soprano Chen Reiss has established a strongly acclaimed career, enchanting audiences with ‘one of the most perfect Strauss voices one could wish for’ (Classical Source), ‘a voice of silver brightness and clarity’ (Bachtrack) with ‘immaculately produced and enticing tone matched by superb musicianship’ (Opera News). Recent highlights include the title role in Cavalli’s La Calisto at the Teatro alla Scala, Ginevra (Ariodante) at the Royal Opera House, Mozart’s Zaide at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Liu (Turandot) with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.
She gave her first performances of Strauss’s Four Last Songs, Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, Bruckner’s Mass in F minor and Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, and appeared in concert singing Mahler’s Second and Fourth Symphonies with the Munich Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Lahav Shani. She debuted with the Berlin Radio Symphony under Vladimir Jurowski (Haydn Die Jahreszeiten), the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Antonio Pappano (Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem), the Berlin and Czech Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov (Mahler Fourth Symphony) and the Filarmonica della Scala. Highlights of this season include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at the Gstaad and Grafenegg Festivals, Das Klagende Lied at the Leipzig Mahler Festival, Bach and Beethoven with the Israel Philharmonic, Berg’s Sieben frühe Lieder with the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich and Munich Philharmonic, as well as her debut with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC. Recent CD releases include Mahler’s Fourth Symphony (Pentatone), orchestral lieder and scenas by Fanny Hensel and Felix Mendelssohn, and Immortal Beloved, a recording of Beethoven arias with the Academy of Ancient Music for Onyx Classics. Forthcoming releases include Schreker’s Vom ewigen Leben for Deutsche Grammophon with Christoph Eschenbach and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin. With the Vienna Philharmonic she was the guest soloist at a gala concert in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and with the Orchestre National de France under Alain Altinoglu she took part in the 2019 Bastille Day Concert de Paris, televised live from the Eiffel Tower. In December 2014, Chen Reiss was invited to sing for Pope Francis during the Christmas Mass, which was broadcast worldwide.
She has recorded a wide range of repertoire including a disc of Mozart and Haydn arias, the Lied recital Le Rossignol et la Rose with pianist Charles Spencer (both for Onyx Classics), roles in complete recordings of Die Fledermaus (Capriccio), Don Giovanni and Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem (Helicon), Lehar’s Das Fürstenkind (CPO), as well as DVD releases of Fauré’s Requiem with Orchestre de Paris conducted by Paavo Järvi, and Mahler’s Second Symphony with the Munich Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel. Accompanied by the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, she sang the soundtrack to Tom Tykwer’s film Perfume: the Story of a Murderer