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Chen Reiss

Soprano Chen Reiss has established a strongly-acclaimed and distinctive 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, USA).

Born in Israel, she came to prominence as a member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera under the music directorship of Zubin Mehta, and has for a number of years been a resident artist at the Vienna State Opera. She has also performed leading parts at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Teatro alla Scala, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Netherlands Opera, Wiener Festwochen, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Israeli Opera.

Recent highlights include Marzelline in a new production of Beethoven’s Leonore (the original version of Fidelio) and her role debuts as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Aennchen (Der Freischutz) at the Vienna State Opera where she also returned in signature roles including Ginevra (Ariodante) and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Zerlina and Ginevra at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, her role debut in the title role of Mozart’s Zaide in her debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, her debut at Teatro Real in Madrid and Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona as Ginevra (Ariodante) under William Christie, and her role debut as Liu (Turandot) with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

She appeared in concert with signature repertoire including performances of 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 Philharmonia Orchestra under Lahav Shani, as well as at an Israel Philharmonic gala performance to mark Zubin Mehta’s farewell after 50 years as the orchestra’s Music Director. 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 Czech Philharmonic under Semyon Bychkov (Mahler Symphony No.4 and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem) and the Filarmonica della Scala (Mozart arias with Zubin Mehta), and sang Strauss’s Four last Songs for the first time with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Galicia under Carlo Rizzi. She also guested with the Orchestre National de France with Berg’s Sieben fruhe lieder and Lulu Suite, Mozart’s Coronation Mass with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

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