Born in the South of Germany and spent her childhood in Zürich, Switzerland. She began playing the violin at the age of five and also trained as a ballerina at the Zürich Opera. She began singing lessons at the age of 15 and completed her studies under Brigitte Fassbaender and Daphne Evangelatos in Munich. Her artistic breakthrough came at the age of 20 as Pamina in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute“ at the Komische Oper Berlin. Juliane sings a diverse opera and concert repertoire. She has worked with composer/ conductor Heinz Holliger and conductors Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Chailly, Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons and Zubin Mehta, among others. In the 2020 season she will perform Schubert’s “Winterreise“ in a danced and sung form, accompanied by pianist Alexander Krichel and dancer István Simon; Berg’s “Wozzeck” fragments with the SWR Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt; György Kurtág’s “Messages of the late R. V. Troussova” with Ensemble Modern under Heinz Holliger, Henze’s “Nachtstücke und Arien” with the ORF Austrian Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop; Grigory Frid’s “Diary of Anne Frank” at the Theater an der Wien; and Poulenc’s mono opera “Voix humaine” at the Berlin State Opera. Many of Juliane Banse’s CD recordings have won awards; two received an Echo Klassik. Since 2016, Juliane Banse is a Professor of voice at the Robert Schumann Academy in Düsseldorf.
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