HAVING GROWN UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SWISS ALPS, FRANZISKA IS THE HAPPIEST PERSON SHARING MUSICAL MOMENTS AND THOUGHTS WITH THE PUBLIC DURING RECITALS, ON THE OPERA STAGE AS WELL AS IN SACRED CONCERTS.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION
The Swiss soprano Franziska Andrea Heinzen holds degrees with honours from the music universities of Zurich and Düsseldorf. She completed her vocal art by participating in masterclasses with renowned musicians across numerous disciplines, including vocal coaches (Hedwig Fassbender, Krisztina Laki and Konrad Jarnot), Early Music specialists (Andreas Scholl, Emma Kirkby) as well as various Lied masterclasses with Wolfram Rieger, Ulrich Eisenlohr, Julius Drake, Malcolm Martineau and Hartmut Höll.
FROM THE OPERA STAGE...
...AND ORCHESTRAL SOUND...
Franziska is also a passionate interpreter of oratorios such as numerous works by Bach, Händel, Mozart and Haydn, spanning to the late romantic period Mahlers IV. Symphony up to contemporary music. In 2021 she will sing the world premiere of the oratorio “Eli, Eli” by the Swiss Composer Valentin Villard as well as the world premiere of Davids Haladjins “Stabat Mater”.
...TO THE INTIMATE LIEDER STAGE.
Franziska is a keen recitalist and frequently collaborates with duo partner Benjamin Malcolm Mead: The Song Duo is prize holder of the Lied competition Les saisons de la voix 2016, as well as first prize holder of the second International Liedduo competition Rhein-Ruhr 2017 and second prize holder of the Sieghardt-Rometsch chamber music competition 2017. They received the music endowment award of the state capital of Düsseldorf in 2017 and gave their debut recital during the new song series dedicated to Schubert in Barcelona initiated by the Schubertíada de Vilabertranin march of 2018, and 2019 at the Schumannfest Düsseldorf as well as at the Rhonefestival für Liedkunstin Switzerland. The recitals dedicated to the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (2018)and to women composers (2019)were recorded and broadcast by the Swiss Radio Station SRF 2 Kultur as well as on BBC Radio 3. In February 2021 her first CD with music from Les Six will be released at the Munich label Solo Musica.
Heinzen is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and beneficiary of the Richard Wagner Society Dortmund, the Junge Musiker Stiftung Bayreuth, the Madeleine Dubuis foundation and MusikPro. In 2017 she was awarded the music endowment award of the canton Wallis in Switzerland.
“Franziska depicted the texts with a beautiful sound, variable dynamics and expressive drama. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes bold, always charming. Emphasising the message of every lied, she expresses the pain of the soul softly and tenderly, only to return with optimistic emotions into fortissimo.”