Grew up in the middle of the Swiss Alps, I am 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

Recent engagements include Annio (La clemenza di Tito/Mozart) at the theatre of Trierand the theatre of Ulm, Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro/Mozart) at the theatre of Hagen as well as various freelance productions such as the world premier of the opera Liquid Crystal Display by Mouthon in Zurich.

...OVER ORCHESTRA 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 Duois 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.

Prizes

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.

Education
Franziska discovered her passion for classical music at an early age, taking up studies on the cello at the age of five. In addition to her career as a singer, Franziska is passionate about education and outreach through art, holding a masters degree in Music Pedagogy from the music university of Zurich as well as a master degree in art history from the University of Düsseldorf.
PRESS REVIEWS

“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.​”