ABOUT

Welcome!

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.

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.

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

Franziska is also a passionate interpreter of oratorios such as numerous works by Bach or Händel, various works by Mozart and Haydn, spanning to romantic music such as Mahlers IV. Symphony up to contemporary music. She is a keen recitalist and frequently collaborates with duo partner Benjamin Malcolm Mead: The Liedduo 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 Vilabertran in march of 2018. The recitals dedicated to the poet R. M. 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.

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 Heinzen 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.

CURRENT ACTIVITIES

  • freelance soprano for opera productions, oratorio, contemporary music and song recitals
  • teacher for solo voice (privat and at different music schools and universities)
  • founder and artistic director of the Rhonefestival für Liedkunst in the Valais/Switzerland

EDUCATION

  • private coaching Konrad Jarnot, Düsseldorf
  • post grade diploma with distinction, J. Piland, RSH Düsseldorf
  • Master of Arts in Music (opera/lied/oratorio) with distinction, J. Piland, RSH Düsseldorf
  • Master of Arts in Music (voice, jazz and improvisation) with distinction, ZHdK Zürich
  • Master of Arts (history of Art), Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf
  • masterclasses with Hartmut Höll, Hedwig Fassbender, Christiane Iven, Malcolm Martineau, Wolfram Rieger, Graham Johnson, Konrad Richter, Ulrich Eisenlohr, Julius Drake

PRIZES

  • 2017-2020 MusikPro Wallis
  • 2017 music endowment award of Düsseldorf as Song Duo
  • 2017 music endowment award of the canton Valais
  • 2017 2. prize Sieghardt-Rometsch-Wettbewerb for chamber music
  • 2017 1. prize international lied competition Ruhr
  • 2017 Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme Aldeburgh
  • 2017 special prize Les saisons de la voix, Frankreich
  • beneficiary of the Richard Wagner Society Dortmund
  • beneficiary of the Madeleine Dubuis foundation

LANGUAGES

German (mother language), French & English (bilingual proficiency), Italian, Spanish, Portuguese