Henriette Gödde impressively portrays Erenice’s inner conflict with her darkly coloured Mezzo. Gödde also convinces in the other arias with her warm timbre.
- Online Musik Magazin (Sosarme, Re di Media, Händelfestspiele Halle, May 2016) -
German Mezzo-Soprano Henriette Gödde starts the 2018-19 season with a return to Theater Magdeburg in her role debut as Schwertleite in Wagner’s Die Walküre under Kimbo Ishii. She also returns to Oper Leipzig as Erda in Wagner’s Rheingold and Siegfried with the Gewandhausorchester under Ulf Schirmer. Further highlights of the season include performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion with Concerto con anima and the Domkantorei Paderborn, as well as Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Mainzer Bachchor. She joins the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart under Hans Christoph Rademann in a programme of Bach Cantatas at the Liederhalle Stuttgart and the Alte Oper Frankfurt and for the project BACHBEWEGT! TANZ! featuring Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium in performances in Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg and on tour in Italy in December 2018.
Ms. Gödde debuted with Oper Leipzig in the 2016-17 season as Erda in Das Rheingold with Ulf Schirmer leading the Gewandhausorchester and with the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar in the world premiere of George Alexander Albrecht’s Die Schneekönigin as Großmutter and
Blumenfrau. She also returned to Halle as Erenice in Händel’s Sosarme, Re di Media. In high demand as a concert singer, she performed Bach’s B minor Mass at the Kreuzkirche in Dresden with the Kreuzchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin as part of the Dresden Bach Festival, Bach’s Matthew Passion with the Kreuzchor and the Dresdner Philharmonie, Mozart’s Requiem in Aachen, Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium at the Liederhalle Stuttgart, and Beethoven’s Mass in C Major with the Münchener Bach-Chor at the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich.
In the 2015-16 season Ms. Gödde took the stage as Erenice in celebrated performances of Sosarme, Re di Media at the Händelfestspiele in Halle, Germany, as First Maid in Strauss’ Elektra at Theater Magdeburg and could also be heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin and as Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Staatsoperette Dresden. Further engagements included Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium at the Stuttgart Stiftskirche and Händel’s Messiah with Filharmonia Pomorska in Poland.
Ms. Gödde started the 2014-15 season singing Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 in F minor with the Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonie Südwestfalen and Richard Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder at the Great Concert Hall of the Megaron in Athens with the State Orchestra of Athens under the baton of Christoph Poppen. She sang in Bach’s Weihnachtsoratorium with several orchestras, such as the Dresdner Philharmonie under Roderich Kreile, the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester under Rainer Homburg, Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen under Thomas Meyer and the Kammerorchester musica juventa Halle/Saale under Gottfried Biller. Ms. Gödde also sang the Third Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte with the Staatsoperette Dresden. She made her debut with the Händel-Festspiele in Halle singing Händel’s Utrechter Te Deum, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum with the boys’ choir of the Dresdner Kreuzchor under Roderich Kreile. She also appeared at the Dresdner Musikfestspiele as Mrs. Doc in Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place in concert with Ensemble Modern conducted by Kent Nagano. Invitations from renowned orchestras such as the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Capella Augustina, Virtuosi Saxoniae and the Camerata Salzburg have brought her together with renowned conductors such as Helmuth Rilling and Jörg Peter Weigle.
As a member of the ensemble at Theater Erfurt for the 2013-14 season, Henriette Gödde could be seen as Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, as Naemi in Detlev Glanert’s Joseph Süß and as Emilia in Verdi’s Otello. During the same season, she sang the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte at the Staatsoperette in Dresden. As a member of the prestigious Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, Ms. Gödde sang the role of Tisbe in an adaptation of Rossini’s La Cenerentola and was the Alto Soloist in Mozart’s Mass in C minor.
Ms. Gödde started her studies in Music Education at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and then went on to the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden to study voice. A student of Prof. Christiane Junghanns since 2010, Ms. Gödde graduated in 2013. She complemented her musical training by studying in the Meisterklasse Lied und Konzert headed by Prof. Olaf Bär and with masterclasses led by Gerold Huber, Christa Ludwig and Helmut Deutsch. Whilst studying in Dresden, she appeared in numerous opera and concert productions in Dresden and across Saxony; notably as the Countess in Albert Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz, in Mozart’s Coronation Mass at the Semperoper, in Frank Martin’s In terra pax under the baton of Hans-Christoph Rademann, and also in Wagner’s Wesendonck-Lieder.
A recently published CD of Cantatas by Gottfried August Homilius (Carus 2014) is the result of a fruitful partnership with Rainer Johannes Homburg and his Handels Company. This was followed in 2017 with a recording initiated by the Schumann-Gesellschaft to record all Schumann’s vocal chamber music and planned for release by Naxos. She also recorded J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor with Collegium Vocale Leipzig and the Merseburger Hofmusik under the baton of Michael Schönheit.
Henriette Gödde won the 2016 International Robert Schumann Competition for Piano and Voice in Zwickau, and was awarded the first prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Sacra in Rome, the Lied Prize at the DEBUT-Competition 2014 and the second prize at the 43rd Bundeswettbewerb Gesang (Federal Singing Competition) in Berlin in 2014.
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Henriette Gödde, die als Königin Erenice und Mutter mit ihrer dunkel leuchtenden Präsenz überzeugt (ein beglückender Neuzugang in der Riege der Händelinterpretinnen).
Neue Musikzeitung (Sosarme, Re di Media, Händelfestspiele Halle, May 2016)
Fulminante Auftritte hatte die Altisten Henriette Gödde als Erenice … Ihre Arie “Cuor di madre, cuor die moglie”, in der sie ihre Zerrissenheit und ihre Enttäuschung über ihren “verbrecherischen Sohn und ihren schurkischen Gatten” zum Ausdruck bringt, war einer der Höhepunkte der Oper.
Das Opernglas (Sosarme, Re di Media, Händelfestspiele Halle, May 2016)