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Dorothe Ingenfeld (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: 1974 - Xanten (Lower Rhine), Germany

The German mezzo-soprano, Dorothe Ingenfeld, began her vocal studies in Berlin at the Hochschule der Künste. She commenced in 1994 her studies at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin, and in 1997 moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Drama and Music. Three years later she completed her Bachelor of Music with distinction after having studied with Rudolf Piernay and Annette Thompson. Since completing her degree she has continued working on her vocal development in voice lessons with Joachim Vogt (Berlin) and as a master pupil of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in his class for Lieder performance.. She also attended master-classes by Ingeborg Danz, Paul Hamburger, Emma Kirkby and Harry van der Kamp. In 2001 she was an award winner at the International Competition for Young Opera Singers at the Chamber Opera Festival in Rheinsberg. She holds a scholarship of Yehudi Menuhin's Foundation "Live Music Now".

Dorothe Ingenfeld has performed as a concert, lied and opera singer specializing in J.S. Bach and Early Music. She has performed at the Konzerthaus Berlin with the Berliner Philharmonikere, and has worked with renowned ensembles such as the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin. On the occasion of master-classes with Emma Kirkby and Harry van der Kamp, Dorothe Ingenfeld discovered her passion for Early Music and has nurtured this partiality by working with conductors such as Nicholas McGegan, Hermann Max, Ludger Rémy and Christoph Hammer. Jörg Jacobi (Harpsichord), Susanne Peuker (Lute) and Dorothe Ingenfeld form the chamber ensemble "Il Giardino d´Orfeo". Together they breathe new life into the works of better and lesser known Venetian Masters. An example is the Cantata La Lucrezia by Benedetto Marcello.

Already as a student Dorothe Ingenfeld was extensively involved in Contemporary Music. She was a founding member of the award-winning Hanns-Eisler-Ensemble (e.g. Sinfonia by Luciano Berio at the Konzerthaus, Berlin, conducted by Lothar Königs) and sang with the Ars-Nova Ensemble, Berlin. Her solo performances include pieces by Berlin composers Gabriel Iranyi and Samuel Tramin. She sang the world premiere of Tramins cycle Kubla Kahn, which has been composed for her.

Her extensive Lied repertoire covers works by all major composers of this genre such as Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler, Wolf and Arnold Schoenberg, whose Buch der hängenden Gärten she performed in London with great success. Master-classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Graham Johnson, Paul Hamburger and Norman Shetler inspired her and deepened her understanding and interpretation of songs. Dorothe Ingenfeld has made a recording of Heine settings in collaboration with the pianist Cord Garben,. Her recital partners are Hendrik Heilmann and Philip Mayers.

Dorothe Ingenfeld has sung the major contralto-parts in J.S. Bach's oratorios as well as covering lesser-known works from different epochs such as Franz Liszt's An den Wassern zu Babylon sassen wir und weineten. She appeared at Helmuth Rilling's Internationale Bachakademie, Stuttgart, on several occasions.

Her stage parts include Cherubino in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Orfeo in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice, Orlowsky in Strauss' Die Fledermaus and The Public Opinion in Offenbach's Orpheus in der Unterwelt. She has worked with directors such as André Engel, Hinrich Horstkotte, Ursula Herrmann, Matthias Remus and Artiglio DoColonello. She sang Cherubino for the Royaumont Foundation in France and Orfeo in Der unendliche Gesang des Orpheus directed by Hinrich Horstkotte and Ursel Herrmann.

Dorothe Ingenfeld has appeared in concerts and opera productions all over the globe. She has worked in England, France, Austria, Israel, Japan, Hongkong, Singapur and Doha, Quatar, where she took part in the world premiere of Michiel Borstlaps opera Ibn Sina. This unusual production, which was performed on an open air stage in the desert, received international press attention and enthusiastic reviews. She was invited to sing at the Sapporo Festival in Japan, and in several concerts of Helmuth Rilling's "Internationale Bachakademie" in Stuttgart. In June 2004 she participated in a performance of J.S. Bach’s Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) conducted by Hermann Max at the Israel Festival Jerusalem.

Source: Programme notes to a concert of Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 conducted by Hermann Max (Israel Festival 2004 Jerusalem, June 2004); Dorothe Ingenfeld Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2004, March 2009)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Simon Robinson


BWV 244

Ingo Schulz


BWV 232 [3rd]

Links to other Sites

Dorothe Ingenfeld - mezzosopran (Official Website) [German/English]


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