Chen Reiss


The soprano Chen Reiss was born in Herzliya, Israel, and began her vocal training at the age of 14. Following military service in her homeland, she continued her studies in New York, where she made her operatic debut in 2000 as Mademoiselle Silberklang in Mozart’s The Impresario at the World Bank Mozart Festival. Chen Reiss also sang for Zubin Mehta in New York, who then engaged her to appear at the Bavarian Staatsoper, where she remained a member of the permanent ensemble from 2003 to 2006. She subsequently decided to become a freelance artist; her credits since then include the major roles of the lyric soprano repertoire, with such companies as the Vienna Staatsoper, Dresden Semperoper, Deutsche Oper Berlin, La Scala in Milan,  Dutch National Opera, and New Israeli Opera. In the 2016-17 season, Chen Reiss performed in five productions at the Vienna Staatsoper: as Morgana in Handel’s Alcina (conducted by Marc Minkowski); Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel; Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio; and, from the Strauss repertoire, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Zdenka in Arabella. She additionally sang Liù in Puccini’s Turandot with the Israel Philharmonic and concertized with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. In the 2017-18 season, she will join William Christie to perform in Handel’s Ariodante in Vienna, Barcelona, and Madrid; also on her agenda is her debut at the Royal Opera House in London, where she will sing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Chen Reiss has moreover collaborated with Daniel Barenboim, Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding, Kirill Petrenko, Christian Thielemann, and Franz Welser-
Möst. Her solo album Liaisons received a Diapason d’Or in 2011.

July 2017