This highly successful Israeli soprano is also an IVAI alumnus and enjoys an international career, including performances at the Vienna Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the La Scala Opera, Deutsche Opera Berlin and more. She returns to the IVAI workshop this year with a master class of musical and dramatic insights for the preparation of an aria before an audience.
Chen Reiss, Master Class 2017
Soprano Chen Reiss has established a strongly-acclaimed and distinctive career, enchanting audiences
with “one of the most perfect Strauss voices one could wish for” (Classical Source), “a voice of silver
brightness and clarity” (Bachtrack) with “immaculately produced and enticing tone matched by superb
musicianship” (Opera News, USA).
Born in Israel, she came to prominence as a member of the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera under
the music directorship of Zubin Mehta, and has for a number of years been a resident artist at the
Vienna State Opera. She has also performed leading parts at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden,
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Teatro alla Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, , Netherlands Opera, Wiener
Festwochen, , Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Israeli Opera.
In 2018 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as Zerlina in Kasper Holten's
production of Don Giovanni conducted by Marc Minkowski, and her debut at Teatro Real in Madrid and
Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona as Ginevra (Ariodante) under William Christie, a role she also performed
at the Vienna State Opera in David McVicar's new production.
She is a frequent presence on the concert stage, and a regular guest with distinguished ensembles and
institutions including the Salzburg, Lucerne Festivals, the Vienna Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Berlin,
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Concerto Köln, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, Orchestre National de
France, Pittsburgh Symphony and Dallas Symphony, and London’s Philharmonia, as well as in Carnegie
Hall, V, Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie Berlin. She counts among her collaborators such conductors as
Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Marek Janowski, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta,
Mark Minkowski, Donald Runnicles, Christian Thielemann and more.
Highlights of this season and beyond include her debuts as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) and Aennchen
(Der Freischutz) at the Vienna State Opera, where she also will return in signature roles including Zdenka
(Arabella), Marzelline (Fidelio) and Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), performances of Mahler’s Symphony No.
2 with the Munich Philharmonic and on tour across Europe under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel,
Haydn’s, the solo roles of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Bernstein’s
Symphony No. 3 ‘Kaddish’.
Her operatic repertoire includes: Gilda (Rigoletto), Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Amina (La Sonnambula),
Nannetta (Falstaff), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), Marie (La fille du régiment), Rosina (Il barbiere di
Siviglia), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Ilia (Idomeneo), Servilia (La clemenza di Tito), Konstanze (Die
Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice), Adele (Die
Fledermaus). Her concert repertoire includes the sacred works, concert scenes and arias of Bach, Haydn,
Mozart, Schubert and Schumann, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and more.
In December 2014 Chen Reiss was invited to sing for Pope Francis during the Christmas Mass, which was
broadcast worldwide. She has recorded a wide range of repertoire including a disc of Mozart, Salieri,
Haydn and Cimarosa arias, Don Giovanni Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 and more.