American soprano Robin Johannsen came to Europe as a young artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and joined the company soon after as a soloist. Her roles there included Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Norina (Don Pasquale), Oscar (Un ballo in maschera), and Soeur Constance (Les dialogues des Carmélites). After two more years with Oper Leipzig (Gretel, Marzelline, Blonde, Susanna, and Pamina), she began her freelance career in 2008 with a special affinity for the baroque and classical repertoires.
Highlights of Robin Johannsen’s recent seasons include her acclaimed debut in the title role of Telemann’s Emma und Eginhard under René Jacobs at the Berliner Staatsoper; Venere/Giuturna in Amor vien dal destino also at the Berliner Staatsoper; her debut with Musikfest Bremen as Konstanze under Jérémie Rhorer and Le Cercle de l’Harmonie; the title role in Almira at the Hamburgische Staatsoper; and debuts at Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Gassmann’s L’Opera seria and at Teatro Regio Torino in Haydn’s Schöpfung under Antonello Manacorda. She sang Konstanze on international tour and recorded the role with Jacobs for harmonia mundi. In 2015, she debuted the role of Adina in L’elisir d’amore with the Hamburgische Staatsoper and appeared at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music in Jommeli’s Don Trastullo under Alessandro De Marchi. Additionally, she sang Pamina on tour with the Lautten Compagney and Amital in a staged production of Mozart’s Betulia liberata with the Kammerakademie Potsdam. In May 2014, Sony Classical (dhm) released Robin’s first solo CD, In dolce amore, a world premiere recording of baroque arias and cantatas by Antonio Caldara conducted by Alessandro De Marchi.