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Chen Reiss (Soprano)

Born: 1978, Holon, Israel

Nationality: Israeli

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Chen Reiss (Hebrew: חן רייס‎) is an Israeli operatic soprano. She began piano studies at age 5, ballet at age 7, and voice lessons at age 14. She decided to focus on vocal studies by age 16.

Reiss performed leading parts at the Vienna State Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bavarian State Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Teatro alla Scala, Semperoper Dresden, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg State Opera, Wiener Festwochen, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Florida Grand Opera and the Israeli Opera.

Following compulsory military service and the start of formal vocal studies in Israel, Reiss moved to New York City at age 20. She subsequently joined the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, where Zubin Mehta became a mentor.

Further Reading: Chen Reiss

 Recording of the Week, Beethoven from Chen Reiss and Matthias Goerne

The Israeli soprano is sparkling and technically fearless in a programme of arias with the Academy of Ancient Music, whilst Goerne's song-recital with Jan Lisiecki is an altogether darker affair.

 Interview, Chen Reiss on Beethoven's Women

The Israeli soprano talks to Katherine about her new album on Onyx Classics, Immortal Beloved, which includes music from Fidelio and Egmont as well as some of the composer's earliest vocal works.

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