Swiss born soprano Rachel Harnisch, who studied with Beata Heuer-Christen in Freiburg, feels equally at home on the opera and on the concert stage.


She guested with roles like Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro, Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Michaëla in Bizet’s Carmen, Marzelline in Fidelio, Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Anotnia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Blanche in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Clémence in Kajia Saariaho‘s L’amour de loin, Anne Truelove in The Rake’s Progress or Hélène in Donizetti’s Le Duc d’Albe in Berne, Geneva, Zurich, Munich, Essen, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Paris, Marseille, Toulouse, Brussels, Antwerp, Florence, Reggio Emilia, Ferrara, Modena, Verona, Turin, Naples, Madrid, Athens, at the festivals of Glyndebourne and Lucerne or in Santiago de Chile. At the Teatro alla Scala in Milan she gave her debut as Nermin in the world creation of Fabio Vacchi’s opera Teneke conducted by Roberto Abbado.





Since the beginning of the 2012/13 season she belongs to the ensemble of Zurich Opera House, where she sings roles like Contessa, Michaëla or Antonia. 


2013 she sings Fiordiligi in a new production Così fan tutte a Bari.

Rachel Harnisch sings a large concert repertoire from the passions by Johan Sebastian Bachs to Luigi Nono and works with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Douglas Boyd, Philippe Herreweghe, Kent Nagano, Dimitri Kitajenko, Eliahu Inbal, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Roberto Abbado, John Neschling, Armin Jordan, Christian Zacharias, Stefan Soltesz, Sir Christopher Hogwood, Antonio Pappano, Michel Plasson, Muhai Tang, Jeffrey Tate and with the leading European orchestras.









2013 are scheduled concerts with Brahms‘ Ein deutsches Requiem, Schumann‘s Das Paradies und die Peri, pieces by Luigi Nono at the Lucerne Festival, in Zurich, Schaffhausen, Brig, Lisbon, Paris, Edinburgh, Leipzig, São Paulo, …

Song recitals are very important to her, 2012 at Lucerne Festival she sang Hindemith’s Marienleben, which she will perform in Antwerp in 2014.

She recorded several CDs, among them arias by W. A. Mozart and Pergolesi’s Stabat mater conducted by Claudio Abbado. Her Antonia in a production from the Grand Théâtre de Genève and her Marzelline in Fidelio from the Lucerne festival conducted by Claudio Abbado are available on DVD.






Biography Rachel Harnisch as pdf