Reinet Behncke

Reinet Behncke


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South African soprano Reinet Behncke lives in Vienna, Austria, where she is quickly establishing a fine reputation as an intelligent singer with an innate sense of musicality and as a consummate performer of many genres. 

Miss Behncke recently performed "Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal", BWV 146, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling at the Musikfest Stuttgart. 2017 ended with a series of Advent concerts with the Solisten des Wiener KammerOrchesters in the majestic St. Stephen's Cathedral. An avid interpreter of the works of J.S. Bach, her oratorio repertoire also includes Bach’s Magnificat and BWV 62, Vesperae solennes de confessore by Mozart, Die Tageszeiten by Telemann, Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz by Schütz, and Szűz Mária Mise by László Dobszay in its Austrian premiere. As an active participant in the masterclasses of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, she studied with Dorothee Mields, Peter Harvey, and Jos van Veldhoven.

Currently a student in the graduate Lied and oratorio class at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien, Miss Behncke was a winner of the school's prestigious Fidelio-Wettbewerb in both 2016 and 2017, the only singer to be awarded the prize twice in the competition's history. She was personally invited to perform in the Lieder recital series of the internationally-renowned Colorado MahlerFest in 2012. She has additionally performed in art song masterclasses with Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake, and Susan Manoff.

Her operatic credits include Mozart’s Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Strauss’s Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Gilbert & Sullivan’s Josephine (HMS Pinafore), and Tchaikovsky’s Brigitta (Iolanta), among others. As a professional opera chorus member, she has appeared with the Wiener Staatsoper, Neue Oper Wien, and Klassikfestival Schloß Kirchstetten.

Miss Behncke is completing her musical training under the guidance and instruction of Carolyn Hague and Kammersängerin Birgid Steinberger, with additional instruction from Angelika Kirschlager. She is a student of Michele Friedman.

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