Swedish-born Charlotte Hellekant enjoys a successful career both in the opera house and on the concert stage, boasts an eclectic repertoire of operatic roles including Bizet’s Carmen, Handel’s Cornelia and Ino, Massenet’s Charlotte, Monteverdi’s Nerone, Gluck’s Orfeo and Klytemnestra and is also highly regarded as an interpreter of contemporary repertoire.
This season Charlotte appears in one of the principle roles in Matsukaze, a new commission by Toshio Hosokawa, with the Sascha Waltz Dance Company at La Monnaie – followed by an extensive European tour. She can also be heard as Charlotte (Werther) at the Royal Swedish Opera.
Recent opera highlights have included Orphée et Eurydice at Opéra national de Paris, Anna (Les Troyens) at De Nederlandse Opera, Cornelia (Giulio Cesare) at the Opéra de Lille and at the Zurich Opera House, Charlotte (Werther) at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Nerone (Poppea) at the Drottningholm Theatre, Carmen at Royal Swedish Opera and at the Glyndebourne Festival, Clytemnestre (Iphigenie en Aulide) at La Monnaie, and Marguerite (La Damnation de Faust) at the Salzburg Festival.
At Komische Oper Berlin, Charlotte Hellekant recently portrayed the title role in Handel’s Orest under Thomas Hengelbrock, filmed for television and DVD release, and she can be seen as Kate Julian in a Channel 4 film of Britten’s Owen Wingrave, conducted by Kent Nagano.
Recognised as a fine exponent of Mahler, Charlotte Hellekant has performed his Symphonies No 2, No 3 & No 8, Rückertlieder, Das Lied von der Erde, Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder and Des Knaben Wunderhorn, and she features in the BBC Great Composers documentary about Mahler with the late Sir Georg Solti.
Her discography includes Mahler, Symphony No 2 with Blomstedt/San Francisco Symphony (Decca), Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with Salonen (Sony), Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Messiah with Minkowski/Les Musiciens du Louvre (DG), and Grieg’s Peer Gynt with Paavo Järvi (Virgin Classics).