Helena KÖHNE  Mezzo-soprano


‚But among these ladies, there was one who topped them all- Helena Köhne ‘

'…the luscious, very funny Ms. Quickly, played by Helena Köhne with her Erda-like voice...'

so the enthusiastic review of HELENA KÖHNE’s portrayal MS QUICKLY in the premiere at the Nationaltheater Weimar National Opera.

Helena Köhne started her musical studies at the Hamburg Conservatory with Klaus Bülow and completed them at the University of Arts in Berlin with Prof. Jutta Schlegel. In summer 2003 she achieved her singing diploma and since 2005 she is vocally coached by Ruthild Engert.

The singer is holder of a scholarship of the Walter Kaminski Foudation and was a semi-finalist of the German National Vocal Competition. Besides, at the Hanns Eisler Competition she was awarded the Prize for the Best Interpretation of Contemporary Music in Nicolai Zinke’s ‘one-woman’ opera SWAP.

She participated in courses with Ingeborg Danz at the international Bach Academy (dir. Helmut Rilling) and in scenic workshops with Vera Nemirova at the Academy of Arts in Berlin.

Helena Köhne is a much sought-after soloist. Works like the Christmas Oratorio, the Mozart Requiem, the Sxhumann Rquiem, Frank Martin’s ‘In Terra Pax’ and various Passions she sang e.g. with the Berlin Philharmonics, at the Hamburg Music Hall, the Oetkerhalle Bielefeld.

‚The highest praise to be awarded though goes to the alto singer Helena Köhne for her interpretation of the Image of Christ in the 3rd part, performed with captivating, narrative expressivity.‘ Neue Westfälische

‘…first and foremost Helena Köhne. With iridescent, vocal coloring and intense empathy the artist implored the image of the sacrificed Jesus..‘ Westfalenblatt

Guest engagements in numerous operas and operettas brought the artist a.o. to the New Cologne Opera, the theatres of Brandenburg, Freiburg and Kassel and to the Opera Festival „ Oper Oder Spree“.

Here, she celebrated great triumphs as CZIPRA, PALMATICA, the 3rd DAME, LUCILLA in Rossini’s ‘La scala di seta’ , FORTUNATA in Maderna’s ‘Satyricon’ and ULRICA in ‚Un ballo in maschera’.

In spring 2012 Helena Köhne was very successful as the MOTHER in Braunfels’ Opera ‘Die Verkündung’ at the Palatinate Theatre in Kaiserslautern and as FILIPJENA in ‘Eugen Onegin’ at the Görlitz Theatre.

In the season 12/13 she could also be seen as ADELAIDE in ‘Arabella’ and as MARTHE SCHWERTLEIN in ‘Faust’ at the Weimar National Theatre and in Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Berlin Philharmonics.

In the season 13/14 she debuted as the OLD BURYA in ‘Jenufa’. At the Görlitz Theatre and the Oldenburg State Theatre she succeeded as FILIPJEWNA in ‘Eugen Onegin. In the season 14/15 she sang a.o. ANINA at the Wiesbaden State Theatre and ADELAIDE in ‘Der Vogelhändler’ at the Festival Eutin. To the Wiesbaden State Theatre she returned in 15/16 as NURSE in ‚Boris Godunov‘ and she portrayed WESENER’S OLD MOTHER in Zimmermann’s ‘Die Soldaten’ at the My Festival 2016. Helena enjoyed once again huge success as ADELAIDE at the Eutin Festival and was the 3rd DAME in ‘Die Zauberflöte’ in a production by Barrie Kosky at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Future engagements take the artist as BIANCA in ‘Rape of Lucretia’ to the Colgne Opera House, as ADELAIDE in ‘Arabella’ to the Opera House Kiel, as WESENER’S MOTHER in ‘Die Soldaten’ to the Nuremburg State Opera and as the OLD BURYA in ‘Jenufa’ to the operas of Dijon and Caen.


Oper Kiel - Arabella - ADELAIDE
Wonderfully keen was the portrayal of Adelaide as future mother-in-law, who tardily discovers her eroticism and would rather like to test her potential sons-in-law’s manhood herself. With her rich, powerful alto voice Helena Köhne draws a strong vocal and dramatic profile
Opernwelt 2/2018 Peter Krause
Staatstheater Wiesbaden - Boris Godunov - AMME
'At their side the dark alto voice of Helena Köhne.'
Der neue Merker
'...meanwhile Helena Kohne as a matronly nanny trumps with pastose alto registers.'
Der neue Merker
Wiesbaden State Theatre - La Traviata - ANNINA
'In the role of Annina, Helena Koehne with her profound voice material was very convincing.'
Der Opernfreund
Arabella - ADELAIDE - Weimar National Theatre
'Helena Koehne as his wife impressed with beauty of sound and perfect acting'
Klaus Billand, Der neue Merker
Oper Kiel - Arabella - ADELAIDE
Eutiner Festspiele - Der Vogelhändler - ADELAIDE
Eutiner Festspiele - Der Vogelhändler - ADELAIDE
Eutiner Festspiele - Der Vogelhändler - ADELAIDE
Theater Görlitz - Jenufa - ALTE BURYA
Staatstheater Oldenburg - Eugen Onegin - FILIPJEWNA
Nationaltheater Weimar - Falstaff
Foto Erhard Driesel
Nationaltheater Weimar - Falstaff
Foto Erhard Driesel