Soprano Edith Wiens’s repertoire ranges from the Baroque to the contemporary. Born in Saskatoon, Canada, she has collaborated with the world’s foremost orchestras including the New York, Berlin, London, Munich and Israel Philharmonic Orchestras; Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and San Francisco Symphonies, the London Philharmonia, Dresden Staatskapelle, and Cleveland Orchestras, the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Orchestre National de France, and Orchestre de Paris, under such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Bernard Haitink, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Sir Georg Solti.
Wiens has sung at the Salzburg, Lucerne, Tanglewood, Dresden, Berlin, and Vienna Festivals. Renowned as a lieder singer, she has given recitals in London (Wigmore Hall), Paris, Toronto, New York, Moscow, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Florence, Munich, and Berlin, and has been repeatedly invited to Vienna’s Musikverein. Her operatic appearances included principal Mozart roles at Glyndebourne, La Scala, the Santa Fe Opera, Amsterdam Opera, Tokyo, and the Teatro Colón.
A recipient of both the Grammy and Diapason d’Or Awards, her discography, on the EMI, Erato, and Philips record labels, includes works by Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Zemlinsky, Schumann, and Wagner as well as four acclaimed albums of lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Strauss, and Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
Wiens began studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover, Germany, when she was 19 and was the youngest singer to be awarded the highest German music degree of Konzertexamen. She continued her studies at Oberlin with Richard Miller, receiving her Masters of Music. Having taught at Düsseldorf, Augsburg, and Munich Hochschulen (music colleges), Wiens was granted the life-long title of professor. She has received several honorary doctorate degrees, including from Oberlin and the Canadian universities of Regina and Saskatchewan. She has been a jury member of many international competitions and maintains a yearly residency at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and teaches master classes at the Royal College of Music in London. Wiens also regularly teaches the Young Ensembles of the Munich National Theater, Frankfurt, Zurich, and Oslo opera houses. She is the artistic director of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, a summer program for emerging artists.
Her students sing at opera houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera, Munich, Frankfurt, Covent Garden London, Zurich, Leipzig, Dresden, Paris, Geneva, and Vienna State Opera, as well as with major festivals and with orchestras such as the Berlin and New York philharmonics.