“…Verena Rein who portrays the leading role Violetta is a brilliant event by herself. A delicate person with a strong voice who can also act everything she sings; namely grief, desperation, illness until death...”
RBB Radio critique on “La traviata”
The soprano received her vocal training as a master student with Kammersänger (title awarded to a singer with outstanding ability) Peter Gougaloff at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. After completing her instrumental studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hanover [School of Music and Theatre], her bel canto studies introduced her to Mirella Freni.
Opera and concert performances have taken her to Switzerland, the USA, Denmark, Malta, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Armenia, Romania the Czech Republic and Germany. She has participated in radio, TV and CD recordings for, among others, the Danish national radio, TV Kraków, the Lithuanian national radio, Bucharest television, several German radio stations, and the labels Profil Hänssler (RUSSIAN SONGS, 2010), Dreyer-Gaido (Wie ein Cherub aus den Wolken, 2003; La Note d’Or, 2006), as well as the Potsdam Eastern Europe publication series (Edwin Geist – Chamber Music and Songs, 2007). In 2014 she recorded her next CD - Britten: Les Illuminations; Senderovas: Songs of Sulamith - together with the Kaunas Chamber Orchestra.
In October 2010 the comprehensive and innovative film (title: The Liberation of Sound – New Directions in Classical Singing) by Verena Rein was released on DVD. It is distributed worldwide by the renowned Edition Peters. It is also available at the Naxos Video Library, a unique video streaming subscription service of the well-known firm Naxos. The film received best press reviews and Verena Rein gives interviews on the subject for radio and television.
In 1995 she made her opera debut in Switzerland as Micaëla in Bizet's Carmen. Her most notable roles since then have included Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Violetta in Verdi's La Traviata (which soon became her best role), Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Agathe in Weber's Der Freischütz.
Recitals have become a major component of her work as an artist. She has performed at several international festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Internationaler Musiksommer "NordTöne", the Festival Mitte Europa, the Reconstruction Concerts for the Dresden Frauenkirche, the Lausitzer Musiksommer, the Summer Festival at Rosenholm Castle, Denmark, the Karol Szymanowski Music Days in Zakopane, Poland, the Christopher Summer Festival and Muzikos Ruduo in Vilnius, Lithuania, the Pažaislis Festival and the Festival Iš Arti (Philharmonic) in Kaunas, Lithuania and the International Festival of Lyrical Art as part of the European Cultural Capital 2007: Sibiu programme.
Verena Rein is further known as a performer of different styles of contemporary music, from duets to vocal works with orchestra.
The soprano has been achieving great success in both Germany and abroad (e.g. Shenandoah University, USA and Berlin University of the Arts) in conducting master classes on such diverse subjects as stage performance and stage presence training, lieder interpretation, classical Italian bel canto techniques, as well as breath and timbre control. Verena Rein also works as a publicist and writer.
Benjamin Britten - Les Illuminations*
Anatolijus Senderovas - Songs of Sulamith
Alexander Zemlinsky - Maiblumen blüten überall
Igor Strawinsky - Appolon et Musagète
*already sung at the CULTURAL NIGHT Vilnius, Lithuania
Arvydas Malcys - Paukščių takas / Milky Way 2004
Franz Schubert - Salve Regina A-Dur, D 676, Opus post 153
Algirdas Martinaitis - Mirtis ir mergelė / Der Tod und das Mädchen 2009
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Symphony No. 6
W. A. Mozart - "Conservati fedele" KV 23
G. Verdi -
*already sung among others at the Schleswig Holstein Musikfestival
With string quartet
Kutavicius: Ant kranto
Schubert: Mignon (arr. Reimann)
Martinaitis: Der Tod und das Mädchen
Senderovas: Vier Gedichte von Sigitas Geda
*already sung among others at the Usedomer Musikfestival
French works of the Belle Époque for soprano, string quartet and piano
Chausson: Chanson perpetuelle
Ravel: string quartet
Fauré: La Bonne Chanson
*recorded on the CD LA NOTE D'OR
Brahms - selected lieder
Strauss - Lieder der Ophelia
Mahler - Rückert-Lieder
Ullmann - Liebeslieder von Ricarda Huch
Weill - selected songs