Vita of Jeannette Wernecke

Biography

Jeannette Wernecke is a German coloratura soprano. Praised by the press for her silver timbre, brilliant coloraturas and effortless high notes as well as her passionate acting on stage the “Opernwelt” magazine even nominated her as “Best young singer”.

She was the youngest finalist in the “Bundeswettbewerb Gesang Berlin” in 2002 and won the 2nd prize in the competition for singing in Nordrhein-Westfalen in 2004. 

Already during her singing studies with Prof. Marina Sandel in Halle-Wittenberg she made her opera début at Staatsoper Stuttgart with the title-role in Ernst Tochs "The princess on the pea" and sang the main female part in the German première of Friedrich Cerha’s “Der Riese vom Steinfeld” in Krefeld which also reflects her early affinity for demanding contemporary music. 

From 2004 – 2010 Jeannette Wernecke has been a member of the ensemble of the Theater Krefeld/Mönchengladbach. She also collaborated with the theatres in Stuttgart, Dortmund, Luzern, Halle, Bonn, Wuppertal, Hagen, Bremen, Lübeck, Rostock, Cottbus, Aachen, Bielefeld and the Opernfestspiele Heidenheim. Her wide repertoire sung on stage include such important roles as Alban Bergs Lulu (Lulu) Queen of Night (Die Zauberflöte), Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos), Adina (L’élisir d’amore), Cunegonde (Candide), Fiakermilli (Arabella), Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Ännchen (Der Freischütz) and Musetta (La Bohème) as well as various parts in operettas.

Apart from opera the soprano is regularly heard in oratorios and concerts and performs with orchestras like Staatskapelle Halle, Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, Niederrheinische Sinfoniker, North Czech Philharmonic Teplice, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Philharmonie Südwestfalen, Vogtlandphilharmonie, Stiftsorchester Stuttgart, Kammerphilharmonie Rhein-Main, Johann-Strauss-Orchester Kurpfalz and Alt-Wiener Strauss-Ensemble Stuttgart. She was several times a guest at the Händelfestspiele in Halle and at the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival. In 2011 she appeared in Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Stuttgart Philharmonic, in a performance released on CD. 

Jeannette Wernecke is also very much at home in the genre of musicals and Jazz. Since 2011 she is part of the Munich’s Bigband Fink & Steinbach. In 2012 she sang the title role in the Jazzmusical “Rosaly or the girl made of glass” and in 2013 she was engaged in the Musical “The Swinging Detective”. Further she is a regular guest in big crossover-productions of several orchestras.

In the Season 2017/2018 she sings the Fiakermilli in a new production of "Arabella" (Richard Strauss) at the operahouse in Dortmund and Oberto in "Alcina" at Theater Hof as well as Mahlers 4th symphony in Konzerthaus Dortmund with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since 2012 Jeannette Wernecke has dedicated her attention also to acting and has been seen in a couple of short films and TV-productions in Germany.