The Slovenian mezzo-soprano Monika Bohinec has been an ensemble member of the Vienna State Opera since September 2011, where she quickly made a name for herself, among others as a Verdi and Wagner specialist.
The 2019/2020 season features Ms.Bohinec in the roles of Azucena (Verdi: Il Trovatore), Ježibaba (Dvořàk: Rusalka),
Knusperhexe (Humperndick: Hansel and Gretel),
Erda (Wagner: Das Rheingold and Siegfried) and Ulrica in a new production of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera.
Monika Bohinec also made her scenic debut as Ortud (Wagner: Lohengrin) in 2019, and is scheduled to return to the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich to sing Amneris (Verdi: Aida) in 2020.
Further roles at the Vienna State Opera include Eboli (Verdi: Don Carlos), Mrs Quickly (Falstaff), Fenena (Verdi: Nabucco) and Sara di Nottingham (Donizetti: Roberto Devereux). She sang the Foreign Princess in a new production of Dvořàk’s
Rusalka as well as Cassandre in the Vienna premiere of Berlioz’ Les Troyens..
Guest engagements in recent seasons have sent Monika Bohinec to the Chemnitz Opera where she performed as Fricka (Wagner: Das Rheingold and Die Walküre) – a role she also sang in concert in Ludwigsburg. At the Staatstheater Wiesbaden she sang in the premiere production of Mussorgksy’s Boris Godunov in the role of Marina and returned in May 2019 to sing Ulrica. She made her role debut as Klyämnestra in April 2019 in Karlsruhe, where she has also sung the role of Sara di Nottingham.
Further guest engagements include appearances at the Bavarian State Opera, the State Opera in Dresden, the Frankfurt Opera, at the Salzburg Festival and the Lake Festival Mörbisch am See. Ms. Bohinec was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera as Brangäne (Wagner: Tristan and Isolde), a role she also sang in Australia.
In 2006, while studying at the Salzburg Mozarteum and at the
University of Musik and Performing Arts in Vienna with Prof. Claudia Visca, she made her operatic debut as Clarissa (Prokofiev: The Love for the Three Oranges) at the Slovenian State Opera. This led to further engagements there as Konchakovna (Borodin: Prince Igor), Suzuki
(Puccini: Madama Butterlfy), Jezibaba and as the title role in Bizet’s Carmen.
Monika Bohinec was subsequently engaged at the National Theater Mannheim where she performed the roles of Carmen, Sara of Nottingham, Maddalena (Verdi: Rigoletto), 3rd Lady (Mozart: Die Magic Flute),
Giulietta (Offenbach: Les Contes d Hoffmann), Laura and Cieca (La Gioconda), Principessa di Bouillon (Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur), Suzuki and Ulrica.
As a sought – after Lied and concert performer, Monika Bohinec has appeared in recital at Vienna’s Musikverein. Furthermore, she performed in the traditional New Year’s concert at the Wiener Konzerthaus as a soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Her most recent appearances include the mezzo-soprano solos in Rossini’s Stabat Mater in Lille and Schubert’s e minor Mass in Slovenia.
Monika Bohinec has performed at renowned concert halls around the world, including the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Carnegie Hall in New York and the Philharmonic in St. Petersburg.
Monika Bohinec can be heard on the complete recording of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Vienna State Opera under the baton of Christian Thielemann
as well as on the recording of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta alongside Anna Netrebko. She appears on DVD recordings from the Salzburg Festival including Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg” and Winter’s “The Labyrinth.”