South African soprano Reinet Behncke lives in Vienna, Austria, where she is quickly establishing a fine reputation as an intelligent singer with an innate sense of musicality and as a consummate performer.
An avid interpreter of the works of J.S. Bach, Miss Behncke performed "Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal", BWV 146, under the direction of Helmuth Rilling at the Musikfest Stuttgart. Her oratorio repertoire also includes Bach’s Magnificat and numerous cantatas, Vesperae solennes de confessore by Mozart, Die Tageszeiten by Telemann, Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz by Schütz, and Szűz Mária Mise by László Dobszay in its Austrian premiere. She has regularly appeared as a soloist with the Solisten des Wiener KammerOrchesters and the Wiener Kaiserquartett.
As a performer of art song, Miss Behncke was a winner of the prestigious Fidelio-Wettbewerb at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien in both 2016 and 2017. She and Lied duo partner Anna An, pianist, have subsequently performed throughout Austria and Europe. Miss Behncke was also personally invited to perform various works of Hugo Wolf in the Lieder recital series of the internationally-renowned Colorado MahlerFest.
Her operatic credits include Mozart’s Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte), Strauss’s Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Gilbert & Sullivan’s Josephine (HMS Pinafore), and Tchaikovsky’s Brigitta (Iolanta), among others. As a professional opera chorus member, she has sung in the extra choir of the Wiener Staatsoper, and will perform this summer at the Salzburg Festival.
Miss Behncke completed her opera studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where her partial and full roles included Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Prima Novizia (Suor Angelica), Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), and Beth (Little Women). She is currently completing her studies in Lied and oratorio at MUK, and she has also taken part in masterclasses with Dorothee Mields, Jos van Veldhoven, Peter Harvey, Julius Drake, and Helmut Deutsch, and was a participant of the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart in 2017.