Noa Frenkel


A versatile artist with an affinity for many musical styles, Noa Frenkel is a true contralto with an extensive vocal range. Her concert repertoire reaches from Renaissance to contemporary music.

Recent concert appearances include a.o. Berio’s Ofanim with ensemble Intercontemporain at Festival d’Automne, Paris, Gubaidulina’s Stunde der Seele at the Konzerthaus Vienna, Berio’s Sinfonia at the Paris Philharmonie and Strasbourg Festival, a world premiere of Thierry Pecou’s opera Nahasdzaan at Rouen Opera, Bernstein’s Song Cycle with Leipzig Radio Orchestra, Mahler Das Lied von der Erde in Victoria, Canada, Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Berio Sinfonia at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Luigi Nono’s Prometeo at La Scala–Milan, Holland Festival, Lucerne Festival, and the Berliner Philharmonie; Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Verdi’s Requiem at the Ljubljana festival, Feldman’s 3 Voices in Dresden, Mahler’s Symphony No 3 with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Nono’s Guai ai gelidi mostri at the Wiener Festwochen.

Most recent opera appearances include Nono’s opera Al Gran Sole Carico D’Amore at the Basel opera,  A world premiere of Czernowin’s opera Heart Chamber at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Infinite Now by Chaya Czernowin at the opera houses of Antwerp, Ghent, Mannheim, as well as at the Philharmonie de Paris; Stockhausen’s Sontag aus Licht at Opera Köln, Maria Republica by François Paris at Opera Nantes, Pnima by C. Czernowin at Opera Stuttgart, Tod eines Bankers by Andreas Kersting at Theater Görlitz, Woman in Zaide/Adama by Mozart/Czernowin at the Salzburg Festival, Theater Bremen and the Basel Opera, Frau Ocholowska in world premiere of Johannes Kalitzke’s Die Besessenen at Theater an der Wien, Third lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Opera of Nantes and Angers, Madame Flora in Menotti’s The Medium with Opera Rotterdam, La Maestra delle novizie in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with the Bochumer Symphoniker, Philip Glass’s Akhnaten in Rotterdam, and the Madrigal Opera La Barca with the Nationale Reisopera in Holland and Belgium.

Frenkel has appeared with Baroque ensembles such as Les Arts Florissants, Elyma Ensemble, Combattimento Amsterdam, and the Utrecht baroque Consort. She has co-founded the Kassiopeia quintet, a vocal madrigal group that later has recorded all 6 madrigal books of Carlo Gesualdo. The CD´s have been highly praised by the international music press.

She is an admired interpreter of contemporary music, and is performing regularly in the main festivals in Europe with renowned ensembles such as Ensemble Modern-Frankfurt, The Schönberg Ensemble–Amsterdam, Klangforum Wien, L’Ensemble Intercontemporain-Paris, MusikFabrik – Cologne, The Israeli Contemporary Players, as well as the Experimental Studio Freiburg (SWR). Ever in search of new ways to perform, Frenkel has created the solo performance “Solitude in the Age of Mass Media” – a multimedia performance, which has been performed in Tel Aviv and Madrid.

Her two latest CD’s are Berio’s Folk Songs and Czernowin’s Shu Hai, with Experimental Studio Freiburg.

Amongst other recordings are Artur Schnabel, Notturno, and the Te Deum by Portugese baroque composer Almeida. She has previous recordings with labels Deutche Gramophone, Neos, Col Legno, and Globe/Codaex.

Highlights of the coming season include parts of Das Lied von der Erde/Mahler, at the Paris Philharmonie, Nono’s Prometeo and Guai ai gelidi mostri at the Konzerthaus Vienna,  Sciarrino/ Vanitas at the Semper Oper Dresden, Pascal Dusapin’s opera Penthesilea with the Orchestre de Paris, and Thierry Pécou’s new opera Into the Lions at the Strasbourg opera.

As of September 2017 she is teaching singing as a faculty member of the Royal Conservatoire The Hague, The Netherlands.