15 Facts About Barbara Hendricks


Barbara Hendricks was born on November 20,1948 and is an American operatic soprano and concert singer.


Barbara Hendricks is a citizen of Sweden following her marriage to a Swedish citizen.


Barbara Hendricks attended the Aspen Music Festival and School and then attended Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she studied with mezzo-soprano Jennie Tourel and participated in master classes led by soprano Maria Callas.


In 1974, Barbara Hendricks made her professional operatic debut in Europe at the Glyndebourne Festival and in America at the San Francisco Opera.


Barbara Hendricks has performed more than twenty roles, twelve of which she has recorded.


Barbara Hendricks has appeared on film as Mimi in La boheme, and in 1995 she sang the role of Anne Truelove in the Swedish film Rucklarens vag, an adaptation of Stravinsky's opera The Rake's Progress.


Barbara Hendricks recorded Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, which is the main theme for the film.

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Barbara Hendricks is known for her love of chamber music and has organized a number of chamber music festivals.


In 2018, Barbara Hendricks sang "La Marseillaise" with the Choir of the French Army at the interment ceremony of Simone Veil in the Pantheon.


Since 2000, Barbara Hendricks has been a member of the Council of the Foundation for the Refugee Education Trust.


In 1991 and 1993 Barbara Hendricks gave two concerts in the war-torn formerly Yugoslavian cities of Dubrovnik and Sarajevo.


Barbara Hendricks performed in Sarajevo with the Sarajevo Opera Chorus and jazz musician Sinan Alimanovic.


In 1986, Barbara Hendricks was made a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; in 1992 she was awarded the rank of Chevalier of the Legion d'honneur.


In 2001, Barbara Hendricks received the Lions Clubs International Award for the work of her foundation.


In 2015, Barbara Hendricks received the honorary degree Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.