Hanne Fischer, Knight of the Dannebrog is a much sought-Danish mezzo soprano both at home, where she frequently performs at Royal Danish Opera – as well as abroad. Her strong presence of expression is often highlighted. Her role interpretations range from baroque, through Wagner, to contemporary music.


Most recent and future engagements at The Royal Danish Opera, Copenhagen include among others: Suzuki/Madama Butterfly, Larina/Eugene Onegin, Brangäne/Tristan und Isolde, Serena Joy/The Handmaid’s Tale, Fricka/Die Walküre, Pelageya/Nose, Marthe/Faust, Magdelone/Maskarade, Auntie/Peter Grimes, 3rd Maid/Elektra.

Among Hanne’s other notable recent and future engagements are:

  • Fauré’s RequiemDuruflé’s Requiem  and a Danish Opera Gala with Aarhus Symfoniorkester;
  • concerts with Københavns Kantatekor.


Past engagements of Hanne Fischer in the recent years include Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking at the Opera in Copenhagen (she has received a great amount of star reviews), Waltraute in the concert performance of Götterdämmerung in Odense, under the direction of Alexander Vedernikov and Blanca/The Exterminating Angel at Royal Danish Opera, København in 2018.

At the Royal Opera House Copenhagen, she has performedmany roles, such as  The composer in Ariadne auf Naxos, Melibea in Journey to Reims, Charlotte in Werther, Penelope in Odysseus, Ottavia in Poppea’s Coronation and La Frugola in Puccini’s Il Tabarro and also Carmen.

During the period 1993-1997 Hanne Fischer was part of the ensemble at Opera Kiel. She also performed at Glyndebourne Festival in England, at Staatsoper Berlin, Hamburger Staatsoper, Opera in Antwerp and Ghent and at Theatre de Champs-Elysee.

Since 2005, when the Royal Danish Opera inaugurated it’s new waterside Opera House in Copenhagen, she was among the first performers in the world premiere of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, composed by Poul Ruders and dedicated to Hanne Fischer.

After her success as Fricka in Wagner’s Das Rheingold and Valkyrie in Strasbourg, Hanne Fischer debuted in 2011 as Waltraute in Wagner’s Götterdämmerung under the direction of David McVicar. She received great critical acclaim from international opera magazines, who all praised her unique voice character with poignant expression abilities and also her strong role interpretation.

As a concert singer Ms. Fischer has performed with all major Danish Orchestras and internationally in the big concert halls in Amsterdam, München, Berlin, Paris and London.  In 2009, on the 60th birthday of the European Council, she performed Mahler’s 3rd Symphony under the direction of Marc Albrecht. She has performed also with many other grat conductors, such as Daniel Barenboim, Andrew Davis, Mark Elder, Marko Letonja, Mark Minkowski, Giancarlo Andretta, Hartmut Haenchen, Manfred Honeck, Michael Jurowski, Ton Koopman, Susanna Mälkki, Leif Segerstam, Michael Schönwandt, Yuri Temirkanov, Alexander Vedernikov, Carlo Rizzi, and Kirill Petrenko.

Her discography includes CD’s with The Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Lehar’s Tatjana) and Aalborg Symphony Orchestra.  She also performs Verdi’s Requeim in a recording of Trinitatis Kantori og Orkester.

On DVD she performs at the production of Wagner’s Ring, Carl Nielsen’s Masquerade and also Selma Jezkova (Dancer in the Dark) by Poul Ruders.


Ms. Fischer has received numerous awards and prizes including the Noilly Prat Price in 1993, Elisabeth Dons Memorial Award in 1995, Danish Music Critics Artist Award in 2004, Holger Bruusgaards Award of the Royal Orchestra in 2007 and Axel Schiøtz Award in 2010. She has been many times nominated for the Reumert award with her performances of Sextus in Mozar’s Titus, Orpheus in Orpheus and Eurydice and Händel’s Jephta. In 2014 she received the Ellen Gilbergs scholarship.


Hanne Fischer – Die Walküre by R. Wagner – Act II Duet (Excerpt) – Mar. 2022

Hanne Fischer – Götterdämmerung by R. Wagner – Höre mit Sinn


Götterdämmerung at Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg – February 2011

“Hanne Fischer’s Waltraute was outstanding, delivering her Narration—most cannily accompanied by Letonja (i.e. he kept it going)—with lovely sound and verbal insight. She doubled as Second Norn, and Nancy Weissbach similarly shared Gutrune and Third Norn.”
– Rodney Milnes, Opera

Götterdämmerung at Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg – February 2011

“Le contraste entre son magma inintelligible de consonnes amorties et l’aisance de la Waltraute de Hanne Fischer, véritable conteuse qui sait faire vivre un récit jusque dans ses moindres détails, est particulièrement criant.”

– Laurent Barthel,

Götterdämmerung at Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg – February 2011

“Hanne Fischer, qui fut une remarquable Fricka, incarne ici une extraordinaire Waltraute. La beauté toujours intacte de la voix, vibrante et prenante, mais surtout cet art du chant qui repose sur une excellente diction et une grande intensité dans le récit, tout cela rend sa scène avec Brünnhilde au premier acte absolument splendide. Notons encore l’excellence du chœur et on aura décidément saisi combien la soirée fut anthologique.”

– Pierre-Emmanuel Lephay,