Hailed by Opera magazine for her performances of Amneris as “most impressive” and “with a rich mezzo timbre,” Israeli mezzo-soprano Edna Prochnik joined the Nationaltheater Mannheim in the 2009-10 season for the title role in Carmen, Erda in Das Rheingold, Erste Norn in Götterdammerung, and Herodias in Salome in addition to returning to Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus use/Nicklaussein Les contes d`Hoffmann, La cieca in La Gioconda, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly oder Larina in Eugen Onegin. She gave her debut as Fricka in Das Rheingold. Fricka in Walküre will follow in March 2012. She was also heard in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra under the Baton of Dan Ettinger with Alpha & Omega. In the beginning of 2013 she will return to Tokyo singing Petite Messe Solenelle with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra under Dan Ettinger. In Ferbuary she gave her sucessful debute as Princess Eboliat the National Theatre Mannheim in Don Carlo on the second premiere and shortly afterwards she is debuting as Waltraute in the new production of Götterdämmerung by Achim Frey and is singing additionally the 1. Norne.
Her engagements in the 2008-09 season included Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kurt Masur and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestra Rishoi le Zion under the baton of Dan Ettinger. She also reprised her acclaimed performances of the reprise the leading role of the First Wife in the world premiere of Baradanshvilli’s Journey to the End of the Millenium with the New Israeli Opera with David Stern conducting.
A frequent presence at the New Israeli Opera, her previous performances with the company have included Cornelia in Giulio Cesare, Amneris in Aida, Ottavia in L’incoronazione di Poppea, Varvara in Kátya Kabanová, Auntie in Peter Grimes, and the First Wife in the world premiere of Baradanshvilli’s Journey to the End of the Millenium as well as in subsequent performances both in Israel and on tour to the Opera di Roma, the Cook in Rusalka, as well as oratorio works that included Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
She made her American debut as Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana with Palm Beach Opera and has sung Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus both at the Wiener Kammeroper and on tour with the company in Japan. Ms. Prochnik’s other performances of Prince Orlofsky include the Salzburger Landestheater, where she also sang the Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She has also sung Fenena in Nabucco with the Bergen Opera Festival and further performances of Amneris in Aida with St. Margarethen’s Summer Opera Festival.
On the concert stage, Ms. Prochnik has often joined the Symphony Orchestra Rishoi le Zion for works that include Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Bach’s Mass in B minor with John Nelson conducting, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, and de Falla’s El Amor Brujo. She has also sung Bernstein’s Jeremiah Symphony with the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem at the Prague Summer Festival, Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Herzeliyah Symphony, concert performances of Cavalleria Rusticana with the Nijemegen Symfonieorkest in the Netherlands, works by composer Oded Zahavi with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and gala concerts with both the Philharmonic Orchestra of Suedwestfalen in Antwerp and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.
Ms. Prochnik has worked with other noted conductors such as Philippe Entremont, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Marek Janovski, Frederic Chaslin, Gari Bertini, Yuri Falk, Noam Sheriff, Martin Haselboeck, Heinz Hennig, Peter Bergamin, Jiri Kout, Mendi Rodan, and Avi Ostrovski. She holds and Artist Diploma from the Hochschule für Darstellende Kunst and graduated with honors from Tel Aviv’s Rubin Academy of Music.