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Edith Wiens (born June 9, 1950, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian opera, recital and concert singer with a soprano voice.
Wiens, daughter of a Mennonite pastor, grew up in Vancouver where she finished high school at the age of 16. She studied theology and church music at Columbia Bible College in Clearbrook. At age 20 she received a bursary to study singing in Hannover, Germany. She went on to Oberlin College to study with Richard Miller. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees here.
Her international career started in 1980 when the Berlin Philharmonic engaged her. This collaboration extended to well over 30 concerts with that orchestra. She has worked with well known conductors like Daniel Barenboim, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Klaus Tennstedt and Sir Georg Solti.
Wiens had her operatic debut in 1986 at the Opera Festival in Glyndebourne as Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni under Bernard Haitink. She sang further Mozart roles in Amsterdam, Milan, Buenos Aires, in Canada, the US and Japan. Wiens was especially known as a concert singer, singing with major orchestras worldwide, such as New York Philharmonic, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Chicago, London Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Israel Philharmonic, and many others. As a recitalist, Wiens sang in Wigmore Hall, London, Carnegie Hall, New York, in Moscow's Pushkin Museum and repeatedly in Vienna's Musikverein.