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Johann Moritz von Cube (Counter-tenor)

Born: Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The German-born counter-tenor, Johann [Jan] Moritz von Cube, comes from a Baltic noble family. After graduation he studied literature, history, as well as art and media studies at the University of Konstanz. At the same time he pursued private singing studies with Martin Oro in Basel. His singing studies were with a focus on early music; he studied with Professor Harry van der Kamp at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. This he successfully completed a diploma in 2006 and supplemented by master-classes with Michael Chance, Charlotte Lehmann and Nigel Rogers. Currently, the young counter-tenor is trained vocally by Martin Wölfel (Dusseldorf).

Johann Moritz von Cube has already celebrated success as a soloist at theaters in Bremen, Stuttgart and Konstanz. Concert appearances have taken him throughout Europe, Asia and America, including in Prague, Florence, Chicago, Taipei, at the Berliner Staatsoper unter den Linden, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Alte Oper Frankfurt and Dresdner Frauenkirche. In 2004 he debuted at the Festival Fränkischer Sommer and the Festspielen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern; in 2006 at the Schlossfestspielen Ettlingen; in 2008 and Steglitzer Tagen für Alte Musik; and in 2009 at the Brandenburger Konzertsommer.

In his young career, Johann Moritz von Cube has worked with conductors such as Heinz Holliger, Ton Koopman, Jordi Savall, Stephen Stubbs and Wolfgang Helbich. In the center of his concerts are the vocal works of J.S. Bach.

On the opera stage, Johann Moritz von Cube caused sensation at the last Staufer Festspielen. He staggered critics and audiences alike in enthusiasm as Prince Orlofsky in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus. He could also be heard and seen in this role in 2005 at the Bremer Theater am Leibnitzplatz. In 2009, he celebrated his debut at the Goetheplatztheater der Hansestadt Jarbas in Francesco Cavalli's opera La Didone. In 2004 he also appeared as Humana fragilitá in Claudio Monteverdi's Ulysses at the Berliner Staatsoper unter den Linden.

In 2007 Johann Moritz von Cube founded the Cavalieri Ensemble, with which he presents, togerther with other soloists, musical rediscoveries of the early Baroque.

Numerous CD and radio productions, including the Boston Early Music Festival, Deutschlandradio Kultur, the Hessischen Rundfunk, NordwestRadio and Radio Bremen document his musical work.

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Source: Johann Moritz von Cube Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2012)
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Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Wolfgang Helbich


BWV 150, BWV 237, BWV 239, BWV 240, BWV Anh 24, BWV Anh 30, BWV Anh 167

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Johann Moritz von Cube (Official Website) [German]


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