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Werner Haseleu (Bass-Baritone)

Born: May 2, 1935 - Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Died: June 29, 2012 - Leipzig, Saxony, Germany

The German bass-baritone and music pedagogue, Werner Haseleu, studied with R.F. Schmidt in Leipzig.

Werner Haseleu made his debut in 1958 at the Nationaltheater of Weimar, where he worked until 1973. Here he performed roles as Leporello in Don Giovanni, Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, King Philip in Verdi's Don Carlos, Falstaff in the opera of the same name by Verdi and Ochs in Rosenkavalier. In 1973 he became a member at the Staatsoper of Dresden. Apart from the classical repertoire of his voice, he also sang the compartment title role in Bluebeard's Castle and designed by Béla Bartók, Moses in Moses und Aron'by Arnold Schoenberg as other roles in modern operas. In Dresden he participated in the premieres of the operas Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin by Udo Zimmermann (December 30, 1976) and Vincent by Rainer Kunad (February 22, 1979 in the title role). He remained at the Dresden Opera until 1984, and then joinedc the rpster of the Komischen Oper Berlin, where he had sung in 1983 in the premiere of the contemporary opera Lear by A. Reimann very successfully in the title role, which he sang also in 1988 at the Opera House of Zürich. In 1988 he was heard at the Komischen Oper Berlin as Leporello in The Stone Guest by Alexander Dargomizhky/Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. On April 21, 1974, he appeared at the Berliner Staatsoper in the premiere of the opera Sabellicus by R. Kunad, on September 28, 1985 at the same opera house in the premiere of the opera Judith by Siegfried Matthus as Holofernes, and in 1988 he performed this role at the Festival of Ludwigsburg. He appeared as a guest at the Opera of Leningrad, at the Prague National Opera, at the Festivals of Wiesbaden and Lausanne.

In addition to his work on stage, Werner Haseleu was also active as a pedagogue: From 1961 to 1973, he taught at the took a teaching position at the Musikhochschule of Weimar, since 1973 at the Musikhochschule of Dresden.

Recordings: on Eterna (Die schweigsame Frau by R. Strauss, Moses und Aron, Levins Mühle by Udo Zimmermann, scenes from Lear by A. Reimann, Judith by Siegfried Matthus).

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2012)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2012); Manfred Krugmann (Dates & Photo 01, October 2012)

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