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Bernhard Hirtreiter (Tenor)

Born: June 28, 1966 - Munich, Germany

The German tenor, Bernhard Hirtreiter, came from a musical family. In his musical family has always played a major role, the father played the bassoon and mother was a singer. His brother Andreas Hirtreiter is also a renowned tenor. Bernhard studied at the Musikhochschule in Munich. Already during his studies he gained intense experience as a concert soloist in the Lieder recitals and church concerts in his homeland and abroad - including in Austria, Switzerland, America, Canada, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Greece, Italy, Romania, Russia and France. The collaboration with conductors such as Colin Davis in a production of Die Zauberflöte and with Helmuth Rilling (The Messiah, Bach cantatas) was an important experience to his artistic development.

Upon completion of the singing studies, Bernhard Hirtreiter had his first engagements, including at the Freien Landestheater Bayern, in France and at the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich. His main roles include Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni and Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Freddy in My Fair Lady, Eisenstein and Alfred in Die Fledermaus, Edwin in Csardasfürstin, Barinkay in Der Zigeunerbaron und Der Zarewitsch.

From 1997 to 2006 Hirtreiter Bernhard was a member of the successful cross-over ensemble Die jungen Tenöre (The Young Tenors) with 1.3 million sold albums, 1,200 concerts and nearly 300 television appearances. He was considered the "romantic" among the three singers. On November 11, 2006 he married his long-time companion, the soprano Beata Marti, in the ZDF broadcast Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel, viewed by 6 million people. The couple has two daughters: Liliana (born 1999) and Marlene (born 2004).

The versatile tenor moves effortlessly between styles and different music genres, be it classical music, opera, musicals, pop, swing and gospel. He thrilled audiences with his own interpretations of modern pop music and show classics. In November 2006, he left the Die jungen Tenöre to devote himself to his solo career. At the same time, he presented his first solo CD "Du bist die Liebe" on Sony / BMG.

Bernhard Hirtreiter tailors his stage program in a special way to the wishes of his audience orientation: whether a "Festliche Abendserenade" or "Botschaften der Liebe," a gospel evening with the title "Hallelujah Special", the Christmas program "klingende Weihnacht" or the musical program "The Sound of musicals."

Source: Bernhard Hirtreiter Website & German Wikipedia Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (January 2009)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (January 2009)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Christian Brembeck


F.N. Brauns: Markus-Passion [Evangelist]

Gerald Häußler


BWV 248/1-3

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Bernhard Hirtreiter (Official Website) [German]

Bernhard Hirtreiter (Wikipedia) [German]

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