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Georg Jelden (Tenor, Baritone)

Born: November 28, 1928 - Erlangen, Germany

The German tenor, Georg Jelden, was first a member of the Thomanerchor Leipzig; then studied singing with Emge in Karlsruhe.

At the beginning of his career Georg Jelden sang at the Stuttgarter Staatsoper. He then however pursued the career of a concert singer. With expanded concert journeys in Europe and in North America he showed himself as one of the most important German concert singers of his generation. He is particularly estimated as a great interpreter of the works of J.S. Bach, as well as all the Baroque music. In 1963 he sang in the Salzburg Festival the tenor-solo in the Requiem of Mozart. His voice was changed later to the baritone range, so that he preferred to appear since 1973 in this voice.

In addition Georg Jelden was a sought after singing pedagogue. Firstly, he had been active as a lecturer at the Musikhochschule of Frankfurt a.M.; then he was appointed in 1964 as a Professor to the Musikhochschule of Stuttgart. Apart from his teaching activity he continued however his successful career as concert and oratorio singer.

Georg Jelden appears in numerous records as tenor on the labels Electrola (Markus-Passion BWV 247) by Bach, works of Heinrich Schütz), Erato (Oster-Oratorium (BWV 249) by J.S. Bach), Corona, Fono (Baroque music), Calig-Verlag (Lieder) and Bärenreiter-Verlag (Deborah by George Frideric Handel, Weihnachtsgeschichte by Hugo Distler), as baritone on Saphir (Winterreise of Schubert) and on Calig-Verlag (Christmas carols).

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (July 2001)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (July 2001); Matthias Hansen (Photo - November 2007)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Tenor

BWV 439-507

Jörg Ewald Dähler

Tenor

F.N. Brauns: Markus-Passion

Martin Flämig

Bass

BWV 244 [2nd, Jesus]

Wolfgang Gönnenwein

Tenor

BWV 127, BWV 171, BWV 247

Hans Heintze

Tenor

BWV 33, BWV 95

Helmut Kählhofer

Tenor

BWV 46, BWV 65, BWV 207a, BWV 214

Karl Ristenpart

Tenor

BWV 233, BWV 243

Hans Thamm

Tenor

BWV 17, BWV 110

Max Thurn

Tenor

Radio: BWV 55, BWV 74, BWV 97, BWV 185

Fritz Werner

Tenor

BWV 7, BWV 10, BWV 19, BWV 21, BWV 28, BWV 40, BWV 103, BWV 106, BWV 119, BWV 131, BWV 149, BWV 249

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