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Bernhard Landauer (Counter-tenor)

Born: July 20, 1970 - Innsbruck, Austria

The Austrian Bernhard Landauer is one of the foremost counter-tenors of his generation. He began studying as a choirboy at Wilten Monastery before attending the Vienna Academy of Music, where his teachers included Helena Karusso and Kurt Equiluz.

Blessed with a voice of exceptional purity and agility, Bernhard Landauer soon found himself in great demand with some of the world’s most prestigious period-instruments ensembles and conductors. These include the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Cantus Cölln, Ensemble Clément Janequin and King’s Consort, working alongside the likes of Ton Koopman, René Clemencic, René Jacobs and Thomas Hengelbrock. Although normally associated with the ‘authentic’ movement, Bernhard Landauer is an outstanding exponent of the Romantic song. His extensive repertoire includes such mainstays of the repertoire as Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin and Winterreise, Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Richard Strauss’ Krämerspiegel. His busy schedule takes him all over the world, from Vienna (the Konzerthaus and Musikverein) and London (the Royal Albert Hall) to Tokyo (the Suntory Hall) and Frankfurt (Der Alte Oper).

For an early music specialist, Bernhard Landauer has an unusually wide-ranging operatic repertoire that encompasses such roles as Oberon in Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tolomeo in George Frideric Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Fyodor in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov. He has also appeared in acclaimed productions at the Vienna State Opera of the world premiere of Schnittke’s Gesualdo and Leopold I’s Prodigal Son.


Source: Liner notes to the 3-CD album ‘J.S. Bach: Complete Cantatas - Volume 9’ conducted by Ton Koopman (Erato, 1999)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (June 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Diego Fasolis


BWV 106, BWV 198, BWV 248

Thomas Hengelbrock


BWV 12, BWV 232
V-2 (2000): BWV 243a [1st recording]

Tobias Hiller


BWV 248/1-3

Konrad Junghänel


BWV 225-230 [w/ Cantus Cölln]

Ton Koopman


BWV 37, BWV 48, BWV 66, BWV 70, BWV 86, BWV 138, BWV 153, BWV 154, BWV 166, BWV 247
BWV 247

Johannes Stecher


Video: BWV 248 [1st]

Helmut Winschermann


BWV 232

Links to other Sites

Bernhard Landauer (Barockes Fest der Sinne) [German]

Bernhard Landauer (Official Website)

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