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Frieder Lang (Tenor)

Born: April 28, 1950 - Affalter (Erzgebirge), Germany

The German tenor, Frieder Lang, sang as a boy in Dresdner Kreuzchor from 1960 to 1968. In 1968 he came to West Germany and passed through at the College of Music Cologne a very global training for choir and orchestra directing, school music, organ playing and singing (with Margit Kobeck). At the same time he studied at the Cologne University from 1969 to 1975 German and music science. He completed his singing studies with Paul Lohmann in Thun (Switzerland) and with Hans Hotter in Munich. In 1977 he won a singing competition for opera singing in Bonn and initiated thereby his career.

As an opera singer Frieder Lang made guest appearances at the State Opera of Hamburg, at the Opera House of Cologne, at the Holland Festival, in Berne, Klagenfurt, Heidelberg and Tel Aviv.

However, Frieder Lang's actual international career came off within the area of concert singing. He appeared within this area in the centers of music life of Swiszerlamd and Germany, including in Basel, Berne, Zürich, Geneva, in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt a.M., Hamburg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden, in Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin. He could be heard at the Luzern Festival Weeks, at the Bach and Handel Festival Munich, with the Lüneburg Bach Weeks, at the Festival of Wroclaw (Breslau) and at Salzburg Festival, where he appeared in 1986 as a soloist in a Mozart concert. Further concert appearances in Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Paris and Toulouse, in Antwerp and Gent, in Turin and Rome, in Vienna, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. Both as oratorio soloist and as Lieder interpreter he mastered an almost inexhaustible, extremely versatile repertoire. He lives in Richterswil in the Swiss canton Zürich.

Recordings: CBS (Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) by J.S. Bach), DGG (Works of Heinrich Schütz and H.W. Henze), Schwann (Jephte by Carissimi/Henze; Symphony No. 2 (Lobgesang) by Felix Mendelssohn, Messe in D major by O. Nicolai, the oratorio Christi Himmelfahrt by Lortzing), RBM (Doktor und Apotheker by Dittersdorf), Cascavelle (Die erste Walpurgisnacht by F. Mendelssohn).

Source: Operissimo Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (August 2001)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (August 2001, October 2004), Burke Smith (October 2005)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Diego Fasolis


BWV 21, BWV 243

Helmut Kahlhöfer


BWV 245

Helmuth Rilling


BWV 33, BWV 244

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Werner Genuit und seine Partner, Frieder Lang [German]


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