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Tareq Nazmi (Bass)

Born: 1983 - Kuwait

The Kuwaiti -born German bass, Tareq Nazmi, grew up in Munich and studied at Erasmus Grasser Gymnasium and at Theresiengymnasium in Ansbach. He studied music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich (Class of 2012) with Edith Wiens and Christian Gerhaher and had private lessons with Hartmut Ebert. While studying, he also attended master-classes of Matthias Goerne, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Malcolm Martineau, Brian Zeger, Rudolf Piernay, Margot Garret, Denise Massé and Stephan King. In 2009 he was rewarded first prize of the Walter and Charlotte Hamel Foundation and he was a prize winner at the National Song Contest in 2008. Further awards include a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes and of the Steans Institute in Ravinia near Chicago.

Tareq Nazmi gained first stage experience at the Bavarian Theatre Academy, for example in 2008 in several performances of Die Nacht, a W.A. Mozart project based on an idea of Einar Schleef under Christoph Hammer (directed by A. Viebrock) in Munich´s Prinzregententheater. With this production he was guest at the Ruhr Triennale. In the Theatre of Augsburg he had guest appearances as Lord Syndham in the new production of Lortzing's Zar und Zimmermann and as Sarastro in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. Already as a member of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera he managed to draw attention in various productions for instance in the L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio production of Calixto Bieito, in La cenerentola and in Roberto Devereux with Edita Gruberová.

Tareq Nazmi was frequently invited to guest perform in various operatic concert performances of the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester, for instance in Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi under the baton of Friedrich Haider, in Silvana by Carl Maria von Weber and Orpheus in der Unterwelt by Carl Orff, in La Bohème as Colline, all directed by principal conductor Ulf Schirmer.

In the concert field Tareq Nazmi has a wide variety of repertoire reaching from J.S. Bach to L.v. Beethoven, from Haydn to Johannes Brahms and from W.A. Mozart to Dvorak. A close artistic cooperation connects him with Enoch zu Guttenberg and he sang under his direction in summer of 2012 at the Herrenchiemseefestival L.v. Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 and as recently as November 2013 as Sarastro in 6 scenical stage performances of W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte in Munich’s Prinzregententheater. He made a most successful debut at the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival with a Goethe evening together with Christiane Karg, Michael Nagy and Gerold Huber. "The young bass Tareq Nazmi - a sensational discovery!", announced Hamburger Abendblatt. Important milestones in the recent past were tours with the Münchener Kammerorchester under the baton of Alexander Liebreich (W.A. Mozart's Requiem in the Berlin Philharmonie, Weingarten and Munich), with the Orchestre des Champs Elysées under Philippe Herreweghe (with Bruckner's Te Deum in Edinburgh, Grafenegg and Lucerne), his first cooperation with Manfred Honeck at the Wolfegg Festival as well as his debut at the Washington National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach again with W.A. Mozart's Requiem. His most recent engagements include, for instance, W.A. Mozart's C Minor Mass at the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln in April 2014, again under Christoph Eschenbach and also Johannes Brahms' Requiem with the Symphony Orchestra St. Gallen in February 2015.

Since the 2012-2013 season, Tareq Nazmi has been a permanent member of the Bavarian State Opera and stands out with his execeptional artistic performance in numerous roles: Minister in L.v. Beethoven's Fidelio, Masetto in W.A. Mozart's Don Giovanni, Sprecher in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Colline in La bohème, Silvano in La Calisto, Mitjucha in Boris Godunov, First Nazarene in Salome, Zuniga in Georges Bizet's Carmen, Truffaldin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Obrist in Die Soldaten, Astolfo in Lucrezia Borgia. In the second new production of Munich´s General Music Diretor Kirill Petrenko in February 2014 - W.A. Mozart's La clemenza di Tito - Tareq Nazmi sings the role of Publio; director of the production is Jan Bosse. He currently lives in Munich, Germany.

Source: Tareq Nazmi Website & Facebook profile
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2016)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Peter Dijkstra


BWV 245 [1st, 2015, Jesus], BWV 245 [2nd t, 2015, Jesus, Video]

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Tareq Nazmi - Bas in Opera & Concert (Official Website) [German/English]
Tareq Nazmi on Facebook


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