The German tenor, Christian Rathgeber, received his first musical education in the Windsbacher Knabenchor. While he studied and worked as a nurse, he took private singing lessons, among others, with Hans-Peter Blochwitz and Martin Hummel. Since 2007, he studied Singing at the Musikhochschule Mainz with Professor Andreas Karasiak.
His focus is on tenor parts of “old music” by Monteverdi, J.S. Bach and George Frideric Handel, which allowed him to have a busy concert schedule, among others, at the Dom zu Frankfurt, Bayreuth and Braunschweig, and in 2011 with J.S. Bach’s Johannes-Passion (BWV 245) to Israel.
Christian Rathgeber is regularly solist in the “Bachkantatenreihe” under Professor Ralf Otto and member of the “Jungen Ensembles” at the Staatstheater Mainz. He performed between 2007 and 2009 at the Kammeroper Rheinsberg. At the Staatstheater Mainz he performed, among others, in La Giuditta by Alessandro Scarlatti, in the premiere of The Sunken City by Dinescu, Manon by Massenet, Dido und Eneas by Purcell and Macbeth by Sciarinno. At the Landestheater Rudolstadt, he performed in Gianni Schicchi by Puccini and in the role of Mozart in Tamino; at the Residenzfestspielen Darmstadt, as Anicetus in the recently discovered opera Berenice and Lucilla.