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Rudolf Rosen (Baritone)

Born: Berne, Switzerland

The Swiss baritone, Rudolf Rosen, received his musical training at the Berne Academy of Music, where he was a student of Professor Jakob Stämpfli and Juliette Bise. He also attended master-classes by Jenö Sipos, Edith Mathis and Irwin Gage. He is a recipient of various study awards such as e.g. the Ernst-Göhner endowment (Migros/CH). He has been awarded several prizes of high renown, e.g. at the 53rd International Music Competition in Geneva (DIEM) in 1997, at the 47th International ARD Music Competition in Munich in 1998, and also at the Belvedere Song Competition in Vienna, which led to a concert engagement with José Carreras.

Rudolf Rosen has given concerts in many European concert halls: Den Gamle Logen, Oslo; Liederhalle Stuttgart; Gewandhaus Leipzig; the Munich Residence; the Munich Prinzregententheater, Tonhalle Zurich; Victoria Hall, Geneva. He has also sung overseas, e.g. at the Sala Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico City, and in Tel Aviv, Israel, with conductors like Christoph Eschenbach, Neeme Järvi, John Nelson, Dimitrij Kitajenko, Michel Corboz and Helmuth Rilling.

Song recitals, both at home and abroad, are an integral part of Rudolf Rosen's career. He sang e.g. at the Festivals of Heilbronn and Salzburg in 1996 and 1997, and he has participated both in the concert series "Freunde des Liedes" in Zürich and the Leipzig International Festival of Chamber Music.

Following an extensive career as Lied and oratorio singer Rudolf Rosen wants to devote himself more to the operatic repertoire. With the beginning of the season 2001-2002 he joined the opera company of the Stuttgart Staatstheater. In May 2002 he performed there with much acclaim his first Don Giovanni in Stuttgart's new Neuenfels production. He appeared furthermore in Stuttgart`s new production Finta Giardiniera. With the Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln he sang his first concert performance of Bluebeard (Béla Bartók), in Lisbon he appeared in J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248). He does a lot of concert work all over Europe.

Among his recent engagements are another series of Don Giovanni, his debuts in Nozze Di Figaro/count and in Zauberflöte/Papageno, Finta Giardiniera and Zauberflöte at the Stuttgart Staatstheater, a new production Pagliacci at the New National Theatre Tokyo. Recent engagements also include Count in Figaro at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris. Rudolf Rosen will return to the New National Theatre Tokyo in a new production of Cosi as Guglielmo/ and as Posa in Don Carlo in 2006.

Source: Sabine von Imhoff Website (December 2004)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (March 2009)

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BWV 248

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Portrait - Rudolf Rosen (Sabine von Imhoff) [German/English]


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