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Andreas Scheibner (Bass-Baritone)

Born: January 18, 1951 - Dresden, Saxony, Germany

The German bass-baritone, Andreas Scheibner, was singing in various church and school choirs at an early age, also learning the violin. For seven years he was a member of the famous Dresden Kreuzchor under Rudolf Mauersberger. A gramophone recording as a young bass soloist under Hans Werner Henze in 1968 pointed him towards a singing career. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Dresden. From 1974 onwards he received Theatre engagements in Bautzen, Stralsund, Potsdam and Dresden, where he became one of the busiest soloists in a very short space of time. He has won prizes at numerous international singing competitions, notably in Leipzig, Toulouse and Montreal.

Since 1983, Andreas Scheibner has been soloist at the Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden. Due to his artistic merits, Andreas Scheibner was awarded in 1987 the honorific title of Kammersänger by the Ministry of Culture. Andreas Scheibner. His successful and versatile activities as a lieder, concert and oratorio singer have brought him in contact with leading orchestras and conductors from all over the world.

Andreas Scheibner worked with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatskapelle Berlin, Münchner Philharmoniker, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, MDR Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, Duisburg Symphony, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande Genève, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and de Strassbourg, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra RAI Torino, Radiotelevisione Italiana Milano and he has performed at the Salzburger Festspiele, Brucknerfest Linz, Wiener Musikverein, BBC London, Granada Festival and at the Suntory Hall Tokyo.

Andreas Scheibner sang under the baton of well-known and important conductors such as Luciano Berio, Sir Colin Davis, Christoph Eschenbach, Gabriele Ferro, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Leopold Hager, Milan Horvat, Gustav Kuhn, Fabio Luisi, Ingo Metzmacher, García Navarro, Christof Perick, Peter Schneider, Peter Schreier, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Myung-Whun Chung, Christoph Prick and Bruno Weil and made several guest appearances at the Wiener Staatsoper, Staatstheater Stuttgart, Oper Leipzig, Teatro La Fenice Venezia, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi Trieste and at the Opéra de Lyon. CD-recordings with Andreas Scheibner have been released by Teldec Classics.

Andreas Scheibner has worked closely with Luciano Berio and Peter Schreier, at whose performances of J.S. Bach oratorios he has frequently made an impressive contribution as a bass. 1993 saw a successful debut with the New York Philharmonic in Weber’s Freischütz under Sir Colin Davis. He is particularly fond of the oratorios of J.S. Bach, Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn, the Romantic Lied and contemporary music.

In past seasons Andreas Scheibner sang new productions at the Theater an der Wien (Ernest Bloch’s Macbeth), Teatro Lirico Cagliari (Weber’s Euryanthe), Staatsoper Dresden (Penderecki’s Die Teufel von Loudon) and the title-roles in the world premieres of Adriana Hölszky’s Der gute Gott von Manhattan (Schwetzinger Festspiele) and Manoury’s Oper K (based on Kafka’s The trial), at the Opéra National de Paris, where he could also be heard in Die Fledermaus. He appeared in numerous concerts at the Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Philharmonie Köln, Victoria Hall Geneva, Accademia Santa Cecilia Roma, Teatro Comunale Firenze and in Weimar, Zagreb, Trieste, Cagliari, Stavanger and Madrid and had an extensive South America-tour with the Dresdner Philharmonie (W.A. Mozart’s Requiem and L.v. Beethoven’s Mass C major).

In the season 2004-2005 Kammersänger Andreas Scheibner sings the title-role in a new production of Wozzeck at the New Israeli Opera. At the Staatsoper Dresden he performs the leading part of the new production of Adriana Hölszky’s Der gute Gott von Manhattan. Under Enoch zu Guttenberg he will sing concerts at the Wiener Musikverein, the Beethovenfest Bonn and the Philharmonie München. In November 2004 he will start a France-tour (8 concerts) with the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire under Isaac Karabchevsky with L.v. Beethoven’s Symphony N° 9 and Missa Solemnis. Before that he sings Gustav Mahler’s Wunderhorn-Lieder with the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen under Johannes Wildner four times.

Source: Liner notes to the 13-CD album ‘ Bach Made in Germany - Vol. V’ conducted by Ludwig Güttler (Dresden Classics, 2000); IAAC Website (2004-2005)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001, October 2004)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Hans-Christoph Becker-Foss


BWV 244 [2nd]

Georg Christoph Biller


BWV 31, BWV 36

Joshard Daus


BWV 244

Diego Fasolis


BWV 244

Martin Flämig


BWV 248/1-3 [2nd, DVD]

Ludwig Güttler


BWV 82, BWV 245

Roderich Kreile


BWV 248/1-3 [1st]

Hans-Christoph Rademann


BWV 243

Hans-Joachim Rotzsch


BWV 14, BWV 143

Peter Schreier


BWV 244, BWV 245 (x2), BWV 248 [DVD+CD]

Gotthold Schwarz


Radio: BWV 23

Gothart Stier


BWV 244

Links to other Sites

IAAC Italartist - Austroconcert International Artists Management: Andreas Scheibner, Baritone [English/German/French/Italian]

Orchestre National des Pays de La Loire: Andreas Scheibner [French]
Internationales Beethovenfest 2004: Andreas Scheibner [German]

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