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Michael Schwendinger (Bass-Baritone)

Born: Dornbirn, Austria

The Austrian bass-baritone, Michael J. Schwendinger, had his first solo appearances as a boy soprano with the Wiener Sängerknaben. In addition to numerous international concerts, he worked in various opera productions in the population and with the Vienna Staatsoper. He graduated from the Musikgymnasium in Feldkirch, began his training as a bass-baritone at the Landeskonservatorium of Vorarlberg with Professor I. Doboszy and continued his studies with Peter-Lampeitl Cavall.

Following that, Michael Schwendinger began to study high-school teaching in Feldkirch PA and graduated in the fields of music, mathematics and history with honors. He taught at the MHS Lingenau and simultaneously started his singing career, before he finally decided to do make singing his main job. He then studied at the Konservatorium Wien Privatuniversität with Lucia Meschwitz and Michael Pinkerton and received his degree in opera. He took lessons with E. Obrowsky, A. Hornig, and C. Schwarz. For several years he worked musically with Christian Koch.

Michael Schwendinger feels at home on the operatic stage as well as in the concert hall and the church. Therefore, his varied repertoire ranges from Gregorian to contemporary music. So he opened a concert as a Kantor at the Musikverein in Nikolaus Harnoncourt, sings regularly at numerous masses and church concerts at home and abroad and with well-known ensembles such as Clemencic Consort, Accentus Austria or Neue Oper Wien. He has sung, among other things, under Adam Fischer, Christian Thielemann, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kristjan Järvi, Conrad Artmüller, Walter Kobera, René Clemencic and worked with directors like Ulrich Rasche, Nicola Raab, Alexander Kubelka, Gerhard Ernst, Anselm Lipgens and Stephanie Mohr:

The following selection of works and venues give a little insight into Michael Schwendinger's varied musical world. He sang The Bartered Bride by B. Smetana and B. The Marriage of Figaro by W.A. Mozart at the Opera Festival at Castle Lockenhaus; This is not a love song at the Vienna Festival, Scherz, Satire, Ironie ... by D. Glanert and Requiem für Piccoletto by D. Kaufmann, with the Neuen Oper Wien; Courasche oder Gott lass premiere at the Ruhrtriennale Duisburg; Der Vogelhändler by Carl Zeller with the Light Opera Festival in Waterford (Ireland), Der Mann von La Mancha and Anatevka at the Musicalsommer Schloss Kittsee; Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter at the Festival Rötting (Germany; Showboat by Jerome Kern at the Stadtsaal Hohenems; Ade, verböste Welt singspiel texts and songs of Laurentius von Schnifis (1633-1702) in Feldkirch.

His busy concert career has led him to Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Luxembourg, Ireland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. He sang at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, at the festival dell 'Aurora in Crotone (Italy), at the Festival of Early Music in Dvigrad / Kanfanar (HR), in concert of the International Paul Hofhaymergesellschaft in Salzburg, at the Vienna Konzerthaus and the Vienna Musikverein...

Source: Michael J. Schwendinger Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (March 2009)
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Aryeh Oron (March 2009)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Albert Frommelt


BWV 248/1-3

Links to other Sites

Michael J. Schwendinger - bassbariton (Official Website) [German]


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