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Ulrich Studer (Baritone)

Born: August 27, 1945 - Berne, Switzerland

The Swiss Baritone, Ulrich Studer, studied first piano playing at the Conservatory of Berne with Suzanne Eggli, then singing at the Musikhochschule of Munich with Hanno Blaschke from 1970 to 1976. He had further training by Henry Bataille and by Jean Stawsky.

In 1972 Ulrich Studer began his concert career. He has appeared in the music centres in Switzerland and West Germany and came to international level with big successes in Amsterdam and the Hague, in Rome, Triest, Vicenza, Turin, Naples, and Palermo, at Flanders Festival in Gent and at the International Festival for Early Music in Innsbruck, in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, in Paris and Luettich, in Bologna, Mantua and Piacenza, At the Festival of Brno (Brünn) and with radio and television appearances in Switzerland, in Germany, France, Australia and Italy. He has been considered as a great Bach interpreter, mastered however a repertoire, which reached from the oratorios and sacred vocal music of the Baroque period to contemporary masters (Willy Burkhard, D. Milhaud, Hans Studer, K. Huber). In the area of the Lieder singing he was characterised in Lieder of Schubert, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, of Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Henri Duparc and de Falla.

As an opera singer Ulrich Studer was engaged in from 1979 to 1983 at the Theater of Swiss Federal Capital Berne. He gave stage appearances at the theatres of Basel, Biel-Solothurn, Lausanne and St. Gallen, at the opera of Nice and at the Munich's Opera Festivals in the historical Cuvilliés theatre. Among his roles on the stage should be mentioned: Morales in Carmen, Belcore in Donizetti's Elisir d'amore, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Valentin in Faust by Charles Gounod, Creonte in Orfeo ed Euridice by Haydn, the title hero in Monteverdi's Orfeo, Masetto in Don Giovanni, Manz in Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe by F. Delius and the title hero in Suppé's operetta Boccaccio. In 1996 he participated at the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in the premiere of the opera Gesualdo by Franz Hummel in the title role. In 1997 he sang at the Stadttheater of Halle/Saale Marquis de la Force in Dialogues des Carmélites by F. Poulenc and Nottingham in Roberto Devereux by Donizetti, at the Göttingen's Händel Festivals of the same year Elviro in Serse by George Frideric Handel, in 1998 in Halle Wozzeck by Alban Berg, Timagene in G.F. Handel's opera Poro and the title role in Der Vampyr by H. Marschner.

Recordings: HMV (Bach Cantatas, works of M.A. Charpentier and Dumont), DGG (Messe des morts by Gilles), CBS (Cantatas & Arias of Antonio Vivaldi, Elviro in Serse by G.F. Handel), Erato (Armide by Lully), Ex Libris-Schwann (Markus-Passion by A. Brunner, Erode in San Giovanni Battista by A. Stradella), Ars Nova (Title role in Gesualdo by F. Hummel).


Source: Großes Sängerlexikon (Authors: K. J. Kutsch / Leo Riemens; Expanded 3rd edition 1999/2000; K. G. Saur Verlag, Munich), English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2006)
Contributed by
Thomas Braatz (June 2006)

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BWV 137, BWV 190

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