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Hubert Wild (Baritone, Counter-tenor)

Born: Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The German baritone (and sometimes counter-tenor), Hubert Wild, studied violin, singing and piano at the Musikhochschule Köln/Aachen. With the singing studies with Professor Rudolf Bautz, he completed his degree with distinction in 1998 and passed the concert exam. He also studied in the Lied class of Professor Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau at the Universität der Künste Berlin. He attended master-classes with Regina Resnik, Inge Borkh, Felicity Lott, Graham Johnson, Rudolf Piernay and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

In 1995 Hubert Wild had his first guest engament at the Aalto Theater Essen. It was followed by engagements at the opera houses of Aachen (Papageno, Dr. Falke) and in Maastricht, the Netherlands (King Fe-Ni-Han in Offenbach's Bataclan) and at the Theater für Kinder und der Kammeroper in Hamburg. In 1998 he was among the winners of the 30th International Singing Competition "Toti dal Monte" in Treviso, Italy. Then he sang in the opera Faust by Charles Gounod at the theatres of Treviso, Rovigo and Trento under the musical direction of Peter Maag.

In 1995 and 2000 Hubert Wild was a prize-winner at the Singing Competition of the Kammeroper Schloß Rheinsberg, where he participated in 1995 in Michael Hampe's staging of Salieri's Falstaff in the role of Bardolfo and in 2000 sang the title role in W.A. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Martin Schüler and conducted by Reinhard Schwarz. In 2000 he was awarded at the 13th International Robert Schumann Competition in Zwickau. He was engaged at the Zwickauer Musiktagen 2001 and 2003. From 2000 to 2002 he belonged to the permanent ensemble of the Theater Vorpommern in Stralsund/Greifswald.

In 2002 and 2004, Hubert Wild was seen in the title role of Orpheus in Jacopo Peri's Euridice at the Wiener Kammeroper. In June 2002 he sang in Daphne by R. Strauss at the Strauss Festival in Garmisch under the baton of Pinchas Steinberg, and subsequently appeared in the title role in Eugene Onegin as well as Angelotti in Tosca at the Summer Festival at Schloß Wernigerode. In 2003 he sang the role of Guglielmo at the Festival “Cantiere Internazionale d`Arte” in Montepulciano, under the direction of Enrique Mazzola. With the first "Rheinsberger Opernwerkstatt" in 2004 he performed three key roles, and at end of 2004 he sang in the premiere of the musical theater piece Jahr der Freiwilligen in Nuremberg, where he sang as well in late 2006 in "Mozart Müzik ". This production was followed by performances in Nuremberg in late December 2006 shown on RadialsystemV in Berlin.

In 2005 Hubert Wild sang the specially composed for him role of Heinrich Heine in the opera Idilia by Mark Mobius in a co-production of the Staatstheater Mainz with the festival "Singing Summer" directed by George Delnon. In the 2006-2007 season, he was engaged at the Theater Heidelberg, where he sang in Hans Zender's Chief Joseph, and in Lübeck, where he sang the main role of Adolf Wolfli in Per Norgard's opera Der göttliche Tivoli. In addition, he has been a guest at many festivals, especially in roles of W.A. Mozart and Benjamin Britten, as well as the operetta repertoire (Boni, Papacoda, Zsupan). He has also performed as a recital and concert singer, on national and international stages, and participated in television, radio and CD productions.

His great popular success were in Verdi's Un giorno di regno at the Hamburger Kammeroper, in the title role in the opera scene from Der Patient by Thomas Bartel at the Rheinsberg Opera Workshop 2004, and as Farinelli by Siegfried Matthus at a birthday gala for the composer. The baritone was also persuaded to sing the repertoire of alto and counter-tenor, such as in March 2005 at the Berlin Philharmonie as Judas in G.F. Handel’s Brockes Passion, HWV 48.

Source: Hubert Wild Website, English translation by Aryeh Oron (February 2011)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February 2011)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




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G.F. Handel: Brockes Passion, HWV 48 [TV Broadcast]

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Hubert Wild (Official Website) [German]


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