Christoph Prégardien - Tenor

"His lyric tenor voice had a youthful glow, yet he sang with plaintive beauty and piercing insight." The New York TimesPrecise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings insures Christoph Prégardien's place among the world's foremost lyric tenors. Especially revered as a Lieder singer, he can be heard this season at Wigmore Hall London, Musikverein Vienna, Berlin Philharmonie, La Monnaie de Munt Brussels, Malmö Konserthus and at the Cité de la Musique Paris. As regular guest he will return to festivals such as Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Rheingau Musik Festivals as well as the Menuhin Festival Gstaad. In spring 2012, he took on the new challenge as conductor of J.S. Bach's St. John's Passion on a European tour with the ensemble Le Concert Lorrain and the Nederlands Kamerkoor. The critical acclaim he received encouraged him to continue this new passion. Hence, he will lead the orchestra a second time and also sing the role of the Evangelist in a new recording of St. John's Passion.Christoph Prégardien appears regularly with renowned orchestras the world over, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, National Orchestra of Spain, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, the Philharmonie de Radio France, as well as the Boston, St. Louis, Montreal and San Francisco Symphony's.  His wide orchestral repertoire includes the great baroque, classical and romantic oratorios and passions, as well as works from the 17th (Monteverdi, Purcell, Schütz) and 20th centuries (Britten, Killmayer, Rihm, Strawinsky). He has collaborated with conductors such as Barenboim, Chailly, Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Luisi, Metzmacher, Nagano, Sawallisch and Thielemann. In opera, his roles have included Tamino (Mozart's Die Zauberflöte), Almaviva (Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Fenton (Verdi's Falstaff), Don Ottavio (Mozart's Don Giovanni) and the title roles in Mozart's La Clemenza di Tito and Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria. Much of Mr. Prégardien's repertoire has been recorded on the BMG, EMI, DG, Philips, Sony, Erato and Teldec labels. His discography numbers over 130 titles, many of which have been awarded international prizes and his celebrated recordings of German romantic song have won the Orphée d'Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique, as well as the Prix Georg Solti, German Record Critics' Prize, Edison Award, Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d'Or, to name but a few.Christoph Prégardien recently forged a long-term collaboration with the Dutch label Challenge Classics; their first recordings of Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin (accompanied by Michael Gees) and Schubert's Schwanengesang (accompanied by Andreas Staier) were released in 2008. Müllerin was highly praised as "Best of the Year" in Gramophone and was honoured at MIDEM 2009 as both Record and Vocal Recital of the Year. Subsequently the label issued a recording of songs by Schubert, Mahler, Wolf, Loewe, and others entitled Between Life and Death (again with Mr. Gees at the piano) and of Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch with soprano Julia Kleiter and pianist Hilko Dumno. In September 2011, the new album Wanderer was released, presenting chamber ensemble versions of song cycles by Schumann, Killmayer and Mahler together with the Ensemble Kontraste.

Teaching remains a very important part of Christoph Prégardien's musical life. From 2000 to 2004 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich. Since 2004, he has been a professor at the Academy of Music in Cologne. As part of Schott's "Master Class" series, he published an innovative multi-media DVD/book addressing vocal technique and musical interpretation.

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