Raimund Nolte

"The singer has an exemplary vocal balance, warmth of flow and dramatic differentiation at his command." Words of praise indeed in the daily paper "Die Welt" for baritone Raimund Nolte after a lieder recital in Berlin.

After first completing studies in mathematics, music pedagogy and viola in Cologne, Raimund Nolte studied singing principally with Prof. Josef Metternich and Prof. Irmgard Hartmann. He received his diploma at the Musikhochschule in Mainz and is now working with Gundula Hintz.

Following initial stage appearances with the opera studio of the German Rhine Opera he was heard in 1996 by Harry Kupfer and asked to join the Komische Oper in Berlin, remaining an ensemble member for the following four crucial years. Further engagements led him on to numerous opera houses, most recently to the opera company at Halle (2005 - 2009). There he was in demand not least as a Handelian, but also in many of the major roles of his vocal métier, for example the title roles of Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni and Dallapiccola's "Il Prigioniero".

After his debuts in recent seasons at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, at the Hamburg State Opera, the Berlin State Opera and the Opéra Bastille in Paris, he appeared last year at the Opéra national du Rhin as Kurwenal and at the Semperoper in Dresden. At the Bayreuth Festival, where he is also obliged in the future, he made his debut as Melot in the new production of "Tristan und Isolde" directed by Katharina Wagner and conducted by Christian Thielemann.

As a concert singer he has worked with major conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Trevor Pinnock, René Jacobs and Reinhard Goebel, appearing under their baton at many of the leading European music festivals, for example, Salzburg, Ansbach, Prague, Paris, London, Graz. Ludwigsburg, Dresden, Canary Islands, Flanders and Dutch Festivals, Handel Festivals in Karlsruhe, Halle and Göttingen.

Numerous CDs covering Bach to Bernstein attest to his versatility. His complete recording of Handel's Italian solocantatas for bass got best reviews in international magazines.

(Version January 2016)

Detailed CV see: vita

Raimund Nolte
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