Ariën Artists - Raimund NOLTE, Bass-baritone - English biography





"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 bass-baritone Raimund Nolte after a lieder recital in Berlin. 

After first completing studies in mathematics, music pedagogy and viola in Cologne, he was violist with Musica Antiqua Cologne for a number of years. His formative vocal training was 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 by Harry Kupfer in 1996 and asked to join the Komische Oper in Berlin, remaining an ensemble member for the following four crucial years. Further engagements led to numerous opera houses as Bielefeld, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Kassel, Salzburg, Rouen, Copenhagen, Catania, Amsterdam and Opéra national du Rhin Strasbourg.

Haendel as trademark

Between 2005 and 2009 he was engaged at the opera house in Halle, in demand not least as a notable Handelian, earning him the accolade from the magazine "Opernwelt" of "Rising Young Singer of the Year". Amongst his Haendel parts ; Garibaldo (Rodelinda,) Ariodante (Xerxes), Polyphemus (Acis & Galatea, Halle version 1743), Varo (Ezio), Tiridate (Radamisto), Argante (Rinaldo), Hercules (Admeto), Ré di Scozzia (Ariodante) Händelfestspiele, Gobrias (Belshazzar, in English),Oronte (Floridante), Polifemo (Aci, Galatea e Polifemo), Zoroastro (Orlando), Zebul (Jephta, in English) next to Consalvo (Almira) and Saul (Saul). Parts which he has repeatedly sung in concert and/or on stage at the famous Haendel-Festspiele Halle and within the framework of many other barock-festivals.

In addition the artist sang other major roles belonging to his vocal "métier". Thus he sang the title roles of Dallapiccola's Il Prigioniero, Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, the Count in Nozze di Figaro, Faninal in Rosenkavalier, Donner in Wagner's Das Rheingold, the Father in Hänsel und Gretel and Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor. He works as a freelancer since 2009. 

Regular guest at the Bayreuth Festival

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. In 2017, he also took on the role of Meister Ortel in the new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg, directed by Barrie Kosky and conducted by Philippe Jordan. Last summer (2022) he appeared as Donner in Rheingold (in the new production of Der Ring der Nibelungen).

Recent engagements

before embarking for Bayreuth again, Raimund Nolte made his debut at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Stockholm as Melot under the baton of Karina Canellakis. Noteworthy are his participation in Haendel's Messiah at the Royal Chapel at the Versailles Castle (upon invitation of La Chapelle harmonique and its conductor Valentin Tournet) and his debut alongside the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and the Flanders Radio Choir in Bach's Matthäus Passion (Christ) under Jonathan Cohen at the Royal Concertgebouw te Amsterdam. January 2023, in Badajoz, under the baton of Pablo Heras-Casado, he made his debut as Gurnemanz in Wagners "Parsifal".

International breakthrough

In recent seasons he has performed at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, at the Hamburg State Opera, Semperoper in Dresden and the Berlin State Opera, where he sang Der Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte and Sagrestano in Tosca. At the Opéra Bastille in Paris, he made his debut as Melot in Peter Sellars' production of Tristan und Isolde, conducted by Philippe Jordan. He returned to the Opéra national du Rhin as Kurwenal conducted by Axel Kober. During the season (2018/2019) he made his debut at Teatro Real Madrid as Donner. Also noteworthy, are his debuts both at Flanders Opera, deSingel Antwerp and Théâtre national Brussels in the world premiere of  « Menuet » (role of the Father) by de Belgian composer Daan Janssens. A production directed by Fabrice Murgia and produced by LOD.

Raimund Nolte in concert

As a concert singer Raimund Nolte has appeared from the outset at the leading European festivals, such as at the Styriate in Graz under Nikolaus Harnoncourt's baton, at the Dresden Musikfestspiele with René Jacobs, at the Festwoche in Innsbruck with Howard Arman, in the role of Jesus in Bach's Matthew Passion under Trevor Pinnock during the "Bach" year of 2000 (Salzburg Festspiele, tour throughout Europe and Japan). As a guest he has been heard at the Bachwochen in Ansbach, the Flanders and Holland Festivals, in Prague, Paris, London, at the Schlossfestspiele in Ludwigsburg, the Handel Festivals in Karlsruhe, Göttingen and Halle. Conductors of the likes of David Stern, Martin Haselböck, Alan Curtis, Gustav Kuhn, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Hans-Martin Schneidt, Bruno Weil, Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden, Nicholas McGegan, Jan Willem de Vriend, Konrad Junghänel, Laurence Cummings and Reinhard Goebel have all been convinced of his versatility.

Discography :  

NAXOS: JS Bach, Matthäus Passion (Christus) under Helmut Müller-Brühl ;
CAPRICCIO: Bernstein, Candide, with « Loriot » as narrator ;
CARUS: JS Bach, Mass in B minor, under Frieder Bernius (awarded with an Editor’s Choice) ;
OEHMS CLASSICS: M. Haydn, Andromeda e Perseo" under Reinhard Goebel ;
HARMONIA MUNDI : Haendel, Messiah, («Herder» version) under Wolfgang Katschner ;
ACCENT, Haendel, complete Italian Cantates for Basse ;
DGG (DVD), Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (Melot). Bayreuther Festspiele. Director : Catharina Wagner. Conductor : Christian Thielemann ;

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