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Raimund NOLTE, bass-baritone



After first completing studies in mathematics, music pedagogy and viola in Cologne, Raimund Nolte, next to his involvment to Musica Antiqua Köln, where he joined the viola section,  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 as Sprecher in Zauberflöte and Kurwenal in Tristan Isolde, Raimund Nolte also made his debut at the Paris Opéra Bastille, again in Tristan und Isolde, this time as Melot and under the baton of Philippe Jordan (2014). It was the stepping stone to his first engagement at the Bayreuther Festspiele as Kothner in Der Meistersinger (young audiences production) followed by Melot under Christian Thielemann. Since that time he has been repeatedly heard at the Bayreuth Festival, a.o. as Meister Hermann Ortel in Meistersinger and as 3rd Edle in Lohengrin. And also the next seasons Raimund Nolte will appear in different productions at the Bayereuth festival.

Other engagements took him to the Hamburg State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Semperoper in Dresden where he took among others part in Zauberflöte (Der Sprecher) and in Tosca as Sagrestano.

Last year, Raimund Nolte, made his debut at the Flanders Opera and deSingel, in the world premiere of  « Menuet » by de Belgian composer Daan Janssens. An opera, after the novel by Louis Paul Boon, commissionned by LOD and stage directed by Fabrice Murgia. The premiere got lavish praise and was meanwhiled revived at the Théâtre national de Bruxelles. Other revivals are scheduled until end 2020.

During the current season 2018/2019 he will appear for the first time at the legendary Teatro Real of Madrid. Again with a Wagnerian role : Donner (Das Rheingold).

As a concert singer he has worked with major conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Howard Arman and Reinhard Goebel, appearing under their baton at many of the leading European music festivals, as Graz Styriarte, Innsbruck, Ansbach, Prague, Paris, London, Ludwigsburg, Dresden, next to Belgian and Dutch Canarian Festivals, and the “Handel” Festivals of Karlsruhe, Halle and Göttingen. In the context of « BACH-2000 », he interpreted under Trevor Pinnock, the Christ’s part in the Matthew Passion, at the Salzburg Festival and on tour through Europe and to Japan. The more, he appeared under the baton of David Stern, Martin Haselböck, Alan Curtis, Gustav Kuhn, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Hans-Martin Schneidt, Bruno Weil, Reinhard Goebel, and Andreas Spering (the latter with the HR-Sinfonieorchester).

Discography :  
NAXOS: JS Bach, Passion selon Matthieu Bach (Christ) under Helmut Müller-Brühl ;
CAPRICCIO: Bernstein, Candide, with « Loriot » as narrateur ;
CARUS: JS Bach, Messe 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 ;

Biography, Update : Season 2018/2019

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