Thomas E. Bauer

bass (Le comte Oscar)

Thomas E. Bauer's versatility and unerring sense of style have made him one of the most sought-after baritones of the present day.

He gives concerts with orchestras like Boston Symphony (Bernard Haitink), National Symphony Washington (Ivan Fischer), Concentus Musicus (Nikolaus Harnoncourt), Orchestre La Scintilla (Riccardo Chailly), Radio Kamer Filharmonie Hilversum (Masaaki Suzuki), Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, China Philharmonic Orchestra, Koninklijk Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, Orquesta Nacionales de España Madrid etc. Recently he sang Mahler’s “Lied von der Erde” with the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE Madrid (Walter Weller).

Future projects include concerts with Anima Eterna, the NDR Sinfonieorchester (Thomas Hengelbrock), the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln (Markus Stenz), the Warsaw Philharmonic (Krzysztof Penderecki), the Gewandhausorchester (Riccardo Chailly) as well as the Opera Orchestra Zürich (Adam Fischer).

With the theatre ensemble La Fura dels Baus Thomas E. Bauer is Europe-wide to see in a spectacular semi-staged production of Orff's “Carmina burana”.

In 2009 he sang the leading part in Peter Ruzickas “Celan” at the Theatre Bremen and also Peter Maxwell-Davies “8 Songs For A Mad King” at the Theater an der Wien.

2011 he gave his first guest performance at Mozartwoche Salzburg under the baton of René Jacobs.

2013 he will interpret Wotan in parts of Wagners “Ring” at the Opera in Dijon.

He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006 in Salvatore Sciarrino's “Quaderno di strada”. In addition, he has appeared in numerous premieres of works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Moritz Eggert, Luigi Nono, Wilhelm Killmayer and Wolfgang Rihm, and he received the Schneider-Schott Music Award in 2003 for his outstanding achievements in contemporary music.

He appears in recital with the fortepiano specialist Jos van Immerseel, with whom he performed at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Bruges Concertgebouw and BOZAR in Brussels. Their first lied CD (Schubert's “Die Winterreise”) was honoured 2011 in Paris with L’ Orphée d'Or and La Musica Korea. In 2011 he did for the first time a recital with Roger Vignoles.

Klaus Voswinckel's documentary film “Winterreise – Schubert in Siberia” recounts the story of Thomas E. Bauer's adventurous concert tour with the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing, which he made with pianist and musicologist Siegfried Mauser. The film was shown several times on television.

His discography includes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Jos van Immerseel), Bach Cantatas (Philippe Herreweghe), Vier Toteninseln (Johannes Kalitzke) and several Schumann lied CDs. Zelenka's Missa votiva (Frieder Bernius) and Handel's Apollo e Dafne (Fabio Bonizzoni) which was awarded 2011 with the Stanley Sadie Prize and Gramophone for best Handel-recording of the year.

Foto: Marco Borggreve