Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New to Barihunks: Georg Nigl

Nigl today and as a child soloist; As Don Giovanni in center

We recently asked readers to submit names of potential barihunks who haven't appeared on this site before. So far, we've received about 30 submissions, so our original idea of putting our reader submissions into one post flew out the door. A few of them jumped out at us, like Austrian baritone Georg Nigl, who originally made a name for himself as a child soloist with the Vienna Boys Choir. Readers may remember our popular post about Jacques Imbrailo that featured him as a child soloist. 

Here is Nigl singing Mozart's "Laudate Dominum" with the Vienna Boys Choir from Japan in 1986.

Here is Nigl 23 years later singing Henry Purcell's "You twice tne hundred deities," Z.630 wth Luca Pianca on lute.

Nigl has a wide ranging repertory that features Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Mozart’s Papageno and Berg’s Wozzeck. Nigl's biography points out that they are all "human characters with an inherent brokenness."

He has sung at the Teatro alla Scala, Staatsoper Unter dem Linden Berlin, Théâtre de la Monnaie Brussels, Festival Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Festwochen. He also has released a number of recordings on a variety of labels. He can next be seen at De Nederlandse Opera next month performing Wolfgang Rihm's "Dionysos."

We are still accepting submissions for barihunks who are new to this site. Please send your suggestions to

Nigl in La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein

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