|Baritone Timothy Sharp|
We first featured German baritone Timothy Sharp in February 2010 and have followed his career ever since. He opened last night as the title character in Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin at the Theater für Niedersachsen in Hildesheim, Germany. On October 28th, he'll switch to Marcello in Puccini's La Boheme at the same theater. Check their website for cast and performance information.
Sharp, who is the son of soprano and music professor Norma Sharp, is also known as a particularly insightful lieder singer. We were thrilled to learn that he's posted a complete version of Schubert's Winterreise on YouTube for the entire world to enjoy. An interesting sidenote about Hildesheim, is that it was once the home of baritone and fellow lieder singer extraordinaire Thomas Quasthoff.
Hildesheim is a significant footnote in the history of World War II. The historic Marktplatz, once considered one of the most beautiful in Germany, was destroyed by an Allied air raid in 1945. The government had it historically reconstructed over six years, completing the project in 1990. The government also created a monument at the site of the old Jewish synagogue that was destroyed by the Nazis in 1938. But perhaps the town is best known as the place where Oskar Schindler died in 1974.
If Hildesheim is not on your travel itinerary, Sharp will be performing in Berlin in May 2013. He'll perform the lead role of the Teacher in the double bill of Kurt Weill's Der Jasager and Reiner Bredemeyer's Der Neinsager at Berlin's Staatsoper.