Thursday, October 1, 2015

Barihunk Calendar Model Profile: Marco Vassalli

Marco Vassalli with Malte Roesner in the 2016 Barihunks Charity Calendar
Despite being mentioned in a couple of our posts, we've never properly introduced barihunk Marco Vassalli, who appears on the cover of our 2016 Barihunks Calendar, as well in in June and October.  He is currently performing in Leonard Bernstein's Candide at the Staatsoper Hannover through January 6th. He then heads to California to perform with Musica Marin in the world premiere of two works by composer Clint Borzoni for baritone and string quartet, one based on Herman Hesse's Stufe and the other on Hilde Domin's Magere Kost.

Marco Vassalli is a German singer born of Italian roots. He grew up on Lake Constance and began his studies at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, where he studied with the famed soprano Edda Moser. In October 2002, he finished his graduate studies there with honors.

Marco Vassalli in the 2016 Barihunks Calendar
He has established himself as a refined singer of sacred music, having performed Bach's St. Matthew's Passion, St. John's Passion, Magnificat, Christmas Oratorio, as well as Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Handel's Messiah, Fauré's Requiem, Verdi's Requiem and Duruflé's Requiem.

On the stage, he's performed Damilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow, Dr. Falke in Johann Straus' Die Fledermaus, Marcello in Puccini's La bohème, Figaro in Rossini's The Barber of Seville, Pelléas in Debussy's Pelléas et Melisande, Papageno in Mozart's The Magic Flute, Count Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Doctor Malatesta in Donizetti's Don Pasquale and Wolfram von Eschenbach in Wagner's Tannhäuser.

In the Spring of 2016, he will sing Roman Cykowski in the Comedien Harmonistas at the Theater Osnambrück before performing Schubert's Winterreise in Braunschweig and Königsluter

He appears on a number of recordings, including Lehár's Der Graf von Luxemburg, Gounod's La nonne sanglante, Wagner's Parsifal and his solo album of Italian songs, VIAGGIO D'AMORE

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