Saturday, October 3, 2015

Barihunks Calendar Model Profile: Malte Roesner

Malte Roesner
Barihunk Malte Roesner only came to our attention about 10 months ago, but we instantly realized that he was a pretty special artist and human being. That belief was confirmed when he showed up this summer in the Loire Valley for our Barihunks Calendar photo shoot.

Not only is he an absolute natural in front of the camera, but he is as intelligent as he is charming and attractive. He is an avid reader who reads science and medical periodicals in his spare time, can discuss almost any topic with great insight, and translates librettos on the side. He recently starred in Jake Heggie's Holocaust themed opera For a Look or a Touch in Braunschweig, for which he also did the translation.

He also balances his mind and his body, practicing martial arts and yoga, as well as staying in shape with kettle bell training. 

Malte Roesner
Roesner began his musical education when he was five years old and took violin lessons. He performed with the Hanover Boy’s Choir in Germany, before continuing his studies at the University of Hamburg and at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media, where he majored in both musicology and in opera performance. He was awarded scholarships from both the German National Academic Foundation and the Richard-Wagner-Foundation.

Roesner, who is German but born in America, has recently decided to move to Vienna and pursue and independent career after being a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheatre Braunschweig since 2006. He'll be returning to Braunschweig next season to sing in the revival of Werner Egk's Peer Gynt and in the new production of Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park. In the latter, he will be singing the male lead Edmund in his own translation.

During his time at the Staatstheatre Braunschweig he performed more than fifty roles. In addition to most of the major baritone Mozart roles, his operatic repertoire includes Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Pasquale in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Ping in Puccini's Turandot, Schaunard in Puccini's La Bohème and Sharpless in Puccini's Madama Butterfly, Dr. Falke in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Paolo in Simone Boccanegra, Heerrufer in Lohengrin, Masaniello in the German premiere of Carlos Gomes’ Salvator Rosa and in the world premiere of the operatic version of Schnitzler’s Traumnovelle.

Malte Roesner is featured on the cover, as well as in January, June & December
Roesner is the most featured calendar model this year, appearing on our cover, as well as in January, June and December. This year's calendar will fund the creation of the Foundation for the Advancement of Baritones (F.A.B.), which will fund programs to benefit baritones and basses. FAB will commission new music, provide prize money for vocal competitions and financially support other endeavors promoting the baritone and bass voice. Composer Clint Borzoni is working on the first commission, which are two songs for baritone and string quartet based on poems by Hermann Hesse and Hilde Domin.

"I'm pleased to be part of a project that will fund the creation of FAB, which will actively support select young singers beyond the significant promotional value of Barihunks," stated Malte Roesner.

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