Thursday, November 22, 2007

Hanno Mueller-Brachmann

The Staatsoper Berlin has the great forturne to see German bass-baritone Hanno Mueller-Brachmann on a regular basis. He has excelled in Mozart and Bach, but he has also had huge successes in roles like Oreste in Elektra and Golaud in Pelléas et Mélisande. Like so many Germans, he has established himself as a lieder singer of note. His recording of Die Zauberflote with Claudio Abbado won Gramophone's "Best Opera Recording of the Year" award.

I was thrilled to see him in his American debut at San Francisco Opera as Gugliemo in Cosi fan tutti. Unfortunately, his face was disguised with a hideous beard for most of the performance. I prefer the Brad Pitt look above.

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