Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Birthday, Roland Hermann!

Roland Hermann

Perhaps we might have missed the birthday of one of our "historical hunks," German Roland Hermann, had it not been that he's in the biography of Dominik Köninger, who just won the Wigmore Hall song competition. Hermann helped hone Köninger's craft at the Karlsruhe State Musikhochschule in Germany.

Born in Bochum in 1936, the baritone Roland Hermann trained in Germany, Italy and the United States with Paul Lohmann and Margarete von Winterfeld. In 1968 he joined the ensemble of the Zurich Opera and simultaneously built an international reputation as an opera and concert singer.

Hermann's repertoire included some seventy rôles in a wide range of operas. He is known for his performances of contemporary music, with premières of works by Fortner, Halffter, Höller, Kelterborn, Krenek, Willi, Zender and Mauricio Kagel. He was particular known as a fine lieder singer and peformed in over fifty recordings and some hundred broadcasts. He has taught at the Karlsruhe State Musikhochschule since 1989.

Here is Hermann in Hans Werner Henze's "Ein Landarzt" (approx. 26 minutes):

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