Saturday, October 11, 2014

Introducing German Barihunk Ludwig Obst

Ludwig Obst
We'd like to introduce our readers to the Munich-born German barihunk Ludwig Obst, who began his musical training with Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden as a member of the renowned Tölzer Boys Choir from 1998-2004. During this time he also was heard for the first time as an operatic soloist singing Sang Miles in Benjamin Britten's The Turn Of The Screw at the Komische Oper in Berlin.

Since 2010, he has studied Voice at Berlin’s Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, working first with fellow barihunk Hanno Müller-Brachmann and since 2011 with Bernd Riedel. During his studies, he has studied song repertoire and interpretation with Wolfram Rieger and Thomas Quasthoff, as well as participating in masterclasses with Christine Schäfer and Rudolf Piernay. He sang several operatic roles at the Hochschule, including Papageno Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Dr.Falke in Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus.
Ludwig Obst in La Serva Padrona vs. Fuga  (photo: Musica Sequenza)
As a soloist he performs frequently with the Lautten Compagney Berlin, directed by Wolfgang Katschner, and the choirs Sing-Akademie zu Berlin and Staats- und Domchor Berlin. In 2013 he debuted at the Theater Bonn (with the dance-oratorio Maria XXX by Heike Henning), as well as at the Festival de Torroella de Montgrì in Catalonia and at the Trigonale Festival for Ancient music in Austria. He also sang the lead role in Musica Sequenza’s production, Opera del Futuro I (La Serva Padrona vs. Fuga) under the direction of Burak Özdemir in Radialsystem Berlin. In 2014 he appeared in Halle’s prestigious Handel Festival as Isacio in Händel’s Riccardo Primo, conducted by Wolfgang Katschner.
 Ludwig Obst singing Mozart as a member of the Tölzer Boys Choir:

He appears regularly in recital with the pianist Paul Heller, most recently in recitals of Schubert’s Winterreise, Schumann’s Heine-Liederkreis op.24 and settings of Hölderlin poems.

Ludwig Obst is supported by the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, a scholarship program of the German government. In addition to being a gifted singer, he is a composer who had one of his pieces performed by the Tölzer Boys Choir in July 2007.

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