Saturday, July 18, 2015

Malte Roesner singing, translating and modeling

Malte Roesner from the 2016 Barihunks Calendar photo shoot
Malte Roesner, who recently decided to move to Vienna and pursue and independent career after being a member of the ensemble at the Staatstheatre Braunschweig since 2006, has been invited back to the company next season. He will be featured 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.

Roesner, who is German but born in America, has become a recognized translator of opera from German to English. He recently starred in Jake Heggie's Holocaust themed opera For a Look or a Touch, for which he also did the translation. He's currently singing Silvano in Verdi's Un ballo on maschera, which has four performances remaining through July 22.  Other roles in Braunschweig this season included Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Belcore in L’elisir d’amore.

Malte Roesner from the 2016 Barihunks Calendar photo shoot
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. In the opening-production of the 14th Munich Biennial for Modern Music Theater 2014 he sang Marco Polo in Marco Nikodijevic’s Vivier. Ein Nachtprotokoll.

Roesner, who has done some modeling in the past, also took some time out this month to be photographed for the upcoming Barihunks Charity Calendar. We thought that we'd share two of the photos from the shoot.

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