Werner Güra

Biography

Born: 1964; Munich, Germany  
Werner Güra is a tenor whose rise to fame began in the 1990s, singing major roles in Mozart and Rossini operas. He has developed a reputation as one of the finest lieder singers of his time, as well, having given critically acclaimed recitals of lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Wolf, both in concert and on recordings. Güra possesses a high tenor voice that can easily adapt, a voice some have compared with that of the iconic Fritz Read more Wunderlich. Güra has also built a reputation for his work in oratorios and other choral compositions, particularly several by Bach and Mendelssohn. He has appeared as a regular member of the Semperoper in Dresden since 1995 and has sung at many of the world's major operatic venues and festivals. Güra has made more than 30 recordings, and while some date to the 1990s, the vast majority were made in the new century and have been issued on a variety of labels, including Teldec, Harmonia Mundi, Sony, EuroArts, and TDK.

Werner Güra was born in Munich, Germany, in 1964. He studied music at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Later on he studied with an impressive roster of teachers, including Swiss baritone Kurt Widmer, Dutch soprano Margreet Honig, and German bass-baritone Theo Adam.

In the early '90s Güra freelanced and regularly sang at the opera houses in Frankfurt and Basel. His first major recording appeared in 1992 when Harmonia Mundi released the René Jacobs-led CD of Schütz's Story of the Resurrection. After becoming a member of the Semperoper in 1995, Güra attracted greater attention and appeared on several major recordings, including the 1997 Richard Strauss Die Frau ohne Schatten on Teldec, and the 1999 Jacobs-led Così fan tutte on Harmonia Mundi.

In the 1998-1999 season, Güra toured Japan with conductor Philippe Herreweghe performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Although Güra always attempted to maintain a balance between opera and lieder, it was not until the new century that he achieved full recognition for his work in the latter realm.

His 2005 CD Hugo Wolf: Mörike-Lieder on Harmonia Mundi and his pair of 2007 Schubert lieder discs, Die schöne Müllerin and Schwanengesang, helped him establish his reputation as one of the foremost lieder singers of his generation. Another disc from the same year, of Mendelssohn's Paulus issued on the Carus label, further bolstered the busy Güra's credentials in the realm of the oratorio. Read less

Biography

Born: 1964; Munich, Germany  
Werner Güra is a tenor whose rise to fame began in the 1990s, singing major roles in Mozart and Rossini operas. He has developed a reputation as one of the finest lieder singers of his time, as well, having given critically acclaimed recitals of lieder by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, and Wolf, both in concert and on recordings. Güra possesses a high tenor voice that can easily adapt, a voice some have compared with that of the iconic Fritz Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Introit: Requiem aeternam (Chorus)
Kyrie eleison (Chorus)
Sequence No. 1: Dies Irae (Chorus)
Sequence No. 2: Tuba mirum (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sequence No. 3: Rex tremendae majestatis (Chorus)
Sequence No. 4: Recordare, Jesu pie (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sequence No. 5: Confutatis maledictis (Chorus)
Sequence No. 6: Lacrimosa dies illa (Chorus)
Offertory No. 1: Domine Jesu Christe (Chorus)
Offertory No. 2: Hostias et preces (Chorus)
Sanctus (Chorus)
Benedictus (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Agnus Dei (Chorus)
Communion: Lux aeterna (Soprano, Chorus)
Introduction: So wahr der Herr, der Gott Israels, lebet (Baritone)
Overture
Hilf, Herr! Hilf, Herr! (Chorus) - Recitative: Die Tiefe ist versieget! (Chorus)
Duet: Herr, hore unser Gebet! (Soprano, Chorus)
Recitative: Zerreisset eure Herzen (Tenor)
Aria: So ihr mich von ganzem Herzen suchet (Tenor)
Aber der Herr sieht es nicht (Chorus)
Recitative: Elias, gehe weg von hinnen (Alto)
Double Quartet: Denn er het seinen Engeln befohlen uber dir (Chorus) - Recitative: Nun auch der Bach vertrocknet ist (Alto)
Recitative, Aria and Duet: Was hast du an mir getan, du Mann Gottes! (Soprano, Baritone)
Wohl dem, der den Herrn furchtet (Chorus)
Recitative: So wahr der Herr Zebaoth lebet (Baritone, Tenor, Chorus)
Baal, erhore uns! (Chorus)
Recitative: Rufet lauter (Baritone, Chorus)
Recitative: Rufet lauter! Er hort euch nicht! (Baritone, Chorus)
Aria: Herr Gott Abrahams, Isaaks und Israels (Baritone)
Quartet: Wirf dein Anliegen auf den Herrn (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Recitative: Der du deine Diener machst zu Geistern (Baritone, Chorus)
Aria: Ist nicht des Herrn Wort wie ein Feuer (Baritone)
Arioso: Weh ihnen, dass sie von mir weichen! (Alto)
Recitative: Hilf deinem Volk, du Mann Gottes! (Tenor, Baritone, Soprano, Chorus)
Dank sei dir, Gott (Chorus)
Aria: Hore, Israel, hore des Herrn Stimme! (Soprano) - Recitative: So spricht der Herr (Soprano) - Aria: Ich bin euer Troster (Soprano)
Furchte dich nicht, spricht unser Gott (Chorus)
Recitative: Der Herr hat dich erhoben aus dem Volk (Baritone, Alto, Chorus)
Wehe ihm, er muss sterben! (Chorus)
Recitative: Du Mann Gottes (Tenor, Baritone)
Aria: Es ist genug! (Baritone)
Recitative: Siehe, er schlaft (Tenor)
Trio: Hebe deine Augen auf zu den Bergen
Siehe, der Huter Israels (Chorus)
Recitative: Stehe auf, Elias (Alto, Baritone)
Aria: Sei stille dem Herrn und warte auf ihn (Alto)
Wer bis ans Ende beharrt, der wird selig (Chorus)
Recitative: Herr, es wird Nacht um mich (Baritone, Soprano)
Der Herr ging voruber (Chorus)
Recitative: Seraphim standen uber ihm (Alto) - Quartet: Heilig, heilig, heilig ist Gott (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone, Chorus)
Recitative: Gehe wiederum hinab! (Baritone, Chorus)
Arioso: Ja, es sollen wohl Berge weichen (Baritone)
Und der Prophet Elias brach hervor wie ein Feuer (Chorus)
Aria: Dann werden die Gerechten leuchten (Tenor)
Recitative: Darum ward gesendet der Prophet Elias (Soprano)
Aber einer erwacht von Mitternacht (Chorus) -
Quartet: Wohlan, alle die ihr durstig seid (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone)
Alsdann wird euer Licht hervorbrechen (Chorus)
Mörike-Lieder: Gebet
Mörike-Lieder: Fußreise
Mörike-Lieder: Er ist's
Mörike-Lieder: Im Frühling
Mörike-Lieder: Auf ein altes Bild
Mörike-Lieder: Der Genesene an die Hoffnung
Mörike-Lieder: Auf einer Wanderung
Mörike-Lieder: Zitronenfalter im April
Mörike-Lieder: Der Gärtner
Mörike-Lieder: Begegnung
Mörike-Lieder: Der Tambour
Mörike-Lieder: Jägerlied
Mörike-Lieder: Nimmersatte Liebe
Mörike-Lieder: In der Frühe
Mörike-Lieder: Denk' es, o Seele
Mörike-Lieder: An die Geliebte
Mörike-Lieder: Peregrina I
Mörike-Lieder: Peregrina II
Mörike-Lieder: Lebe wohl
Mörike-Lieder: Verborgenheit
Mörike-Lieder: Der Feuerreiter
Mörike-Lieder: Storchenbotschaft
Mörike-Lieder: Abschied
Ouverture
Part I: I. Szene im Garten (Faust, Gretchen, Mephistopheles, Marthe)
Part I: II. Gretchen vor dem Bild der Mater Dolorosa (Gretchen)
Part I: III. Szene im Dom (Boser Geist, Gretchen, Choir)
Part II: IV. Sonnenaufgang: Die ihr dies Haupt umschwebt im luft'gen Kreise (Ariel, Chorus, Faust)
Part II: IV. Sonnenaufgang: Taler grunen, Hugel schwellen (Chorus, Ariel)
Part II: IV. Sonnenaufgang: Des Lebens Pulse schlagen frisch-lebendig (Faust)
Part II: IV. Sonnenaufgang: So ist es also, wenn ein sehnend Hoffen (Faust)
Part II: V. Mitternacht: Ich heisse der Mangel (Mangel, Schuld, Not, Sorge, 4 Women)
Part II: V. Mitternacht: Vier sah ich kommen, drei nur gehn (Faust, Sorge)
Part II: V. Mitternacht: Die Nacht scheint tiefer tief hereinzudringen (Faust)
Part II: VI. Fausts Tod (Mephistopheles, Lemuren, Faust, Choir)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Waldung, sie schwankt heran (Choir)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Ewiger Wonnebrand (Pater Ecstaticus)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Wie Felsenabgrund mir zu Fussen (Pater Profundus, Pater Seraphicus, Selige Knaben)
Part III. VII. Fausts Verklarung: Welch ein Morgenwolkchen schwebet (Pater Seraphicus, Chorus, Selige Knaben)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Gerettet ist das edle Glied (Engel, Selige Knaben, Choir, Vollendeter Engel)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Gerettet ist das edle Glied (Engel)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Hier ist die Aussicht frei (Doctor Marianus)
Part III. VII. Fausts Verklarung: Dir, der Unberuhrbaren (Doctor Marianus, Choir, Magna Peccatrix, Mulier Samaritana, Maria Aegyptiaca, Una Poenitentium, Selige Knaben, Gretchen, Mater Gloriosa)
Part III: VII. Fausts Verklarung: Alles Vergangliche ist nur ein Gleichnis (Chorus Mysticus, SSATB)


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