Cornelius Hauptmann

Biography

Born: 1951; Stuttgart, Germany  
A musical singer with a substantial, if not sensuous, bass voice, Cornelius Hauptmann established himself early in his career as an artist of interest to major conductors. In addition to such mainstream figures as Kurt Masur, Kent Nagano, and Leonard Bernstein, several period performance conductors elected to engage the young singer, maestri including John Eliot Gardiner, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christopher Hogwood, Michel Corboz, and Roger Read more Norrington. His performances divide themselves into oratorio, song recitals, and opera, the latter reflecting a devotion to the stage works of Mozart.

After studying at Stuttgart's Music Academy, Hauptmann entered the Conservatory in Bern, Switzerland, where he continued his training as a pupil of bass Jakob Stämpfli. Upon receiving his diploma, he undertook master classes with several great artists of the previous generation, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hans Hotter, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau most prominent among them. Hauptmann made his formal stage debut at the Stuttgart Staatsoper in 1981, remaining with that theater until 1989. At first assigned to small parts, he eventually graduated to the role of Masetto and thereafter was heard mostly as principal characters. From 1985 to 1987, Hauptmann was also engaged at Heidelberg, where he was heard as Osmin, Sarastro, Sparafucile, and Mozart's Figaro. Guest appearances took him to Paris, Frankfurt, and Reykjavik and he began singing at a number of important European festivals; Aix-en-Provence and Schwetzingen were among the first on a list that came to number in the dozens.

In 1991, Hauptmann appeared in a concert performance of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at London's Royal Festival Hall. That same year, he sang Sarastro at the Deutschen Oper Berlin; four years later, he appeared as Sarastro at Lyon. In 1988, he sang Mozart's Requiem with Bernstein and made an appearance at Salzburg as bass soloist in Mozart's Mass in C minor. By the new millennium, Hauptmann had also been heard in the major opera houses of Munich, Leipzig, Madrid, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Zürich, and Orléans.

In addition to two recordings of Sarastro and Philip Glass' Akhnaten, Hauptmann is heard as soloist on CDs devoted to Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri, Enescu's Oedipe, and oratorios of Schütz, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. Lieder recitals for Naxos and Bayer are devoted to songs of Schubert and Loewe. Read less
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    Schubert: Standchen / Seyboldtt, Schubert Hoch Vier
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83334 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Gundula Schneider,  Frank Laffin,  Hans Christoph Begemann,  Cornelius Hauptmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Schubert Hoch Vier,  Karlsruhe Horn Quartet
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    Schumann: Complete Symphonies; Das Paradies Und Die Peri / Gardiner [5-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002020702 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Gavin Edwards,  Susan Dent,  Robert Maskell,  Roger Montgomery  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Monteverdi Choir,  Hanover Boys' Choir Members
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  • 3.
    Bach Masterworks - The Original Jackets Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001929902 Release Date: 12/10/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Maria Stader,  Ernst Haefliger  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rainer Kussmaul,  Reinhard Goebel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Gonnenwein, Sonntag, Hauptmann, Frei, Mohr, Rozario
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102320 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Patricia Rozario,  Andrea Frei,  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Deon Van der Walt  ... 
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra
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    Mendelssohn: Oratorios / Bernius
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83021 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Christoph Prégardien,  Johannes Happel,  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Letizia Scherrer  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Choir  ... 
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    The John Eliot Gardiner Collection
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001826002 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Henry Purcell,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker,  Bryn Terfel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir,  His Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts  ... 
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    Mozart 111 [55-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001766872 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Emil Gilels,  Elena Gilels,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan,  Marc Minkowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Weihnachts Lieder Vol 1
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83009 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Götz Payer,  Traditional,  Paul Kickstat  ... 
    Performer:  Götz Payer,  Julian Prégardien,  Sibylla Rubens,  Ingeborg Danz  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius,  Kay Johannsen,  Marcus Creed,  Michael Alber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Hamburger Ratsmusik,  Les Escapades  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Geistliches Chorwerk
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83020 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Maria Bernius,  Christiane Karg,  Andrea Brown  ... 
    Conductor:  Frieder Bernius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Choir,  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen,  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen  ... 
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    Magnificat - 500 Years Of Choral Masterworks [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001664502 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Gregorio Allegri,  Antonio Lotti,  Orlando de Lassus,  Josquin Des Préz  ... 
    Performer:  Patrick Russill,  Marinella Pennicchi,  Michael Chance,  Mark Tucker  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers,  Paul McCreesh,  Stephen Cleobury,  Edward Wickham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Sixteen,  Gabrieli Consort,  Gabrieli Players  ... 
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    Enescu: Oedipe / Foster, Van Dam, Bacquier, Vanaud, Gedda, Hauptmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48275 Release Date: 04/03/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Enescu
    Performer:  Laurence Albert,  Jocelyne Taillon,  Gino Quilico,  John Aler  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orféon Donostiarra,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco
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  • 12.
    Schubert: The Complete Lieder Edition [38-CD Set]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8503801 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 38
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christian Elsner,  Ulrich Eisenlohr,  Roman Trekel,  Michael Volle  ... 
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  • 13.
    Wagner: The Complete Operas / Daniel Barenboim [34-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 66834 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 34
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Falk Struckmann,  Peter Sieffert,  Jane Eaglen,  Robert Holl  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Romantic - Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908500 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Vignoles,  Bernarda Fink,  Régis Pasquier,  Jean-Claude Pennetier  ... 
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed,  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wanderer Trio,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Collegium Vocale  ... 
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    Mozart: Die Zauberflote / Kuijken, Siebert, Genz, Le Blanc, Hauptmann
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94239 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Isolde Siebert,  Christoph Genz,  Suzie LeBlanc,  Stephan Genz  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  La Petite Bande,  La Petite Bande Chorus
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    Mozart: Operas / John Eliot Gardiner [18-CD Set]
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 4779595 Release Date: 07/19/2011   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Jonathan Peter Kenny,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
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    Wagner: Parsifal / Barenboim, Meier, Jerusalem, Van Dam, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4675177 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Hilde Leidland,  Helmut Pampuch,  Daniela Bechly,  Pamela Coburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Chorus
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  • 18.
    The Wagner Opera Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 83449 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Jane Eaglen,  Rolando Villazón,  Felicity Palmer,  Peter Seiffert  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
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  • 19.
    Darkness Or Light / Cornelius Hauptmann, Eric Schneider
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83359 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Eric Schneider
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  • 20.
    50 Best Opera
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57531 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Wagner,  Richard Strauss,  Gustave Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Margareta Lilowa,  Carolyn Watkinson,  Ursula Kunz  ... 
    Conductor:  Roger Norrington,  Bernard Haitink,  Rafael Kubelik,  Peter Schneider  ... 
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    Label: Amati   Catalog: 884574 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Stephan Schreckenberger,  Marie Kuijken,  Inge Van De Kerkhove,  Bart Meynckens  ... 
    Conductor:  Sigiswald Kuijken
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    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Herreweghe, Collegium Vocale Gent
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501557 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Cornelius Hauptmann,  Rosa Mannion,  Birgit Remmert,  James Taylor
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Champs-Élysées Orchestra,  Ghent Collegium Vocale
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  • 23.
    Schumann - The Masterworks [35 CDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001422902 Release Date: 05/25/2010   Number of Discs: 35
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Niccolň Paganini
    Performer:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Henryk Szeryng,  Lynn Harrell,  Anne-Sophie Mutter  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner,  Rafael Kubelik,  Sir Georg Solti,  Uri Segal  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 24.
    Wiegenlieder - Lullabies Vol. 1
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83001 Release Date: 05/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Johann Abraham P. Schulz,  Karl Friedrich Curschmann,  Joh Friedrich Reichardt  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Gees,  Christoph Prégardien,  Juliane Ruf,  Jan Kobow  ... 
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    Bach: Sacred Masterpieces, Cantatas / John Eliot Gardiner [22-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001410302 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 22
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson,  Michael Chance,  Stephen Varcoe,  Nancy Argenta  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Choir,  English Baroque Soloists,  London Oratory Choir
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