Birgit Remmert

Biography

Born: 1966   Country: Germany  
Birgit Remmert is a well-known German alto/contralto/mezzo-soprano singer with a wide repertory.

She studied at the Detmold Conservatory with Professor Helmut Kretschmer. Upon graduation, she immediately began receiving engagements to sing. She debuted in an unusual work, Heinrich von Biber's Requiem, under the direction of Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Another of her notable early appearances was in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony under
Read more Harnoncourt in London, then in the Styrarte Festival, a performance ultimately released on compact disc.

In 1989, she took the title role of Othmar Schoeck's Penthesilea in the Festival de Montpellier.

She won the German Music Critics' Prize and Golden Palm award of Ligure in the song recital category. Her debut recital showed her wide musical interest and knack for intriguing program building by including songs of Brahms, Baur, Clara Schumann, Samuel Barber, and Pyotr Tchaikovky.

Offers followed that brought her to sing in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, and Poland. She joined the Zürich Opera in the 1992-1993 season. Her roles in her debut year were the Third Lady in The Magic Flute, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Dame Quickly in Falstaff, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera. The last-named of those is one of her most often-repeated roles.

She made her debut at the Hamburg State Opera in 1993 as Erda in Wagner's Siegfried, and the next year added to her repertory that goddess' other appearance in Wagner's Ring, in Das Rheingold.

She sang in the Salzburg Festival of 1993 as Nutrice in Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea and has gone on to add the roles of the Old Princess in Puccini's Soeur Angelica and Offenbach's La Perichole.

She also sings recitals frequently, and as a concert singer, has in her repertory, among other items Masses of Johann Sebastian Bach, Mendelssohn's Erste Walputrgisnacht, and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde. She has song with the Berlin Philharmonic, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, and the Vienna Philharmonic under such conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, Carlo Maria Giulini, Riccardo Chailly, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Kent Nagano, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

In May of 1995, she was selected to participate in the prestigious complete Mahler project of the Royal Concertgebouw.

She moved into one of the darker soprano roles as Fricka in Wagner's Rheingold and Walküre at the Bayreuth Festival in 2000. Read less
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  • 1.
    Simon Rattle - The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552758 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 52
    Composer:  Leos Janácek,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer,  Ameral Gunson,  John Mitchinson,  Malcolm King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Christ Church Cathedral Choir Men and Boys  ... 
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    Schubert: Symphonies, Masses 5 & 6 / Harnoncourt, Berlin Philharmonic [8 CDs & 1 Blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 150061 Release Date: 06/05/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Luba Orgonasova,  Birgit Remmert,  Kurt Streit,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    David Zinman Conducts Beethoven
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843077922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Detlef Roth,  Birgit Remmert,  Ruth Ziesak,  Steve Davislim  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Swiss Chamber Chorus
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    Bach: The Great Choral Masterpieces [12-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001915502 Release Date: 10/22/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Robert Holl,  Peter Schreier,  Marjana Lipovsek,  Andrea Ihle  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Ludwig Güttler Trumpet Ensemble  ... 
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  • 5.
    Beethoven: The Symphonies / Simon Rattle, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 15624 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Barbara Bonney,  Thomas Hampson,  Birgit Remmert,  Kurt Streit
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
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    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / De Waart, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 27603 Release Date: 02/21/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Charlotte Margiono,  Birgit Remmert
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Netherlands Radio Choir
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  • 7.
    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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    Dvorak: Rusalka / Welser-most, Nylund, Magee, Held
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 792113 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Adam Plachetka,  Eva Liebau,  Camilla Nylund,  Piotr Beczala  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Bach: Magnificat; Masses Bwv 233-236 / Schreier, Bonney, Remmert, Trost, Bar
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802057 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Barbara Bonney,  Rainer Trost,  Olaf Bär
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Mahler: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 08985 Release Date: 06/29/2010   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Wolfram Rieger,  Christa Ludwig,  Fritz Wunderlich  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Otto Klemperer,  Klaus Tennstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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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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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9 (From Vatican City) / Lorin Maazel
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4357 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Vale Rideout,  Maria Luigia Borsi,  Birgit Remmert,  Rafal Siwek
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Florence Maggio Musicale Chorus,  Arturo Toscanini Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Sacred Music [4 DVD Set]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2057918 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Robin Blaze,  Chiyuki Urano,  Gerd Türk,  Stephan Macleod  ... 
    Conductor:  Masaaki Suzuki,  Fabio Luisi,  Lorin Maazel,  Georg Christoph Biller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bach Collegium Japan,  Dresden State Opera Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 14.
    Handel: Semele / Christie, Bartoli, Remmert, Rey
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 0743323 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Anton Scharinger,  Birgit Remmert,  Isabel Rey,  Liliana Nikiteanu  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra
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    Handel: Semele / Christie, Bartoli, Remmert, Rey [Blu-ray]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 1286659 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Charles Workman,  Liliana Nikiteanu,  Isabel Rey  ... 
    Conductor:  William Christie
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich La Scintilla Orchestra
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    Bach: Magnificat, Masses / Peter Schreier
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 438873 Release Date: 02/06/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Olaf Bär,  Rainer Trost,  Barbara Bonney,  Birgit Remmert
    Conductor:  Peter Schreier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  C.P.E. Bach Chamber Orchestra
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    London Po 75th Anniversary  Vol 3 / Tennstedt, Masur, Et Al
    Label: Lpo   Catalog: 99 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Anton Bruckner  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Lott,  Michael George,  Sergei Leiferkus,  Tatiana Monogarova  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst,  Vladimir Jurowski,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Linz Mozart Choir  ... 
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  • 18.
    Mahler: Symphony No 3 / Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 712918 Release Date: 10/30/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Swedish Chamber Chorus,  Zurich Vocal Ensemble
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  • 19.
    Mahler: Symphonies No 1-10, Das Klagende Lied, Etc / Rattle
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 00721 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Simon Keenlyside,  Amanda Roocroft,  Soile Isokoski  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 20.
    The Beethoven Box Set / Harnoncourt, Co Of Europe
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63779 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Robert Fontane,  Elisabeth von Magnus,  Deon Van der Walt,  Maria Haid  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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    Strauss: Daphne / Anderson, Sacca, Macallister
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 33499 Release Date: 10/31/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss
    Performer:  Daniel Lewis Williams,  Roberto Saccŕ,  June Anderson,  Scott MacAllister  ... 
    Conductor:  Stefan Anton Reck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
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    Mahler: Symphony No 2 / Fischer, Remmert, Milne, Et Al
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 23506 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Lisa Milne,  Birgit Remmert
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Budapest Festival Orchestra
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Herreweghe, Remmert, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord   Catalog: 1951477 Release Date: 07/11/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Hans-Peter Blochwitz
    Conductor:  Philippe Herreweghe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musique Oblique
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    Janácek: Lasské Tance, Hospodine, Etc / Albrecht, Et Al
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 59051 Release Date: 04/25/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Lívia Aghová,  Sabine Thiel,  Peter Dicke  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerd Albrecht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  North German Radio Chorus,  Cologne West German Radio Chorus
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    Beethoven: Missa Solemnis / Luisi, Dresden Staatskapelle
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2054688 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Camilla Nylund,  René Pape,  Birgit Remmert,  Christian Elsner
    Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  Dresden State Opera Chorus
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