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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    Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Sacred Masterworks
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 19439787772 Release Date: 12/04/2020   Number of Discs: 16
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Kurt Streit,  Julia Kleiter,  Elisabeth von Magnus,  Anton Scharinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Concentus Musicus Wien,  Vienna Concentus Musicus  ... 
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    Beethoven: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 539882 Release Date: 12/13/2019   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Rudolf Schasching,  Robert Holl,  Peter Richards  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Bernard Haitink,  Daniel Barenboim,  Otto Klemperer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Staatskapelle Dresden  ... 
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    Rossini: Petite Messe solennelle / Creed, RIAS Chamber Choir
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501724 Release Date: 06/22/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova,  Birgit Remmert,  Hanno Müller-Brachmann,  Steve Davislim
    Conductor:  Marcus Creed
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RIAS Chamber Choir
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    Generation Harmonia Mundi, Vol. 2: The Family Spirit
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908920 Release Date: 05/11/2018   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Pier Francesco Cavalli,  George Frideric Handel,  Emilio de Cavalieri  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Scholl,  Dominique Visse,  Gilles Ragon,  Lawrence Zazzo  ... 
    Conductor:  Chiara Banchini,  René Jacobs,  David Bates,  Jean-Marc Aymes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble 415,  Concerto Vocale,  Academy for Ancient Music Berlin  ... 
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    Mahler: The Complete Symphonies / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic, CBSO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563131 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Arleen Augér,  Dame Janet Baker,  Birgit Remmert,  Peter Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Shirley Court,  Jean Ashworth Bartle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus Women  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Die erste Walpurigsnacht / Boyd, Musikkollegium Winterthur
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9011949 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Jörg Dürmüller,  Birgit Remmert,  Ruben Drole,  Reinhard Mayr
    Conductor:  Douglas Boyd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musikkollegium Winterthur,  Zurich Sing-Akademie
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    Schubert: Symphonies, Masses 5 & 6, Etc / Harnoncourt, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Berlin Philharmonic   Catalog: 150061 Release Date: 06/05/2015   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Birgit Remmert,  Luba Orgonasova,  Kurt Streit,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio 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,  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Ludwig Güttler Trumpet Ensemble  ... 
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    Beethoven: The Symphonies / 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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    Beethoven: Symphony No 9
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 85176 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Thomas Hampson,  Kurt Streit,  Birgit Remmert,  Barbara Bonney
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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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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    Schubert: Mass In A Flat Major, D678
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4674302 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Luba Orgonasova,  Birgit Remmert,  Deon Van der Walt,  Anton Scharinger  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream, Die Erste Walpurgisnacht / Harnoncourt
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 78705 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Pamela Coburn,  Elisabeth von Magnus [Mezzo-soprano Vocal],  Uwe Heilmann,  Birgit Remmert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
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    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Rattle, CBSO
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31790 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  John Relyea,  Jane Henschel,  Jon Villars,  Birgit Remmert  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Chorus,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus  ... 
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    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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    Mahler: Symphony No 8 / Zinman, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 757926 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Askar Abdrazakov,  Anthony Dean Griffey,  Birgit Remmert,  Lisa Larsson  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Wdr Rundfunkchor Köln,  Schweizer Chamber Choir,  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra
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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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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    R. Strauss: Alpensinfonie Op 64;  Bruckner: Te Deum / Welser-möst, Eaglen, Remmert, London Po, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 08277 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner
    Performer:  Jane Eaglen,  Alfred Muff,  Deon Van der Walt,  Birgit Remmert
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Linz Mozart Choir
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  • 22.
    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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    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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  • 24.
    The Beethoven Box Set / Harnoncourt, Chamber Orchestra 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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