Christian Gerhaher

Biography

Born: July 24, 1969; Staubing  
Baritone Christian Gerhaher had a meteoric rise after his 1998 victory in the New York/Paris-shared Prix International Pro Musicis. Gerhaher subsequently developed a major career on both the operatic and recital stages. His repertory has tended to favor the Germanic composers, taking in J.S. Bach cantatas and oratorios; operas by Mozart, von Weber, and Wagner; lieder by Schubert, Brahms, and Mahler; and concert works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Read more Brahms, and Mahler. But he has hardly restricted himself to the German sphere, having performed Orff's Carmina Burana, Britten's War Requiem, Monteverdi's Orfeo, and much else. Gerhaher possesses a very distinct, attractive voice, a bit higher in the baritone range than is usual. He has performed at many of the major recital halls and operatic venues, and with an impressive list of conductors that includes Harnoncourt, Rilling, Rattle, Muti, Colin Davis, Marriner, Pinnock, Herreweghe, Inbal, and Conlon. Gerhaher has made numerous recordings in a relatively short period of time, most issued since 2000. They are available on DG, EMI, Sony, RCA, Arte Nova, Decca, Hänssler Classics, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. Gerhaher's résumé, apart from his considerable musical activity, is impressive: he holds a doctorate degree in medicine and has extensively studied philosophy.

Christian Gerhaher was born in the Bavarian city of Straubing on July 24, 1969. His major educational activity was in Munich: he studied voice with Paul Kuen and Raimund Grumbach and enrolled at the Musikhochschule Opera School there. He also studied medicine and philosophy simultaneously. Gerhaher later took master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

1998 was a pivotal year for Gerhaher: he obtained his medical degree, won the Prix International Pro Musicis, and joined the Stadttheater Würzburg, remaining a member until 2000. Meanwhile, he began making critically acclaimed appearances in lieder repertory with pianist Gerold Huber, including at Carnegie Hall, the Schubertiade in Feldkirch, and Wigmore Hall in London.

Gerhaher quickly built a reputation in opera, as well: his 2005 performance at the Frankfurt Opera in the title role of Orfeo drew rave notices. In the following season, Gerhaher appeared in Schubert's opera Alphonso und Estrella in Berlin and Schumann's oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri in Munich. Gerhaher's 2007-2008 schedule included a highly acclaimed North American tour with pianist Gerold Huber. Gerhaher's later recordings include the 2008 CD on Hänssler Classics of Britten's War Requiem, with conductor Rilling leading the Stuttgart Festival Ensemble. Read less
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053674 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Boulez Conducts Mahler - Complete Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001931702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Johan Botha,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Anna Larsson,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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    Britten: War Requiem / Magee, Padmore, Gerhaher, Jansons
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900120 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Mark Padmore,  Emily Magee,  Max Hanft,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
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    Mahler: Orchestral Songs / Gerhaher, Nagano, Montreal Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 370133 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    Helmuth Rilling - Personal Selection
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98008 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  César Franck,  Benjamin Britten,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Ingeborg Danz,  James Taylor,  Andreas Schmidt  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Bach Collegium,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Aurelius Boys Choir of Calw  ... 
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    Humperdinck: Konigskinder / Vogt, Banse, Gerhaher, Metzmacher, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin
    Label: Delta Classics   Catalog: 90044 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck
    Performer:  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Juliane Banse,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Ingo Metzmacher
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
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    Wagner: Tannhauser / Janowski, Gerhaher, Smith, Stemme
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186405 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  Bianca Reim,  Peter Sonn,  Nina Stemme,  Martin Snell  ... 
    Conductor:  Marek Janowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Romantische Arien / Christian Gerhaher
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 54229 Release Date: 11/20/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Otto Nicolai  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Ferne Geliebte - Beethoven, Berg, Haydn, Schonberg / Christian Gerhaher
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93543 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Alban Berg
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Gerold Huber
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    World's Greatest Operas - Carmen, Magic Flute, Aida, Tosca [6-DVD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001609909 Release Date: 10/24/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Catherine Malfitano,  Richard Margison,  Peter Loehle  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Riccardo Muti,  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Menotti: Goya / Domingo, Breedt, Villaume
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101576 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gian Carlo Menotti
    Performer:  Andreas Conrad,  Placido Domingo,  Iride Martinez,  Michelle Breedt  ... 
    Conductor:  Emmanuel Villaume
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Mahler: Des knaben Wunderhorn, Adagio from Symphony no 10 / Boulez, Cleveland
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20231 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Mahler: Des knaben Wunderhorn, Adagio from Symphony no 10 / Boulez, Cleveland [Blu-ray]
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10231 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Magdalena Kozená
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Wiegenlieder, Vol. 2
    Label: Carus   Catalog: 83002 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Cornelius,  Engelbert Humperdinck  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Gerold Huber,  Ruth Ziesak,  Juliane Ruf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Singer Pur
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    Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem / Thielemann, Schafer, Gerhaher, Munich Philharmonic
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 703308 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Christine Schäfer,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053678 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Frideric Handel
    Performer:  Sally Matthews,  Lawrence Brownlee,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus
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    Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn / Boulez, Kozena, Gerhaher, Cleveland Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001469902 Release Date: 10/05/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Mozart: Complete Operas [33 DVDs]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001470109 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Chaya Czernowin
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Michael Schade,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Barbara Bonney  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Riccardo Muti,  Roger Norrington,  Manfred Honeck  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung,  Vienna State Opera Chorus  ... 
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Petibon, Gerhaher, Bunz, Harding
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001456102 Release Date: 09/21/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Patricia Petibon,  Christian Gerhaher,  Hans Werner Bunz
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  Bavarian Radio Chorus,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Bach: Cantatas 29, 61 & 140 / Harnoncourt, Concentus Wien
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 760266 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Christine Schäfer,  Bernarda Fink,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Vienna Concentus Musicus
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    Nikolaus Harnoncourt -  Sacred   Masterworks
    Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 7606532 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Christian Gerhaher,  Gerald Finley,  Bernarda Fink  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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    Othmar Schoeck: Notturno
    Label: Ecm   Catalog: 001355902 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Othmar Schoeck
    Performer:  Anja Lechner,  Helmut Nicolai,  Andreas Reiner,  Christian Gerhaher  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rosamunde Quartet
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    Robert Schumann: Szenen Aus Goethes Faust / Mojca Erdmann, Christiane Iven, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Et Al
    Label: Rco Live   Catalog: 9001 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Mojca Erdmann,  Kevin Doss,  Anitra Jellema  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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    Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / Nagano
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 750821 Release Date: 08/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler
    Performer:  Klaus Florian Vogt,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    Haydn: The Seasons / Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Et Al
    Label: Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 728126 Release Date: 03/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
    Performer:  Dorothea Röschmann,  Michael Schade,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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