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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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    Bach: Weihnachtsoratorium / Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien
    Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 733321 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Werner Güra,  Christian Gerhaher,  Gerald Finley,  Bernarda Fink  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
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  • 29.
    Britten: War Requiem / Rilling, Dasch, Taylor, Gerhaher, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98507 Release Date: 06/10/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Britten
    Performer:  Annette Dasch,  James Taylor,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Festival Ensemble,  Aurelius Boys Choir of Calw
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  • 30.
    Terezin | Theresienstadt
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001080302 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ilse Weber,  Erwin Schulhoff,  Pavel Haas,  Viktor Ullmann  ... 
    Performer:  Gerold Huber,  Christian Gerhaher,  Daniel Hope,  Ib Hausmann  ... 
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  • 31.
    Mahler: Lieder;  Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony / Gerhaher
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 878180 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Arnold Schoenberg
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Gerold Huber
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hyperion Ensemble
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  • 32.
    Schubert: Winterreise / Christian Gerhaher, Gerold Huber
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 807770 Release Date: 02/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Gerold Huber
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  • 33.
    Bach: Mass In B Minor / Rilling, Bach Collegium, Et Al
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98274 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Stella Doufexis,  Marlis Petersen,  Anke Vondung,  Lothar Odinius  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart,  Stuttgart Bach Collegium
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  • 34.
    Mozart: Die Zauberflöte / Groves, Pape, Damrau, Muti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000823209 Release Date: 01/09/2007  
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Simon O'Neill,  Franz Grundheber,  Burkhard Ulrich,  Irena Bespalovaite  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus
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    Schubert: Schwanengesang / Gerhaher, Huber
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 750750 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Gerold Huber
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    Schubert: Die schone Mullerin / Gerhaher, Huber
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 531720 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Christian Gerhaher,  Gerold Huber
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  • 37.
    Mendelssohn: Heimkehr Aus Der Fremde / Rilling, Banse, Swr
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98487 Release Date: 06/13/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Juliane Banse,  Carsten Süss,  Christian Gerhaher,  Stefan Müller-Ruppert  ... 
    Conductor:  Helmuth Rilling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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    Orff: Carmina Burana / Rattle, Berlin Po, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57888 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Orff
    Performer:  Lawrence Brownlee,  Christian Gerhaher,  Sally Matthews
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin State Boy's Choir,  Berlin Radio Chorus  ... 
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    Bartok: Music For Strings, Percussion, Celesta; Haydn, Smetana / Harnoncourt
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 59326 Release Date: 04/06/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Schade,  Dorothea Röschmann,  Christian Gerhaher
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir  ... 
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    Abert: Ekkehard / Falk, Kaufmann, Kelling, Reiter, Et Al
    Label: Capriccio Records   Catalog: 60080 Release Date: 01/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Joseph Abert
    Performer:  Susanne Kelling,  Henryk Böhm,  Jörg Hempel,  Alfred Reiter  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Falk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgarter Choir
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