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Christian Gerhaher



Christian Gerhaher in action.
Christian Gerhaher as Wolfram von Eschinbach in Tannhäuser, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2010

German baritone Christian Gerhaher made his Royal Opera debut in 2010 as Wolfram von Eschinbach (Tannhäuser) in an Olivier Award-winning performance. He has since returned to sing Olivier (Capriccio in concert) and Wolfram. He returns in the 2017/18 Season to sing in a concert performance with Antonio Pappano and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Gerhaher grew up in Bavaria. He studied medicine and philosophy before training as a singer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich, where with his regular piano accompanist Gerold Huber he studied Lied interpretation with Friedemann Berger. He was a member of Würzburg State Theatre 1998–2000. He sings regularly for Bavarian State Opera and Frankfurt Opera, and also appears for companies including Berlin State Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Zürich Opera House and Vienna State Opera. His operatic repertory includes Monteverdi’s Orfeo, Count Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Don Giovanni, Papageno (Die Zauberflöte), Wolfram, Posa (Don Carlo), Gabriel von Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus), Pelléas (Pelléas et Mélisande), Olivier, Wozzeck and Prinz von Homburg.

Gerhaher is a renowned interpreter of Lieder, and has given recitals at venues including Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonies and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein, and at festivals including the BBC Proms and the Rheingau, Salzburg, Edinburgh and Lucerne festivals. In contemporary repertory he has inspired works by composers including Heinz Holliger, Wolfgang Rihm and Jörg Widmann. His large discography includes Lieder by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf and Mahler, Bach’s Passions, Mozart arias, Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust, Tannhäuser, Königskinder and Britten’s War Requiem.

News and features

Listen: Wagner’s Tannhäuser – ‘It’s an amazing discovery to feel that way about music’

29 April 2016
Listen: Wagner’s <em>Tannhäuser</em> – ‘It’s an amazing discovery to feel that way about music’

Emma Bell, Christian Gerhaher and Hartmut Haenchen speak about Wagner’s early masterpiece.