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Raimund NOLTE, bass-baritone

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"The singer has an exemplary vocal balance, warmth of flow and dramatic differentiation at his command." Words of praise indeed in the daily paper "Die Welt" for bass-baritone Raimund Nolte after a lieder recital in Berlin.

After first completing studies in mathematics, music pedagogy and viola in Cologne, he was violist with Musica Antiqua Cologne for a number of years. His formative vocal training was with Prof. Josef Metternich and Prof. Irmgard Hartmann. He received his diploma at the Musikhochschule in Mainz and is now working with Gundula Hintz.

Following initial stage appearances with the opera studio of the German Rhine Opera he was heard by Harry Kupfer in 1996 and asked to join the Komische Oper in Berlin, remaining an ensemble member for the following four crucial years. Further engagements led him on to numerous European opera houses (Bielefeld, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Kassel, Salzburg, Rouen, Copenhagen, Catania, Amsterdam and the opéra national du rhin in Strasbourg). Between 2005 and 2009 he was engaged at the opera house in Halle, in demand not least as a notable Handelian (earning him the accolade from the magazine "Opernwelt" of "Rising Young Singer of the Year") in addition to singing many other major roles belonging to his vocal métier. Thus he sang the title roles of Dallapiccola's "Il Prigioniero", Eugene Onegin, Don Giovanni, the Count in "nozze di Figaro", Faninal in "Rosenkavalier", Wagner's "Das Rheingold" and "Die Meistersinger", the father in "Hänsel und Gretel" and Enrico in "Lucia di Lammermoor". He has worked freelance since 2009.

In recent seasons he has performed at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, at the Hamburg State Opera, Semperoper in Dresden and the Berlin State Opera, where he sang Sprecher in "Die Zauberflöte" and Sagrestano in "Tosca". At the Opéra Bastille in Paris, he made his debut as Melot in Peter Sellars' production of "Tristan und Isolde", conducted by Philippe Jordan. 2015 he returned to the Opéra national du Rhin as Kurwenal conducted by Axel Kober. At the Bayreuth Festival 2015, he made his debut as Melot in the new production of "Tristan und Isolde" directed by Katharina Wagner and conducted by Christian Thielemann. In 2017, he also took on the role of Meister Ortel in the new production of "Die Meistersinger von Nürenberg", directed by Berry Kosky and conducted by Phillippe Jordan. In Bayreuth he is also obliged in the future, the upcomming summer he will be heard additionally as 3. Edler in the new production of Lohengrin.

As a concert singer Raimund Nolte has appeared from the outset at the leading European festivals, such as at the Styriate in Graz under Nikolaus Harnoncourt's baton, at the Dresden Musikfestspiele with René Jacobs, at the Festwoche in Innsbruck with Howard Arman, in the role of Jesus in Bach's Matthew Passion under Trevor Pinnock during the "Bach" year of 2000 (Salzburg Festspiele, tour throughout Europe and Japan). As a guest he has been heard at the Bachwochen in Ansbach, the Flanders and Holland Festivals, in Prague, Paris, London, at the Schlossfestspiele in Ludwigsburg, the Handel Festivals in Karlsruhe, Göttingen and Halle. Conductors of the likes of David Stern, Martin Haselböck, Alan Curtis, Gustav Kuhn, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Hans-Martin Schneidt, Bruno Weil, Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden, Nicholas McGegan, Jan Willem de Vriend, Konrad Junghänel, Laurence Cummings and Reinhard Goebel have all been convinced of his versatility.

Among his numerous CD recordings particlar mention should be made of his performance as Jesus in the Bach Matthew Passion conducted by Helmut Müller-Brühl for NAXOS, Bernstein's "Candide" with Loriot as narrator (CAPRICCIO), Bach's B Minor Mass under Frieder Bernius's baton (CARUS Label, Editor's Choice, Gramophone magazine), Michael Haydn's "Andromeda e Perseo" under Reinhard Goebel's direction (OEHMS CLASSICS), Handel's Messiah in the "Herder" version with Wolfgand Katschner (Deutsche HARMONIA MUNDI), Carl Heinrich Graun`s Weihnachtsoratorium (OEHMS CLASSIC), and Handel`s  oratorio "Susanna" (ACCENT). His complete recording of Handel's Italian solocantatas for bass  (WDR in coproduction with label ACCENT) got best reviews in international magazines.

Since 2017 Raimund Nolte teaches a singing class at the “Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln”.

Biography, Updatee : March 2018

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