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Norman D. PATZKE, bass-baritone




Since his first engagements, Norman D. Patzke appeared in roles such as Onegin, Marcello, Faust by Louis Spohr, a part for which the radio magazine “Figaro” edited by MDR called him Star of the evening, Papageno (Magic Flute), Dulcamara (L’Elisir d’Amore), Conte Almaviva (Nozze di Figaro), as in more dramatic character roles such as Kaspar (Freischütz) or Don Pizarro (Fidelio) ; for his debut as Kaspar he got lavish praise in the magazine „Das Opernglas“.  

Summer 2013 Norman made his debut at the Bregenz Festival, as Solanio in the world creation of The Merchant of Venise by André Tchaïkowsky. The more he appeared as Leporello produced by "The Ministry of Operatic Affairs" at deSingel Antwerp and Bozar Brussels ; took part in the staged production of Manfred by Schumann at teh Paris Opéra Comique under Emmanuel Krivine and in a new choreographic production with live performance of Haydn’s Creation at ONR Strasbourg. Subsequently he was chosen to sing Claudio in a new production of Les Caprices de Marianne (Henri Sauguet) performed throughout France in opera houses such as Bordeaux, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Tours, Marseille, Reims, Nice and Metz.

ONR Strasbourg rinvited him for Wagner’s Liebesverbot as Danieli conducted by Constantin Trinks and the Glyndebourne Festival to cover subsequently Escamillo (Carmen), Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict) and Don Giovanni (title-role) in 2016. The latter role within Glyndebourne touring and not only as cover. Summer 2017 Norman D. Patzke toured through France with a new production of Nozze di Figaro as Figaro (direction Julie Gayet / musical direction by Yannis Pouspourikas (2017).

Future engagements will amongst others include his participation in concert productions of Les musiciens du Louvre and his debut in the USA as Pizarro in Beethoven's Leonore (1805 version) with Opera Lafayette under Ryan Brown,  Oriol Tomas directing, with performances in Washington and New-York (2018/2019).

In concert he appeared in : In terra Pax by Frank Martin with Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hilversum under Kenneth Montgomery, The Messiah with Ensemble Apotheosis under Korneel Bernolet, the Matthew Passion with Noord-Nederlands Orkest under Michael Hofstetter, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles (PBA,  2017), more Matthew Passions, first on a larger tour throughout Spain and at the Philharmonie Essen with Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski followed by performances under Michael Hofstetter at La Chapelle Royale in Versailles (2018).

In earlier years Norman already performed in prestigious concert halls as Hamburg State Orchestra at Laeiszhalle, at Comic Opera of Berlin, at deSingel, Antwerp, in Bach’s Magnificat with the Flemish Radio Choir, at Flagey, Brussels, in Mozart’s Requiem andgave his Paris debut at Salle Gaveau, as Jesus in Bach’s Matthew passion. With Les Musiciens du Louvre under Marc Minkowski he first toured with Mozart’s c-Minor Mass and selected Bach Cantatas, including performances Frankfurt, Cracow, Toulouse, Budapest, Lyon, Grenoble and Île de Ré, then participated in Bach's b minor Mass at the renowned Bachfest Köthen.

Since many years Norman is coached by Graham Johnson, with whom he has frequenlty given recitals. His amazing affinity with and talent for the Lied repertoire has frequently been awarded: First Prize at the International „Johannes Brahms“ Competition (Austria), Finalist of the "International singing Competition of Berlin", the "Robert Stolz" competition at Hamburg and the "Concorso Lirico Internazionale Del Mediterraneo" Bari/Italy.

Update cv : July 2018

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