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Norman D. PATZKE, bass-baritone



Since his first engagements, Norman 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 Patzke made his debut at the Bregenz Festival, as Solanio in the world creation of The Merchant of Venise by André Tchaïkowsky. The more in 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 Opéra Comique (Paris) and in a new choreographic production of Haydn’s “Creation” with live performance of the work at ONR Strasbourg. Subsequently he was chosen to sing Claudio in a new production of "Les Caprices de Marianne" (Henri Sauguet) including a large number of performances at the opera houses of Bordeaux, Toulouse, Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Tours, Marseille, Reims, Nice and Metz. ONR Strasbourg reinvited him for Wagner’s Liebesverbot as Danieli conducted by Constantin Trinks.

At last he was engaged by Glyndebourne Festival to cover subsequently Escamillo (Carmen), Claudio (Béatrice et Bénédict) and Don Giovanni (title-role). The latter within Glyndebourne touring and not only as cover ... (2016). Currently he’s touring through France with a new production of Nozze di Figaro as Figaro, directed by Julie Gayet and conducted by Yannis Pouspourikas (2017).

Amongst Norman D. Patzke’s more recent concert engagements : In terra Pax by Frank Martin with Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hilversum under Kenneth Montgomery, Messiah with Ensemble Apotheosis under Korneel Bernolet, Matthew Passion with the Noord-Nederlands Orkest under Michael Hofstetter and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis with Ensemble Orchestral de Bruxelles (PBA,  2017).

He 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 Patzke 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 2017/18

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