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The bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann, a native of southern Baden in Germany, began his musical training with the Basel Boys’ Choir. He later studied voice with Ingeborg Most at the Freiburg Academy of Music, with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin as part of his lieder class, and with Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim. In 1996 Müller-Brachmann made his operatic debut at the Berlin Staatsoper in Telemann’s Orpheus under René Jacobs. From 1998 to 2011 he was a permanent member of that renowned company, where he performed a wide range of roles, from the Mozart repertoire to such dramatic parts as Orest (in Strauss’s Elektra), Kaspar (Weber’s Freischütz), Golaud (Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande) and Wotan in Wagner’s Ring. Müller-Bachmannʼs credits also include performances at the Munich, Hamburg, and Vienna Staatsoper companies and in San Francisco, Paris, and Madrid. He has collaborated with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Michael Gielen, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Zubin Mehta, and Sir Simon Rattle. He sang Papageno on Claudio Abbado’s CD recording of The Magic Flute, which won a Gramophone Award. Müller-Brachmann has also performed lieder at the Edinburgh Festival, the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Wigmore Hall in London, and in many European cities. At the beginning of 2017 he sang in Bach’s B minor Mass with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and in Britten’s War Requiem with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande in Geneva. He will appear with Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra in May for performances of Debussy’s Pelléas and with Bernard Haitink at La Scala in Milan in June for Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. Since the fall of 2011 Hanno Müller-Brachmann has been professor of voice at the Karlsruhe Academy of Music.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 6 September 2005 in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Kurt Masur.