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Tenor Maximilian Schmitt, a native of Regensburg, acquired musical experience early on singing with the Regensburger Domspatzen Choir. He graduated from the Berlin University of the Arts, where he studied with Anke Eggers, and subsequently became a member of the Young Ensemble of Bavarian Staatsoper. While there he also took part in master classes with Ann Murray and Robert Dean Smith. Since 2008 Schmitt has been a member of the Mannheim National Theater ensemble, where he has appeared in such roles as Mozart’s Tamino, Don Ottavio, Belmonte, and Ferrando; David in Wagner’s Die Meistersinger; and Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. He has been engaged by conductor Robin Ticciati for concert performances of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra, respectively. At the end of 2012 Schmitt will make his debut at the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam singing Tamino. As a concert singer Schmitt performs a wide-ranging repertoire from Monteverdi to Kurt Weill with such conductors as Daniel Harding, Thomas Hengelbrock, Philippe Herreweghe, Andrew Manze, Roger Norrington, Trevor Pinnock, and Helmuth Rilling. Lieder recitals, which he presents with pianist Gerold Huber, have become an increasingly important part of his artistic career, and he has performed at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Heidelberg Spring Festival, and the Philharmonie in Cologne. In 2011 Maximilian Schmitt made his first lieder recording, titled Träumend wandle ich bei Tag (“Dreaming I Pass the Day”) and featuring music of Robert Schumann. He has also recorded Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with Riccardo Chailly and Haydn’s oratorio The Creation with René Jacobs.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 5 September 2009 in Mendelssohn’s Die erste Walpurgisnacht under Philippe Herreweghe.