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Thomas Bauer


Thomas E. Bauer's versatility and unerring sense of style have made him one of the most sought-after baritones of the present day. 

He recently made his debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink. In December 2009 he sang Bach's Christmas Oratorio on tour with Riccardo Chailly, who thereupon engaged him for the New Year's Eve concerts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra in 2011.

He made his debut at the Salzburg Festival in 2006 in Sciarrino's Quaderno di strada. He will sing under René Jacobs for the first time at the Mozart Week in Salzburg in 2011.

During the 2009 season he appeared in the title role in Peter Ruzicka's Celan in a new production at the Bremen Theater, as well as at the Theater an der Wien in Peter Maxwell Davies's Eight Songs for a Mad King. The theatre ensemble La Fura dels Baus invited him for a semi-staged production of Orff's Carmina burana in San Sebastian and Barcelona (TV production).

He appears in recital with the fortepiano specialist Jos van Immerseel, with whom he recently performed at the Cité de la Musique in Paris, the Bruges Concertgebouw and BOZAR in Brussels. Their first lied CD (Schubert's Winterreise) will be released in 2010 on the Paris Zig-Zag label.

Klaus Voswinckel's documentary film Winterreise – Schubert in Siberia recounts the story of Thomas E. Bauer's adventurous concert tour with the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing, which he made with pianist and musicologist Siegfried Mauser. The film was shown several times on television.

His discography includes Beethoven's Ninth Symphony (Jos van Immerseel), Bach Cantatas (Philippe Herreweghe), Vier Toteninseln (Johannes Kalitzke) and several Schumann lied CDs. Zelenka's Missa votiva (Frieder Bernius) and Handel's Apollo e Dafne (Fabio Bonizzoni) will be released in 2010.

Thomas Bauer