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Christoph von Weitzel

Carles & Sofia Piano Duo
28th Dec 2016
Cinzia Milani
6th Jan 2017

The baritone Christoph von Weitzel studied singing with Barry Mora at the Frankurt Opera and Prof. John Lester(USA). He took participation in a master course for Lied by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and in particular working with Kammersänger Walter Berry. He has been a member of the Vogtland-Theater Plauen, the Mainfranken- Theater and the Salzburger Landestheater. Christoph von Weitzel obtained engagements at the opera houses of Frankfurt, Nuremberg, Zwickau, Regensburg, just to mention a few. The baritone performs roles like Wolfram(Tannhäuser), Count and Figaro(La nozze di Figaro), Sharpless(Madame Butterfly), Ottokar(Der Freischütz),Escamilo(Carmen), Scarpia(Tosca) and many outhers. He has sung operatic productions and Lied recitals in Austria, England, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Czech republic and New Zealand.

Christoph von Weitzel´s concert repertoire encompasses the European music of four centuries, beginning with the works of the Renaissance and leading through Bach´s Oratorios and the works of the classic and the romantic periods to contemporary composers. He sang parts and Lieder in the world premieres of the works of contemporary composers such as G. Schedl, F.E. Spannheimer and H. Schmidt. This clearly underlines his artistic versatility. The baritone loves, above all, singing Lieder.

G. Rohde writes in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “Weitzel´s Lied interpretation touches existential depths. Not only his beautiful singing is interesting, but the sense of the words intensified through the music, by means of which the whole acquires a special psychological profoundness.”

Münchner Merkur wrote:

“…warm baritone voice with full volume…when he sings it really is quite magic…beautiful repertoire and a excellent artist.”

He sang Liederabende in such famous concerthalls like Alten Oper Frankfurt/Main, Gasteig Philhamonie München, Haddo House Aberdeen, Schubert Selskabet Denmark ,Palais am Festungsgraben Berlin und and Laeizehalle Hamburg, Town Hall Auckland and many others.

Christoph von Weitzel has made a name for himself in particular with his scenic versions of Schubert´s  “Winterreise” also in the German well known project “Oper für Obdach”(Opera for shelter). One of the very prominet patrons; Old Canceler Helmuth Schmidt. With this production he also received also international invitations. Radio broadcasts and television appearances, as well as a number of cd-recordings like , “Winterreise” (F.Schubert), “The most beatiful German popular songs”, “The most beautifu German Christmas songs”, “Dem Wasser zu singen” and “Helwich” (full opera recording of “Der Schmied von Marienburg”, by Sigfried Wagner, son of R. Wagner) document the range of his artistic activities.

He is artistic director of the festival “DEIN LIED Internationales festival des Liedes in Rothenburg o.od.Tauber” and the concerts “Orangerie-Konzerte Schloss Unternzenn”