From the Tölzer Knabenchor as a boy alto to singing as a soloist all over the world, German baritone Christian Immler has spent years making music of the highest quality. Having studied at the Guildhall in London with Rudolf Piernay, Christian won the International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Competition in Paris in 2001, launching his career.
Although also known for singing Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Mahler, running down the spine of Christian’s career has been the music of J S Bach. Having sung the B minor Mass, St. John Passion and St. Matthew Passion with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, he has also performed these works with Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding, Michel Corboz, Jos van Veldhoven, Daniel Reuss & the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonardo García Alarcón (receiving a ‘Diapason d’Or’ for ‘Music for Weddings’ by Bach and Böhm) & Ensemble Pygmalion (‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone for Masses BWV 233/236).
Christian’s recent projects include Beethoven’s Sympony No. 9 with the Bergen Philharmonic, Bach Magnificat & Mendelssohn’s Psalm 115 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM), Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Concentus Musicus (Ivor Bolton), Krenek’s Orpheus with Lothar Zagrosek (Berlin Konzerthaus), Mozart’s C minor Mass with Giovanni Antonini (Salzburg Festival), the world premiere of Hellstenius’s The moon eats humans (Bergen Festival), C.P.E. Bach Magnificat with Ottavio Dantone, Christmas Oratorio with Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Weill’s Berliner Requiem at the Lucerne Festival, Mahler Songs with the Ensemble Symphonique de Neuchâtel, Handel’s Messiah & Mozart’s Requiem with Masaaki Suzuki/Bach Collegium Japan & Bach’s Missa Brevis in G Minor, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Fauré’s Requiem with the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
As a recitalist, Christian has been applauded for his particular interest in 20th Century ‘Emigré Composers’ such as Zemlinsky, Korngold, Eisler, Schreker and Gál. He has presented their works – as well as core Lieder repertoire by Schubert, Schumann and Wolf – in leading recital venues, such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Frick Collection in New York and the Salzburg Mozarteum, the latter with pianist Helmut Deutsch. Their CD Modern Times was awarded the ‘Diamant d’Opéra’ and the prestigious ‘Diapason Découverte’. His recordings include Bach B Minor Mass, Schubert Sakuntala (‘Diapason d’Or’), Continental Britons (five stars in BBC Music) and Albeniz’s Henry Clifford, all released to critical acclaim. Christian is professor of voice at the Lausanne/Fribourg Conservatoire.
Christian’s operatic career has continued to flourish. His most recent roles have included Antinoo Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Seneca L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Consalvo in Handel’s Almira and Tiresia Niobe for the Boston Early Music Festival, Docteur Itard/Vicaire in the world premiere of Fénelon’s JJR (dir. Robert Carsen) and Dodo/Frog Footman/Mock Turtle in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He has also sung Förster Cunning Little Vixen for the Wiener Kammeroper, Ubalde Armide for Israeli Opera, Achis David & Jonathas (cond. by William Christie) and Pharnaces in Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Christian’s current projects include performances of the St. Matthew Passion with the OSM and Ensemble Pygmalion, the St. John Passion with top US baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Orchestre National de France and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Bach Collegium Japan.
Bass Christian Immler was an impressive physical and vocal presence as the philosopher Seneca, the voice of high-mindedness and reason amidst all this Cupid-inspired disorder. Although entertained by the chaos, the Boston audience seemed to really fall for this super-prof, and greeted Immler with a swell of well-earned applause at the curtain call. – Boston Classical Review (10th June 2015) – full review here: http://bostonclassicalreview.com/2015/06/strong-singing-of-large-cast-enlivens-bemfs-poppea/
Baritone Christian Immler was a wonderful, blustery Consalvo, and his lecherous wooing of the disgusted Bellante was a high point.
Wall Street Journal (Heidi Waleson) – 17 June 2013Consalvo – Almira – Boston Early Music Festival