Christian Immler - Baritone

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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 Rudolph Piernay, Christian won the International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Competition in Paris in 2001, launching his career.

Although 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 MassSt John and St Matthew Passions 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, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon (receiving a ‘Diapason d’Or’ for Music for Weddings by Bach and Böhm) and Ensemble Pygmalion (‘Editor’s Choice’, Gramphone for Masses BMV 233/236).  He also works regularly with Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan, most recently singing Elijah at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the St Matthew Passion Tokyo and Singapore, as well as appearing a bass soloist on the group’s critically-acclaimed recording of Mozart’s C minor Mass.

Other recent projects include concerts and recordings with the Boston Early Music Festival, Bach Cantatas and St John Passion with Ensemble Pygmalion, The Messiah at the Kennedy Centre, Washington with the National Symphony Orchestra, St Matthew Passion with the Spanish National Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Mozart Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and Beethoven Mass in C with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

As a recitalist, Christian has garnered praise 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, the Frick Collection in New York, and the Salzbury Mozarteum, the latter with pianist Helmut Deutsch.  Their CD Modern Times was awarded the ‘Diamant d’Opéra’ and the prestigious ‘Diapason Decouverte’.  His other recordings have received multiple awards (France Musique’s Record of the Year and a 2016 Grammy nomination, amongst others) and include Bach B minor Mass, Schubert Sakuntala (‘Diapason d’Or’), Continental Britons (*****BBC Music) and Albeniz’s Henry Clifford.

Christian’s operatic career has also continued to flourish.  Recent projects include Der Sprecher Die Zauberflöte at the Festival d’Aix en Provence, and also with Les Talens Lyriques/Christophe Rousset in Dijon, Limoges and at the Philharmonie, Paris (where he has also appeared in recital with Kristian Bezuidenhout).  His other recent roles have included Antinoo Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in PatriaSeneca L’Incoronazione di PoppeaConsalvo in Handel’s Almira and Tiresia Niobe for the Boston Early Music Festival, Docteur Itard/Vicaire in the world premiere of Fénlon’s JJR (directed by Robert Carson) and Dodo/Frog Footman/Mock Turtle in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland in Geneva.  He has also sung The Forester Cunning Little Vixen for the Wiener Kammeroper, Ubalde Armide for Israeli Opera, Achis David & Jonathas (conducted by William Christie) and Pharnaces in Zemlinsky’s König Kandaules at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Future projects include performances of the Mozart Requiem and Bach Weihnachts-Oratorium with Bach Collegium Japan and a run of performances as The Hermit Der Freischütz in France, Belgium and Austria.

 

 

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/

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BEMF 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 2013

Consalvo – Almira – Boston Early Music Festival

Nielsen – Symphonies 3 & 4 – BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Bach Missa Breves – BWV 233 & 236 – Ensemble Pygmalion

Continental Britons – The Emigré Composers

Bach Drama – Choeur de Chambre de Namur (cond. Leonardo Garcia Alarcon)

Albéniz – Henry Clifford

Bach – B Minor Mass with Les Musiciens du Louvre (cond. Marc Minkowski)

Modern Times – with Helmut Deutsch