H.C. Begemann

Baritone Hans Christoph Begemann studied in Hamburg and Munich under the guidance of Claus Ocker and Ernst Haefliger. He performed his diploma concert for Aldo Baldin at Karlsruhe Musikhochschule, with distinction.

As a bass-baritone he commands a wide song repertoire, with more than 400 lieder by Schubert forming the core. He was invited to famous festivals to give song recitals; he opened the winter festival at Schloss Elmau with the Winterreise; he was guest performer at the master concerts of the Villa Musica in Mainz; and at the Schubertiade im Ettlinger Schloß he sang the complete songs of Schubert’s Goethe Lieder as partner to Helmut Deutsch and Thomas Seyboldt. Hans Christoph Begemann was awarded the first prize at the International Schubert Contest in Osaka. He is involved with 20th centuy songs and with first performances has introduced songs by Viktor Ullmann, Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein and Wilhelm Petersen to the public. Various radio stations have invited him to productions of classical and contemporary music. A production of Schubert’s Winterreise by the Südwestrundfunk was greeted with much acclaim.

In the field of oratorio Begemann can be heard in the great concert halls of Germany and Vienna. In April 2001 he sang in the St. Matthew Passion conducted by Enoch zu Guttenberg at the Munich Philharmonie.

As a child he had his first stage appearance as the Magic Flute boy at the Hamburg Staatsoper. In 1992 he made his debut in the great band of robbers in Gasparone at Gießen Stadttheater. For three seasons he was with the ensemble of the Wuppertaler Bühnen. In 1997 he commenced his activity at Darmstadt Staatstheater with a sensational success in Tannhäuser. There he sings parts such as Orestes in Electra, Nick Shadow in The Rake’s Progress, the “villains” in The Tales of Hoffmann, and in particular the Mozart parts of Papageno, Nardo in La finta giardiniera, and Figaro.