Biography

Horst Lamnek – bass-baritone

The Viennese bass-baritone Horst Lamnek finished his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with distinction. He was trained and taught among others by Charles Spencer, Brigitte Fassbaender, Horst Günter, Gregory Lamar, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Gedda and Wicus Slabbert. Horst Lamnek has been awarded national and international prizes, was a stipendiary of the Richard Wagner-Foundation and also received a honorary award from the Austrian Ministry for Education, Science and Culture.

Horst Lamnek joined the International Opera-Studio in Zurich and sang as a member of the ensemble at the theatre of Ulm (Germany). Since then he has worked as a freelance singer, appearing regularly at the Komische Oper Berlin. He also gave guest performances at the opera houses of Leipzig, Bonn, Essen, Regensburg, Wiesbaden, at the Musiktheater Linz and at the New National Theatre Tokyo. He was also guest at music festivals such as Tiroler Festspiele Erl, Wiener Festwochen, Grafenegg, St. Margareten Quarry, and Aix-en-Provence (Festival de Pâques).

His operatic repertoire encompasses roles of a formidable breadth and diversity: from Early Music, like Cavalli’s „La Calisto“ (Giove), via Mozart’s „Le nozze di Figaro“ (Figaro and Bartolo), „Don Giovanni“ (Leporello), „Così fan tutte“ (Don Alfonso), Rossini’s „La Cenerentola“ (Don Magnifico) and Barbiere di Siviglia (Don Bartolo), to Prokofiev’s „The Love for Three Oranges“ (Leander), and contemporary opera – amongst others Athlete in Neuwirths „American Lulu“ and Hans Werner Henze’s „Elegy for Young Lovers“ (Dr. Reischmann). Horst Lamnek also regularly sings operettas such as „Die Fledermaus“ (Frank) and „Wiener Blut“(Fürst Ypsheim), as well as Zeller’s “Der Vogelhändler” (Baron Weps), and Offenbach’s “La vie parisienne“ (Baron Gondremark).

The Bass-baritone worked with directors, like Andreas Homoki, Lutz Hochstraate, Reto Nickler, Nadja Loschky, Renzo Giacchieri, Daniel Benoin, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Robert Dornhelm, and with conductors such as Alfred Eschwé, Michael Gielen, Henrik Nánási, Stefan Soltesz, Stefan Blunier, Dirk Kaftan, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Martin Haselböck, Giovanni Antonini, Peter Schneider, Ulf Schirmer, Gustav Kuhn, Gianluigi Gelmetti and Franz Welser-Möst.

Since 1999 Horst Lamnek regularly appears as recitalist in Austria, Switzerland, France, Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Germany. His concert repertoire ranges from Bach’s Passions, and the great romantic oratorios to world premieres. He also has performed with orchestral ensembles, such as the Wiener Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Wiener Akademie and the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, in concert halls all over Europe: Vienna (Konzerthaus,), Berlin (Philharmonie), Hamburg (Laeiszhalle), Bremen (Die Glocke), Athens (Megaron), and Madrid (Auditorio Nacional).

A highlight of the season 2015/16 will be his debut as La Roche in Richard Strauss’ Capriccio at the Opéra-Théâtre Metz Métropole.