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”His lyric tenor voice had a youthful glow, yet he sang with plaintive beauty and piercing insight.” The New York Times
Precise vocal control, clear diction, intelligent musicality and an ability to get to the heart of everything he sings ensures Christoph Prégardien’s place among the world’s foremost lyric tenors. Especially revered as a Lieder singer, he can be heard this season at the Wigmore Hall London, Casa da Música Porto, Aula Magna in Rome, Philharmonic Hall Warszawa, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Konzerthaus Berlin, the new Musikforum Ruhr in Bochum and the Kölner Philharmonie. He will also perform at renowned festivals such as the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg Hohenems, Oxford Lieder Festival, Wimbledon International Festival and the Dresden Music Festival.
Following the success of his conducting debut with J. S. Bach’s St. John’s Passion with the ensemble Le Concert Lorrain (LCL) and the Nederlands Kamerkoor in 2012 and 2013, Christoph Prégardien again led LCL and the Balthasar-Neumann Choir in 2015 with the St. Matthew’s Passion in Paris, Luxembourg, Lucerne, Metz, Antwerp and Oslo a. o.. In 2016 the LCL will perform Bach’s Christmas Oratorio under Christoph Prégardien’s baton in Metz and Santander.
Christoph Prégardien appears regularly with renowned orchestras the world over, including the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France, and the Boston and San Francisco Symphonies. His wide orchestral repertoire includes the great baroque, classical and romantic oratorios and passions, as well as works from the 17th (Monteverdi, Purcell, Schütz) and 20th (Britten, Killmayer, Rihm, Stravinsky) centuries. He has collaborated with conductors such as Barenboim, Chailly, Gardiner, Harnoncourt, Herreweghe, Luisi, Metzmacher, Nagano and Thielemann. In opera his roles have included Tamino (The Magic Flute), Almaviva (Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Fenton (Verdi’s Falstaff), Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and the title roles in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Idomeneo as well as Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.
Much of Christoph Prégardien’s repertoire has been recorded on the BMG, EMI, DG, Philips, Sony, Erato and Teldec labels. His discography numbers over 130 titles, many of which have been awarded international prizes and his celebrated recordings of German romantic Lieder have won the Orphée d’Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique, as well as the Prix Georg Solti, German Record Critics’ Prize, Edison Award, Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or. Christoph Prégardien forged a long-term collaboration with the Dutch label Challenge Classics; they first released Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin (Michael Gees) and Schwanengesang (Andreas Staier) in 2008. Müllerin was highly praised as “Best of the Year” in Gramophone and was honoured at MIDEM 2009 (“Record and Vocal Recital of the Year”). Further recordings include Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch (Julia Kleiter, Hilko Dumno), Between Life and Death (Michael Gees), Wanderer (ensembleKONTRASTE) and the Grammy-nominated new release of Winterreise with Michael Gees. In 2014 the album Father and Son with his son Julian Prégardien (Michael Gees) received great acclaim and the Schubert CD Poetisches Tagebuch (Julius Drake) has been available since 2015 on Challenge Classics.
Teaching remains a very important part of Christoph Prégardien’s musical life. From 2000 to 2004 he taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich. Since 2004 he has been a professor at the Academy of Music in Cologne. As part of Schott’s “Master Class” series, he published an innovative multi-media DVD/book addressing vocal technique and musical interpretation.
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A great interpreter, Christoph Prégardien sees the work first, then himself.
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Nina Schröder, 20 January 2017
Prégardien's artistry is streamlined, focused, essential: with beauty of tenor tone absolutely intact - he is 60 - diction impeccable, emotions of text and tone fused and explored to the last degree, he is the consummate Lieder singer. (…) He brought splendour, agony and ecstasy to Mahler's Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen first; bitterness, irony and a heady intelligence to Schumann's Dichterliebe in the second half; and those Schubert Heine settings in between are still alive and reverberating with wonder and horror somewhere in my subconscious several days on. You want it darker? Try Schubert.
jessicamusic.blogspot.de, Jessica Duchen, 18 November 2016
The tenor is a storyteller who avoids mannerisms: no reverb, little vibrato, no preoccupation with nice sound. However, he is constantly audible, and he does not avoid the risk. In the highest registers he also has an astonishing resilience, as demonstrated in almost hummed encore Mondnacht. British accompanist Julius Drake showed a sensitive ear for detail. In the perlentränentröpfchen, the death coffin is nailed: they were all audible in the Steinway.
De Volkskrant, 20.11.2015 about the CD “Poetisches Tagebuch“ released on Challenge Classics in November 2015
Much of what Prégardien did was a revelation, with such immaculate diction and attention to each musical detail that the audience hung on every word. The four songs of Mahler's Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen, so often presented as expressions of youthful self-pity, became a genuinely dramatic scenario, the tragedy searingly convincing. (…) This was Lieder singing of the very highest class.
The Guardian, Andrew Clements, 2 November 2015
(...) Prégardien’s acute, concentrated response to every detail of every song was a wonder in itself.
The Guardian, 2 March 2015
Christoph Prégardien / Julius Drake
Challenge Classics 2015, 8327510
Christoph & Julian Prégardien, Michael Gees
Challenge Classics, 2014, CC72645
Christoph Prégardien & Michael Gees
Challenge Classics, 2013, CC72596
Christoph Prégardien, Bochumer Symphoniker, Steven Sloane
cpo, 2011, cpo777675-2
Christoph Prégardien, Julia Kleiter, Hilko Dumno
Challenge Classics, 2010, CC72378
Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees
Challenge Classics, 2009, CC72324
Christoph Prégardien, Michael Gees
Challenge Classics, 2008, CC72292
Christoph Prégardien, Andreas Staier
Challenge Classics, 2008, CC72302