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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 all ensure Christoph Prégardien’s place among the world’s foremost lyric tenors. Especially revered as a Lieder singer, he kicks off the 2019/2020 season with concerts at the Schubertiade Hohenems and the Oxford Lieder Festival. He then performs in the US on tour with pianist Julius Drake, before the pair give joint recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and in Madrid. In the spring he will tour with Le Concert Lorrain, followed by recitals in Hong Kong with Roger Vignoles and in Zurich with Hartmut Höll and Udo Samel, among others, with additional appearances at the Ludwigsburger Schossfestspiele and at the Konserthuset in Stockholm.
Christoph Prégardien regularly appears with renowned orchestras the world over. He has worked with the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as the Boston and San Francisco Symphonies, along with conductors such as Barenboim, Metzmacher and Thielemann. His wide orchestral repertoire includes the great baroque, classical and Romantic oratorios and passions, as well as works from the 17th and 20th centuries. In opera, his roles have included, among others, Tamino, Almaviva, Fenton (Falstaff), Don Ottavio, Titus, Ulisse and Idomeneo.
His extensive experience singing the Evangelist roles, together with his close working relationship with conductors such as Nagano, Chailly, Herreweghe, Harnoncourt, Luisi and Gardiner have provided him with the perfect basis for his increasing work conducting the works of Bach. Following the success of his conducting debut in 2012, leading Le Concert Lorrain and the Nederlands Kammerkoor in Bach’s St. John’s Passion, he has also become in-demand as a conductor of this repertoire. In 2015 he led Le Concert Lorrain and the Balthasar-Neumann Choir, this time in the St. Matthew’s Passion, and in the following years returned to lead Le Concert Lorrain and the Dresdner Kammerchor on tour with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. In 2019 he made his debut leading a symphony orchestra, conducting the Duisburg Philharmonic in works including Mozart’s Requiem, and also led the Collegium Vocale Gent at a celebration concert for Philippe Herreweghe’s 70th birthday; together with the ensemble he will take part in a major European tour of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in December.
The singer has recorded much of his repertoire on a discography of over 150 records, which have received awards such as the Orphée d’Or of the Académie du Disque Lyrique, the Edison Award, the Cannes Classical Award and the Diapason d’Or. For the label Challenge Classics he has recorded Schubert’s Schwanengesang with Andreas Staier and Die schöne Müllerin with Michael Gees – selected as Editor’s Choice by Gramophone magazine and awarded the MIDEM Record of the Year – followed by Hugo Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch with Julia Kleiter, Between Life and Death, Wanderer and the Grammy-nominated Winterreise disc – all with Michael Gees – as well as Father and Son with his son Julian Prégardien. His Schubert CD Poetisches Tagebuch (with Julius Drake) was awarded the German Critics’ Award 2016. His most recent CD releases include A Matter of Heart – songs for voice, horn and piano with Olivier Darbellay and Michael Gees – as well as a recording of passion cantatas by Telemann and Bach with the Vox Orchester for Sony (where he appears as a baritone for the first time), along with Auf den Flügeln des Gesanges with Cyprien Katsaris for Challenge, featuring Romantic songs and their piano transcriptions. In autumn 2019, also for Challenge, a new recording of Schumann's Dichterliebe and Wagner's Wesendonck Liedern (with Michael Gees) will be released.
Teaching remains an important part of Christoph Prégardien’s musical life. Following many years at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Zurich, he gives masterclasses for young singers the world over and since 2004 has been a professor at the Academy of Music in Cologne.
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Now on the other side of sixty, Christoph Prégardien [...] still possesses a clear and flexible tenor, flawless diction, and an emotional expressiveness that shades from the contemplative to raw outbursts of joy and feeling. His intensity is just overwhelming.
Crescendo Magazine, Jean Lacroix, 03/01/2020
The performance was superb. Prégardien is one of today’s greatest Lieder singers, a consummate storyteller whose gestures and facial expressions aid in communicating the meaning and emotional content of the lyrics, and whose voice is fluidly expressive across its entire range, and especially beautiful on both top and bottom notes.
ClassicalSource, David M. Rice, 22/10/2019
Incredibly light, floating, and suffused with tenderness. Hats off to a singer who has retained his delicate agility even in his later years.
Badische Zeitung, Johannes Adam, 20/09/2019
Prégardien’s easeful articulation, his rich coloring, the diminuendos and light irony: superb!
Tagesspiegel.de, Christiane Peitz, 17/09/2019, on his CD "Robert Schumann: Dichterliebe op.48" with Michael Gees
How well one can follow the train of thought through the interludes and stanzas, thanks to the wealth of detail with which he relates these little stories through song; art of the highest order.
FAZ, Guido Holze, 08/04/2019 - on songs after Heine from "Schwanengesang"
This a quite a superlative recording that meets the desires and wishes of any Baroquophile on the quest for excellence (…) The music simply washes over you with a purity and quality many seek to match.
Early Music Review, David Bellinger, 03/06/2018, on the CD “Cantatas for Baritone” with Vox Orchestra, Sony 19075834122
Both artists brought deep insight to their roles, combining beautifully in sound and spirit, and creating no end of poignant moments.
NY Times, James R. Oestreich, 23/02/2018, on “Winterreise” with Julius Drake
His voice maintains its dark, almost baritone-like lower range, and a top that can float with the utmost delicacy in soft passages.
Chicago Classical, John Y. Lawrence, 19/2/2018 on the recital of “Poetic Diary” with Julius Drake
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, Kammerorchester Basel, Camerata Vocale Freiburg, Winfried Toll (conductor)
Solo Musica, 2019, SM328
Christoph Prégardien, Vox Orchester, Lorenzo Ghirlanda
Sony Music, 2018, 19075834122
Christoph Prégardien, Cyprien Katsaris
Challenge, DDD, 2017
Christoph Prégardien, Olivier Darbellay, Michael Gees
Challenge Classics, 2017, CC72771
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
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