Biography

Hanno Müller-Brachmann

"The bass-baritone Hanno Mueller-Brachmann is an ideal Figaro: a youthful appealing actor, a singer with a firm, dark and exciting voice."

The New York Times 12.8.2013

„Müller-Brachmann is a rising star in Germany, and with good reason; his sonouros, flexible bass-baritone communicated every single word.”

"The Guardian" writes about his interpretation of Gustav Mahler’s “Lieder aus des Knaben Wunderhorn” with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski.

„Refined, text-related and differentiated and vocally affected by interesting interpretation options”

"Die Presse" comments his song debut in the big hall of the Viennese Concert Hall together with Andreas Schiff.

The bass baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann works together with many influencing musicians’ personalities of our time as a song, concert and opera singer. Including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim, Herbert Blomstedt, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Michael Gielen, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Adam Fischer, Daniel Harding, Franz Welser-Möst, Charles Dutoit, Andrés Erozco-Estrada, Jesús López Cobos, Enoch zu Guttenberg or Christian Thielemann. The late conductors Claudio Abbado, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Kurt Masur or Lorin Maazel have deeply impressed Hanno Müller-Brachmann in their joint sessions.

His song debut at the Berlin Philharmonie he gave with Malcolm Martineau. At his song debut in the London Wigmore Hall András Schiff was his partner with whom he establishes a long and deep cooperation in the categories song, chamber music and concert. Further important partners on the piano were Hartmut Höll, Hendrik Heilmann, Philippe Jordan and Daniel Barenboim.

It was Daniel Barenboim who integrated the then 27-year-old student in the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera. In his 13 years’ membership he was singing the big Mozart parts under Barenboim’s management, but also Orest (Elektra), Amfortas (Parsifal), Escamillo (Carmen) or Wotan (Rhine gold). Under Michael Gielen and Sir Simon Rattle he there vocalized Golaud (Pelleas et Melisande). Furthermore, he could work here with Gustavo Dudamel, Sebastian Weigle and Philippe Jordan. Guest contracts followed in the operas of San Francisco, Madrid, Sevilla and Modena as well as in the State Operas of Vienna, Munich and Hamburg.

Educated as child in the Knabenkantorei Basel, Hanno Müller-Brachmann was very early sought after as a concert singer: The Rias-Kammerchor under Marcus Creed, the Collegium Vocale Gent under Philippe Herreweghe or the Monteverdi Choir under Sir John Elliot Gardiner were his partners. 

He gave his debut in the New York Carnegie Hall in 2000 in Elliott Carter's American premiere of the opera "What next" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. He had premiered this piece in the Berlin State Opera before. Further debut performances were Pascal Dusapin’s opera “Faustus – the last night” and Otfried Büsing’s song cycle “Songs of an island” at the Berlin State Opera as well as a song cycle of Manzoni on the occasion of Claudio Abbados’ 75th birthday at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Today the bass baritone can look back on musical experiences with the leading orchestras in Berlin, New York, Boston, Chicago, London, San Francisco, Madrid, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, München, Lissabon, Cleveland, Paris, Zürich, Los Angeles, Mailand et al. He was several times invited to famous festivals as Salzburg, Florence, Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, BBC Proms and others. Award-winning CD and DVD productions manifest his work.

The highlights of the season 2016/2017 are the premiere of „Requiem-Strophen“ by Wolfgang Rihm with the symphony orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcasting under Mariss Janson in Munich and Lucerne, his renewed invitation to the Milan Scala (Beethoven “Missa solemnis”) under Bernard Haitink, to the London Wigmore Hall with Hendrik Heilmann at the grand piano, to the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst (Golaud in Debussy’s “Pelléas et Mélisande”) as well as to the Boston Symphony orchestra under Andris Nelsons (J.S.Bach’s h-moll Messe). Furthermore, the bass baritone gives his debuts in the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under Michael Schoenwandt in Schumann’s “Faust scenes” and in the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Charles Dutoit in Britten’s “War Requiem”.

Hanno Müller-Brachmann studied under Ingeborg Most in Freiburg and under Rudolf Piernay in Mannheim. He attended the song class of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin. Now he lectures as a professor for song at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe. The triple father is juror for international contests and dedicates himself vehemently for the survival and improvement of the musical education in Germany.