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 of the most inspiring musicians’ personalities of our time as a song, concert and opera singer. Including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Claudio Abbado, Iván Fischer, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Christian Thielemann, Andris Nelsons, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Michael Gielen, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Chailly, Adam Fischer, Lorin Maazel +, Daniel Harding, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Franz Welser-Möst or Charles Dutoit.

At his song debut in the London Wigmore Hall András Schiff was his partner with whom he establishes a long and deep cooperation. So the singer was several times invited to the Kammermusik festivals in Ittingen (Switzerland) and Vicenza (Italy) and was regularly partner of the “Capella Andrea Barca”. Moreover, they gave song evenings together in Hitzacker, the concert halls in Freiburg and Vienna or the Berlin Philharmonics. Further song partners were Hartmut Höll, Malcolm Martineau, Hendrik Heilmann, Eric Schneider, Philippe Jordan or Daniel Barenboim.

It was Daniel Barenboim who integrated the then 27-year-old student in the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera where he was singing the big Mozart parts for 13 years, but also Orest (Elektra), Amfortas (Parsifal) or Wotan (Rhine gold) under his management. 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 San Francisco, Madrid, Sevilla, Modena as well as in the State Operas in 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, La Chapelle Royale under Philippe Herreweghe or The English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Elliot Gardiner were his partners. He gave his debut in the New York Carnegie Hall in 2000 in Elliott Carter's opera "What next" with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim. 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 experience in orchestras like the Berlin and Viennese Philharmonic Orchestras, Boston Symphony Orchestra, the New York and London Philharmonic Orchestras, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Concertgebouw Orkest Amsterdam, the Dresden and Berlin State Orchestra. Award-winning recordings manifest his work.

The season 2015/16 starts with “Le nozze di Figaro” at the Edinburgh International Festival under Iván Fischer who also will lead the “Zauberflöte” (Papageno) on a tour through Europe.
At the Symphony Orchestra of the WDR Hanno Müller-Brachmann will for the first time work together with Semyon Bychkov in Britten’s „War Requiem“. His debut at the Symphony Orchestra of the HR he will give in Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis” under Andrés Orosco-Estrada, his debut at the Milan Scala he will give in Brahm’s “Ein deutsches Requiem” under Bernard Haitink. Furthermore, song evenings in Madrid or at the Easter Festival 2016 of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Baden-Baden are added to his calendar.

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