Berliner Philharmoniker

Artist in Residence 2013/2014
Christian Gerhaher

Christian Gerhaher and the Berliner Philharmoniker, a ten year-long artistic collaboration: Since his debut with the orchestra in December 2003, when he sang the baritone solo in Benjamin Brittenʼs War Requiem, Gerhaher has taken part in a series of spectacular concerts, such as the performances of Robert Schumannʼs Paradise and the Peri, Carl Orffʼs Carmina Burana, and Peter Sellarsʼ staging of Johann Sebastian Bachʼs Matthew Passion. The Bavarian-born artist can also be heard in the latter two works in the 2013/2014 season – as the orchestraʼs artist in residence.

Bach, Schubert, Mahler, Fauré and Orff
In his role as artist in residence, Christian Gerhaher will also present a number of other exciting projects: at the beginning of the season, he sings Mahlerʼs Songs of a Wayfarer under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle. He also takes the title role, a character driven by the search for meaning and a thirst for knowledge, in Robert Schumannʼs Scenes from Goetheʼs Faust, a role with which he – according to the critic of the Frankfurter Rundschau – “sends one shiver after another down the spine” of the audience. Then of course there is Bachʼs St. John Passion, in which Gerhaher takes on the roles of Pilate and Peter. Fans of the more intimate song recital should not miss his interpretations of Schubertʼs song cycles Die schöne Müllerin and Die Winterreise, both based on poems by Wilhelm Müller. The baritone and his accompanist Gerold Huber will themselves introduce the audience to the world of ideas and sounds of the poet and the composer in a lecture and discussion. Together with members of the Scharoun Ensemble, the singer will conjure up very different musical spheres in Gabriel Fauréʼs cycle La Bonne Chanson, based on poems by Paul Verlaine.

Unique artistic partnership
With his warm, lyrical timbre and his clear diction, Christian Gerhaher is often compared to his idol Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, and Gerhaher received valuable advice and inspiration in master classes from him and other great singers, including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Inge Borkh. According to the artist himself, the guarantor for his success as a lieder singer is his long-time accompanist Gerold Huber. The two of them met in their youth in Bavaria, have grown together as a duo and celebrate international success not only with their concert performances, but also with their frequently award-winning recordings.

Video Preview Christian Gerhaher as soloist in Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem (April 2012)

Next concerts

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Saturday

07

September
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Non-subscription concert

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Luba Orgonášová Soprano

Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo-Soprano

Stuart Skelton Tenor

Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno

Christian Schmitt Organ

Works by Witold Lutosławski, Gustav Mahler and Leoš Janáček

Sunday

08

September
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: H

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Luba Orgonášová Soprano

Mihoko Fujimura Mezzo-Soprano

Stuart Skelton Tenor

Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno

Christian Schmitt Organ

Works by Witold Lutosławski, Gustav Mahler and Leoš Janáček

Thursday

17

October
2013

Philharmonie

19:00

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Serie: D

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Eric Owens Baritone (Arias)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Jesus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- and Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion

Friday

18

October
2013

Philharmonie

19:00

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Non-subscription concert

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Eric Owens Baritone (Arias)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Jesus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- and Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion

Saturday

19

October
2013

Philharmonie

19:00

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Serie: N

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Eric Owens Baritone (Arias)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Jesus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- and Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St Matthew Passion

Friday

15

November
2013

Hermann-Wolff-Saal

19:00

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Chamber Music

Lecture and Talk

Christian Gerhaher

Sunday

17

November
2013

Kammermusiksaal

20:00

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Chamber Music | Serie: O - Artist in Residence

Christian Gerhaher Baritone and Recitation

Gerold Huber Piano

Franz Schubert Die schöne Müllerin

Tuesday

19

November
2013

Kammermusiksaal

20:00

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Chamber Music | Serie: O - Artist in Residence

Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Gerold Huber Piano

Franz Schubert Winterreise

Saturday

14

December
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: E

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding Conductor

Dorothea Röschmann Soprano (Gretchen, Una Poenitentium)

Anna Prohaska (replacing Martina Janková) Soprano (Care, Angel, Soprano solos)

Andrew Staples (replacing Werner Güra) Tenor (Ariel, Pater Exstaticus, Tenor solos)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Faust, Pater Seraphicus, Dr. Marianus)

Luca Pisaroni Bass-Baritone (Mephistopheles)

Franz-Josef Selig Bass-Baritone (Pater profundus, Bass solos)

Elisabeth von Magnus Mezzo-Soprano (Need, Mulier Samaritana, Mezzo-Soprano solos)

Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto (Guilt, Mater Gloriosa, Maria Aegyptiaca, Contralto solos)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Robin Gritton Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Robert Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Sunday

15

December
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: I

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding Conductor

Dorothea Röschmann Soprano (Gretchen, Una Poenitentium)

Anna Prohaska (replacing Martina Janková) Soprano (Care, Angel, Soprano solos)

Andrew Staples (replacing Werner Güra) Tenor (Ariel, Pater Exstaticus, Tenor solos)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Faust, Pater Seraphicus, Dr. Marianus)

Luca Pisaroni Bass-Baritone (Mephistopheles)

Franz-Josef Selig Bass-Baritone (Pater profundus, Bass solos)

Elisabeth von Magnus Mezzo-Soprano (Need, Mulier Samaritana, Mezzo-Soprano solos)

Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto (Guilt, Mater Gloriosa, Maria Aegyptiaca, Contralto solos)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Robin Gritton Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Robert Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Monday

16

December
2013

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: M

Berliner Philharmoniker

Daniel Harding Conductor

Dorothea Röschmann Soprano (Gretchen, Una Poenitentium)

Anna Prohaska (replacing Martina Janková) Soprano (Care, Angel, Soprano solos)

Andrew Staples (replacing Werner Güra) Tenor (Ariel, Pater Exstaticus, Tenor solos)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Faust, Pater Seraphicus, Dr. Marianus)

Luca Pisaroni Bass-Baritone (Mephistopheles)

Franz-Josef Selig Bass-Baritone (Pater profundus, Bass solos)

Elisabeth von Magnus Mezzo-Soprano (Need, Mulier Samaritana, Mezzo-Soprano solos)

Wiebke Lehmkuhl Contralto (Guilt, Mater Gloriosa, Maria Aegyptiaca, Contralto solos)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Robin Gritton Chorus Master

Boys of the Staats- und Domchor Berlin

Kai-Uwe Jirka Chorus Master

Robert Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Sunday

09

February
2014

Kammermusiksaal

20:00

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Chamber Music | Serie: O - Artist in Residence

Christian Gerhaher Baritone

Wolfram Brandl Violin

Christophe Horak Violin

Micha Afkham Viola

Bruno Delepelaire Cello

Peter Riegelbauer Double Bass

Gerold Huber Piano

Works by Othmar Schoeck, Frank Michael Beyer and Gabriel Fauré

Thursday

27

February
2014

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: A

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Roderick Williams Baritone (Jesus)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pilatus, Petrus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St John Passion

Friday

28

February
2014

Philharmonie

20:00

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Serie: B

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Roderick Williams Baritone (Jesus)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pilatus, Petrus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St John Passion

Saturday

01

March
2014

Philharmonie

20:00

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Non-subscription concert

Berliner Philharmoniker

Sir Simon Rattle Conductor

Camilla Tilling Soprano

Magdalena Kožená Mezzo-Soprano

Topi Lehtipuu Tenor (Arias)

Mark Padmore Tenor (Evangelist)

Roderick Williams Baritone (Jesus)

Christian Gerhaher Baritone (Pilatus, Petrus)

Rundfunkchor Berlin

Simon Halsey Chorus Master

Peter Sellars Staging

Johann Sebastian Bach St John Passion

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 6 p.m.

Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 6 p.m.

Baden-Baden, Festspielhaus

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

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