Birger RADDE  Baritone
 
 
  BIOGRAPHY  

 

Birger Radde makes a major achievement in the title role, especially because his portrayal has a certain inscrutability and because his vigorous baritone voice not only expresses grandezza and brilliance but also the world of dust and dirt.
Opernwelt 12/2019

In 202/22 the German baritone was DON FERNANDO in “Fidelio” at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the musical direction of Mo. Zubin Mehta. He portrayed the title role in WOZZECK at the Opéra de Monte Carlo, made his debut as WOLFRAM in “Tannhäuser” at the Heidenheim Festival and was DON GIOVANNI on the occasion of the International May Festival at the Wiesbaden State Theatre.

In 2022/23 he can be seen as WOLFRAM at the operas in Modena and Reggio Emilia, as DON FERNANDO at the Opéra de Nice and as FANINAL in “Der Rosenkavalier” in the Felsenreitschule Salzburg.
He makes his debut as MANDRYKA in “Arabella” in 2024 at the Wiesbaden State Theatre..

In 2019 the German baritone was nominated Rising Young Singer of the Year by the German opera magazine „Opernwelt“ in its critics survey, because of his "ravishingly beautiful, career worthy cavalier baritone “. In 2020 he was nominated best Singer of the Year for his interpretation of DON GIOVANNI

Lately, Birger Radde succeeded as DON GIOVANNI, CONTE in „Le nozze di Figaro“, PAPAGENO in „Die Zauberflöte“, EISENSTEIN in „Die Fledermaus“, TIERBÄNDIGER/ATHLET in „Lulu“, FRANK/FRITZ in „Die tote Stadt“, RENATO in „Un ballo in maschera“, ENRICO ASHTON in „Lucia di Lammermoor” at the Bremen Theatre .

Guest performances brought him as EUGEN ONEGIN to the Weimar National Theatre, as Montiverdi’s ORFEO to the Norfolk Chamber Music, to the Opera House Leipzig, the Bucharest Opera, the Kiel Theatre and the Opera Festival Miskolc/ Hungary.
As Prize Winner of the “Castle Rheinsberg Chamber Opera" Competition in 2009 he performed the role of Tarquinius in B. Britten’s "The rape of Lucretia".

The Northern-Germany-born singer graduated at the Conservatories of Dresden and Leipzig and at the renowned Yale University in the USA. He completed his musical studies with master classes with Richard Miller, Christian Gerhaher and Peter Schreier. At present Birger Radde is being coached by the Italian baritone Gianni Maffeo.
The singer had his first stage experiences in an engagement at the theaters of Hof (2012 - 2015) and Münster (2016/17).

Apart from his operatic activities, the baritone regularly performs in concerts on international stages He has a broad repertoire of Lieder and Oratoria (a.o. Bach’s Passions, F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Elias or Brahms’ Requiem).
He gave Liederabende at the Accademia di S. Cecilia/Rom, the Ateneo Veneto/Venice, the German House New York/USA or the Liederhalle Stuttgart.

His collaboration with such conductors as Hellmut Rilling, Marc Albrecht, Frank Ollu, Attilio Cremonesi and Stephen Layton and the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin, the Modern Ensemble and the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig brought him to such important concert halls as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, Singel/ Antwerp and the BOZAR/Brussels.

 

 
 
 
REVIEWS
 
Teatro comunale di Modena – Tannhäuser – WOLFRAM VON ESCHENBACH
The baritone Birger Radde had a magnificent voice, with an intense, severe, very noble singing without ever forcing ( his highlight was obviously the aria in the third act, where he presented seldom meditative depths);...
Roma
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Teatro Reggio Emilia – Tannhäuser – WOLFRAM VON ESCHENBACH
Wolfram von Eschenbach portrayed by Birger Radde, intense in the touching romance „O du mein holder Abendstern“, or as the minstrel tenderly and platonically in love with Elisabeth, comparing her with the evening star, presaging her approaching death...
Avanti!
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Of the utmost importance was Birger Radde‘s Wolfram von Eschenbach, who presented an elegant and impeccable singing line , proving to have a truly remarkable breath control, using it to sculp "O du, mein Holder Abendstern".
Opera Click
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Landestheater Salzburg - Der Rosenkavalier - FANINAL
BIRGER RADDE powerfully sings Faninal, resembling a night club’s owner.
OPERNGLAS 11/2022, H.C. Mayer
Felsenreitschule Salzburg – Der Rosenkavalier – FANINAL
Birger Radde is very sovereign in the tricky high baritone part of her father Faninal.
NMZ
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Festspiele Heidenheim – Tannhäuser - WOLFRAM
Birger Radde is a noble and elegant Wolfram von Eschenbach.
Orpheus, Antje Rößler - Sept/Oct. 2022
Both for vocal reasons and because of his intense Text-penetration and his eloquent play, Birger Radde was the singer star of the evening. The young baritone from Northern Germany has a good stage presence and impressed as Wolfram von Eschenbach, strongest opponent in winning the favor of the Landgrave’s niece. His well-grounded voice fits perfectly and due to its elegant guidance it succeeds in declamatorily winning over the audience. As the evening star rose into the sky, just as the huge aria of the third act began, everything was just perfect.
DAS OPERNGLAS 9/2022 , J.-M.Wienecke
Birger Radde makes his debut as Wolfram with a magnificent Timbre and a “Abenstern” which gave the audience a veritable goose skin moment.
Bettina Schröm – Südkurier
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Blessedly beautiful Birger Radde sings Wolfram. In the „Lied an den Abendstern“, one can truly hear a desperate farewell, matching the spirit of Liedgesang. A true highlight!
feuilletonscout
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Excellent singers are Birger Radde as Wolfram…
Stuttgarter Nachrichten
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This destruction of all hopes is vocally and dramatically portrayed in a most impressive way by… Birger Radde as highly besautifully voiced Wolfram.
Online Merker
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Birger Radde sings Wolfram with a powerful baritone voice and also scores with a strong overall clarity. His famous „Song to the Evening Star“ I equally is a musical highlight of the evening.
OMM
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Opéra de Monte Carlo – WOZZECK
The German baritone Birger Radde’s interpretation of the role of Franz Wozzeck portrays a hallucinated, flexible and striking character. This soldier with dark circles under his huge eyes, which look upon an inner life that has always been quite chaotic, has a bit of a Pierrot lunaire. Both his stature and his voice build a solid pillar, deeply rooted and yet able to sway under the force of his burden, of which he is the object and love, of which his is the subject. His timbre makes his entire vocal line passionate and gives it sharp colors, smoothly pervaded by the smallest emotional outbursts of detachment, which he knows how to capture and transmit.
Olyrix
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The same can be said of Birger Radde as Wozzeck , who is surprisingly authentic in the revival of his crazy, haggard, violent or antiqued character.
Forum Opera
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Artfully using his half voice with soft and tender vibes, Birger Radde pereforms a tormented but yet touching Wozzeck, in perfect balance between hallucinating madness and dedication.
Conessi all´Opera
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IOCO, Michael Stange, 04/11/2018
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Theater Pforzheim - Don Giovanni - DON GIOVANNI
The way Birger Radde sings and plays , he makes clear that Don Giovanni is definitively going to be missed. With his appealingly virile baritone voice, Radde is perfect in the role of the cool, power-obsessed seducer in blue jeans, not only in the breathtaking speed of the coloratura-precise “champagne aria”. In the Kanzonetta he exposes the seducer’s other side, revealing his inmost being in an intimate moment with enchantingly harmonious and soft supplication.
BNN – Nikolaus Schmidt
Birger Radde (guest) is the undisputed center of the performance. With his robust baritone voice he performs the title role, turning it into an ideal, modern figure with vocal and acting authority. In the flattering serenade, the insistent courting duet with Zerlina or the “champagne aria” – a brilliant highlight of this performance – the singer always know how to convince both with his presence and his personality.
Pforzheimer Zeitung – Rainer Wolff
Theater Bremen – DON GIOVANNI (Oktober 2019)
The performance is dominated by the brilliant actor Birger Radde as the title heron Don Giovanni.
IOCO
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But back to Radde and Heinrich: bot hof them brilliantly master their role. As Giovanni Radde had to do without a huge aria, though he has a lot to sing, which he does with a rich sounding baritone voice.
Weser Kurier
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Birger Radde in the title role accomplishes great things, because his acting contains the necessary abysmality and because he doesn’t just looks for grandezza and brilliance ( which he definitely possesses) but also for the dirt of the world.
Opernwelt 12/2019 Jürgen Otten
Theater Bremen - Die tote Stadt – FRANK (Juli 2019)
And then all of the sudden we indeed experience the magical moment of Pierrot's utopian ballade "Mein Sehnen, mein Wähnen, es träumt sich zurück."
Opernwelt 07/2019
Theater Bremen - Un ballo in maschera – Renato
Birger Radde sings Renato with an Italian timbre and experienced vocal technique. From the dark, lower notes to the high and beaming, he connects the registers of his voice effortlessly with a beautiful, steady, and thrilling quality. You don’t hear such an excellent Renato very often.
IOCO, Michael Stange, 04/11/2018
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Particularly worth mentioning is Birger Radde as Renato, whose charismatically beautiful voice is exceptionally thrilling.
NMZ
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Theater Bremen - Lucia di Lammermoor - ENRICO
The baritone Birger Radde, was a passionate Enrico with a powerful and perfectly balanced vocal sound. The sinister and convincing interpretation of the role reminds one of the character Jago. Brillant!
Opernparadies 02/2018
 
 
ON STAGE
Festival Heidenheim – Tannhäuser - WOLFRAM
Photo: Oliver Vogel
 
Festival Heidenheim – Tannhäuser - WOLFRAM
Photo: Oliver Vogel
 
Opéra de Monte Carlo – WOZZECK
 
Theater Pforzheim - Don Giovanni
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Theater Pforzheim - Don Giovanni
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Theater Pforzheim - Don Giovanni
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Theater Bremen - Don Giovanni
 
Theater Bremen - Don Giovanni
 
Theater Bremen - Don Giovanni
 
 
 
INTERVIEWS - PORTRAITS
BIRGER RADDE Interview, "Wozzeck à Monte-Carlo : le rôle-titre"