Birger RADDE  Baritone


In spring 2023 BIRGER RADDE made his spectacular debut as WOZZECK at the Vienna State Opera under the musical direction of Philippe Jordan. Before, he made a strong impression in this very role at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and at the Karlsruhe State Theatre.

Further engagements brought the German baritone recently in the role of DON FERNANDO in “Fidelio” to the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under the musical direction of Mo. Zubin Mehta and to the Opéra de Nice. He enthralled as DON GIOVANNI at the International May Festival Wiesbaden, as WOLFRAM in “Tannhäuser” at the Heidenheim Festival, in Modena and Reggio Emilia and as FANINAL in “Der Rosenkavalier” in at the Felsenreitschule Salzburg.

In 2023/24 he made his successful debut as JOCHANAAN in a new production of ‘Salome”at the Janacek Opera Brno, as DR FALKE in “Die Fledermaus” at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, as DONNER in “Rheingold” and GUNTHER in “Götterdämmerung” at the Wiesbaden State Theatre.

In summer 2024 he can be seen for the first time in the new production “Tristan und Isolde” at the Bayreuth Festival as MELOT. In 2024/25 he debuts at the Zurich Opera House in “Life with an Idiot”, at the Semperopera Dresden as HERALD in “Lohengrin” and as KURWENAL in “Tristan und Isolde” at the Opéra Liège.

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 theatres 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.


Staatstheater Wiesbaden – Götterdammerung - GUNTHER
Gunther is vocally exactly and carried sung by Birger Radde. He is the ideal cast for the role of Gunther and the great surprise of the evening. Here, we have a powerful Gunther, who in his acting and vocally always prevails in the interaction with Hagen. His full-bodied and extremely carrying voice plays with the tonal colors and he succeeds in making his development audible right until the end.
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Theater Bremen - Don Giovanni - DON GIOVANNI
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
Nationaltheater Brno – Salome - JOCHANAAN
Baritone Birger Radde created a strong impression as the intolerant and intense Jochanaan, successfully capturing the certainty and fervor of his faith. His voice possesses an attractive timber. It is secure, firm and well-grounded, and when singing from his imprisonment in the cistern, he was able to project his voice so that it rang out, his authoritative and defiant tone echoing resonantly across the stage. When Salome demanded to see him, he was defiant and dismissive, barely even bothering to look at her, coating his voice with scorn and contempt to the point that his disgust for her was palpable; not that this bothered Salome, who became more entranced by him.
Opera Wire
Teatro Petruzzelli Bari – Tannhäuser – WOLFRAM VON ESCHENBACH
...especially Birger Radde in the role of Wolfram von Eschenbach, is particularly worth mentioning. He succeeded is interpreting the role so touchingly, the audience felt a shiver down its spine (sein Lied an den Abendstern in the final act was a true anthology).
Cirano Post
Janáček-Theater Brno - Salome - JOCHANAAN
The young German baritone Birger Radde, who is at the beginning of his world career impresses in the role of Jochanaan with a „voice like a thurible“: masculine and full of metallic character.
Dana Herzowa, Der neue Merker 07/2023
Though his artistic biography is already quite wide-ranging, I only discovered the German Birger Radde (Jochanaan) in April this year as he portrayed the title part in „Wozzeck“ at the Vienna State Opera. Radde has a solid, nobly colored , technically concentrated voice, that sounds resonant both on stage and from the subtly sound-proved orchestra-pit. Birger Radde is the ideal cast for the role, both vocally and as a type.
Opera Slovakia
Contrary to Ballová, Birger Radde as Jochanaan sang the major part of his role off stage, yet he had no difficulties at all to fill the entire hall with his voice. Some of his zombie-like, B-movie movements, which emerged after his appearance on stage, could have seem rather ridiculous ; yet they perfectly fitted in the overall concept and emphasized the absurdity of the action. The key dialogue, in which Salome tries in vain to seduce Jochanaan, was one of the dramatical and vocal highlightd of the entire performance.
Staatsoper Wien - Wozzeck - WOZZECK
One man’s tragedy can be another man’s chance. As Martin Kränzle, being indisposed because of a cold, had to cancel was his performances in his role debut at the Vienna State Opera, Birger Radde jumped in on short notice. Probably his name wasn’t much known among opera friends in Austria ( except maybe in Salzburg, where already sung). But as he had some spare time after the premiere of “Wozzeck” (23th of March) in Karlsruhe, he took his chance and was able to celebrate an unexpected debut at the Vienna State Opera, leaving an extremely positive impression. Although he had but little time to rehearse , he dind’t just impeccably fit in scenically in the production, also his voice proved to be virile and stable. Even the few lyrical passages were sung with beautiful legato and his outstanding diction was particularly worth mentioning.
Der Neue Merker 05/23, Wolfgang Habermann, Vorstellung 1.4.2023
In focus among the singers was the German baritone Birger Radde in the title role – a sympathetic “Feschak”, whom maybe lacks a bit the rebellion against abuse. Anyway, a promising new encounter with a Wagner singer of a new kind.
Der neue Merker 05/23 , Peter Dusek, Vorstellung 5.4.2023
Theater Karlsruhe - Wozzeck - WOZZECK
In Birger Radde they have found an excellent singer for the title part, whose career is just beginning to take off. The baritone, who was born in Demmin, has a broad repertoire, but hasn’t yet committed himself to a specific repertoire. He really ought to retain this flexibility in choosing his roles. After his celebrated interpretation of Don Giovanni in Bremen and an outstanding performance as Wolfram at last year’s Heidenheim Festival, he confirmed his promising development with a Wozzeck in Karlsruhe, which truly set new standards. With great text comprehensibility, he vocally smartly performed the character. With precise Lied interpretation, emphasizing substantial accents with a considerable dramatical force, he presented his enormous vocal possibilities with enticing perspectives.
Das Opernglas 5/ 2023, JMW
But above all because of the outstanding vocal achievements of the admirable ensemble it worked out without any restrictions. First and foremost because of Birger Radde’s noble, blue velvety baritone voice as the empathic force centre.
Der Rosenkavalier - Felsenreitschule Salzburg - FANINAL
BIRGER RADDE convinces as a rather young-looking Faninal with his sweeping baritone voice.
Der Neue Merker, 12/22 Gottfried Franz Kasparek
Teatro comunale di Modena – Tannhäuser – WOLFRAM VON ESCHENBACH
Birger Radde, Wolfram, however shines with musicality and technical mastery. The baritone impresses with his smoothness and flexibility, a perfectly rounded middle register and a secure and sounding upper register. His phrasing is always elegant and communicate a noble and aristocratic character. His wiry, lean stage presence gives this smart singer even more credibility.
Opera Libera
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);...
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...
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
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.
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
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!
Excellent singers are Birger Radde as Wolfram…
Stuttgarter Nachrichten
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
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.
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.
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
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
IOCO, Michael Stange, 04/11/2018
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.
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
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
Particularly worth mentioning is Birger Radde as Renato, whose charismatically beautiful voice is exceptionally thrilling.
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
Janáček-Theater Brno - Salome - JOCHANAAN
Photo: Marek Olbrzymek
Wiener Staatsoper – Wozzeck - WOZZECK
Photo: Wiener Staatsoper
Wiener Staatsoper – Wozzeck - WOZZECK
Photo: Wiener Staatsoper Vogel
Wiener Staatsoper – Wozzeck - WOZZECK
Photo: Wiener Staatsoper Vogel
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
BIRGER RADDE Interview, "Wozzeck à Monte-Carlo : le rôle-titre"