Kobie van Rensburg

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Kobie van Rensburg (born on 23 May 1969 in Johannesburg) is a South African tenor and opera director.

Life[edit]

Van Rensburg studied singing with Werner Nel at the Northwest University of South Africa,[1] and law and international politics at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education.[2] He made his debut in 1991 at the age of 20 as Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail for the Roodeport City Opera.[2] In 1996, he started an engagement at the Gärtnerplatztheater in Munich. Since the year 2000 van Rensburg has been working regularly with the Lautten Compagney Berlin (director: Wolfgang Katschner). With this ensemble he staged Monteverdi's L'Orfeo and published three recordings. Since 2011 van Rensburg collaborates with a different emsemble for Ancient and New Music, called "così facciamo". With them he staged Handel’s Ariodante.[3] He sang his first name part as and in Mozart's Idomeneo in 2006 for the New York Metropolitan Opera. Van Rensburg's repertoire focuses on Baroque music.[2]

However, he has also made his mark in song and Lied interpretation, focusing on English Baroque composers (i.e. Dowland, Byrd, Purcell), as well as German composers Beethoven, Schumann and Schubert, among others.

Opera stage direction[edit]

At the Munich Gärtnerplatztheater van Rensburg staged, together with the librettist Peer Boysen the pasticcio Ein Theater nach der Mode in 2002, featuring compositions by Handel and other Baroque composers.[1] In 2006, he gave his directorial debut in the Opernhaus Halle with Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, in which he also sang the name part. Handel's first oratorio Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno was staged in 2009 in Passau by van Rensburg. His latest directorial work includes Handel’s opera Ariodante, premiered in February 2011 at the Munich Cuvilliés-Theater.[4] Just like in his former own production Il pianto d'Orfeo [5] van Rensburg links the expressiveness of dancing with the music of the composition. The dancer serves as an Alter ego to the singer and thereby illustrates the emotions of the character he or she impersonates.[4][6]

Repertoire (roles)[edit]

Discography[edit]

CDs[edit]

2009: "Rodrigo" (Georg Friedrich Händel, Eduardo Lopéz Banzo, Al Ayre Español)
2009: "Bach Cantatas – Vol.4" (Johann Sebastian Bach, John Eliot Gardiner, English Baroque Soloists)
2009: "Alcina" (Georg Friedrich Händel, Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco)
2008: "Saul, Messiah" (Georg Friedrich Händel, René Jacobs, Concerto Köln & Freiburger Barockorchester)
2007: "Der Messias" (Georg Friedrich Händel, Wolfgang Katschner, Lautten Compagney, Dresdner Kammerchor)
2006: "Messiah" (Georg Friedrich Händel, René Jacobs, Freiburger Barockorchester)
2006: "Cantone in Utica" (Giovanni Battista Ferrandini, Christoph Hammer, Neue Hofkapelle München)
2006: "Il pianto d'Orfeo" (various composers, Kobie van Rensburg, Lautten Compagney)
2005: "Der Fliegende Holländer" (Richard Wagner, Bruno Weil, Cappella Coloniensis)
2004: "Le Nozze di Figaro" (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, René Jacobs, Concerto Köln)
2003: "Griselda" (Alessandro Scarlatti, René Jacobs, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin)
2002: "Madrigali Guerrieri ad Amorosi" (Claudio Monteverdi, René Jacobs, Concerto Vocale)
2001: "Liededition Vol.1 & 2" (Fanny Hensel, Kelvin Groot)
2001: "Songs of An English Cavalier" (various composers, Kobie van Rensburg, Lautten Compagney)
2000: "Handel's Beard", Airs for Tenor (Georg Friedrich Händel, Kobie van Rensburg, Lautten Compagney)

DVDs[edit]

2008: "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria", live at Teatro Real Madrid (Claudio Monteverdi, Pier Luigi Pizzi, Les Arts Florissants)
2005: "L'Orfeo" (Claudio Monteverdi, Kobie van Rensburg, Lautten Compagney Berlin)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New Classical Adventure retrieved 12 December 2010 (german)
  2. ^ a b c Artist Management Augstein & Hahn retrieved 12 December 2010
  3. ^ Website of "così facciamo" retrieved 16 May 2011 (german).
  4. ^ a b ARD Mediathek retrieved 16 May 2011, BR Klassik Radio (German).
  5. ^ E-Paper of the Berliner Zeitung from 10.09.2007 retrieved 16 May 2011 (German)
  6. ^ TV Berlin retrieved 16 May 2011 (German).

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