Christoph Genz

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Christoph Genz
Born (1971-03-01) 1 March 1971 (age 44)
Occupation Classical tenor
Organization Theater Basel
Awards International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition

Christoph Genz (born 1 March 1971 in Erfurt) is a German tenor in opera and concert.


Genz was a member of the Thomanerchor. He studied at the King’s College, Cambridge where he was a member of the King’s College Choir. He studied voice with Hans-Joachim Beyer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater „Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy“ Leipzig and with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. In 1996, he won the first prize of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition.[1]

In 1997, he became a member of the Theater Basel. He appeared as a guest at theatres such as the Teatro alla Scala and the Semperoper. In 2000, Christoph Genz sang for the first time at the Hamburg State Opera. He became a member 2001 to 2004, singing parts such as Tamino in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and the Chevalier in Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmélites.

He recorded Bach cantatas, with John Eliot Gardiner and sang the tenor roles in La Petite Bande's Complete Bach Cantatas conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken recorded between 2006 and 2011, as wellas the St John Passion conducted by Ludwig Güttler, the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor with La Petite Bande conducted by Sigiswald Kuijken. In 2005, he appeared with La Petite Bande in a concert of Bach cantatas at the Rheingau Musik Festival in the Eibingen Abbey, together with Siri Thornhill, Petra Noskaiová and Jan van der Crabben.[2] He performed in Mendelssohn's Lobgesang, conducted by Helmuth Rilling.

He sang the part of Brighella in a recording of Ariadne auf Naxos of Richard Strauss, with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Giuseppe Sinopoli and the part of Tamino in a recording with Sigiswald Kuijken. He performed the Mass in B minor also with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, conducted by both Herbert Blomstedt and Georg Christoph Biller.


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