Hanno Müller-Brachmann

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Hanno Müller-Brachmann
Born1970 (age 48–49)
  • Classical bass-baritone
  • Academic voice teacher
  • President and jury member of competitions

Hanno Müller-Brachmann (born 1970) is a German bass-baritone who made an international career in both opera and concert. A member of the Berlin State Opera from 1998 to 2011, he first sang Mozart roles such as Papageno and Figaro, and created roles in premieres such as Mephistopheles in Dusapin's Faustus, the Last Night in 2006.


Born in Lörrach, Müller-Brachmann was a member of the boys' choir Knabenkantorei Basel, where his musical talent was discovered. He studied music pedagogy in Freiburg im Breisgau with Ingeborg Most. He continued his studies of Lied with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in Berlin, on a scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. He studied further with Rudolf Piernay at the Musikhochschule Mannheim[1] and took his concert diploma singing the role of Elijah in Mendelssohn's oratorio. In 1995, he achieved a second prize at the competition for young singers Neue Stimmen of the Bertelsmann Foundation.[2]

Daniel Barenboim engaged him at the Berlin State Opera in 1998, where he stayed until 2011 and performed in many operatic roles, such as Masetto and Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, the title role in his Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo in his Così fan tutte, Kaspar in Weber's Der Freischütz, and Escamillo in Bizet's Carmen. He took part in premieres of new operas: creating in 1999 the role "Harry or Larry, a bridegroom and a clown" in Elliott Carter's What Next?, and in 2006 the role of Mephistopheles in Dusapin's Faustus, the Last Night, conducted by Michael Boder.[3] Müller-Brachmann performed as a guest at the Salzburg Festival, the San Francisco Opera, in Vienna and in Modena.[1]

In concert and recital, he sang in notable halls around the world. He recorded with notable conductors, for example Papageno in Die Zauberflöte with Claudio Abbado, a recording that won a Gramophone Award,[4] and Bach's St Matthew Passion as the vox Christi with Riccardo Chailly and the Thomanerchor.[5] He recorded Mozart's Requiem with Philippe Herreweghe[6] Mahler's Eighth Symphony with Pierre Boulez,[7] and his Des Knaben Wunderhorn with Michael Gielen.[8]

He was a professor of voice at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler from 2006 to 2011, and from 2011 at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe.[1] From 2008 to 2011 he was president of the Bundeswettbewerb Gesang, and afterwards on its board. He served in the juries of international competitions such as the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and the international competition "Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne" (Franz Schubert and Contemporary Music) in Graz.[9]


Müller-Bachmann's awards have included:


Recordings by Müller-Brachmann are held by the German National library:[11]


  1. ^ a b c "Prof. Hanno Müller-Brachmann" (in German). Musikhochschule Karlsruhe. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Neue Stimmen 1987–2016" (in German). Bertelsmann Stiftung. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  3. ^ Zychowicz, James L. (26 October 2009). "Pascal Dusapin: Faustus, the Last Night". Operatoday. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Hanno Müller-Brachmann". Beethovenfest. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  5. ^ Clements, Dominy (2010). "Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) / St Matthew Passion (1729)". musicweb-international.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Mozart: Requiem, Kyrie / Philippe Herreweghe, Et Al". ArkivMusic. 1997. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. ^ Ozorion, Anne (2007). "Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) / Symphony No. 8 (1908)". musicweb-international.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  8. ^ Sanderson, Blaire. "Michael Gielen / SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra / Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn". AllMusic. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Hanno Müller-Brachmann – Jury (Lied)". Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Brahms-Preise (Verleihungsort)". Brahms-Gesellschaft Schleswog-Holstein. Archived from the original on 16 September 2017. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Publications". German National Library. Retrieved 13 September 2017.

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