Thomas Mohr (tenor)

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Thomas Mohr
Born (1961-10-17) 17 October 1961 (age 58)
EducationMusikhochschule Lübeck
Occupation
  • Operatic tenor
  • Operatic baritone
  • Academic teacher
  • Festival manager
OrganizationHochschule für Künste Bremen

Thomas Mohr (born 17 October 1961)[1] is a German operatic tenor and academic voice teacher. He began his career as a baritone, but moved on to heldentenor and has performed roles in all tenor parts of Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen at Der Ring in Minden. He has appeared at major international opera houses and concert halls, and made recordings. Mohr is a professor of voice at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen. He also runs an agricultural estate where he founded a music festival.

Career[edit]

Born in Neumünster, Mohr studied voice at the Musikhochschule Lübeck from 1980 with Karl Heinz Pinhammer,[1] and graduated in 1985[1] with distinction in the Konzertexamen (concert exam). He won prizes at international competitions already during his studies, such as the International Vocal Competition ´s-Hertogenbosch, the VDMK competition in Berlin and the Walther Gruner Competition in London.[2] He further studied with Anna Reynolds.[3]

Baritone[edit]

Mohr made his operatic debut at the Lübeck Opera in 1984 as Silvio in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci.[1] He was engaged as a baritone at the Theater Bremen (1985 to 1997) and Nationaltheater Mannheim, and then moved to the Oper Bonn in 1990,[1] where he collaborated with notable directors such as Giancarlo del Monaco, Jürgen Rose, Werner Schroeter, András Fricsay and Andreas Homoki [de]. His roles there included Luna in Verdi's Il trovatore, Germont in Verdi's La traviata, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, Peter in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel, Almaviva in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Papageno in Die Zauberflöte.[1] He took part in the world premiere of Manfred Trojahn's Enrico at the 1991 Schwetzingen Festival with the ensemble of the Bavarian State Opera.[3] He appeared as a guest at the Opernhaus Zürich, the Semperoper in Dresden, and the Liceu in Barcelona, among others.[3]

In concert, he performed the solo parts in Carl Orff's Carmina burana, Ein deutsches Requiem by Brahms, and Britten's War Requiem. Mohr has worked freelance since 1997.[2] He collaborated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and Ludwigsburg Festival, among others.[3]

Tenor[edit]

Mohr turned to roles of the tenor and heldentenor repertoire, performing the title role of Mozart's Idomeneo and Siegmund in Wagner's Die Walküre directed by Robert Carsens in the 2005/06 season at the Cologne Opera. He appeared as Wagner's Parsifal at the Theater Erfurt in 2006.[2] In operetta, he was Danilo in Lehar's Die lustige Witwe in Cologne, and Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the Bavarian State Opera.[3] Mohr performed the role of Max in Weber's Der Freischütz in both Cologne and at the Theater St. Gallen.[3]

Mohr appeared as Loge in Wagner's Das Rheingold at the Oper Leipzig in 2013. A review noted: "Thomas Mohr as Loge was a standout, his tenor full of colour and flexibility, revealing the complex character of a trickster who is also a sympathetic demigod. He infused meaning to every word, whispering intrigues and plotting schemes. His clear and ringing high notes cut through the orchestra; his legato made me realize that Wagner could be sung as Mozart."[4] Mohr also performed the title role of Siegfried in Götterdämmerung there in 2016. In the project Der Ring in Minden, he sang Loge in 2015,[5] Siegmund in 2016,[6] then the title role of Siegfried in 2017, with a review noting good declamation, rhythmic precision, tender legato, and brilliance in the final duet,[7] and finally Siegfried in Götterdämmerung in 2018.[8] In the complete cycle in 2019, he sang all four roles.[9]

Teaching[edit]

Mohr has been professor of voice at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen since the 2002/03 semester.[2] Among his students is tenor Mirko Ludwig.[10]

Agriculture and festival[edit]

Mohr also runs an agricultural estate, Isemohr, in Kleinkummerfeld near Neumünster.[11] He founded a festival there in 1996, named KKKK, which is short for Klein Kummerfelder Kuhstall Konzerte (Kleinkummerfeld cow stables concerts). It features concerts of a wide repertoire from Baroque to Pop,[12] held in the open air (weather permitting) and in the whitewashed cowshed.[13][14]

Recordings[edit]

In 1993, Mohr was part of a complete recording of Busoni's opera Arlecchino, conducted by Kent Nagano, in the role of Ser Matteo del Sarto.[15] He took part in a recording of Kienzl's opera Don Quixote in 1998, conducted by Gustav Kuhn [de], performing the title role.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kutsch, K. J.; Riemens, Leo (2004). Mohr, Thomas. Großes Sängerlexikon (in German) (4th ed.). Franc–Kaidanoff. p. 1175. ISBN 978-3-59-844088-5.
  2. ^ a b c d "Thomas Mohr". bgf.rs. Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Thomas Mohr". staatsoper.de (in German). Bavarian State Opera. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  4. ^ Imamura, Ako (29 June 2017). "Humorous / Das Rheingold in Leipzig". bachtrack.com. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  5. ^ Molke, Thomas (9 September 2015). "Das Rheingold" (in German). Online Musik Magazin. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  6. ^ Molke, Thomas (11 September 2016). "Die Walküre". omm.de (in German). Online Musik Magazin. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  7. ^ Brockmann, Sigi (8 September 2017). "Stadttheater Minden / "Siegfried" – weiter rundet sich der "Ring"". Der Neue Merker (in German). Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  8. ^ Müller, Franz R. (8 September 2009). "Wagner-Wunder in der Provinz – "Götterdämmerung" in Minden". Neue Musikzeitung (in German). Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. ^ Oehrlein, Josef (27 September 2019). "Der Kleine muss Ideen haben / Zeitreise durch vier Epochen: Richard Wagners "Ring" in Minden". Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German). Frankfurt. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  10. ^ Ludwig, Mirko. "Vita". mirkoludwig.com (in German). Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  11. ^ Geltinger, Christian (10 April 2019). "Heldentenor mit Traktorführerschein / Thomas Mohr hat in Leipzig eine künstlerische Wahlheimat gefunden". oper-leipzig.de (in German). Oper Leipzig. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  12. ^ Das Team kuhstallkonzerte.de
  13. ^ "Geschichte". Klein Kummerfelder Kuhstall Konzerte. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  14. ^ "Impressionen". Klein Kummerfelder Kuhstall Konzerte. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  15. ^ Stewart, Michael (November 1993). "Busoni Turandot". Gramophone. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  16. ^ Steiger, Karsten (2011). Opern-Diskographie: Verzeichnis aller Audio- und Video-Gesamtaufnahmen (in German). Walter de Gruyter. p. 217. ISBN 978-3-11-095596-5.
  17. ^ Levine, Robert. "Kienzl - Don Quixote - review". classicstoday.com. Classics Today. Retrieved 19 August 2010.

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