Georg Nigl © Anita Schmid
Georg Nigl © Anita Schmid
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Georg Nigl

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BIOGRAPHY

Georg Nigl consistently earns accolades from audiences and critics alike for his passionate and authentic performances – be it his celebrated Wozzeck at La Scala in Milan, his portrayal of Rihm’s Lenz in Brussels and Berlin, or his interpretation of the Bach cantatas with Luca Pianca. His profound and comprehensive study of all the works he performs, his affinity for spoken theatre and the resulting emphasis on text and rhetoric, as well as his expressive portrayals on stage make Georg Nigl one of the most celebrated baritones in the world.

Even as a child, Georg Nigl had a strong connection with music, performing on major stages as a soprano soloist of the Vienna Boys’ Choir. Studying with Kammersängerin Hilde Zadek gave him important impulses for his subsequent career as a baritone.

His unmistakable timbre which lends his figures special weight and character has taken him to all the world’s important opera houses. Thus, he has appeared at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the Berlin State Opera, the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, as well as festivals such as the Salzburg Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Ruhrtriennale and Wiener Festwochen. On such occasions he has worked with renowned conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Teodor Currentzis, Valery Gergiev, Daniel Harding, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, René Jacobs, Kent Nagano and Kirill Petrenko, and with directors such as Andrea Breth, Romeo Castellucci, Frank Castorf, Hans Neuenfels, Johan Simons, Dmitri Tcherniakov and Sasha Waltz.

Georg Nigl has won special renown not only as the soloist in numerous world premieres, but also as the initiator of compositions and publications by artists such as Friedrich Cerha, Pascal Dusapin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Wolfgang Mitterer, Olga Neuwirth and Wolfgang Rihm.

Georg Nigl’s chamber music repertoire spans a broad range, from the baroque to the first Viennese School and most recent works – jointly rehearsed and performed with Alexander Melnikov, Gérard Wyss and Luca Pianca. His album Bach privat with Anna Lucia Richter won a Diapason d’or in November 2017. His song album Vanitas, released in the spring of 2020 and featuring Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte, selected songs by Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Rihm’s Vermischter Traum, won the German Record Critics’ Award in 2021.

Highlights of the past two seasons include Papageno and the title role in the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin’s new opera Macbeth Underworld at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, the title role in Monteverdi’s Orfeo and the world premiere of Beat Furrer’s Violetter Schnee at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, the title role in Trojahn’s Orest at the Vienna State Opera, the title role in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Hamburg State Opera, his Lenz, celebrated by critics and audience alike, and his much-lauded, impressive portrayal of Pilate in the Johannespassion under Sir Simon Rattle in the legendary staging by Peter Sellars with the Berlin Philharmonic, as well as on tour with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

In the autumn of 2020 Georg Nigl appeared in Molto agitato (Nagano / Castorf) at the season opening of the Hamburg State Opera, followed by Orfeo and Frau ohne Schatten at Berlin’s State Opera Unter den Linden, Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus at the Vienna State Opera, Dusapin’s Penthesilea with the Orchestre de Paris as well as concerts at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Elbphilharmonie, in Paris, Munich, Vienna and Cologne, among others. The season ended with a new production of Reimann’s Lear at the Bavarian State Opera.

Georg Nigl’s 2021/22 season began with concerts at the Salzburg Festival and the Musikfest in Berlin, followed by the new production of Rappresentatione di anima e di corpo at the Theater an der Wien. Further highlights include the title role in the new production of Monteverdi’s Orfeo at the Vienna State Opera as well as Mozart’s Zauberflöte at the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden and the Vienna State Opera. Song recitals take him to La Monnaie in Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Cologne’s Philharmonie, to Neuss and the Heidelberger Frühling. Georg Nigl joins the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bach’s Matthäuspassion under Sir Simon Rattle. Furthermore, he will appear with the Mozarteum Orchestra under Constantinos Carydis’ baton in Salzburg and in Bach’s Johannespassion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment led by Mark Padmore.

The 2015 critic’s survey of the journal Opernwelt voted Georg Nigl “Singer of the Year” for his interpretation of Rihm’s Lenz.

2021 | 2022

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DISCOGRAPHY

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Vanitas
Franz Schubert: a selection of Lieder | Ludwig van Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte op. 98
Wolfgang Rihm: Vermischter Traum (Gryphius-Stück)
Georg Nigl, baritone | Olga Paschenko, piano
Label: Alpha | 2020

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Rihm: Jakob Lenz
Georg Nigl, Henry Waddington, John Graham-Hall
Orchestre Symphonique de la Monnaie
Conductor: Franck Ollu
Label: Alpha | 2019

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Dusapin: Penthesilea
Natascha Petrinsky, Marisol Montalvo, Georg Nigl, Werner van Mechelen
Orchestre Symphonique et chœurs de la Monnaie
Conductor: Franck Ollu
Label: Cyprès | 2019

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Bach privat
Georg Nigl, baritone & Anna Lucia Richter, soprano
Petra Müllejans, violin
Roel Dieltiens, violoncello
Andreas Staier, harpsichord
Arias and cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach
Label: Alpha | 2017

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VIDEOS

CALENDAR

Wolfgang Rihm: Lied Cycle for baritone and piano (2021/22)
Wolfgang Rihm: Four studies for Clarinet Quartet (2003)

Georg Nigl, baritone
Olga Pashchenko, piano
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Soloists of the Symphony Orchstra of the Bavarian Radio

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Wolfgang Rihm: "Doppelgesang" für Viola, Violoncello und Orchester
Wolfgang Rihm: "Andere Schatten", musikalische Szene für Soli, Chor und Orchester
Wolfgang Rihm: "Die Stücke des Sängers" für Harfe und Ensemble
Wolfgang Rihm: "In-Schrift I" für Orchester

Georg Nigl, Bariton
Lawrence Power, Viola
Nicolas Altstaedt, Violoncello
Magdalena Hoffmann, Harfe

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Ingo Metzmacher, Dirigent

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Georg Nigl, baritone
Martina Gedeck, recitation
Elena Bashkirova, piano
Gerhard Ahrens, dramaturg

"Je länger, je lieber"
Lieder, texts and couplets by Schubert up to Eisler from Goethe to Brecht

Anyone who likes to ride a roller coaster knows this: the charm of mixed feelings lies in the simultaneity of what is actually incompatible - joy and fear. Accordingly, Friedrich Rückert also rhymed "Laughter and weeping at every hour / Rests with love on so many grounds". In a song by Alban Berg 100 years later, it is said succinctly: "One dies, next to it the other lives: / That's what makes the world so deeply beautiful". Anyone who can appreciate such ambivalence will enjoy an evening of songs and couplets with baritone Georg Nigl and actress Martina Gedeck. In spite of all the merriment, death is always present and provides the tender bitterness of melancholy. "At last longing dies after all," it says at the end, and one "silently wonders that one is not happy after all!"

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Georg Nigl, baritone
Martina Gedeck, recitation
Elena Bashkirova, piano
Gerhard Ahrens, dramaturg

"Je länger, je lieber"
Lieder, texts and couplets by Schubert up to Eisler from Goethe to Brecht

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Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Georg Nigl, Orfeo
Slávka Zámecníková, Euridice
Kate Lindsey, La Musica | La Speranza
Christina Bock, Messaggiera | Proserpina
Andrea Mastroni, Plutone

Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Tom Morris, stage director
Anna Fleischle, set & costume
James Farncombe, lighting
Finn Ross, video
Jane Gibson, choreography

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IN FOCUS

Warm welcome, GEORG NIGL!
15Nov2021
Warm welcome, GEORG NIGL!

Machreich Artists is delighted to take on the general management for baritone Georg Nigl, starting immediately.

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GEORG NIGL - Annual Award of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik for his album "Vanitas"
08Oct2021
GEORG NIGL - Annual Award of the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik for his album "Vanitas"

Georg Nigl released one of the most beautiful lied CDs of the year 2020 on alpha-classics. In addition to Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte and selected Schubert songs, it also features the first recording of Wolfgang Rihm’s Vermischter Traum.

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