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Monika Frimmer (Soprano)

Born: Marburg on the Lahn, Germany

After finishing high school, the German soprano, Monika Frimmer, went on to study at the State College of Music and Theatre in Hannover, where she graduated with distinction as an opera and concert singer. In 1980 she was a prize-winner in the West German National Singing Competition in Berlin; she attended master-classes and worked with Birgit Nilsson, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Hermann Winkler and Jörg Demus.

From 1980 until 1993 Monika Frimmer was engaged at the Hannover State Opera as a lyrical soprano. She left the company to work as a freelance singer in Hannover, Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Bonn. She performs all over the world in concerts, opera and oratorio and is much in demand at the most prestigious festivals. As an oratorio and Lied singer, she has appeared at the major festivals in Europe, Israel, the USA, Japan and South America.

Monika Frimmer began to specialize in Baroque music early in her career, and she has worked together with a variety of well-known conductors (e.g. Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, Reinhard Goebel, Hermann Max) and ensembles. But her repertoire also takes in the Classical and Romantic periods, as well as contemporary opera and chamber music. She collaborates regularly with the Trio di Clarone and the Ensemble Incanto; song recitals with the pianist Liese Klahn form a major element of her work. She has also taken part in many different radio and TV productions (on German and European stations) and gramophone recordings.

Source: Liner notes to BIS CD CD-851 (Cantatas BWV 21 & BWV 31, conducted by Suzuki, 1998); Liner notes to Capriccio CD 60046-2 (Matthäus-Passion, conducted by Hermann Max, 1996)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Georg Christoph Biller


BWV 244 [Video]

Christian Brembeck


BWV 1083
F.B. Conti: Cantata Languet anima mea

Martin Gester


BWV 1083

Maarten Kooy


BWV 211, BWV 212

Gustav Leonhardt


BWV 11, BWV 30a, BWV 173a, BWV 201, BWV 207, BWV 208, BWV 215, BWV 249

Hermann Max


BWV 244

Gerd-Peter Münden


BWV 244 [Selection]

Max Pommer


BWV 51

Hans-Christoph Rademann


BWV 243

Bernhard Römer


BWV 248/1-4

Hans-Joachim Rotzsch


BWV 14

Masaaki Suzuki


BWV 21, BWV 31, BWV 248

Links to other Sites

Monika Frimmer Home Page [German]


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