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Falko Hönisch (Baritone)

Born: Germany

The German baritone, Falko Hönisch, passed 1.State sexams in in artc teaching at secondary schools at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (1998-2002); and obtained degrees in choral and orchestral conducting, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe (2000). He studied singing at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart, (2001-2004); Lied interpretation at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (2002-2004). He has been the recipient of numerous awards in international singing competitions, including: Multiple award winner at the IVC Competition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands (2008); 1st prize at the Richard Strauss-Wettbewerb in Munich (2009); 3rd prize at the 58th Internationaler Musik-Wettbewerb der ARD in Munich (2009); Audience Award at the “New Wagnerian Voices” Competition in Karlsruhe (2009); 4th prize at the Lauritz Melchior Competition for Wagnerian Voices in Aalborg, Deemark (2010).

As an opera singer, Falko Hönisch has sung over several years at various opera houses. His repertoire now comprises important roles of his voice, including Il Conte di Almavica in W.A. Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Papageno in W.A. Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, and Wolfram von Eschenbach in Tannhäuser, as well as Baroque and modern operas. His international career has taken him to Austria (Theater an der Wien), Italy (Teatro Giuseppe Verdi, Trieste), The Netherlands (Nationale Reisopera) and France (Opéra de Lyon) under the baton of Niksa Bareza, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Cornelius Meister, Roberto Paternostro, Siegfried Köhler, et. al. Amongst the stage directors with whom he has worked, Michiel Dijkema, Christine Mielitz, Vera Nemirova, Gabriele Rech or La Fura dels Baus stand out.

As a concert singer, Falko Hönisch has sung both baritone and bass roles. He has sung with such conductors as Ton Koopman, Frieder Bernius, Ed Spanjaard and Raphaël Pichon in such renowned concert houses as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf and the Händel Festival in Halle (Saale), amongst others, singing works ranging from J.S. Bach’s Passions and Cantatas, Haydn's Die Schöpfung and Felix Mendelssohn's Oratorios, through Frank Martin’s In Terra Pax and Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw, as well as many contemporary works.

As a recitalist, Falko Hönisch has collaborated with numerous pianists, working on both most of the major song cycles by Schubert, Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, and lesser known works by relatively unknown composers and also by contemporary living composers whose works he has premiered.

In all of these three genres Falko Hönisch has established himself as a versatile singer:

Opera Houses: Theater an der Wien (Austria), Teatro Giuseppe Verdi Trieste (Italy), Nationale Reisopera Enschede (The Netherlands), Young Artists Festival Davos (Switzerland), Staatstheater Cottbus, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Theater der Stadt Heidelberg, Theater Koblenz, Staatstheater Kassel, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Nationaltheater Weimar, Württembergische Staatstheater Stuttgart (Germany).
Concerts: Concertgebouw Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Herkulessaal München, Prinzregententheater München, Hallische Händelfestspiele Halle (Germany).
Conductors: Frieder Bernius, Gregor Bühl, Enrico Delamboye, Vladimir Fedoseyev, John Fiore, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Siegfried Köhler, Cornelius Meister, Roberto Paternostro, Raphaël Pichon, Ed Spanjaard, Ton Koopman.
Orchestras: Aalborg Symfonieorkester, Badische Staatskapelle, Bochumer Symphoniker, Het Brabants Orkest, Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Limburgs Symfonie Orkest, Norrköpings Symfonieorkester, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Rundfunkorchester München.
Stage Directors: Michiel Dijkema, Dale Duesing, Immo Karaman, Christine Mielitz, Vera Nemirova, Gabriele Rech, William Relton, Kobie van Rensburg, Andrea Schwalbach, Achim Thorwald, La Fura dels Baus/

Source: Falko Hönisch Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (February-May 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Jürgen Budday


Vom Reiche Gottes (A great cantata with arias, choruses & chorales from 18 Bach Cantatas, compiled by Hans Grischkat)

Links to other Sites

Falko Hönisch - Baritone (Official Website) [Multi-lingual]
Falko Hönisch Channel on YouTube

Falko Hönisch (Wuppertaler Bühnen) [German]
Herrenchiemsee Festspiele: Falko Hönisch
Falko Hönisch (The Sankt Goar International Festival and Academy)

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