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Daniel Lager (Counter-tenor)

Born: 1973 - Germany

The German counter-tenor, Daniel Lager, grew up in northern Germany. Hae studied at Clemens-August-Gymnasium in Cloppenburg (Class of 1992). After school and studying biochemistry he discovered his voice and at age 25 made his way in to the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover Germany to study with German counter-tenor Ralf Popken and Canadian soprano Norma Enns (1999-2005). In July 2006 he finished his studies as ďDiplomopernsängerĒ. He participated in master-classes and workshops with Evelyn Tubb and Anthony Rooley and the Jekerstudio in Maastricht (HNL). To further develop his knowledge and abilities in historically informed performance practice he worked with soprano Barbara Schlick, counter-tenor Kai Wessel and conductor and lutenist Konrad Junghänel.

Daniel Lager is a frequently asked soloist and ensemble singer of sacred and secular music all over Europe, includig France, Italy, The Netherlands and, of course, Germany. He has worked with renowned conductors, such as Philippe Herreweghe, Jos van Veldhoven, Konrad Junghänel and Emmanuelle Haïm. He has been a member of the Nederlandse Bachvereniging (Director: Jos van Veldhoven), Collegium Vocale Gent (Director: Philippe Herreweghe) and Le Concert d'Astrée (Director: Emmanuelle Haïm).

As a singer of the production "Vivace", which was visiting the New Victory Theatre (Broadway, New York) and the Harare International Festival if the Arts in 2004, Daniel Lager performed all over the world. As milestones in his career he joined the Marden Singersí performances of George Frideric Handel's Messiah in Harare/Zimbabwe in November 2005 and 2007 and gave various recitals at the Harare International Festival if the Arts with Zimbabwean pianists Manuel Bagorro and Jeanette Mciklem. In 2007 he also joined the Lusaka Music Society in Zambia for their Messiah. He returned to Africa, yet again, in April/May 2008 for HIFA for the especially well received workshop-concert called "Opera for Beginners" and the Marden Singersí production of Purcellís Dido and Aeneas. He also toured Zambia in 2009 with Jeanette Micklem for a number of recitals, dinner concerts and workshops with local schools.

Daniel Lager was Galafro, the King of China in a production of Orlando Generoso by Agostino Steffani in the summer of 2008. A live recording of that production is now available on disc. His German theatrical debut was with Endimione in Francesco Cavalliís La Calisto at the theatre in Pforzheim in 2009. In 2010 he successfully created the M.C. in John Kanderís Cabaret (Pforzheim) and Arnalta in Monteverdi's Líincoronazione di Poppea at the opera in Cologne. In 2011 was Ottone and Nutrice in Monteverdiís Poppea (Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden) and the Devil in the contemporary opera Scherz, Satire, Ironie und Tiefere Bedeutung by Detlef Glanert at the Stadttheater Pforzheim.

In 2000 the Hannover School of Music and Drama produced a portrait CD of Romanian composer Violeta Dinescu to which Daniel Lager contributed as part of a solo ensemble. In 2006 he took part in the recording of W.A. Mozart's first stage work ever, Apollo et Hyacinthus, accompanied by the European Chamber Soloists under Nicol Matt and Daniel Lager as Apollo. In 2007 Daniel recorded J.S. Bach's famous Mass in B minor (BWV 232) with the Nederlandse Bachvereniging under Jos van Veldhoven. He can be heard as soloist and ripienist. In spring 2009 a recital CD titled " spirit wanders free..." came out featuring Daniel Lager and pianist Nicoleta Ion-Constantinescu interpreting Joseph Haydnís Original English Canzonettas and songs by George Frederick Pinto. Hae currently lives in Hamburg, Germany.

Source: Daniel Lager Website & profile on Facebook
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2015)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Emmanuelle Haïm


Member of Le Concert d'Astrée:
V-1 (2006):
BWV 243

Links to other Sites

Daniel Lager - Countertenor (Official Website) [mostly German]
Daniel Lager on Facebook


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