The Austrian bass-baritone, Horst Lamnek, completed in 2004 his vocal studies at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with award. His teachers were Leopold Spitzer (solo singing), Reto Nickles and Ivan Pařík (opera), and Charles Spencer (Lieder). He also participated in master-classes with Brigitte Fassbaender and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and worked with Nicolai Gedda and Horst Günther, since 2005 he receives vocal technical advice by Wicus Slabbert. In 1999 he received the Bayreuth scholarship of the Richard-Wagner-Stiftung; in 2001 Special Prize at Gradus-Ad-Parnassum Competition in Innsbruck and in 2003 was a triple winner at the Ada Sari Competition 2003 in Nowy Sacz, Poland. During his studies he already sang Figaro in Le Nozze di Figaro, Giove in La Calisto, Kagler in Wiener Blut, Frank in Die Fledermaus and Vater in Hänsel und Gretel.
First engagements have taken him as Baron Douphol in La Traviata to Merano, as Leporello in Don Giovanni to Mödling, as Wangenheim in Bettelstudent and ring-master in Die Zirkusprinzessin to the operetta festival in Haindorf (NÖ), and as Kagler to Theater Regensburg. In the 2003-2004 season Horst Lamnek was engaged at the Internationalen Opernstudio Zürich. He debuted as an Indian in The Bartered Bride at the Zürich Opera House under Peter Schneider, followed by appearances as Flandrischer Deputierter in Don Carlo under Marcello Viotti, Thierry as in Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites under Michel Plasson and Rosenkavalier under Franz Welser-Möst. In the studio production of Rossini's La Pietra del Paragone he joined as the poet Pacuvio in Zürich and in guest appearances in Mézières. From 2004 to 2006, he was an ensemble member of the Ulmer Theater. Here he could be heard, inter alia, in Armide, Otello and La Vida Brever. With his Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola and Prince Ypsheim-Gindelbach in Wiener Blut he impressed both the public and the press.
Since 1999, Horst Lamnek gives regular recitals with works by Frank Martin, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf in particular. On the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the death of Hugo Wolf, Lamnek sang the Italienische Liederbuch with Charles Spencer in Brezice, Slovenia and Erba, Italy. On Eduard Mörike 200th Birthday, Lamnek sang with great success in November 2004 Hugo Wolf's Mörike-Lieder in the foyer of the Ulmer Theater. Two more Ulmer recitals acclaimed from the audience followed in the 2005-2006 season: A cheerful Viennese song evening, and a duet recital with settings of poems by Heinrich Heine - on the occasion of its 150th Death - by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Hans Pfitzner, and Robert Schumann. This year, Lamnek came twice to the Franz Schubert Society Wienerwald: once under the motto of the Hexenlied (witch-song) he presented darker ballads by Franz Schubert and Alexander Zemlinsky and last time in autumn 2007 with the Liederkreis Op. 39 by Robert Schumann as well as three premieres by Thomas Schubert and other settings of Eichendorff by Hans Pfitzner and Hugo Wolf at the monastery of Heiligenkreuz, Lower Austria.
Another focus in the repertoire of Horst Lamnek is the work of W.A. Mozart. So he sang in Vienna Papageno in Zauberflöte for young people, or the philosopher Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte at the Ulmer Theater. In this role he also appeared at Mozart's birthday in January 2006 at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. He sang Leporello in Don Giovanni in spring 2006 at the Ulmer Theater and was and praised of the press and cheered by the audience. In the same year he sang Upper Priest in Mozart's music only plays Thamos in Lugano, Switzerland. He participated in a radio production of the Swiss broadcast RTSI with the Baroque ensemble I Barocchisti conducted by Diego Fasolis. In the summer of 2006, he made his debut at the Vienna Academy under the direction of Martin Haselböck with concert arias by W.A. Mozart.
Since autumn 2006, Horst Lamnek acts as free-lance. Concert appearances since have taken him to Vienna (Vienna Festival), Budapest (Fauré Requiem) and Athens (Les Noces by Igor Stravinsky). In the summer of 2007 he appeared as prison director Frank in Fledermaus at the Schönbrunn Palace Theater as well as at the Operetta Festival Haindorf in Lower Austria. This was followed by appearances in the autumn days in Blindenmarkt where he sang Baron Weps in Carl Zeller's Vogelhändler. Next engagements led the singer after Villars-sur-Glane, Switzerland with J.S. Bach's Magnificat (BWV 243) and Cantata BWV 63, as well as bass arias from Matthäus-Passion (BWV 244) to Lübeck.
In the spring of 2008 Horst Lamnek made his debut at the Komische Oper in Berlin as Bill in The Rise and Fall City Mahagonny his. In the current season he appears again as a guest at the Komische Oper: as Leander in The Love for Three Oranges by Sergei Prokofiev, and, as in the last season, as a Bill in The Rise and Fall City Mahagonny and as prison director Frank in Fledermaus by Johann Strauss.