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Andreas Schmidt (Bass-Baritone)

Born: July 30, 1960 - Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The German bass-baritone, Andreas Schmidt, studied singing with Ingeborg Reichelt and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Andreas Schmidt made his opera debut in 1984 as Malatesta in Don Pasquale with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and subsequently became a member of that company, appearing in such roles as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, Wolfram in Tannhäuser, Posa in Don Carlos, and Marcello in La Bohème. As a guest, he has appeared with the Hamburg State Opera, German State Opera of Berlin, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Grand Theátre Genève, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Opera de Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, La Scala Milan, and the Metropolitan Opera. In concert, he has performed with such North American orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Cleveland Orchestra; in Europe he has appeared with nearly all the leading orchestras.

Andreas Schmidt made his San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in October 1999, in J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244), with Peter Schreier conducting. Tours have taken him to the major European music capitals as well as to those of North and South America, Israel, and Japan. Besides his engagements as an opera and concert singer, he performs frequently as a recitalist, collaborating with Rudolf Jansen, Geoffrey Parsons, Daniel Barenboim, Jörg Demus, Roger Vignoles, and Helmut Deutsch. He is also a frequent guest at music festivals, including those of Aix-en-Provence, Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Glyndebourne, and Salzburg.

Andreas Schmidt has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Sony, BMG, Decca, Philips, Teldec, and Hänssler. His recordings of concert music include Johannes Brahms's A German Requiem, J.S. Bach's Saint Matthew Passion (BWV 244), and Gustav Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn; his opera recordings include Tannhäuser, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte, and Fidelio; and his recital albums include the three Schubert cycles and a forthcoming release of the complete songs of Richard Strauss.

Source: San Francisco Symphony Website (2001)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (May 2001)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Claudio Abbado


BWV 244

Georg Christoph Biller


BWV 244 [Video]

Andrey Boreyko


BWV 330, BWV 431

John Eliot Gardiner


BWV 244

Colin Davis


BWV 232, BWV 244

Günter Jena


BWV 248

Helmut Kahlhöfer


BWV 232, BWV 245

Kurt Masur


BWV 244

Helmuth Rilling


BWV 11, BWV 30a, BWV 36c, BWV 56 [2nd], BWV 117, BWV 120a, BWV 145, BWV 195, BWV 205, BWV 213, BWV 214
BWV 524, BWV 232 (x2), BWV 245 [2nd], BWV 245 [3rd], BWV 248/1-3 [DVD], Chorales & Sacred Songs

Hanns-Martin Schneidt


BWV 232

Links to other Sites

Andreas Schmidt, Baritone (San Francisco Symphony)

De Bariton Andreas Schmidt (Operone) [German]

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