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Simon Schnorr (Baritone)

Born: 1981 - Munich, Germany

The young German baritone, Simon Schnorr, received his first musical education at the Tölzer Knabenchor. In his role as chorister and alto soloist he sang at major European opera houses and concert halls with conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Georg Solti, Zubin Mehta, James Levine and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He studied with Markus Goritzki (Freiburg), Hans-Joachim Beyer (Leipzig) and Roland Hermann (Karlsruhe), where he completed his degree with summa cum laude. Currently, he is being coached by Margreet Honig (Amsterdam). Simon Schnorr has won multiple prices such as the International Schubert Song Competition in Osaka, the Franz-Völker price in Neu-Isenburg and the Gustav-Scheck price in Freiburg. Moreover, he is the holder of a scholarship from the MIGROS-Kulturstiftung in Zürich and from the Richard Wagner Association in Karlsruhe.He attended master-classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Hampson, Ernst Haefliger, Kurt Widmer, Kiri Te Kanawa, and Barbara Bonney to complete his vocal education.

During his studies he was performing the role of Nardo in Mozart's La Finta Giardiniera at the Stadttheater Konstanz, the Ludwigsburg Festival and the Opera in Leipzig. Simon Schnorr was chosen by Claudio Abbado as the fourth squire in Wagner's Parsifal at the Salzburg Festival, as well as at the Edinburgh and Lucerne Festival.

In 2008 Simon Schnorr made his debut at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe playing the role of Morales in Carmen and subsequently became a full time member of the Opera Studio, where he performed various roles such as Ping in Turandot, Donner in Rheingold, Sergeant in Manon Lescaut, Dumas in Andrea Chenier and Viconte Valvert in Cyrano de Bergerac. He also successfully took over the role the Traveler in Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice on short notice.

His operatic and concert repertoire, ranging from from Monteverdi to contemporary music, allowed him to appear at the Berlin Philharmonie, the KKL Lucerne, St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, the townhouse Winterthur and the Verbier Festival, where he performed with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and conductors such as Jacques Delacote and Manfred Honeck. Furthermore, he was invited by Eva Wagner-Pasquier to participate at the Academie des Festival in Aix en Provence.

Since the 2009-2010 season Simon Schnorr is a permanent member of the Salzburg State Theater, where he opened as Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro. He also took part in Tosca, Der Freischütz and Frau Luna. Additonally, he is a guest member at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe (Cyrano de Bergerac) and the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Munich (Death in Venice). In summer 2010 he gives his debut in Alban Berg’s Lulu at the Salzburg Festival.


Source: Simon Schnorr Website; Appassionata Kultutmanagement Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (October 2010)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Works

Georg Hage

Bass

BWV 245

Links to other Sites

Simon Schnorr - Bariton (Official Website) [Mostly German]
Simon Schnorr (Appassionata) [German]

BSCD: Simon Schnorr

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