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Matthias Weichert (Baritone)

Born: 1957 (?) - Falkenberg, Saxony, Germany

The German baritone, Matthias Weichert, was from 1965 to 1974 a member of the Thomanerchor Leipzig. After his graduation from high school, he began in 1976 his studies at the University of Music “Carl Maria von Weber” in Dresden, majoring in singing, conducting and education. He graduated in 1981 with State Exam as an opera singer and voice teacher. In 1981 he won the Robert Schumann Award in Zwickau and in 1987 the Hugo Wolf Award in Stuttgart. He also received a scholarship in 1988 from the Bayreuth Festival.

Between the years of 1981 to 1990 Matthias Weichert was offered engagements with the Sächsischen Landesbühnen Dresden-Radebeul as well as with the Staatsoper Berlin, Oper Leipzig and the Komische Oper Berlin. He sang as a guest at the State Opera of Dresden, at the Royal Opera Copenhagen and at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels (1991 as Papageno). He has performed roles as the Count in Le Nozze di Figaro, Ezio and Poro in the George Frideric Handel's operas of the same name, Silvio in Bajazzo and the Papageno in Zauberflöte.

Matthias Weichert performs as a freelance concert and oratorio singer since August 2000. He has appeared in concerts and oratorios with the Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Dresdner Philharmonie, Berliner Philharmoniker, Mainzer Singakademie, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresdner Kreuzchor and Dresden Staatskapelle. He has appeared in Leipzig, Salzburg, Munich, Mainz, Erlangen and Stuttgart, with an extensive repertoire. He toured Japan in 1996 and 2000 with the Thomanerchor Leipzig and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, and performed on tour in Austria, Belgium, Denmark and France. In January of 2002 he was on tour in Israel with the Israel Northern Symphony Haifa. He also performed at the International Bachfest Leipzig. In 2004 he was on tour in the USA and with the Thomanerchor Leipzig in Japan.

In addition to recording CD's Matthias Weichert has made various recordings for radio and television.

Since 1981 Matthias Weichert has held a teaching position at the University of Music “Carl Maria von Weber” in Dresden. In June 2002 he was appointed as professor there and at the College for Church Music in Dresden.


Source: Großes Sängerlexikon (Authors: K. J. Kutsch / Leo Riemens; Expanded 3rd edition 1999/2000; K. G. Saur Verlag, Munich), English translation by Aryeh Oron (June 2006); Matthias Weichert Website (Photos: Petera Lange)
Contributed by
Thomas Braatz (June 2006); Aryeh Oron (March 2009)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works

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Works

Georg Christoph Biller

Bass

BWV 22 [2nd], BWV 34, BWV 37, BWV 63, BWV 67, BWV 74, BWV 75, BWV 110, BWV 125, BWV 128, BWV 147, BWV 178, BWV 190, BWV 192
Radio:
BWV 19, BWV 23 [2nd], BWV 34, BWV 60
BWV 244b

Ute Debus

Bass

BWV 232

Markus Leidenberger

Bass

BWV 244, BWV 245 [Jesus]

Gerald A. Manig

Bass

BWV 244

Erik Matz

Bass

BWV 236, BWV 243, BWV 244 [Jesus]

Hans-Christoph Rademann

Bass

BWV 82 [1st]

Mary Sherburne

Bass

BWV 245

Michael Schmutte

Bass

BWV 248

Gotthold Schwarz

Bass

Radio: BWV 75

Links to other Sites

Matthias Weichert (Rondeau Production)

Matthias Weichert (Official Website) [mostly German]

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