Klemens Sander // Baritone

baritone or bass voice

Klemens Sander was born in Austria. A former member of St. Florian Boy's Choir, Klemens studied at the University of Music Vienna with Helena Lazarska, Robert Holl and David Lutz. Additionally, he has taken part in masterclasses with Thomas Hampson, Gundula Janowitz, Dagmar Pecková and Hartmut Höll.

While still a student, Klemens made his operatic début in 2001 at the Volksoper Wien („The Pirates of Penzance"). As a resident soloist for both the Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Volksoper Wien, Klemens has performed e.g. Papageno („Magic Flute"), Conte Almaviva („Le nozze di Figaro"), Belcore („L'elisir d'amore"), Donner („Rheingold"), the title-role in Eugene Onegin, Marcello and Schaunard („La Bohème"), Falke („Die Fledermaus"), Marco („Gianni Schicchi"), Silvio („Pagliacci"), Ping („Turandot") and Harlekin („Ariadne auf Naxos").

Guest engagements led him e.g. to the Salzburg Festival (Schreker: „Die Gezeichneten"), Theater an der Wien („Giulio Cesare", „Dialogues des Carmélites", „Intermezzo", „Death in Venice", „The Telephone"), Grand Theatre Luxembourg (Papageno in „The Magic Flute"), Leipzig Opera (Papageno in „The Magic Flute"), Opera festival Klosterneuburg (title role in „Don Giovanni"; Escamillo in „Carmen"), to the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genua and to the Neue Oper Wien (leading role in Tan Dun's „Tea") as well as to the National Opera Vilnius (Conte Almaviva in „Le nozze di Figaro") and to the Festival Musiques Interdites Marseille (Malignac in „Die Kathrin"). In 2014, he celebrated a great success singing the the title-role in Manfred Trojahn´s Austrian Premiere of „Orest" with Neue Oper Wien.

Klemens made his Wigmore Hall recital début in 2005 with Charles Spencer after winning the "Richard Tauber Prize for singers". Furthermore, after being awarded the Lied Prize at the International Competition in S'Hertogenbosch, Klemens has established himself an acclaimed recitalist performing for Salzburg Easter Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, BBC Cardiff, Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, at venues including Schubertsaal (Wiener Konzerthaus), Gläserner Saal (Wiener Musikverein), at the Ocean Sun Festival and with pianist Justus Zeyen at both Mozarteum (Salzburg) and Centre des Arts Pluriel (Luxembourg).

Recent concert highlights include a tour with Beethoven's „Missa Solemnis" and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Estado de São Paolo in Brazil, Beethovens' „IX. Symphony" at the Beethoven Festival Warsaw, Brahms' „A German Requiem" with RTVE Orchestra, Weill's „The Seven Deadly Sins" and Bach's „Christmas Oratorio" with Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich at the Grafenegg Festival, a Spain tour with Schubert's „A flat-major Mass" and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi, lecture recitals with Cornelius Obonya at the Vienna Musikverein, recitals in South America, Orff's „Carmina burana" and Mendelssohn's „Die erste Walpurgisnacht" at the Vienna Musikverein as well as Beethoven´s „Missa Solemnis" with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra / Stefan Vladar.

Klemens has performed under Bertrand de Billy, Kirill Petrenko, Kent Nagano, H.K. Gruber, Jérémie Rhorer, René Jacobs, Carlos Kalmar, Helmuth Rilling, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Stefan Vladar, Thomas Dausgaard and Georges Prêtre.

Klemens has published various CDs (Mahler: „Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen", Beethoven: „IX. Symphony", Fauré: „Requiem", Handel: „Judas Maccabaeus", Verdi: „Requiem", Bach: Cantata „Ich habe genug", Mendelssohn: „Paulus"). In 2013 he has published his first solo album „Schwanengesang" together with Justus Zeyen (piano) which has been highly acclaimed by audience and critics. In 2015 a DVD with Mozart arias and duets will be released.

Upcoming commitments include Falke in „Die Fledermaus" at the New National Theatre Tokyo, a lecture recital „Die Schöne Magelone" with Norman Shetler and Burgtheater actor Andrea Jonasson, recitals with Schubert´s „Die schöne Müllerin"  in Germany and a recital tour to the United States. In fall 2014, Klemens will return to the Volksoper Vienna with Schaunard in „La Bohème" and Ping in „Turandot".

Jan 2015

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NameSander, Klemens
Born inAustria, Europe
Main languageGerman
Additional languages English,  Italian 
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