German bass Christof Fischesser grew up in a musical family, received his first musical education as a child and was member of various choirs and ensembles. After studying with Professor Martin Gründler at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts he won the first prize at the Bundeswettbewerb für Gesang in Berlin in 2000. Shortly after Christof Fischesser joined the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe as a member of the ensemble where sang some of the greatest bass roles, such as the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele and Mozart´s Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). In 2004, he transferred to Berlin State Opera, and from 2012 to 2015 was a member of the ensemble at Zurich’s Opera House – an opera house he has been closely connected with ever since.
He has established himself as one of the leading basses of his generation with a wide spectrum of bass roles that amongst others includes King Marke (Tristan and Isolde), Hermann (Tannhäuser), Henry the Fowler (Lohengrin), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Sir Giorgio (I Puritani), Escamillo (Carmen), Don Basilio (The Barber of Seville), Rocco (Fidelio), Banquo (Macbeth), Count Walter (Luisa Miller), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Caspar (Der Freischütz), Mephisto (Faust/Gounod) and as Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau (The Knight of the Rose).
Christof Fischesser is a regular guest at Europe´s prestigious opera houses including Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Opéra Bastille Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, State Opera Munich, Komische Oper Berlin, Semper Opera Dresden, Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse and opera houses of Antwerp, Copenhagen and Gothenburg. His recent US engagements include performances at the Houston Grand Opera and Lyric Opera Chicago.

It is Zurich where he kicks off the 2017/18 season as Gremin in Eugene Onegin and returns to later in the season for performances of Parsifal and Fidelio. Again, in Zurich he makes his role debut as Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino) under the baton of Fabio Luisi.
His colourful, flexible bass voice ensures that Christof Fischesser is much in demand as soloist on the international concert stage. He regularly performs at all major festivals including the Salzburg Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Christof Fischesser performed with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi at Zurich’s Tonhalle and at Konzerthaus Wien, with Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Madrid, Seville und Valencia, and with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Abbado at the Lucerne Festival. Christof Fischesser has performed his wide-ranging concert repertoire, including key works such as Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Verdi’s Messa di requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms‘Four Serious Songs, with famous directors including Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Jordan or Kirill Petrenko.
In the 2017/18 season he can be heard in concert with Franz Schmidt´s Book with seven seals in Copenhagen, Beethoven´s 9th Symphony in Florence, Dvorak´s Stabat Mater in Munich under the musical direction of Manfred Honeck and Mahler´s 8th Symphony under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin in Rotterdam. Christof Fischesser closes the season, again in Zurich, with Mendelssohn´s Elijah under Fabio Luisi.
Christof Fischesser´s discography includes amongst others Beethoven’s Fidelio under Claudio Abbado alongside Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann, Massenet’s Manon with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, and Wagner’s Lohengrin under Kent Nagano.

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