Kammersänger OSKAR HILLEBRANDT, Baritone, was
born in Schopfheim, Germany. He began his voice study with Professor
Kammersänger Josef Metternich at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.
He began accepting engagements with theaters in
Germany, and has since sung in a number of Europe`s leading opera
houses. At the Hamburg State Opera his roles have included Hans
Sachs in The Meistersinger von Nuernberg (Ingo Metzmacher) ,
the title role of The flying Dutchman, Pizarro in Fidelio, ( Christoph
von Dohnany) and Telramund in Lohengrin. He has also sung Telramund
at La Scala in Milan, (with Claudio Abbado).
Since 1991 he did sing with the Vienna State Oper
Wanderer-Siegfried, Dutchman, Telramund, Amfortas, Klingsor, Kurwenal,
Don Pizarro a.o.).
He has sung the Telramund at the Festival in Bayreuth
Other engagements have been with the National Theater
in Munich, (Rheingold-Alberich
and Mandryka in Arabella
with Wolfgang Sawallisch, the title role in Prince Igor, at the
Biennale with the "Gurrelieder" under Sinopoli and Retorno
d'Ulisse under Hans Werner Henze a.o.), the State Opera Berlin
(Brautwahl under Daniel Barenboim, Amonasro, Dutchman, Don Pizarro
a. o.) and the Deutsche Oper in Berlin (Mandryka
with Lucia Popp under the direction of Giuseppe Sinopoli, Hans
Sachs - Meistersinger
under Christian Thielemann, Dutchman, Telramund, Amfortas, Kurwenal,
, Don Pizarro a.o.), Cologne, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Mannheim.
He has also sung in Zürich, Genever, Paris, Bordeaux, Toulouse,
Marseille, Antwerp, Roma, Venice, Firenze, Napoli, Torino, Catania,
Taormina, Madrid, Barcelona, Santander, Cuenca, Valencia, Athens
(Herodio Attica: Jochanaan-Salome), Lisboa, Copenhaven, Oslo,
Dublin, London, Glyndebourne festival (Mandryka in Arabella
), Ottawa and Montreal (Parsifal with Jessye Norman), Telramund
in Moscow - Bolshoi, Buenos Aires (Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Gustav
, Ring of the Nibelung - Alberich), in Santiago de Chile (Alberich
- Gunther, Ring), in Tbilissi, Georgien (Dutchman) and in Auckland,
Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand (Rheingold-Alberich
In the United States Mr. Hillebrandt appeared as
Alberich in The Ring of the Nibelungen, Kurwenal in Tristan and
Isolde with the Seattle Northwest Pacific Festival and Pizarro
in Fidelio with the Seattle Oper. He sang the role of The Chosen
One in Jacobsladder by Arnold Schönberg with the Cleveland
Orchestra in the Carnagie Hall in New York (as well as with the
Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra in Berlin) and in Cleveland, the
roles of Creon and the Messenger in Stravinsky`s Oedipus rex.
He toured Japan with the London Philharmonic Orchestra
performing the Bass Solo in Mahler`s Eighth Symphony under the
direction of Giuseppe Sinopoli. With the German Opera Berlin he
did sing in Tokyo the Telramund in Lohengrin and with the New
National Opera Tokyo Alberich in Rheingold
with Keith Warner.
In addition to other Wagnerian roles, he has also
appeared as Escamillo in Carmen, the four villains in The Tales
of Hoffmann, Scarpia in Tosca, Don Carlos in La forza del destino
, Amonasro in Aida, the title role in Macbeth, Falstaff, Simone
and Nabucco, Iago in Othello and Dr. Schön in Lulu.
Mr. Hillebrandt has been heard in numerous European
radio broadcasts, he has recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon label,
for Telefunken and Morgan records (the title role in Ambroise
Thomas Hamlet), and Compact disc edition (The Chosen One, Jacobs
Ladder, Christoph von Dohnanyi).
Antonio Pappano, Wolfgang Sawallisch,
Giuseppe Sinopoli, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Claudio Abbado, Daniel
Barenboim, Donald Runnicles, Jun Märkl, Franz Paul Decker,
Sir Charles Mackerras, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, Gabor Ötvös,
Jeffrey Tate, Horst Stein, Giuseppe Patane, Ferdinand Leitner, Heinrich
Hollreiser, Hans Werner Henze, Gerd Albrecht, Peter Schneider, Marek
Janowski, Collin Davis, Silvio Varviso a.o.