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) Listen, 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 (Wotan-Walküre Listen, Wanderer-Siegfried, Dutchman, Telramund, Amfortas, Klingsor, Kurwenal, Alberich Listen, Mandryka Listen, Don Pizarro a.o.).

He has sung the Telramund at the Festival in Bayreuth (Antonio Pappano).

Other engagements have been with the National Theater in Munich, (Rheingold-Alberich Listen and Mandryka in Arabella Listen 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 Listen with Lucia Popp under the direction of Giuseppe Sinopoli, Hans Sachs - Meistersinger Listen under Christian Thielemann, Dutchman, Telramund, Amfortas, Kurwenal, Wotan Listen , Alberich Listen , 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 Listen ), Ottawa and Montreal (Parsifal with Jessye Norman), Telramund in Moscow - Bolshoi, Buenos Aires (Des Knaben Wunderhorn - Gustav Mahler Listen , 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 Listen).

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 Listen 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 Listen , Amonasro in Aida, the title role in Macbeth, Falstaff, Simone Boccanegro Listen 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.


Oskar Hillebrandt

Der fliegende Holländer


Ring des Nibelungen


Der Freischütz