From the Tölzer Knabenchor as a boy alto to singing as a soloist all over the world, German baritone Christian Immler has spent years making music of the highest quality. Having studied at the Guildhall in London with Rudolf Piernay, Christian won the International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Competition in 2001, launching his career.
Although known for singing Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Mahler, running down the spine of Christian’s career has been the music of JS Bach. Having sung the B Minor Mass, St. John Passion & St. Matthew Passion with Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, he has also performed Bach with Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding, Michel Corboz, Jos van Veldhoven, Daniel Reuss & the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonardo García Alarcón & Ensemble Pygmalion (‘Editor’s Choice’ in Gramophone for Bach Masses BWV 233/236).
Christian’s recent projects include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Bergen Philharmonic, Zemlinsky’s Lyric Symphony with the Orchestre National de France, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and Magnificat with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (OSM), the St. John Passion with top US baroque orchestra Apollo’s Fire, Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Concentus Musicus (Ivor Bolton), Krenek’s Orpheus with Lothar Zagrosek (Berlin Konzerthaus), the Bach Magnificat and Mendelssohn Psalms with the Orchestre de Paris (cond. Thomas Hengelbrock), Mozart’s C minor Mass with Giovanni Antonini (Salzburg Festival), the world premiere of Hellstenius’s The moon eats humans (Bergen Festival), C.P.E. Bach Magnificat with Ottavio Dantone, Christmas Oratorio with Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Weill’s Berliner Requiem at the Lucerne Festival, Handel’s Messiah & Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C Minor with Masaaki Suzuki/Bach Collegium Japan & Bach’s Missa Brevis in G Minor, Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Fauré’s Requiem with the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
As a recitalist, Christian has a particular interest in 20th Century ‘Emigré Composers’ such as Zemlinsky, Korngold, Eisler, Schreker and Gál. He has presented their works – as well as core Lieder repertoire by Schubert, Schumann and Wolf – in leading recital venues, such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Frick Collection in New York and the Salzburg Mozarteum, the latter with pianist Helmut Deutsch. Their CD Modern Times was awarded the ‘Diamant d’Opéra’ and the prestigious ‘Diapason Découverte’. His recordings include Bach B Minor Mass, Schubert Sakuntala (‘Diapason d’Or’), Continental Britons (five stars in BBC Music) and Albeniz’s Henry Clifford, all released to critical acclaim. Christian is professor of voice at the Lausanne/Fribourg Conservatoire.
Christian’s operatic roles have included Antinoo Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria, Seneca L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Consalvo in Handel’s Almira and Tiresia Niobe for the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF), Docteur Itard/Vicaire in the world premiere of Fénelon’s JJR and Dodo/Frog Footman/Mock Turtle in Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. He has also sung Ubalde Armide for Israeli Opera, Achis David & Jonathas (cond. by William Christie) & Pharnaces in Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.