Bass-Baritone

Hanno Müller-Brachmann

Engagements this season include concerts with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Gotheburg Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Academy European tour with Philippe Jordan, Beethoven Missa Solemnis with the Orchestre National de Belgique, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem with the Orquesta Simfonica Illes Balears and a series of Beethoven Symphony No 9 concerts with the Washington National Opera.

© Monika Rittershaus

Introduction

Hanno has sung with the London, Radio France, Wiener and Berliner Philharmonic Orchestras, the Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestra National de France, and the Boston and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras under conductors including Thielemann, Haitink, Barenboim, Welser-Möst, Harnoncourt, Luisi, von Dohnányi, Labadie, Nelsons and Gardiner. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Barenboim. Hanno was a member of the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera from 1998 until 2011 and has also appeared at the Bayerische, Hamburgische and Wiener Staatsopern and San Francisco Opera.

He has given recitals in Berlin, Graz, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Paris and Lausanne, at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Berlin Festwochen and the Edinburgh Festival.

Hanno is a Professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.


Contact


Performance Schedule

  • More info  
    19:30 20 Oct 2019 National Performing Arts Center-National Theater & Concert Hall, TAIPEI

    GUSTAV MAHLER Symphony No. 8 in E flat major ‘Symphony of a Thousand’

    Conductor: Eliahu Inbal
    Soprano: Sarah Wegener
    Soprano: Juliane Banse
    Soprano: Rachel Harnisch
    Alto: Sarah Fulgoni
    Alto: Katharina Magiera
    Tenor: Burkhard Fritz
    Bass-baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Bass: Steven Humes
    Orchestra: Taipei Symphony

  • More info  
    19:30 06 Nov 2019 Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, GOTHENBURG

    ANDERS ELIASSON Symphony No. 4
    Interval
    GUSTAV MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs)

    Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson
    Mezzo-soprano: Katarina Karnéus
    Bass-baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

  • More info  
    19:30 07 Nov 2019 Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, GOTHENBURG

    ANDERS ELIASSON Symphony No. 4
    Interval
    GUSTAV MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn (12 songs)

    Conductor: Johannes Gustavsson
    Mezzo-soprano: Katarina Karnéus
    Bass-baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

  • More info  
    18:00 11 Jan 2020 Wiener Konzerthaus, VIENNA

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Ah perfido! Op.65
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Gloria from Mass in C, Op. 86
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Mass in C, Op. 86: Sanctus/Benedictus
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fantasia in G minor Op. 77
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fantasia in C minor Op. 80 ‘Choral Fantasy’

    Conductor: Philippe Jordan
    Soprano: Jacquelyn Wagner
    Alto: Anke Vondung
    Tenor: Allan Clayton
    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann

  • More info  
    16:30 18 Jan 2020 Cité de la Musique, PARIS

    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68 ‘Pastoral’
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Ah perfido! Op.65
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Gloria from Mass in C, Op. 86
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Mass in C, Op. 86: Sanctus/Benedictus
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fantasia in G minor Op. 77
    LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Fantasia in C minor Op. 80 ‘Choral Fantasy’

    Conductor: Philippe Jordan
    Soprano: Jacquelyn Wagner
    Alto: Anke Vondung
    Tenor: Allan Clayton
    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann

Discography

  • More info  
    Rudi Stephan: Chamber Works and Songs

    Label: Sony

    Release Date: 07 Jul 17

    Soprano: Tehila Nini Goldstein
    Bass-baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Violin: Agata Szymczewska
    Harp: Marie-Pierre Langlamet
    Piano: Hinrich Alpers
    Kuss Quartet

  • More info  
    BACH St Mark Passion

    Label: Rondeau Production

    Release Date: 02 Mar 15

    Soprano: Gudrun Sidonie Otto
    Alto: Terry Wey
    Tenor: Daniel Johannsen
    Bass: Stephan MacLeod
    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Harpsichord: Alexander Grychtolik
    Knabenkantorei Basel
    Capriccio Barockorchester

  • More info  
    DORATI & MUSSORGSKY

    Label: IPPNW-Concerts

    Release Date: 26 Aug 14

    Doráti: Die Stimmen
    Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death

    Piano: András Schiff Klavier
    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann

  • More info  
    HAYDN Die Schöpfung" Hob. XXI:2

    Label: BR Klassik

    Release Date: 20 Dec 13

    Conductor: Bernard Haitink

    Soprano: Camilla Tilling
    Tenor: Mark Padmore
    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

  • More info  
    BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9

    Label: Decca Classics

    Release Date: 06 Feb 12

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    Katerina Beranova
    Lilli Paasikivi
    Robert Dean Smith
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann,

    GewandhausChor
    GewandhausKinderchor
    MDF Rundfunkchor
    Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

  • More info  
    MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    Label: Hänssler Classic

    Release Date: 01 Aug 11

    Conductor: Michael Gielen

    Christiane Iven
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg

  • More info  
    BACH St Matthew Passion

    Label: Decca Classics

    Release Date: 01 Mar 10

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    Thomanerchor Leipzig
    Der Tr Knabenchor
    Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

    CD 0289 478 2194 6 DH 2

  • More info  
    SCHUMANN Songs

    Label: Hyperion

    Release Date: 01 Jan 09

    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Piano: Malcolm Martineau

  • More info  
    BACH Sacred Cantatas for bass

    Label: Naxos

    Release Date: 01 Nov 06

    Conductor: Helmut Muller-Bruhl
    Cologne Chamber Orchestra
    Siegen Collegium Vocale

    Catalogue No: 8.557616

  • More info  
    MOZART Die Zauberflöte

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 03 Apr 06

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado

    Dorothea Röschmann
    Erika Miklósa
    Christoph Strehl
    René Pape
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Arnold Schoenberg Chor

  • More info  
    MOZART Cosi fan tutte

    Label: TDK UK

    Release Date: 29 Sep 03

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim

    Fiordiligi: Dorothea Roschmann
    Dorabella: Katharina Kammerloher
    Guglielmo: Hanno Muller-Brachmann
    Ferrando: Werner Gura
    Despina: Daniela Bruera
    Don Alfonso: Roman Trekel

    Chorus of the Deutschen Staatsoper, Berlin
    Staatskapelle Berlin

  • More info  
    BACH St John Passion

    Label: Soli Deo Gloria

    Release Date: 22 Mar 03

    Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

    Katherine Fuge
    Joanne Lunn
    Bernarda Fink
    Robert Murray
    Paul Tindall
    Julian Clarkson
    Peter Harvey
    Mark Padmore
    Hanno Muller-Brachmann

    The Monteverdi Choir
    The English Baroque Soloists

  • More info  
    BACH Christmas Oratorio

    Label: SCM Hänssler

    Release Date: 01 Jun 00

    Conductor: Helmuth Rilling

    Sibylla Rubens
    Ingeborg Danz
    James Taylor
    Marcus Ullmann
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
    Gächinger Kantorei

    Art.-No.: 092.076.000

  • More info  
    SCHUBERT Lieder

    Label: Label: Harmonia Mundi Les nouveaux interprtes

    Release Date: 05 Dec 98

    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Piano: Malcolm Martineau

  • More info  
    27 Jun 19 JANACEK The Cunning Little Vixen
    Barbican, London

    “As the poacher Haraschta, the superb bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann made the most of his peach of a part, especially as he roamed through the audience while singing of his Gypsy love Terynka.”

    Boyd Tonkin, The Arts Desk, 28 June 2019

    “Both Gerald Finley as the Forester and Hanno Muller-Brachmann as Harašta toed the line perfectly between the two – the latter with a voice so velvet I went and sought out his recordings as soon as I’d cycled home”

    Timmy Fisher, Backtrack, 28 June 2019

  • More info  
    10 Feb 19 MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Philharmonie Cologne, Germany

    “Interesse auf sich ziehen musste indes vor allem der Auftritt des (inzwischen zu Recht international etablierten) Kölner „Eigengewächses“ Anna Lucia Richter (Sopran) an der Seite ihres Kollegen Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Bassbariton), mit dem sie sich hin und wieder – in den Dialog-Liedern – ein amüsantes Rollengeplänkel lieferte. Die hohen Erwartungen wurden weitestgehend erfüllt – was die lyrische Intensität von Richters Stimme, ihren unangestrengten Glanz in jeder Lage (gerade auch im Mezzo-Bereich), die exzellente Legato-Kultur anbelangt. Angesichts des Charakters dieser Mahler-Lieder indes ist vokale Schönheit allein ein Tick zu wenig, es bedarf da sogar des Muts zum Hässlichen.”

    Von Markus Schwering, Kölner Stadt Anzeiger, 12 February 2019

     

     

  • More info  
    13 Jan 19 STRAUSS Ariadne auf Naxos
    Severance Hall, Cleveland

    “Landing the powerful, expressive voices of tenor Andreas Schager and bass-baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann for Bacchus and music master roles was a stroke of good fortune…”
    Zachary Lewis, Cleveland.com, 14 January 2019

  • More info  
    14 Oct 18 Recital

    “Was für ein hervorragendes, sich bestens ergänzendes Liedduo Sevboldt und der in Karlsruhe lehrendä Müller- Brachmann sind, unterstreicht indes der ,,Schwanengesang”. Schon die einleitende ,,Taubenpost” Iebt von der nuancierten Gestaltung des Bass-Baritons, der in der Tiefe mit entsprechend dunkler Farbe agiert, in der Höhe das Timbre eines Baritons einsetzen kann. Hier griff Schubert das ietzte Mal das ,,Wande- (ebenfalls nach Rellstab) passt thematisch und unterstreicht, dass der ,,Schwanengesang” kein unveränderbarer Zyklus ist.”
    Claus Walters, Anzeigen Sonderveröffentlichung, October 2018

  • More info  
    06 Oct 18 BACH Ich habe genug
    Pfarramt Alt Weil, Germany

    “In der Solokantate “Ich habe genug” BWV 82 war bewegend zu hören, wie Hanno Müller-Brachmann seine volltönende, kraftvoll und dunkel timbrierte Stimme wunderbar zu Innerlichkeit und verklärtem Ausdruck sublimiert. Exzellent in der Wortdeutlichkeit und beseelt in der Textausgestaltung interpretierte er die Arien und Rezitative dieser von Todes- und Abschiedsgedanken erfüllten Kantate.”
    Roswitha Frey, Badische Zeitung, 8 October 2018

  • More info  
    10 Jul 17 Recital
    Wigmore Hall

    “This lends a painfully poignant air to the music, fully exploited here by the outstanding German bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann and his descriptive musical partner, pianist Hendrik Heilmann.”
    Ben Hogwood, Arcana, July 2017

    “There’s articulate boldness in other of the smaller roles, like the Music Master (the bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann) and Dance Master (the tenor Jonas Hacker).”
    Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, 18 January 2019

    “…Hanno Müeller-Brachmann (Music Master) and Jonas Hacker (Dance Master) handsomely filled out the cast in the Prologue…”
    Daniel Hathaway, Cleveland Classical, 17 January 2019

  • More info  
    02 May 17 DEBUSSY Pelleas et Melisande
    Cleveland Orchestra

    “Bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann was a commanding presence as Golaud.”
    Daniel Hataway, Classical Voice America, 4 May 2017

    “… Hanno Muller-Brachmann’s performance as her scorned husband Golaud was especially glorious. Peter Rose, as King Arkel, has a voice we could listen to for days.”
    Laura Morrison, Cleveland Scene, 5 May 2017

    “Bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann was brilliant as the conflicted Golaud, Mélisande’s husband and Pelléas’s half-brother. Golaud’s rage and jealousy were often barely contained, but Müller-Brachmann never resorted to shouting. ”
    Timothy Robson, Bachtrack, 3 May 2017

    “…Golaud — the magnificent Hanno Müller-Brachmann …”
    David Allen, New York Times, 8 May 2017

    “…Hanno Muller-Brachmann’s dark, reflective singing made for a vivid contrast as Golaud.”
    George Loomis, Opera Magazine, August 2017

     

  • More info  
    07 Feb 17 BACH Mass in B Minor
    Symphony Hall Boston

    “Müller-Brachmann conveyed the searching lines of “Et in Spiritum sanctum” with colorful dynamic shading. And in the earlier “Quoniam tu solus sanctus” his bright, elegant voice meshed with Richard Sebring’s warmly lyrical French horn solo.”
    Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review, 3 February 2017

  • More info  
    02 Dec 16 VERDI Requiem
    Usher Hall Edinburgh

    “The soloists, soprano Evelina Dobraceva, mezzo Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Edgaras Montvidas and bass-baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann, were phenomenal, adding real top-drawer status to the event.”
    Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland, 4 December 2016

  • More info  
    26 Aug 16 MOZART Per Questa bella mano
    Royal Albert Hall

    “…Per Questa bella mano…eloquently sung by bass Hanno Müller-Brachmann…”
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, August 2016

  • More info  
    10 May 16 MOZART Die Zauberflöte
    Royal Festival Hall

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann was the experienced Papageno.”

    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 11 May 2016

    “…and a Lieder-quality Papageno from Hanno Müller-Brachmann, the finest principal in the cast.”
    David Nice, The Arts Desk, 11 May 2016

  • More info  
    13 Aug 15 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
    Edinburgh International Festival

    “The strongest elements were…Hanno Müller-Brachmann, whose Figaro radiated a nicely Tiggerish combination of the gormless and bumptious.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 14 August 2015

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s Figaro is lusty and robust…”
    Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 14 August 2015

    “The alpha males Figaro (Hanno Müller-Brachmann)…From his initial declaration of war ‘Se vuol ballare’, the warmth in Müller-Brachmann’s voice indicates his vengeance is good-natured, rather than vindictive.”
    Catriona Graham, The Opera Critic, 20 August 2015

  • More info  
    18 Jun 15 MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Bridgewater Hall

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann, in the final set of songs, proved the most attractive of the three, with clear and resonant tone, irreproachable diction…”
    Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News,19 June 2015

    “Tonight’s songs came from Hanno Müller-Brachmann, who imbued them with a powerful sense of life, in all its optimism, grim reality, tragedy and comedy”.
    Rohan Shotton, Bach Track, 20 June 2015

  • More info  
    20 Oct 14 BACH B Minor Mass
    The Cleveland Orchestra; Welser-Möst

    “It is hard to imagine a better quartet for this performance; each was superb… Hanno Müller-Brachmann was impressive in his aria Quoniam tu solus sanctus….”
    Timothy Robson, Bachtrack, 20 October 2014

  • More info  
    21 Aug 14 BRITTEN War Requiem
    BBC Proms; Nelsons; CBSO

    “Lending a sharp emotional edge to the solemnity were the three soloists, who were ideally matched. Susan Gritton was delicately tender in the Lacrimosa (am I the only person who hears a touch of Gershwin in this piece?). Tenor Toby Spence and bass Hanno Müller-Brachmann were unaffectedly hearty during the poem about sharing a meal with Death, and in the final dialogue of the two dead soldiers they held us spellbound. The silence after the final chord felt as if it would never end.”
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 22 August 2014

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann…the quiet intensity of “Nor my titanic tears”.”
    Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 22 August 2014

    “Owen’s poetry had committed advocates in soloists Toby Spence and Hanno Müller-Branchmann..Müller-Branchmann spelled out the pity of it all in his fine, rich baritone: “I am the enemy you killed, my friend.”
    Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian, 24 August 2014

    “The three soloists strongly conveyed the essence of Britten’s juxtaposition of universal Christian consolation and individual tragedy and experience… Baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s first entry was similarly affecting, the hushed sorrow of ‘Bugles sang, saddening the evening air’ delivering a persuasive rebuke to the flashing trumpets which had rung so glitteringly in the preceding ‘Dies Irae’. Müller-Brachmann sang with admirable control and assurance throughout, his noble declamation and rich, smooth tone elegant and unfussy. Though tackling a foreign tongue, he communicated with real directness and the openness of the baritone’s phrasing conveyed conviction and assurance.

    Both Spence and Müller-Brachmann proved versatile in their responses to the text, especially in their duets. Conjoining in the ‘Dies Irae’, ‘Out there, we’ve walked quite friendly up to Death’, they presented a stubborn and bitter obstacle to the subsequent animated assertion of the choral tenors and basses: ‘Confutatis maledictis, Flammis accribus addictis, Voca me cum bendictis’ (When the damned have been confounded an to bitter flames consigned, summon me among the blessed.”
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 22 August 2014

  • More info  
    11 Aug 13 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
    Rose Theater, New York

    “The bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann is an ideal Figaro: a youthful, appealing actor, a singer with a firm, dark and exciting voice. Sitting in an easy chair during that opening scene, measuring the space for the couple’s new bed simply by extending his hands and imagining the dimensions, Mr. Müller-Brachmann’s Figaro exudes easygoing charm and self-absorption, until Susanna makes clear that the count, no fooling, intends to have his way with her.”
    Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 12 August 2013

  • More info  
    22 Mar 12 BACH St John Passion
    Les violins du Roy

    “…et le baryton-basse Hanno Müller-Brachmann à la voix riche et satinée.”

    Richard Boisvert, cyberpresse.ca, 22nd March 2012

  • More info  
    28 Oct 11 HAYDN The Creation
    Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    “…bass-baritone Hanno Mueller-Brachmann taking both Adam and the angel Raphael…sang off the words sensitively…”

    John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 28 October 2011

  • More info  
    31 May 11 MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    “Triumph too in the Mahler songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, chiefly because of Hanno Müller-Brachmann. The German’s bass-baritone voice, strikingly black and penetrating…such were his powers of characterisation and projection that he conveyed every emotional tremor. We laughed, we cried, we felt bitter irony. Running alongside, Jurowski and the LPO supplied plenty of instrumental finesse.”

    Geoff Brown, The Times, 31 May 2011

    “But Hanno Müller-Brachmann, a late stand-in as soloist, matched the players for vivid expression all the way. Müller-Brachmann is a rising star in Germany, and with good reason; his sonorous, flexible bass-baritone communicated every single word.”

    Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 30 May 2011

  • More info  
    31 Jan 11 MAHLER Symphony No.8
    BBC Symphony Orchestra

    “Among the soloists, the mezzo Stephanie Blythe and the bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann stood out.”

    Peter Reed, Sunday Telegraph, July 2010

    “…only Stephanie Blythe, with her voluptuous mezzo, and baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann, for his noble declamation of Goethe’s text, really rose to the occasion.”

    Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, July 2010

  • More info  
    31 Aug 10 MOZART Idomeneo
    Dacapo

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann is a properly lively and amusing Papageno, and delivers the role in a richer bass-baritone than many interpreters provide.”
    Alan Blyth, Gramophone, 16 May 2016

  • More info  
    01 Apr 10 BACH St Matthew Passion
    Decca

    “…his interpretation bristles with drama, thanks to…Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s nobly declaimed Christus.”

    Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, 4 April 2010

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s Christ suffers nobly.”

    Geoff Brown, Sunday Times, 27 March 2010

Articles

Review of a recital with Thomas Seyboldt at Schloss Ettlingen on Octboer 2018