ANDRÉ MORSCH BARITONE


BIOGRAPHY

German baritone André Morsch graduated with distinction at the Amsterdam Conservatory where he studied with Margreet Honig. He is a former member of William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix and recipient of the 1st Prize and Hermann-Reutter-Prize at the prestigious 'Internationaler Wettbewerb für Liedkunst' in Stuttgart and the Prix Bernac from the Académie Ravel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

 

A former ensemble member of Oper Stuttgart, his roles for this house included Leporello/Don Giovanni, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro, Figaro/Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Harlekin/Ariadne auf Naxos, Achille/Giulio Cesare, Shaunard/La Bohème, Dandini/La Cenerentola, Cithéron/Platée, Dr. Falke/Die Fledermaus, Der Graf in Boesmans' Der Reigen, Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte, Pluto/Orphee aux enfers, Malatesta/Don Pasquale and  Fernando Ormez in the world premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s Erdbeben.Träume, directed by Jossi Wieler.

 

At De Nationale Opera Amsterdam, he has sung many roles, such as Pompeo/Benvenuto Cellini, Der Graf in Schreker’s Der Schatzgräber, Jake Wallace/La Fanciulla del West, Michelotto Cibo in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten and, most recently, Thésée in Enescu’s Oedipe, conducted by Marc Albrecht.

 

Other recent opera appearances include Plutone in Legrenzi’s La Divisione del Mondo, conducted by Christophe Rousset, at the Opéra National du Rhin, in Nancy and Versailles, Papageno at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro, Bach's St John Passion and Guglielmo with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Adario/Les Indes Galantes at Opernhaus Zürich, the title role in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione at Opéra Comique in Paris (Diapason d'Or, DVD of the year 2009/Deutsche Schallplattenkritik), Fritz/Die tote Stadt and Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, Boris in Shostakovich’s Moskva - Cheremushki at the Opéra de Lyon and Stephano in Martin's Der Sturm at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

 

In concert, he has worked with, amongst others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Kioi Hall Chamber Orchestra, 

the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Poème Harmonique, Les Arts Florissants, Les musiciens du Louvres, Akademie für alte Musik Berlin, Het Residentie Orkest, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductors such as Frans Bruggen, Jaap van Zweden, Ingo Metzmacher, James Gaffigan, Hervé Niquet, Christophe Rousset, William Christie, Marc Minkowski, Vincent Dumestre, Carlo Rizzi, Ivor Bolton, Kenneth Montgomery, Marcus Creed, Reinbert de Leeuw, Jan Willem de Vriend, Sylvain Cambreling and Edo de Waart.

 

Most recent engagements include Bach’s Saint John Passion and B-minor Mass with Les Arts Florissants, Beethoven 9 with Concert Olympique, the world premiere of Jan Mueller Wieland’s Maria with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble and Thomas Hengelbrock at the Ruhrtriennale Festival, Brahms’ Requiem, Haydn’s Jahreszeiten and the title role in Don Giovanni with the Orchestra of the 18 Century, Britten’s War Requiem with Het Gelders Orkest, Mozart’s Krönungsmesse with the Cuban European Youth Orchestra and Thomas Hengelbrock, Schubert’s Stabat Materand Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Dutch Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Haydn's Schöpfungsmesse and Mozart’s Requiem with the Brussels Philharmonic, the title role in Telemann’s Miriways with the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin under Bernard Labadie at Laeizhalle Hamburg, Brahms’ Deutsches Requiem with the Sinfonieorchester Basel and the Cuban European Youth Orchestra under Thomas Hengelbrock in Havana and Weihnachtsoratorium with Chorwerk Ruhr in Madrid and at the Essen Philharmonie and Mozart’s Zauberflöte/Papageno at Theater Basel.

 

In recital, he regularly performs with Julius Drake, with appearances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Delft Chamber Music Festival and elsewhere.

 

Highlights in 2021/22 include Handel’s Messiah with the NDR Chor at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Papageno in Mozart’s Magic Flute and Jesus in Bach’s Matthew Passion at Theater Basel, Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Teatro Regio di Torino/Fabio Biondi and Malatesta in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Opera Dijon.