André Morsch

Samling Artist Programme: 2001

German baritone André Morsch studied in Austria before entering the Amsterdam Conservatory to study with Margreet Honig. He graduated from the New Opera Academy in The Hague with distinction. In 2007, he was the winner of the prestigious ‘Internationaler Wettbewerb für Liedkunst’ in Stuttgart, where he also received the Hermann-Reutter-Prize, after being awarded the Prix Bernac at the Académie Ravel in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. In 2005, he was invited by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants to take part in Le Jardin des Voix.

An ensemble member at Oper Stuttgart since 2011, his roles for this house have included Leporello/Don Giovanni, Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro, Harlekin/Ariadne auf Naxos, Achille/Giulio Cesare, Schaunard/La Bohème, Dandini/La Cenerentola, Verva in Janáček’s Osud, Cithéron/Platée and most recently, Dr Falke/Die Fledermaus and his role-debut as Figaro/Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

In 2015/16, he will return to Stuttgart as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Figaro/Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Der Graf in Boesmans’ Der Reigen, as well as appear in recital with Sarah Connolly and Julius Drake at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, sing Bach’s B minor Mass and Cantatas with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie, Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro and Bach’s St John Passion, both with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, as well as Papageno at Geneva Opera.

Recent engegagements include Guglielmo/Così fan tutte and The Creation with the Orchestra of the 18th Century, Pompeo/Benvenuto Cellini, Der Graf in Schreker’s Der Schatzgräber, Jake Wallace/La Fanciulla del West, The Novice’s Friend/Billy Budd, Michelotto Cibo in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, all at De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Adario/Les Indes Galantes at Opernhaus Zürich, the title role in Lully’s Cadmus et Hermione at the Opéra Comique in Paris (Diapason d’Or, DVD of the year 2009/ Deutsche Schallplattenkritik), Harlekin at Oper Leipzig, Figaro/Le Nozze di Figaro and Fritz/Die tote Stadt at the Opéra national de Lorraine in Nancy, De Brétigny in Massenet’s Manon, Ping/Turandot, Dandini/La Cenerentola, all at the Nationale Reisopera, Moralès/Carmen at the Opéra de Lausanne, Boris in Shostakovich’s Moskva – Cheremushki at the Opéra de Lyon, 1st Whale Hunter in the world premiere of J.P. Wagemans Legende, Stephano in Martin’s Der Sturm, at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

His concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Martin, which he has performed with, amongst others, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, the Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, the Bochumer Symphoniker, Les Talens Lyriques, Le Poème Harmonique, Les Arts Florissants, the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Marc Albrecht, Jaap van Zweden, Ingo Metzmacher, Christophe Rousset, William Christie, Vincent Dumestre, Carlo Rizzi, Ivor Bolton, Stefan Soltesz, Reinbert de Leeuw, Daniel Klajner, Sylvain Cambreling and Edo de Waart.