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Axel Köhler

Singer details:

Voice: Countertenor
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1959

About Axel Köhler:

Axel Köhler (born 1959 in Schwarzenberg, Saxony) is a German countertenor and opera director. In 1994, he won the Handel Music Prize. Since 2009, he has been Artistic Director of the Halle Opera House.

Axel Köhler studied violin pedagogy and singing at the Carl Maria von Weber Academy of Music in Dresden. In 1987 he made his singing debut as Eustazio in Peter Konwitschny's production of Rinaldo. A number of demanding countertenor roles followed, especially in Handel's operas, as Köhler guested at international festivals and concerts, and in compact disc, radio and opera productions.

Since 1984, Köhler has belonged to the ensemble Halle an der Saale, first as a baritone and later as a countertenor. In 1995, Köhler sang at the Royal Opera House in London at the premiere of Arianna by Alexander Goehr. In 1998 he took over the title role in the world premiere of Farinelli by Siegfried Matthus. In 2001, he played the devil in Detlev Glanert's comic opera Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung at its premiere. He sang the role of Ajib in L'Upupa by Hans Werner Henze in 2003 at the Salzburg Festival premiere. In 2006, Köhler designed the title role in Cantor – Die Vermessung des Unendlichen by Ingomar Grünauer, a world premiere in which he sang as a baritone.

In 2005, Köhler sang at the Semper Opera in Dresden in the role of Poro in Johann Adolf Hasse's opera Cleofide. He sang with the Bavarian State Opera for Poppea and Rinaldo, the Hamburg State Opera for Poppea. He also sang in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in the part of La Speranza and the Polinesso in Handel's Ariodante. In 2011, he appeared as The Roasted Swan in Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. From 2007 to 2010, he appeared as Artemis in Hans Werner Henze's Phaedra in Berlin, Brussels, Vienna, Frankfurt and London. Subsequently he played the part of Trasimede in Handel's Alceste at the Leipzig Opera. He also sang on the Dresden Theatre Barge, the Opera Hall and at the Rheingau Music Festival in the cabaret program Greife wacker nach der Sünde.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Va tacito e nascosto Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.18

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Achilla/Cesare/Cornelia/Sesto
2Pur ti miro Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 3.09

Type: duetVoice: cT/S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nerone/Poppea
3Venti turbini prestate Popularity:

Opera: RinaldoComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
4Fammi combattere Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
5Aure deh per pieta Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.05-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
6Al lampo dell armi Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.12

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
7Signor deh non partire Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.05

Type: duetVoice: S cT/SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppea/Nerone
8Natus cadit atque Deus Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.04

Type: duetVoice: T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus/Melia
9L'empio sleale indegno Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo
10Speranza tu mi vai Popularity:

Opera: Incoronazione di Poppea, L'Composer: MonteverdiAct: 1.06

Type: duetVoice: S cA/TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppea/Arnalta
11Alma del gran Pompeo Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Cleopatra/Curio
12Quel torrente che cade dal monte Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.07-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
13Si spietata il tuo rigore Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo
14Cielo se tu il consenti Popularity:

Opera: OrlandoComposer: HandelAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Orlando
15Ut navis in aequore luxuriante Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus
16Laetari iocari Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus
17Se in fiorito ameno prato Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
18Voi che mie fide ancelle Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.09

Type: recitativeVoice: S cA/Mz/cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cleopatra/Cesare
19Cesare alla tua destra Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.17

Type: recitativeVoice: cT cA/Mz/cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo/Cesare
20Cornelia e tempo omai Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.11

Type: recitativeVoice: cT cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo/Cornelia
21Vinta cadesti al balenar Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.03-1

Type: recitativeVoice: cT SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Tolomeo/Cleopatra
22Qui nobile donzella Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.11

Type: recitativeVoice: cA/Mz/cT B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare/Curio/Cleopatra
23Qui Curio vincitor Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.15

Type: recitativeVoice: cT cA/Mz/cT S cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Nireno/Cesare/Sesto/Cornelia
24Cerco invan Tolomeo Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: S B cA/Mz/cT cTLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto/Achilla/Cesare/Nireno
25Heu me periimus Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/S tr/S tr/cA TLanguage: Latin

Roles: Melia/Hyacinthus/Zephyrus/Oebalus
26Rex de salute filii Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/cA T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Zephyrus/Oebalus/Melia
27Amare numquid filia Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 2.01

Type: recitativeVoice: T tr/SLanguage: Latin

Roles: Oebalus/Melia
28Rex me redire cogit Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/cA tr/S TLanguage: Latin

Roles: Apollo/Melia/Oebalus
29Amice iam parata sunt omnia Popularity:

Opera: Apollo et HyacinthusComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: tr/S tr/cA TLanguage: Latin

Roles: Hyacinthus/Zephyrus/Oebalus
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