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Brigitte Fassbaender

Singer details:

Voice: Mezzo
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1939

About Brigitte Fassbaender:

Brigitte Fassbaender (German pronunciation: ; born 3 July 1939), is a German mezzo-soprano opera singer and a stage director. From 1999 to 2012 she was intendant (managing director) of the Tyrolean State Theatre in Innsbruck, Austria. She holds the title Kammersängerin from the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Vienna Staatsoper.

Fassbaender was born in Berlin, the daughter of screen actress Sabine Peters and the baritone, Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender. The family settled in Nuremberg after World War II. She spent her early career in Munich.

Fassbaender studied singing with her father, at the Nuremberg Conservatory. She joined the Bavarian State Opera in 1961, where her first leading role was Nicklausse in The Tales of Hoffmann. Fassbaender sang Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) in Munich, in 1967, the role that launched her international career. In 1971, she sang at Covent Garden and made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1974. Fassbaender's first love was not music, but theatre. "I was obsessed by the theatre and wanted to be an actress like my mother."

In addition to her operatic work, Fassbaender has performed in the concert hall as a Lieder singer and in movies, singing the role of Prince Orlofsky in the 1984 film production of Johann Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Her recordings range from operas, vocal works with orchestra, to Lieder, including Schubert's 'Winterreise' and 'Schwanengesang', oratorios such as Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Handel's Messiah, and also speaking roles after her retirement from singing. She has appeared in numerous televised opera productions now available on DVD, such as her signature roles Octavian and Orlofsky, both conducted by her frequent collaborator Carlos Kleiber.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Zum Ziele führt dich diese Bahn Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.16

Type: quartetVoice: T tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three boys
2Zum treuen Freunde geh Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Harriet
3Zum Leiden bin ich auserkoren Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.09

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Queen
4Zu hilfe zu hilfe! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.02

Type: quartetVoice: T S S MzLanguage: German

Roles: Tamino/Three ladies
5Zeffiretti lusinghieri Popularity:

Opera: IdomeneoComposer: MozartAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ilia
6Wo bin ich wach ich? Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Gretel
7Wird Philomele trauern Popularity:

Opera: Abu HassanComposer: WeberAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Fatime
8Wie lachen sie Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
9Werther rien! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Werther/Charlotte
10Werther est de retour Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.08

Type: recitativeVoice: Br MzLanguage: French

Roles: Albert/Charlotte
11Weh! Ach Wehe! Dies Zu Dulden! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.06

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
12Weh ach wehe dies zu dulden Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.18

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
13Was soll ich dazu sagen Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct: 2

Type: quartetVoice: B T Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Plunkett/Lyonel/Nancy/Harriet
14Voi che sapete Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cherubino
15Viva viva il buon gusto Popularity:

Opera: Finta giardiniera, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.03

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz S B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anchise/Ramiro/Serpetta/Roberto/Violante
16Viva pur la Giardiniera Popularity:

Opera: Finta giardiniera, LaComposer: MozartAct: 3.11-1

Type: septet,finaleVoice: T S S T Mz S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anchise/Violante/Arminda/Belfiore/Ramiro/Serpetta/Roberto
17Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
18Vengo aspettate Sesto Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.21

Type: trioVoice: S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Vitellia/Annio/Publio
19Venga pur minacci Popularity:

Opera: Mitridate, Re di PontoComposer: MozartAct: 1.14

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Farnace
20Vedrai Tito vedrai Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Annio/Publio/Vitellia
21Va pure ad altri Popularity:

Opera: Finta giardiniera, LaComposer: MozartAct: 3.08

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ramiro
22Va laisse couler mes larmes Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.04-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: French

Roles: Charlotte
23Una donna a quindici anni Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Despina
24Un di se ben rammentomi Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.03

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
25Tu fosti tradito Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Annio
26Tu e ver m'assolvi Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.25

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
27Tu che le vanita Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
28Tristan Isolde treuloser Holder Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde/Brangäne
29Torna di Tito a lato Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.02

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Annio
30Ti scosta Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
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