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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
1Wird Philomele trauern Popularity:

Opera: Abu HassanComposer: WeberAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Fatime
2Tristan Isolde treuloser Holder Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.21

Type: recitativeVoice: T S SLanguage: German

Roles: Tristan/Isolde/Brangäne
3Liebestod (Mild und leise) Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
4Hörst Du Sie Noch? Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
5Das susse Lied verhallt Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa/Lohengrin
6Weh! Ach Wehe! Dies Zu Dulden! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.06

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
7Weh ach wehe dies zu dulden Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.18

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
8Mild und leise wie er lächelt Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 3.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
9Einsam in trüben Tagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
10Einsam wachend in der Nacht Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.06

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Brangäne
11Wie lachen sie Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
12Euch Luften die mein Klagen Popularity:

Opera: LohengrinComposer: WagnerAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Elsa
13Alfredo voi Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.17

Type: ensembleVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
14No son tuo figlio Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.06

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
15Ma dimmi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames/Amonasro
16Dammi tu forza o cielo Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Alfredo
17Mal reggendo all'aspro assalto Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.07

Type: duetVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
18Soli or siamo Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.04

Type: Voice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
19Bella figlia dell'amore Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.04

Type: quartetVoice: S cA T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Gilda/Maddalena/Duke/Rigoletto
20Ciel! mio Padre! Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
21Ritorna vincitor Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.10-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
22Madre non dormi? Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.11

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Azucena
23Tu che le vanita Popularity:

Opera: Don CarloComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elisabeth
24Salvator della patria Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 2.10

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/King of Egypt
25Si la stanchezza m'opprime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
26Dell invito trascorsa e gia l'ora Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.02

Type: aria,choirVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta
27Annina? comandate? Popularity:

Opera: Traviata, LaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.02

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Violetta/Annina
28Mesta e la tua canzon Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena
29L'aborrita rivale a me sfuggia Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 4.01-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris
30Qui Radames verra Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida
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