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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
91Si la stanchezza m'opprime Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.12

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Azucena/Manrico
92Wie lachen sie Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
93Sento o Dio che questo piede Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.11

Type: quintetVoice: T Br S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Alfonso
94Ach ich darf nicht hin zu dir Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 1.05

Type: duetVoice: S SLanguage: German

Roles: Adele/Rosalinde
95Suse liebe Suse was raschelt im Stroh Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 1.02

Type: duetVoice: Mz SLanguage: German

Roles: Hansel/Gretel
96Ich stehe voll Zagen Popularity:

Opera: Fledermaus, DieComposer: Strauss jrAct: 3.07

Type: trioVoice: T T SLanguage: German

Roles: Gabriel/Alfred/Rosalinde
97Non e si vago e bello Popularity:

Opera: Giulio CesareComposer: HandelAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: countertenor or contralto or mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Cesare
98Quale insolita gioia nel tuo sguardo Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: Mz TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Amneris/Radames
99In braccio al mio rival Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 3.03

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count/Ferrando/Azucena
100Ti scosta Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.16

Type: Voice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
101La mano a me date Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.07

Type: quartetVoice: B S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Alfonso/Despina/Ferrando/Guglielmo
102Venti scudi hai tu detto Popularity:

Opera: RigolettoComposer: VerdiAct: 4.05-2

Type: recitativeVoice: Br B T cALanguage: Italian

Roles: Rigoletto/Sparafucile/Duke/Maddalena
103Weh ach wehe dies zu dulden Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.18

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Isolde
104Ma dimmi Popularity:

Opera: AidaComposer: VerdiAct: 3.14-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Aida/Radames/Amonasro
105Tamino wollen wir nicht speisen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.16

Type: recitativeVoice: Br SLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno/Pamina
106Weh! Ach Wehe! Dies Zu Dulden! Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 1.06

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
107Hörst Du Sie Noch? Popularity:

Opera: Tristan und IsoldeComposer: WagnerAct: 2.01

Type: Voice: Language: German

Roles:
108Seid uns zum zweiten Mal willkommen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.15

Type: trioVoice: tr cA MzLanguage: German

Roles: Three boys
109Dove son? Che loco e questo Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 1.38

Type: sextet,finaleVoice: T Br S S Mz BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ferrando/Guglielmo/Despina/Fiordiligi/Dorabella/Alfonso
110Oh! che bella giornata Popularity:

Opera: Cosi Fan TutteComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: recitativeVoice: S T Mz BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Fiordiligi/Ferrando/Dorabella/Guglielmo
111Der kleine Sandmann bin ich Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 2.03

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Sandman
112All armi all armi! Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 3.04

Type: trioVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Lescaut/Chevalier/Manon
113Si le bonheur a sourire t'invite Popularity:

Opera: FaustComposer: GounodAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: French

Roles: Siébel
114Che ceffi son costor Popularity:

Opera: Manon LescautComposer: PucciniAct: 2.05-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br MzLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manon/Lescaut/Singer
115Den Teuren zu versöhnen Popularity:

Opera: MarthaComposer: FlotowAct: 4

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Harriet
116Werther rien! Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 4.02

Type: recitativeVoice: T MzLanguage: French

Roles: Werther/Charlotte
117Bonjour grande soeur Popularity:

Opera: WertherComposer: MassenetAct: 3.02

Type: recitativeVoice: S MzLanguage: French

Roles: Sophie/Charlotte
118Che non m'inganna quel fioco lume Popularity:

Opera: Trovatore, IlComposer: VerdiAct: 4.14

Type: recitativeVoice: T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Manrico/Leonora
119Tu e ver m'assolvi Popularity:

Opera: Clemenza di Tito, LaComposer: MozartAct: 2.25

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: mezzoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Sesto
120Wo bin ich wach ich? Popularity:

Opera: Hänsel und GretelComposer: HumperdinckAct: 3.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: German

Roles: Gretel
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