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Cornelius Hauptmann (born 14 June 1951) is a German opera and concert singer (bass).
Born in Stuttgart, Hauptmann studied at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. There he passed his stage examination in 1982 and as a student of Jakob StÃ¤mpfli he obtained the soloist diploma at the University of the Arts Bern. Master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hans Hotter, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (who supervised him for 24 years) and Eric Tappy made a significant contribution to his artistic development - as evidenced by numerous prizes and awards at international singing competitions. He was also a fellow of the Herbert von Karajan Foundation.
Hauptmann made his debut at the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 1982 and was a member of the opera houses in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe until 1989.
As a freelance concert and opera singer he has made guest appearances - primarily in Mozart's operas - in Munich, Leipzig, OrlÃ©ans, Paris (Bastille and ChÃ¢telet), Lisbon, Madrid, Lyon, Berlin (Deutsche Oper), Amsterdam, Zurich, Vienna (Volksoper), etc. under conductors such as Gardiner, Hollreiser, Mehta, Haenchen, Nagano, Piollet, Marriner and others.
Especially in the concert field Hauptmann made a name for himself under conductors like Bernius, Bernstein, Bertini, Boulez, Corboz, Gardiner, Rilling, Harnoncourt, Hogwood, Masur, V. Neumann, Tilson Thomas, Welser-MÃ¶st, Sigiswald Kuijken, Cao and others.