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Rainer Trost (born 1966) is a German tenor whose performance repertoire encompasses operas, operettas, Lieder and oratorios. He is known for roles in Mozart operas. He is also a voice teacher at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna.
Trost spent his childhood and youth in Stuttgart where he was born. In his hometown, he was a member of the Stuttgarter Hymnus-Chorknaben for many years. He first studied law, but turned to singing, studying in Freiburg im Breisgau, Stuttgart and from 1987 to 1991 at tclarifyhe Hochschule fÃ¼r Musik in Munich, among others with Adalbert Kraus. Subsequently, the singer was an ensemble member of the Staatsoper Hannover until 1995.
In 1992, Trost launched his international career as Ferrando in Mozart's CosÃ¬ fan tutte with conductor John Eliot Gardiner in Paris This performance was recorded live and released on the Deutsche Grammophon label. A Guardian review wrote:
"few tenors on disc can rival the German Rainer Trost in the heady beauty of his voice â€” above all in Ferrando's aria Una Aura Amorosa".
Later Trost performed especially with the tenor roles in Mozart operas such as Tamino, Belmonte, Ferrando, Don Ottavio, Idamante and the title role in La clemenza di Tito. He has appeared in Hamburg, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Ludwigsburg, Paris, Vienna, Geneva, Berlin, Brussels, Cologne, Barcelona, the Metropolitan Opera, at the Salzburg Festival and the Edinburgh Festival, at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London. He also appeared as Count Balduin Zedlau in Wiener Blut by Johann Strauss at the Seefestspiele MÃ¶rbisch in August 2007, and as Arbace in Dieter Dorn's new production of Idomeneo on 14 June 2008 for the reopening of the CuvilliÃ©s-Theater in Munich. He enjoyed success as Pylade in Gluck's IphigÃ©nie en Tauride at the Theater an der Wien in October 2014. He created the role of Calogero in Manfred Trojahn's La grande magia at the Semperoper in Dresden in 2008.