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Thomas Quasthoff

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Voice: Bass-baritone
Nationality: German
Year of Birth: 1959

About Thomas Quasthoff:

Thomas Quasthoff (born 9 November 1959) is a German bass-baritone. Quasthoff has a range of musical interest from Bach cantatas, to lieder, and solo jazz improvisations. Born with severe birth defects caused by thalidomide, Quasthoff is 1.34 m (4 ft 4 3⁄4 in), and has phocomelia.

Quasthoff was born in Hildesheim with serious birth defects caused by his mother's exposure during pregnancy to the drug thalidomide which was prescribed as an antiemetic to combat her morning sickness.

Quasthoff was denied admission to the music conservatory in Hanover, owing to his physical inability to play the piano, rather than a lack of skill required for entry to the conservatory. In the early stages of his education as a singer, Quasthoff was promoted by Sebastian Peschko. Thus, he chose to study voice privately. He also studied law for three years. Prior to his music career, he worked six years as a radio announcer for NDR. He also did voice-over work for television.

Quasthoff's music career was launched in 1988 when he won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, earning praise from the baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. In 1995, he made his American debut at the Oregon Bach Festival at the invitation of artistic director Helmuth Rilling; in 1998, he was one of the soloists for the Bach Festival's world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's Credo, the recording of which won a Grammy Award for best choral recording. In 2003, he made his staged operatic debut as Don Fernando in Beethoven's Fidelio at the Salzburg Festival, conducted by Simon Rattle.

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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1La ci darem la mano Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.12

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni
2Pa-Pa-Pa-Papageno Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.31

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Papagena/Papageno
3Madamina il catalogo e questo Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
4Papagena Papagena Papagena! Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.30

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
5Il mio tesoro Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.12-1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
6Fin ch'han dal vino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
7O du mein holder Abendstern Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wolfram
8In diesen heil'gen Hallen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
9Notte e giorno faticar Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
10Dalla sua pace Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
11Don Giovanni a cenar teco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.20

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
12Vedro mentr'io sospiro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
13Ho capito Signor si! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.10

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Masetto
14Fuggi crudele fuggi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-3

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
15Gia la mensa e preparata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.18

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello
16Ah! taci ingiusto core Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.02-1

Type: trioVoice: B Br SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni/Elvira
17Bisogna aver coraggio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.27

Type: recitativeVoice: Br S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Elvira/Ottavio/Anna/Leporello
18Sola sola in buio loco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.08

Type: sextetVoice: B S S T S BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Zerlina/Masetto
19Fermati scellerato! Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.13

Type: recitativeVoice: S S BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Zerlina/Giovanni
20Non ti fidar o misera Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.16-1

Type: quartetVoice: S S T BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Anna/Ottavio/Giovanni
21Eh! via buffone Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
22Ma qual mai s'offre oh Dei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
23Meta di voi qua vadano Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.05-3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
24Tra quest arbori celata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni/Masetto
25Ah! pieta Signori miei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-2

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
26Zitto lascia ch'io senta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
27Wer ein holdes Weib errungen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.13

Type: duet,choir,finaleVoice: T SLanguage: German

Roles: Florestan/Leonore
28Ahi! ahi la testa mia Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.07-1

Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Masetto/Zerlina
29Mi par ch'oggi il demonio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.15

Type: recitativeVoice: Br T SLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Ottavio/Anna
30L'ultima prova dell'amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giovanni/Leporello
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