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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
1Zitto lascia ch'io senta Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.06

Type: recitativeVoice: Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Masetto
2Wo berg'ich mich? Popularity:

Opera: EuryantheComposer: WeberAct: 2

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Lysiart
3Wie freundlich strahlt die holde Morgensonne Popularity:

Opera: Wildschütz, DerComposer: LortzingAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Count
4Wer ein holdes Weib errungen Popularity:

Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.13

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

Roles: Florestan/Leonore
5Was gibt's Osmin Popularity:

Opera: Entführung aus dem Serail, DieComposer: MozartAct: 3.06

Type: recitativeVoice: B S T spLanguage: German

Roles: Osmin/Konstanze/Belmonte/Selim
6Vedro mentr'io sospiro Popularity:

Opera: Nozze di Figaro, LeComposer: MozartAct: 3.05

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Count
7Tra quest arbori celata Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.26

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Giovanni/Masetto
8Teco lo guida al campo Popularity:

Opera: ArmidaComposer: HaydnAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Rinaldo
9Sola 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
10Se dal suo braccio oppresso Popularity:

Opera: ArmidaComposer: HaydnAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Idreno
11Pa-Pa-Pa-Papageno Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.31

Type: duetVoice: S BrLanguage: German

Roles: Papagena/Papageno
12O du mein holder Abendstern Popularity:

Opera: TannhäuserComposer: WagnerAct: 3

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Wolfram
13Notte e giorno faticar Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello
14Mi dica il mio signore Popularity:

Opera: Fedelta Premiata, LaComposer: HaydnAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melibeo
15Ma qual mai s'offre oh Dei Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: Italian

Roles: Anna/Ottavio
16Leporello Signore Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.01-2

Type: recitativeVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
17Lass er doch hören Popularity:

Opera: Wildschütz, DerComposer: LortzingAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Gretchen/Baculus
18L'ultima prova dell'amor mio Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.19

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giovanni/Leporello
19In diesen heil'gen Hallen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.13

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Sarastro
20Il pensier sta negli oggetti Popularity:

Opera: Orfeo ed EurediceComposer: HaydnAct:

Type: Voice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles:
21Fin ch'han dal vino Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.20

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
22Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 2.23

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
23Eh! via buffone Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.01-1

Type: duetVoice: B BrLanguage: Italian

Roles: Leporello/Giovanni
24Eccomi a voi Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.03

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Elvira/Giovanni/Leporello
25Dunque quello sei tu Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.10-1

Type: recitativeVoice: S S T BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Zerlina/Elvira/Ottavio/Masetto
26Don Giovanni a cenar teco Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.20

Type: trioVoice: Br B BLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni/Leporello/Commendatore
27Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja Popularity:

Opera: Zauberflöte, DieComposer: MozartAct: 1.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Papageno
28Den hohen Herrscher wurdig zu empfangen Popularity:

Opera: Zar und ZimmermannComposer: LortzingAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: bassLanguage: German

Roles: Bett
29Deh! vieni alla finestra Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: Italian

Roles: Giovanni
30Dalla sua pace Popularity:

Opera: Don GiovanniComposer: MozartAct: 1.18-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Ottavio
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