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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
31Lass er doch hören Popularity:

Opera: Wildschütz, DerComposer: LortzingAct: 1

Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: German

Roles: Gretchen/Baculus
32Mi dica il mio signore Popularity:

Opera: Fedelta Premiata, LaComposer: HaydnAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Melibeo
33Wie freundlich strahlt die holde Morgensonne Popularity:

Opera: Wildschütz, DerComposer: LortzingAct: 3

Type: recitativeVoice: baritoneLanguage: German

Roles: Count
34Was 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
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