Hanno Müller-Brachmann


German Bass-Baritone Hanno Mueller-Brachmann made his operatic debut in 1996 in Telemann's Orpheus under René Jacobs at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, where he was a member of the ensemble from 1998 and where he sang the great Mozart roles of Leporello, Figaro, Guglielmo and Papageno as well as his first Wotan under Barenboim.  He made his debut with the Bavarian State Opera as Oreste in Elektra and returned to Munich as Papageno in the new production of Die Zauberfloete at the Munich Festival. He made his debuts at the Vienna State Opera as Guglielmo under de Billy and at San Francisco Opera as Guglielmo under Gielen and sang Leporello at the 2006 Vienna Klangbogen Festival. He is an acclaimed interpreter of the great Bach Passions, and has sung with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under Masur and the Monteverdi Orchestra under Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Philharmonia Orchestra under von Dohnanyi, the Berlin Staatskapelle under Luisi, the Gewandhaus Leipzig under Chailly, Wiener Philharmoniker under Sir Charles Mackerras, Berliner Philharmoniker under Nikolaus Harnoncourt. He also devotes himself to Lied and works regularly with the pianists Burkhard Kehring, Philippe Jordan, Malcolm Martineau, András Schiff, and Daniel Barenboim. His recital engagements have included the Wigmore Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus with András Schiff, Schubertiade Festival in Schwarzenberg, the Edinburgh International Festival and the Deutsche Staatsoper, Berlin. His Festival engagements have included the London Mostly Mozart Festival under Marriner; the Tanglewood Festival under Christoph von Dohnanyí and the BBC Proms, Berlin and Lucerne Festivals under Masur. His recordings include Schubert recital discs for Harmonia Mundi and Naxos Records, a Schumann recital disc for Hyperion Records, Die Zauberflöte conducted by Claudio Abbado for Deutsche Grammophon which won Gramophone’s ‘Best Opera Recording of the Year’ and Bach's St Matthew Passion conducted by Riccardo Chailly for Decca.

The season’s engagements include the War Requiem in Munich, St Matthew Passion in Stockholm and St John Passion in Vienna and Aix, in his first cooperation with Maazel, Harding and Antonini respectively; Faure’s Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra; song recitals with András Schiff at the Berlin Philharmonie, Malcom Martineau at London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as his debut with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in Haydn’s Die Schöpfung under Haitink in Munich and at the Salzburg Festival.


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Le nozze di Figaro

Rose Theater, New York

The bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann is an ideal Figaro: a youthful, appealing actor, a singer with a firm, dark and exciting voice. Sitting in an easy chair during that opening scene, measuring the space for the couple’s new bed simply by extending his hands and imagining the dimensions, Mr. Müller-Brachmann’s Figaro exudes easygoing charm and self-absorption, until Susanna makes clear that the count, no fooling, intends to have his way with her. Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 12th August 2013


St John Passion

Les violins du Roy

...et le baryton-basse Hanno Müller-Brachmann à la voix riche et satinée.

Richard Boisvert, cyberpresse.ca, 22nd March 2012


The Creation

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

...bass-baritone Hanno Mueller-Brachmann taking both Adam and the angel Raphael...sang off the words sensitively...

John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune, 28th October 2011


Des Knaben Wunderhorn

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Triumph too in the Mahler songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, chiefly because of Hanno Müller-Brachmann. The German’s bass-baritone voice, strikingly black and penetrating...such were his powers of characterisation and projection that he conveyed every emotional tremor. We laughed, we cried, we felt bitter irony. Running alongside, Jurowski and the LPO supplied plenty of instrumental finesse.
Geoff Brown, The Times, 31st May 2011
But Hanno Müller-Brachmann, a late stand-in as soloist, matched the players for vivid expression all the way. Müller-Brachmann is a rising star in Germany, and with good reason; his sonorous, flexible bass-baritone communicated every single word. 
Erica Jeal, The Guardian, 30th May 2011


Symphony No.8

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Among the soloists, the mezzo Stephanie Blythe and the bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann stood out.
Peter Reed, Sunday Telegraph, July 2010
...only Stephanie Blythe, with her voluptuous mezzo, and baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann, for his noble declamation of Goethe's text, really rose to the occasion.
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, July 2010


St Matthew Passion


...his interpretation bristles with drama, thanks to...Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s nobly declaimed Christus.
Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, 4th April 2010
Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s Christ suffers nobly.
Geoff Brown, Sunday Times, 27th March 2010


MOZART: Cosi fan tutte

Fiordiligi -- Dorothea Roschmann
Dorabella -- Katharina Kammerloher
Guglielmo -- Hanno Muller-Brachmann
Ferrando -- Werner Gura
Despina -- Daniela Bruera
Don Alfonso -- Roman Trekel
Chorus of the Deutschen Staatsoper, Berlin
Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim

BACH: Christmas Oratorio

Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248

Sibylla Rubens, Ingeborg Danz, James Taylor, Marcus Ullmann, Hanno Müller-Brachmann, the Gächinger Kantorei, and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart under Helmuth Rilling

Johann Sebastian Bach Edition
Art.-No.: 092.076.000
SCM Hänssler