Hanno Müller-Brachmann

Future highlights include concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Kirill Petrenko, Music Master Ariadne with the Cleveland Orchestra and Harasta The Cunning Little Vixen with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.

© Monika Rittershaus


Hanno has sung with the London, Radio France, Wiener and Berliner Philharmonic Orchestras, the Berlin and Dresden Staatskapelle, Orchestra National de France, and the Boston and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras under conductors including Thielemann, Masur, Harnoncourt, Luisi, von Dohnányi, Labadie, Blomstedt, Nelsons and Gardiner. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Barenboim. Hanno was a member of the ensemble of the Berlin State Opera from 1998 until 2011 and has also appeared at the Bayerische, Hamburgische and Wiener Staatsopern and San Francisco Opera.

He has given recitals in Berlin, Graz, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Paris and Lausanne, at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Berlin Festwochen and the Edinburgh Festival.

Hanno is a Professor at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe.


Online Performances



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    Rudi Stephan: Chamber Works and Songs

    Label: Sony

    Release Date: 07 Jul 17

    Soprano: Tehila Nini Goldstein
    Bass-baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Violin: Agata Szymczewska
    Harp: Marie-Pierre Langlamet
    Piano: Hinrich Alpers
    Kuss Quartet

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    BACH St Mark Passion

    Label: Rondeau Production

    Release Date: 02 Mar 15

    Soprano: Gudrun Sidonie Otto
    Alto: Terry Wey
    Tenor: Daniel Johannsen
    Bass: Stephan MacLeod
    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Harpsichord: Alexander Grychtolik
    Knabenkantorei Basel
    Capriccio Barockorchester

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    Label: IPPNW-Concerts

    Release Date: 26 Aug 14

    Doráti: Die Stimmen
    Mussorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death

    Piano: András Schiff Klavier
    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann

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    HAYDN Die Schöpfung" Hob. XXI:2

    Label: BR Klassik

    Release Date: 20 Dec 13

    Conductor: Bernard Haitink

    Soprano: Camilla Tilling
    Tenor: Mark Padmore
    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Chor und Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks

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    BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9

    Label: Decca Classics

    Release Date: 06 Feb 12

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    Katerina Beranova
    Lilli Paasikivi
    Robert Dean Smith
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann,

    MDF Rundfunkchor
    Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

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    MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn

    Label: Hänssler Classic

    Release Date: 01 Aug 11

    Conductor: Michael Gielen

    Christiane Iven
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg

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    BACH St Matthew Passion

    Label: Decca Classics

    Release Date: 01 Mar 10

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    Thomanerchor Leipzig
    Der Tr Knabenchor
    Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

    CD 0289 478 2194 6 DH 2

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    SCHUMANN Songs

    Label: Hyperion

    Release Date: 01 Jan 09

    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Piano: Malcolm Martineau

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    BACH Sacred Cantatas for bass

    Label: Naxos

    Release Date: 01 Nov 06

    Conductor: Helmut Muller-Bruhl
    Cologne Chamber Orchestra
    Siegen Collegium Vocale

    Catalogue No: 8.557616

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    MOZART Die Zauberflöte

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Release Date: 03 Apr 06

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado

    Dorothea Röschmann
    Erika Miklósa
    Christoph Strehl
    René Pape
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Arnold Schoenberg Chor

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    MOZART Cosi fan tutte

    Label: TDK UK

    Release Date: 29 Sep 03

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim

    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

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    BACH St John Passion

    Label: Soli Deo Gloria

    Release Date: 22 Mar 03

    Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner

    Katherine Fuge
    Joanne Lunn
    Bernarda Fink
    Robert Murray
    Paul Tindall
    Julian Clarkson
    Peter Harvey
    Mark Padmore
    Hanno Muller-Brachmann

    The Monteverdi Choir
    The English Baroque Soloists

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    BACH Christmas Oratorio

    Label: SCM Hänssler

    Release Date: 01 Jun 00

    Conductor: Helmuth Rilling

    Sibylla Rubens
    Ingeborg Danz
    James Taylor
    Marcus Ullmann
    Hanno Müller-Brachmann

    Bach-Collegium Stuttgart
    Gächinger Kantorei

    Art.-No.: 092.076.000

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    SCHUBERT Lieder

    Label: Label: Harmonia Mundi Les nouveaux interprtes

    Release Date: 05 Dec 98

    Bass-Baritone: Hanno Müller-Brachmann
    Piano: Malcolm Martineau

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    02 May 17 DEBUSSY Pelleas et Melisande
    Cleveland Orchestra

    “Bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann was a commanding presence as Golaud.”
    Daniel Hataway, Classical Voice America, 4 May 2017

    “… Hanno Muller-Brachmann’s performance as her scorned husband Golaud was especially glorious. Peter Rose, as King Arkel, has a voice we could listen to for days.”
    Laura Morrison, Cleveland Scene, 5 May 2017

    “Bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann was brilliant as the conflicted Golaud, Mélisande’s husband and Pelléas’s half-brother. Golaud’s rage and jealousy were often barely contained, but Müller-Brachmann never resorted to shouting. ”
    Timothy Robson, Bachtrack, 3 May 2017

    “…Golaud — the magnificent Hanno Müller-Brachmann …”
    David Allen, New York Times, 8 May 2017

    “…Hanno Muller-Brachmann’s dark, reflective singing made for a vivid contrast as Golaud.”
    George Loomis, Opera Magazine, August 2017


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    07 Feb 17 BACH Mass in B Minor
    Symphony Hall Boston

    “Müller-Brachmann conveyed the searching lines of “Et in Spiritum sanctum” with colorful dynamic shading. And in the earlier “Quoniam tu solus sanctus” his bright, elegant voice meshed with Richard Sebring’s warmly lyrical French horn solo.”
    Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review, 3 February 2017

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    02 Dec 16 VERDI Requiem
    Usher Hall Edinburgh

    “The soloists, soprano Evelina Dobraceva, mezzo Elizabeth DeShong, tenor Edgaras Montvidas and bass-baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann, were phenomenal, adding real top-drawer status to the event.”
    Michael Tumelty, Herald Scotland, 4 December 2016

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    26 Aug 16 MOZART Per Questa bella mano
    Royal Albert Hall

    “…Per Questa bella mano…eloquently sung by bass Hanno Müller-Brachmann…”
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, August 2016

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    10 May 16 MOZART Die Zauberflöte
    Royal Festival Hall

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann was the experienced Papageno.”

    Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 11 May 2016

    “…and a Lieder-quality Papageno from Hanno Müller-Brachmann, the finest principal in the cast.”
    David Nice, The Arts Desk, 11 May 2016

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    13 Aug 15 MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
    Edinburgh International Festival

    “The strongest elements were…Hanno Müller-Brachmann, whose Figaro radiated a nicely Tiggerish combination of the gormless and bumptious.”
    Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph, 14 August 2015

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s Figaro is lusty and robust…”
    Kate Molleson, The Guardian, 14 August 2015

    “The alpha males Figaro (Hanno Müller-Brachmann)…From his initial declaration of war ‘Se vuol ballare’, the warmth in Müller-Brachmann’s voice indicates his vengeance is good-natured, rather than vindictive.”
    Catriona Graham, The Opera Critic, 20 August 2015

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    18 Jun 15 MAHLER Des Knaben Wunderhorn
    Bridgewater Hall

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann, in the final set of songs, proved the most attractive of the three, with clear and resonant tone, irreproachable diction…”
    Robert Beale, Manchester Evening News,19 June 2015

    “Tonight’s songs came from Hanno Müller-Brachmann, who imbued them with a powerful sense of life, in all its optimism, grim reality, tragedy and comedy”.
    Rohan Shotton, Bach Track, 20 June 2015

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    20 Oct 14 BACH B Minor Mass
    The Cleveland Orchestra; Welser-Möst

    “It is hard to imagine a better quartet for this performance; each was superb… Hanno Müller-Brachmann was impressive in his aria Quoniam tu solus sanctus….”
    Timothy Robson, Bachtrack, 20 October 2014

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    21 Aug 14 BRITTEN War Requiem
    BBC Proms; Nelsons; CBSO

    “Lending a sharp emotional edge to the solemnity were the three soloists, who were ideally matched. Susan Gritton was delicately tender in the Lacrimosa (am I the only person who hears a touch of Gershwin in this piece?). Tenor Toby Spence and bass Hanno Müller-Brachmann were unaffectedly hearty during the poem about sharing a meal with Death, and in the final dialogue of the two dead soldiers they held us spellbound. The silence after the final chord felt as if it would never end.”
    Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 22 August 2014

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann…the quiet intensity of “Nor my titanic tears”.”
    Barry Millington, Evening Standard, 22 August 2014

    “Owen’s poetry had committed advocates in soloists Toby Spence and Hanno Müller-Branchmann..Müller-Branchmann spelled out the pity of it all in his fine, rich baritone: “I am the enemy you killed, my friend.”
    Stephen Pritchard, The Guardian, 24 August 2014

    “The three soloists strongly conveyed the essence of Britten’s juxtaposition of universal Christian consolation and individual tragedy and experience… Baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s first entry was similarly affecting, the hushed sorrow of ‘Bugles sang, saddening the evening air’ delivering a persuasive rebuke to the flashing trumpets which had rung so glitteringly in the preceding ‘Dies Irae’. Müller-Brachmann sang with admirable control and assurance throughout, his noble declamation and rich, smooth tone elegant and unfussy. Though tackling a foreign tongue, he communicated with real directness and the openness of the baritone’s phrasing conveyed conviction and assurance.

    Both Spence and Müller-Brachmann proved versatile in their responses to the text, especially in their duets. Conjoining in the ‘Dies Irae’, ‘Out there, we’ve walked quite friendly up to Death’, they presented a stubborn and bitter obstacle to the subsequent animated assertion of the choral tenors and basses: ‘Confutatis maledictis, Flammis accribus addictis, Voca me cum bendictis’ (When the damned have been confounded an to bitter flames consigned, summon me among the blessed.”
    Claire Seymour, Opera Today, 22 August 2014

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    11 Aug 13 MOZART 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, 12 August 2013

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    22 Mar 12 BACH St John Passion
    Les violins du Roy

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

    Richard Boisvert,, 22nd March 2012

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    28 Oct 11 HAYDN 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, 28 October 2011

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    31 May 11 MAHLER 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, 31 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, 30 May 2011

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    31 Jan 11 MAHLER 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

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    01 Apr 10 BACH St Matthew Passion

    “…his interpretation bristles with drama, thanks to…Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s nobly declaimed Christus.”

    Hugh Canning, Sunday Times, 4 April 2010

    “Hanno Müller-Brachmann’s Christ suffers nobly.”

    Geoff Brown, Sunday Times, 27 March 2010