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Burkhard Fritz

Monika Rittershaus

Burkhard Fritz was born in Hamburg and received his vocal training at the Johannes-Brahms-Konservatorium in Hamburg with Ute Buge. He also attended Masterclasses with Alfredo Kraus and studied additionally with Arturo Sergi. The singer gathered his first experiences on stage in several productions of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg and received his first professional engagement at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven in 1997.

From 2000 to 2004 Burkhard Fritz was a member of the Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen. He began singing lyric roles but soon advanced to heavier roles such as Max in Freischütz and Florestan in Fidelio. He guested as Florestan at the Aalto-Theater Essen under the musical direction of Stefan Soltesz and he had a great personal success in the title role of Idomeneo in Oldenburg and as Benvenuto Cellini in Gelsenkirchen.

Since September 2004 Burkhard Fritz is a member of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. Under the musical direction of Daniel Barenboim he was heard as Parsifal in a new production and later as Florestan. With the roles of Cavaradossi in Tosca and Alvaro in La forza del destino at the Staatsoper Berlin he finally established himself also in the Italian repertoire. In spring 2008 he sang Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under Daniel Barenboim and in January 2009 he gave his debut as Don José in Carmen.

Burkhard Fritz was a guest at the Scala di Milano with the 9. Sinfonie of Beethoven, at the State Opera Hannover and in Stuttgart with Lucio Silla and in Rotterdam and Amsterdam with Faust in La Damnation de Faust. Additionally he appeared at the Vienna State Opera with Parsifal. With Benvenuto Cellini he made his debut at the prestigious Salzburg Festival in the summer of 2007 and in 2008 he was Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos at the State Opera Munich and Prince in Rusalka in Brussels. In June 2009 Burkhard Fritz had great success with the Orchestra des Bayerischen Rundfunks under the baton of Manfred Honeck as Johannes in Das Buch mit 7 Siegeln of Franz Schmidt and thereafter with Stolzing in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at the Oper Graz and at the Staatsoper Berlin he gave his debut with Lohengrin and as Fritz in Schreker’s Der ferne Klang.

Future engagement are Cavaradossi in Tosca and Don José in Carmen at the Staatsoper Berlin. At the Teatro Real in Madrid he will sing Paul in Die tote Stadt, in Amsterdam Henri in I vespri Siciliani, at the Bastille in Paris Hans Schwalb in Mathis der Maler and at the Staatsoper München Florestan in Fidelio, followed by Bacchus at the Staatsoper Wien.

Burkhard Fritz can be heard on the recording of Beethoven: 9. Sinfonie under the direction of Daniel Barenboim on the Warner Classics label and on Video with Benvenuto Cellini from Salzburg Festival 2007.

Date Last Edited: December 2010

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