Christof Fischesser

credit Jens Fischesser

The bass Christof Fischesser grew up in a musical family, received his first music lessons as a child and was a member of selected choirs and ensembles. After studying under Professor Martin Gründler at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts he won first prize at the Bundeswettbewerb für Gesang in Berlin in the year 2000. This led to Christof Fischesser being employed by the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe as an ensemble member where he had the opportunity to sing some of the greatest bass roles, such as the title role in Boito’s Mefistofele and Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). In 2004 he transferred to the Berlin State Opera, and from 2012 to 2015 was a member of the ensemble at Zurich’s Opera House, with which he still has a close working relationship.

Christof Fischesser has given guest performances at many renowned theatres, such as the Vienna State Opera, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, Berlin’s Komische Oper, Dresden’s Semperoper, the Opéra de Lyon, the Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Houston’s Grand Opera, the Lyric Opera in Chicago, and the opera houses in Antwerp, Copenhagen and Gothenburg.

Christof Fischesser has established himself internationally with his wide spectrum of bass roles and can be heard in the following roles: King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Landgraf Hermann (Tannhäuser), Henry the Fowler (Lohengrin), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Sarastro (The Magic Flute), Sir Giorgio (I Puritani), Escamillo (Carmen), Don Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Rocco (Fidelio), Banquo (Macbeth), Count Walter (Luisa Miller), Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Kaspar (Der Freischütz), Mephisto (Faust/Gounod) and as Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau (Der Rosenkavalier).

His colourful, flexible bass voice ensures that Christof Fischesser is much in demand as a soloist on international stages and he regularly performs as a guest at all the major festivals, such as the Salzburg Festival and the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. Christof Fischesser performed with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra under Fabio Luisi at Zurich’s Tonhalle and at the Konzerthaus Wien, with Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Madrid, Seville und Valencia, and with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Claudio Abbado at the Lucerne Festival. His wide-ranging concert repertoire, containing key works such as Beethoven’s Missa solemnis, Verdi’s Messa di Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms‘ Four Serious Songs, sees Christof Fischesser often return to work with famous directors including Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, Antonio Pappano, Philippe Jordan and Kirill Petrenko.

There are many CD and DVD releases documenting Christof Fischesser’s artistic activity, for example, Beethoven’s Fidelio under Claudio Abbado (with Nina Stemme and Jonas Kaufmann), Massenet’s Manon under Daniel Barenboim (with Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon), and Wagner’s Lohengrin under Kent Nagano (with Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann).