Thomas Burger

Thomas Burger

Tenore Buffo (Spieltenor)

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Thomas Burger, tenor, was first educated as a Professor for History and Music. His vocal training was at the Hochschule für Musik Saar, with Prof. Raimund Gilvan and Prof. Rosemarie Bühler-Fey. For important musical inspiration and influence he can thank Prof. Irwin Gage, with whom he studied a wide Lied repertoire during his studies. Masterclasses with Roger Vignoles, Raúl Giménez and James Taylor also helped complete his studies. During his studies he appeared as a guest artist at the Händelfestspiele Halle / Saale, Expo 2000 in Hannover, Musikfestspiele Saar, Wernigeröder Schlossfestspiele, Théâtre National du Luxembourg and Musiktheater im Revier/Gelsenkirchen. After receiving his Diploma in 2003, he worked as a freelance artist, at venues including Theater Lübeck and Schauspiel Kiel. From 2004 to 2007 Thomas Burger was engaged as a buffo tenor at Theater Pforzheim, where his roles included: Jakob Schmidt (Weill: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), Jaquino (Beethoven: Fidelio), Filipeto (Wolf-Ferrari: I Quattro Rusteghi)and Beppe/Arlecchino (Leoncavallo: I Pagliacci). Operetta roles included Boni (Kálmán: The Gipsy Princess ) and Caramello (Strauß: A Night in Venice). In 2007 Thomas Burger began his engagement at the Oldenburgische Staatstheater, where his roles included: Jaquino, Goro (Puccini: Madama Butterfly), Vitaliano (Vivaldi: Il Giustino), Thélème/Lycurgue (Rameau: Les Fêtes d’ Hébé), Cecco (Haydn: Il Mondo nella Luna), Merkur(Offenbach: Orphée en Enfer) and Chip (Bernstein: On the Town). In Oldenburg he successfully broadened his repertoire into the Character Tenor realm with roles such as the Doktor in Peter Eötvös's’ Tri Sestri and the Shabby Peasant in Dmitri Schostakowitsch's Lady Macbeth of Mtsenzk. Since april 2012, Thomas Burger is member of the opera ensemble at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven, where he sang Giovanni Bracca (Korngold Violanta), Spaerlich (Nicolai Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) und Bela Zangler (Gershwin Crazy for You). The season 2012/13 included roles of the 20th and 21th Century repertoire (Davies: The Lighthouse, Glass: The Fall of the House of Usher,Eötvös: Love and other Demons) and his role debut as Vasek in Smetana's The Bartered Bride. In the season 2013/14 he sang i. a. Knusperhexe (Humperdinck: Haensel und Gretel) and Koloman Zsupán (Kálmán: Graefin Mariza). In the season 2014/15 he was i. a. Peter Iwanow (Lortzing: Zar und Zimmermann) and The Moon (Szokolay: Blood Wedding). In the actual season Thomas Burger appears i.a. as Joseph Calicot (Fall: Madame Pompadour), Moonface Martin (Porter: Anything goes), Doktor/Jude (Gurlitt: Wozzeck), Tenor 1 (Eötvös: Der goldene Drache). The season 2016/17 includes his role debut as Steuermann (Wagner: Der Fliegende Holländer). Thomas Burger appeared as a guest artist at the opera houses in Rostock, Regensburg, Bonn, at the Neue Eutiner Festspiele and at the State Theater of Braunschweig, Theater Münster and Theater Hof. He also enjoys a wide repertoire as a Concert Artist. He has performed many works, including Johann Sebastian Bach (St. John Passion, Christmas Oratorio, Mass in B minor, Magnificat, Cantatas), Georg Friedrich Händel (Acis and Galatea, Utrecht Te Deum, Messiah), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Dominicus Mass, Coronation Mass, Requiem), Frank Martin (In Terra Pax) and Arvo Pärt (Miserere). His experience in performing many world premieres shows his great interest in modern music and exerimental theater. Thomas Burger is a recipient of the Richard Wagner Stipendienstiftung.
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