Alto Bernhard Landauer was born in Innsbruck and lives in Salzburg.
Following his first concert and stage experience as soprano soloist with the Boys’ Choir of Wilten Monastery in Innsbruck, he studied voice at the Vienna Academy of Music under Helene Karusso and Kurt Equiluz. He received further training from Karl-Heinz Jarius in Frankfurt.
His wide-ranging repertoire spans the Middle Ages to the Contemporary also including works unusual for the countertenor-voice by Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss or Iannis Xenakis.
The much sought-after interpreter of new music has created many roles in works by Giorgio Battistelli, RenĂ© Clemencic, Christof Dienz, Richard DĂĽnser, Sarah Nemtsov, Alfred Schnittke, Lin Wang, Simon Wills and others.
Stage-productions by Philippe Arlaud, Nicolas Brieger, Nick Broadhurst, Brigitte Fassbaender, Achim Freyer, Harry Kupfer and David Pountney have taken him to Staatsoper Berlin, Bregenz Festival, Essen’s Aalto-Theater, Frankfurt Opera, Handel Festival Halle, Innsbruck Festival, OpĂ©ra National of Nancy and Schwetzingen Festival as well as Vienna’s Staatsoper and Volksoper.
Favourite roles he has sung are Fyodor in Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tolomeo in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the Devil in Detlev Glanert’s Jest, Satire, Irony.
Among his musical partners are the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman, RenĂ© Clemencic, Laurence Cummings, Bertrand de Billy, Diego Fasolis, the Freiburger Barockorcheste2r, Thomas Hengelbrock, RenĂ© Jacobs, The King’s Consort, Bernhard Kontarsky, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mstislav Rostropovich.
Current projects include a production of George Benjamin’s opera Written on Skin at the Royal Opera Stockholm, Calixto Bieito’s creation of “Wilde” by HĂ¨ctor Parra at the Schwetzingen Festival and a US-tour with Shara Worden’s pop-opera ‘You Us We All’.
From 1998 until 2004 Bernhard Landauer was teaching at the Department of Early Music of Vienna Conservatoire, since 2005 he works for the Austrian Masterclasses.