Christian Elsner © Ellen Schmauss

Christian Elsner

The tenor Christian Elsner, who was born in Freiburg im Breisgau, has been an internationally sought-after soloist for many years. He is now also a professor of singing at the Karlsruhe University of Music and is passionate about passing on his experience to the next generation. Full of gratitude, he often recalls his singing studies with Prof. Martin Gründler.

In Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's song class, he deepened his passion for the interpretation of the art song, which is still very important to him today. The tenor gave recitals with accompanists such as Hartmut Höll, Gerold Huber and Burkhard Kehring in Dresden, Munich, Cologne, Schwetzingen, Brussels, Paris and at the Schubertiade Feldkirch. Numerous CD recordings with songs, concerts and operas bear witness to his diverse repertoire. Last October the CD "Urgedanken" was released with song cycles by Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner and Brahms.

Among the numerous performances in all important centers of classical music such as the Philharmonie Berlin, the Wiener Musikverein, Carnegie Hall New York, the Milan Scala or the Suntory Hall Tokyo include Haydn's Creation under Zubin Mehta, Dvorak's Stabat Mater under Mariss Jansons, Mahler's song von der Erde under Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Franz Schmidt's The Book with Seven Seals under Manfred Honeck or Beethoven's 9th Symphony as part of a world tour with the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle as his personal most valuable musical highlights.

The many years of collaboration with Marek Janowski, under whose direction Christian Elsner was able to sing and record not only Parsifal, Loge and Mime, but also the witch in Humperdinck's Hänsel und Gretel and Florestan in Beethoven's Fidelio, is particularly formative. Richard Wagner's operas became the focus of his operatic career through appearances as Siegmund and Parsifal at the German National Theater in Weimar, the Staatstheater Kassel, the Semperoper Dresden, the Wiener Staatsoper and the Teatro Real Madrid. Inspired by this, the artist recently published Lennie and the Ring of the Nibelung as a children's book author.

For 2022, among other things, a recital with Hartmut Höll in Karlsruhe, appearances as Loge in a concert performance Rheingold under Marek Janowski in Dresden and as Siegmund in concert performances of the 1st act from Wagner's Walküre in Prague and Stavanger as well as Johannes in Franz Schmidt's Das Buch planned with seven seals under Andres Orozco-Estrada in Vienna's Musikvereinssaal.