“Emotionality is desired, but sentimentality is not,” says Christian Gerhaher, quoting the conductor Otto Klemperer. As a result of his subtle interpretation of the texts and unpretentious performances, the baritone is regarded as an unrivalled lieder and concert singer. A qualified physician, he has carefully built up his career and has performed in concerts worldwide with the foremost conductors and orchestras.
Together with his regular piano accompanist Gerold Huber, he has made outstanding recordings including the large-scale Lieder cycles of Schubert and Schumann, Hugo Wolf and Johannes Brahms. He has also made an unforgettable impression on the opera stage as Berg’s Wozzeck, as Wolfram in Wagner’s Tannhäuser, as Don Giovanni, and as Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. With the Berliner Philharmoniker, whose Artist in Residence Gerhaher was in the 2013/2014 season, the singer has performed a broad repertoire since his debut in 2003, ranging from the Passion music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann’s Szenen aus Goethes Faust and Mahler’s Lied von der Erde to the title role in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande.