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Christof Fischesser

Biography

German bass Christof Fischesser made his Royal Opera debut in the 2009/10 Season as Comte des Grieux (Manon). He returned in the 2010/11 Season to sing Landgrave Herrmann (Tannhäuser). In the 2019/20 Season he sings Orest (Elektra) for The Royal Opera.

Fischesser grew up in a musical family, and studied singing at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt. He has been a member of the Badisches State Theatre in Karlsruhe, Berlin State Opera and (from 2012 to 2015) a member of Zürich Opera. He now sings for companies including Opéra Bastille, Opéra de Lyon, Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, Komische Oper Berlin, Semperoper Dresden, Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Opera Vlaanderen, Zürich Opera, Royal Danish Opera, Royal Swedish Opera, Teatro Real, Madrid, Houston Grand Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. His repertory includes Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Sarastro (Die Zauberflöte), Rocco (Fidelio), Banquo (Macbeth), Count Walter (Luisa Miller), Jacopo Fiesco (Simon Boccanegra), Méphistophélès (Faust), Escamillo (Carmen), Prince Gremin (Eugene Onegin), Kaspar (Der Freischütz), Daland (Der fliegende Holländer), Padre Guardiano (La forza del destino), Landgrave Herrmann, King Heinrich der Vogler (Lohengrin), Pogner (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), King Marke (Tristan und Isolde), Gurnemanz (Parsifal), Orest, Baron Ochs (Der Rosenkavalier) and La Roche (Capriccio).

Selected concert appearances include a Spanish tour with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Barenboim, Handel’s Messiah with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the world premiere of Detlef Glanert’s Requiem with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mahler’s Symphony no.8 at the Palais des Beaux-Art, Brussels, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Zürich.