Austrian alto Bernhard Landauer was born in Innsbruck and now lives in Salzburg.
Following his first concert and stage experiences as soprano soloist with the Boys'
Choir of Wilten Monastery (Innsbruck), he studied voice at the Vienna Academy of
Music with Helene Karusso and Kurt Equiluz. He received further training from Karl-Heinz
Jarius in Frankfurt.
His wide variety of repertoire ranges from Medieval to Contemporary Music and is
also including for counter tenor unusual repertoire such as works by Franz Schubert,
Richard Strauss or Iannis Xenakis.
The much sought-after interpreter of new music has premiered many roles in works
by Giorgio Battistelli, René Clemencic, Christof Dienz, Richard Dünser, Alfred Schnittke,
Lin Wang, Simon Wills and others.
Stage-productions by Philippe Arlaud, Nicolas Brieger, Nick Broadhurst, Brigitte
Fassbaender, Achim Freyer, Harry Kupfer David Pountney and Nicola Raab have led him
to Berlin State Opera, Bregenz Festival, Essen Aalto-Theatre, Frankfurt Opera, Halle
Handel Festival, Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, Styriarte Graz, Biennale Munich,
Opéra National of Nancy, Schwetzingen SWR Festival, Vienna Volksoper and Vienna State
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 ‘Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere
Bedeutung’ (Jest, Satire, Irony and Deeper Meaning).
Projects in 2014 included a new production of George Benjamin's opera Written on
Skin at the Landestheater Detmold, Shara Worden’s pop-opera You Us We All at the
Holland Festival, and the world premiere of a sitcom-opera series by Austrian composer
Bernhard Gander for the Bregenz Festival and wien modern.
Engagements from 2015 to 2016-17 have included: the role of Emil in the world premiere
of Hèctor Parra’s opera ‘Wilde’ for the Schwetzingen SWR Festival (direction: Calixto
Bieito, conductor: Peter Rundel, libretto: Händl Klaus), the part of Angel 1/The
Boy in George Benjamin’s Written on Skin at the Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm and
under the baton of the composer in a concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
at the Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto (Canadian premiere), In addition, he took part in
an USA tour with Shara Worden’s pop-opera ‘You Us We All’, performed the role of
James in H. Birtwistle’s The Last Supper with the BBC Sottish Symphony Orchestra
under Martyn Brabbins in Glasgow, has sung the part of Autunno in A. Scarlatti’s
La Gloria di Primavera at the Styriarte Graz, and the counter-tenor in the world
premiere of J. Unterpertinger’s ‘Iyse’ at the Brucknerhaus Linz.
New projects in 2017-18 include: the world premiere of S. Winkler’s ‘Schweres tragend’
under Juan Garcia Rodriguez in Salzburg, the role of Lord Stourton in the world premiere
of James Reynolds’ opera ‘Geisterritter’ for Bonn Opera, followed by Belize in P.
Eötvös’ Angels in America for Freiburg Theatre.
Among his musical partners are the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra under Ton Koopman,
the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the King’s Consort, the Freiburger Barockorchester,
and noted conductors such as Howard Arman, Bertrand de Billy, René Clemencic, Laurence
Cummings, Diego Fasolis, Thomas Hengelbrock, René Jacobs, Bernhard Kontarsky and
From 1998 until 2004 Bernhard Landauer was teaching at the Department of Early Music
of the Vienna Conservatory, since 2005 he is a lecturer for the Austrian Master Classes.