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Yosemeh Adjei
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The German counter-tenor with Ghanaian roots was born in Nuremberg. He started his vocal career at the age of ten as a member of the noted Windsbacher Knabenchor in Germany. With this choir he took part in various CD-, radio- and TV-productions as well as in concert tours throughout the world. Grown up, he studied trumpet with Prof. Reinhold Friedrich in Karlsruhe and thereupon became a member of the WDR Rundfunkorchester in Cologne as a trumpet player. At the same time he studied voice with Kai Wessel at the Cologne Music University from which he graduated with distinction. In addition, Andreas Scholl, Charles Brett and Thomas Quasthoff have given an important impetus to Yosemeh’s vocal development.

Yosemeh was a finalist of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb and a prize winner of the international Early Music Competition in Bruges. Subsequently Detlev Glanert composed for Yosemeh Adjei the music for the WDR radio play Orlando furioso. This composition was later edited by Random House, New York. Already in the following year, he was engaged for Handel’s Athalia with La Statione Frankfurt at the Halle Handel Festival.

Since his concert debut with Reinhard Goebel and musica antiqua, Yosemeh has been performing as a soloist with well known orchestras and ensembles such as collegium cartusianum, Capella Istropolitana, Polnische Kammerphilharmonie, Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Gächinger Kantorei, WDR Rundfunkorchester, Potsdamer Kammerakademie and Lautten Compagney Berlin under conductors such as Karl Heinz Steffens, Helmuth Rilling, Andrea Marcon, Denis Comtet, Wolfgang Katschner, Nicholas McGegan and Konrad Junghänel. He has appeared at renowned venues including Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Essen Philharmonic Hall, Glocke Bremen, KKL Luzern, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Early Music Festival of Brugge, Music Festival La folle journée in Nantes (France), Rheingau Music Festival, MDR Musiksommer, as well as in Bilbao and Lisbon. Recent highlights have been a very successful Japan tour with Bach’s Mass in B Minor under Morten Schuldt Jensen with whom he repeated this work as well in Germany, and Handel’s Brockes-Passion under Christopher Hogwood at the Bachfest Leipzig 2014. In 2017, he appeared to great acclaim at the Bachwoche Ansbach (Ansbach Bach Week) in a program on the occasion of the Reformation Jubilee with the Windsbacher Knabenchor (BR Bavarian Broadcasting live recording, CD production). 2018/19, Yosemeh will sing Handel´s Messiah with the Orchestra Barocca Catalana on a tour throughout Spain, a.o. at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid.

Besides, the versatile counter-tenor took part in various CD and radio recordings for instance with the SR (Saarbrücken), SWR (Stuttgart), WDR (Cologne), DF (Baden-Baden) and the MDR (Halle) .. to name but a few.

Yosemeh Adjei has the remarkable flexibility to sing Ancient Music and Contemporary Music as well: in opera, he performed Nireno in Giulio Cesare at the Göttingen International Handel Festival 2007, followed by Oberon at Theater Detmold, Handel’s Siroe at the Wuppertaler Bühnen as well as Niccolo Piccinni’s Catone in Uttica at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. In 2008, he sang Artemis in Hans Werner Henze’s opera Phaedra at the Theater Heidelberg and Anfione in the world premiere of Adriana Hölszky’s opera HYBRIS/Niobe at the Schwetzingen SWR Festival. In 2009, the counter-tenor returned to the Schwetzingen SWR Festival in the title role of Handel´s Ezio, performed the part of Jalal in Alex Nowitz´ ‘Bestmannoper’ at the Theater Osnabrück, and sang the Voice of Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, Munich. In 2010, he reprised Anfione in HYBRIS/Niobe at the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon and Ezio at the Theater Bonn, he was engaged at the Halle Handel Festival as vocal soloist in the dance theatre project ‘Maria xxx’, and appeared as Gisomondo in concert performances of A. Scarlatti’s opera Penelope la casta with the Lautten Compagney at the Rheingau Music Festival and at the WDR in Cologne (CD production for Sony BMG).

Further engagements in the 2010-11 Season included: Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Staatstheater Braunschweig, Antippo in Telemann’s Der geduldige Sokrates at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich (revival in 2011-12), Tamerlano in Vivaldi’s Bajazet at the festival Schwetzinger Winter, and the part of Eustazio in Handel’s Rinaldo at the Rheingau Musik Festival with the Lautten Compagney under Wolfgang Katschner. In the 2011-12 Season, the Rinaldo production toured Switzerland and Austria, now with Yosemeh as Goffredo, was at the De Singel in Antwerp and ended with a final concert at the Philharmonic Hall of Warsaw. In the same Season, Yosemeh sang the part of Polinesso in Handel’s Ariodante at the Theater Ulm, Alexander the Great in Hasse’s Cleofide with the Batzdorfer Hofkapelle under Michael Hofstetter at the Halle Handel Festival, and the part of the counter-tenor in Heiner Goebbel’s production of Europeras 1+2 by John Cage at the Ruhr Triennale 2012 in Bochum.

In 2012-13, Yosemeh has appeared in the title role of Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice at the Regensburg Theatre, in the tilte role of Handel’s Siroe at the Göttingen International Handel Festival, he was the counter-tenor soloist in the revival of the dance theatre production ‘MariaXXX’ at Bonn Opera, and at Staatstheater Braunschweig he took part in the world premiere of Alex Nowitz’ opera ‘Die Traumnovelle’ based on Arthur Schnitzler’s novel of the same title.

Opera engagements from 2013-14 until 2019 include: Voice of Apollo in Britten’s Death in Venice at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duesseldorf, the counter-tenor in Boris Nikitin’s project ‘Sänger ohne Schatten’ at the Ruhrtriennale 2014, Goffredo in Handel’s Rinaldo with the Lautten Compagney at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Dr. Anton Philipszaal, The Hague, at the Karlsruhe Handel Festival 2014 and at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele 2015 (DVD production for ARTHAUS); Pompeo in Vivaldi’s Farnace for Staatstheater Braunschweig, Oberon in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Stadttheater Klagenfurt in 2015-16, David in Handel’s Saul at Regensburg Theatre, Nibbio in the world premiere of Lucia Ronchetti’s opera ‘Mise en abyme’ as well as Nireno in Handel’s Giulio Cesare under Alessandro De Marchi at the Saxonian State Opera Dresden (Semper Opera). In 2017, Yosemeh Adjei sang the title role in Handel’s Riccardo Primo with the Hassler Consort at Ulm Theatre, In 2017-18, he appeared as the counter-tenor in the music theatre production ‘Mittelreich’, an adaption of Joseph Bierbichler’s novel of the same title. In addition, he was engaged for the part of Belize in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America at Münster Theatre.

In 2018/19, Yosemeh performs the title-role in Gluck´s Orfeo at the Internationale Gluckfestspiele in Nuremberg. In addition, he appears in the leading role of Valmont in the opera-pasticcio “Vivaldi – Dangerous Liasons” with music by Antonio Vivaldi and Vanni Moretteo in various theatres throughout the Netherlands including noted venues such as the Royal Theatre in The Hague, Rotterdam Theatre and Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam produced by the Stichting OPERA2DAY.

Yosemeh Adjei teaches baroque vocal style and technique at the University of Music and Theatre "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig, Germany.

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