German baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer received an early musical training as a boy soprano at the renowned Tölzer Boys Choir. From 2009-2015, he studied at the Musikhochschule in Munich with Frieder Lang and Michelle Breedt. In addition, he participated in masterclasses with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Brigitte Fassbaender and Edith Wiens.
Having been awarded first prize at the International Hugo Wolf Song Competition in Stuttgart in October 2014, Mr Mittelhammer became a member of Frankfurt Opera in the 2015/16 season and at Nürnberg Opera from 2016-2018. His operatic roles include Nardo (La Finta Giardiniera), Figaro (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Danilo (Die lustige Witwe), Schaunard (La Bohème), Papageno (Magic Flute) and Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus).
Concert engagements in recent seasons include performances with Bamberger Symphoniker, Munich Radio Orchestra, a tour with Concerto Köln (St. Matthew Passion), Mahler songs with the Orchestre de Paris under Jaap van Zweden, and Schumann’s ‘Paradies und die Peri’ with the Swedish Radio Symphony under Daniel Harding.
Highlights of the 2018/19 season include his debut as Harlekin in ‚Ariadne auf Naxos‘ with the Cleveland Orchestra and Franz Welser-Möst, Haydn’s Nelson Mass with Orquesta Nacional de España under David Afkham, concerts with Zurich Sing-Akademie, as well as a European tour with Collegium Vocale Gent and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
Devoted to the Art of Lieder, Mr Mittelhammer made his recital debuts at London Wigmore Hall and Cologne Philharmonie in 2017. In the current season, he will be giving a number of song recitals together with his pianist Jonathan Ware at Essen Philharmonie, Munich Bayerischer Rundfunk, Kissinger Sommer Festival and at the Auditori in Barcelona, among others.
His first solo album with songs by Schubert, Medtner and Wolf is due for release with Berlin Classics in spring 2019.
Photo: Gregor Hohenberg