ANDREAS LEBEDA, Bass-baritone
A specialist in the lieder and oratorio repertoire, bass-baritone
Andreas Lebeda was born in Gmunden, Austria in 1957. His musical
training and debut appearances took place in Steyr. In 1975 he began
studies at the University of Salzburg in German philology and at
the Mozarteum in Music Education, Conducting, Voice, and Piano.
He studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum and with
René Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum in Basel. From 1987 until
1991 he was a student of Kurt Widmer in Basel. He also participated
in masterclasses with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Kurt Widmer.
A seasoned performer, Mr. Lebeda has appeared with numerous orchestras
and with opera companies. He has presented numberous 'liederabends'
at various venues throughout Europe. He made his American debut
in February 1999 at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC in a special
'liederabend' honoring the 250th anniversary of the birth of the
poet Johannes Wolfgang von Goethe; the program included lieder by
Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Hugo Wolf, all settings of Goethe
texts. A favorite at festivals, he has appeared at the Sémaine
Sainte Arles, Festival Barocco Viterbo, Festwochen der Alten Musik
Innsbruck, Festival Moulin d'Andé, Bregenzer Frühling,
Brahms!Fest Mürzzuschlag, Sorø-Festival (Denmark), and
Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, among others.
The artist has led a vocal class since 1992 at the Bruckner Conservatory
in Linz. He has taught at the Mozarteum in Salzburg since 1982.
He is the founder and leader of the ensemble Kepler-Konsort which
is based in Linz. Particularly interested in the repertoire of the
Baroque, Classic and early Romantic periods, Mr. Lebeda's recordings
include Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea and Heinrich
Schütz's Weihnachtshistorie and Auferstehungshistorie
for Harmonia Mundi France (both recordings directed by René
Jacobs); Bach's Christmas Oratorio for Fabian Records; the
same composer's cantata Himmelkönig, sei willkommen
(BWV 182) for Symphonia Records; the music drama L'origine di
Jaromeriz in Moravia by the Czech composer Frantisek Václav
Míca on the Supraphon label; and Franz Schubert's Winterreise,
a recording available through the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum
in Innsbruck, Austria. His recording of Mozart's Grabmusik (Passion
Cantata) K 42 with Ars Antiqua Austria and the St. Florian Boys
Choir has recently been released on the Chesky Records label.
Currently residing in Vienna, Mr. Lebeda's recent performance schedule
in Europe included engagements in Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Passau,
Berlin, Bregenz, Mürzzuschlag and in France at Moulin d'Andé.
He made his American orchestral debut in February 2000 singing Mahler's
Rückert Lieder with the National Gallery Orchestra under the
direction of George Manos. On January 24, 2001 the artist made his
New York debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall under the auspices
of the Austrian Cultural Institute in a program of lieder by 20th
century Austrian composers including Eisler, Zemlinsky, Cerha, Wellesz,
von Einem, and Krenek. In February, 2001 he returned to Washington,
DC to sing Die schöne Magelone by Johannes Brahms at
the Austrian Embassy; the program was repeated on a new series in
What people are saying about Andreas Lebeda
Andreas Lebeda counts among the leading Austrian singers
of the middle generation."
"Judging by his recording of Schubert's "Die Winterreise"
is headed for a major career.
||Joseph McLellen, The Washington
"With [pianist David] Cowan and Andreas Lebeda with his beautiful,
enormously flexible bass-baritone, here are two sensible musician-poets
in this Winterreise who trace out all the melancholy and longings
of this sad love story in an impressive and sensitive way."
[review of Lebeda's recording of Winterreise]
"A Winterreise like this one is truly unique.
"There is a tremendous range of emotions and styles
the songs made from Goethe's texts by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann,
Johannes Brahms and Hugo Wolf, the four composers chosen by Lebeda
for his [U.S. debut] program
Lebeda sampled all these styles
with a voice deep, rich and subtly expressive, a voice that could
change to match the character and atmosphere of each song
||Joseph McLellan, The Washington
"With radiant tone, panoramic ranges of timbres and carefully
measured phrasing, Austrian bass-baritone Andreas Lebeda testifies
to his homeland's unbroken tradition of splendid musicmaking."
||Cecelia Porter, The Washington
"With three songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn of G.
Mahler, Andreas Lebeda shone. He received enormous applause from
the audience for his clear intonation and sophisticated articulation."
"Andreas Lebeda succeeded very well in his dual assignments
as Pilate and as the soloist for the bass arias. His beautiful and
expressive voice as well as his interpretation of the text with
inner maturity and conviction produced dramatic effect. Pilate's
difficult situation came out clearly." [review of J. S. Bach's
St. John Passion performed on tour in Namibia, newspaper
"With his lyric baritone, Andreas Lebeda found an appropriate
sound for the intimacy of the texts and proved his distinct feeling
for contemplation and drama [review of Brahms' German Requiem]
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