Eike Wilm Schulte

Last updated
Eike Wilm Schulte
Born (1939-10-13) 13 October 1939 (age 78)
Plettenberg, Westphalia, Germany
Education Musikhochschule Köln
Occupation Operatic baritone
Years active 1966 (1966)–present
Organization
Awards Goethe-Plakette des Landes Hessen

Eike Wilm Schulte (born 13 October 1939) is a German operatic baritone. A member of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden,from 1988 the Bayerische Staatsoper, he made an international career, singing more than 100 parts at major opera houses such as the Metropolitan Opera, and at festivals including the Bayreuth Festival. He participated in several premieres of contemporary opera.

A baritone is a type of classical male singing voice whose vocal range lies between the bass and the tenor voice types. Originally from the Greek βαρύτονος (barýtonos), meaning heavy sounding, music for this voice is typically written in the range from the second F below middle C to the F above middle C (i.e. F2–F4) in choral music, and from the second A below middle C to the A above middle C (A2 to A4) in operatic music, but can be extended at either end. The baritone voice type is generally divided into the baryton-Martin baritone (light baritone), lyric baritone, Kavalierbariton, Verdi baritone, dramatic baritone, baryton-noble baritone, and the bass-baritone.

Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden theatre and opera house in Wiesbaden, Germany

The Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden is the State Theatre of the German state Hesse in its capital Wiesbaden, producing operas, plays, ballets, musicals and concerts on four stages. It is also known as Staatstheater Wiesbaden or Theater Wiesbaden, its orchestra is the Hessisches Staatsorchester. The building was inaugurated in 1894.

Metropolitan Opera opera company in Manhattan, New York City

The Metropolitan Opera is an opera company based in New York City, resident at the Metropolitan Opera House at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The company is operated by the non-profit Metropolitan Opera Association, with Peter Gelb as general manager. As of 2018, the company's current music director is Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Contents

Career

Schulte was born in Plettenberg, Westphalia. He studied voice at the Musikhochschule Köln, with Josef Metternich among others. He made his debut on stage at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 1966 as Sid in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring . From 1969, Schulte was a member of the Theater Bielefeld, where he appeared as Papageno in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte , as Germont in La Traviata and in the leading part Alfred Ill in Gottfried von Einem's Der Besuch der alten Dame , opposite Martha Mödl in the title role. [1] From 1973 to 1988 Schulte was a member of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, where he sang major baritone parts, from Mozart (Guglielmo in Così fan tutte ) to Wagner (Telramund in Lohengrin ), [2] Marcel in Puccini's La Bohème , [3] Lindorf, Coppelius, Dapertutto and Mirakel in Hoffmanns Erzählungen , alongside Hermin Esser  (de ) in the title role, Elizabeth Parcells as Olympia and Gail Gilmore as Niklaus, [4] and the pharao in Rossini's Mosè , with Nadine Secunde. [5] He performed contemporary operas such as premieres by Volker David Kirchner. [2] From 1988 he has been a member of the Bayerische Staatsoper. During his career, he sang more than a hundred different parts. [6]

Plettenberg Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Plettenberg is a town in the Märkischer Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Westphalia State part and historic region of North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany

Westphalia is a region in northwestern Germany and one of the three historic parts of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has an area of 20,208 km2 (7,802 sq mi) and 7.9 million inhabitants.

Josef Metternich was a German operatic baritone.

Schulte appeared as a guest at the Metropolitan Opera, the Teatro La Fenice, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, among others. [1]

He performed at the Bayreuth Festival, beginning in 1988 as the Heerrufer (The King's Herald) in Lohengrin , from 1992 as Wolfram von Eschenbach in Tannhäuser , [1] and in 1998 he stepped in as Gunther in Götterdämmerung , singing but not acting. [7]

Bayreuth Festival music festival

The Bayreuth Festival is a music festival held annually in Bayreuth, Germany, at which performances of operas by the 19th-century German composer Richard Wagner are presented. Wagner himself conceived and promoted the idea of a special festival to showcase his own works, in particular his monumental cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen and Parsifal.

<i>Lohengrin</i> (opera) opera by Richard Wagner

Lohengrin, WWV 75, is a Romantic opera in three acts composed and written by Richard Wagner, first performed in 1850. The story of the eponymous character is taken from medieval German romance, notably the Parzival of Wolfram von Eschenbach and its sequel, Lohengrin, written by a different author, itself inspired by the epic of Garin le Loherain. It is part of the Knight of the Swan tradition.

<i>Tannhäuser</i> (opera) opera by Richard Wagner

Tannhäuser is an 1845 opera in three acts, music and text by Richard Wagner, based on two German legends: Tannhäuser, the legendary medieval German Minnesänger and poet, and the tale of the Wartburg Song Contest. The story centers on the struggle between sacred and profane love, and redemption through love, a theme running through much of Wagner's mature work.

Throughout his career, he took part in contemporary opera, including premieres. In 1969, he sang in the premiere of Giselher Klebe's Das Märchen von der schönen Lilie at the Schwetzingen Festival in the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen. He appeared in operas by Volker David Kirchner, as Henrik in Die Trauung in Wiesbaden in 1974, as Babel in Die fünf Minuten des Isaak Babel in Wuppertal in 1980, and as Ezechiel in Das kalte Herz in Wiesbaden in 1981. [1]

Giselher Klebe German composer

Giselher Wolfgang Klebe was a German composer, and an academic teacher. He composed more than 140 works, among them 14 literary operas, eight symphonies, 15 solo concerts, chamber music, piano works, and sacred music.

<i>Das Märchen von der schönen Lilie</i> opera

Das Märchen von der schönen Lilie, Op. 55, is an opera in two acts by Giselher Klebe; his wife, Lore Klebe, wrote the libretto based on the fairy tale, Das Märchen, part of the novella Unterhaltungen deutscher Ausgewanderten by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Schwetzingen Festival music festival

The Schwetzingen Festival is an early summer festival of opera and other classical music presented each year from May to early June in Schwetzingen, Germany.

Schulte has appeared in recitals and concerts. [1]

He can be seen on video as the Heerrufer [8] and as Beckmesser. [9]

Awards

Schulte is honorary member of the Hessisches Staatstheater. [10] In 2008, he received the Goethe-Plakette des Landes Hessen, the highest award of the Hessian Ministry for Science and the Arts.

Literature

Related Research Articles

Harry Kupfer is a German opera director and academic. A long-time director at the Komische Oper Berlin, he has worked at major opera houses and at festivals internationally. Trained by Walter Felsenstein, he has worked in the tradition of realistic directing. At the Bayreuth Festival, he staged Wagner's Der fliegende Holländer in 1978, and Der Ring des Nibelungen in 1988. At the Salzburg Festival, he directed the premiere of Penderecki's Die schwarze Maske in 1986, and Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss in 2014.

Bernd Aldenhoff Wagnerian opera singer

Bernd Aldenhoff was a German Heldentenor.

Volker David Kirchner is a German composer and violist. After studies of violin and composition at the Peter Cornelius Conservatory, the Hochschule für Musik Köln and the Hochschule für Musik Detmold, he worked for decades as a violist in the hr-Sinfonieorchester in Frankfurt, and for two years as a composer of incidental music at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. He is known for his operas which have been commissioned by major German opera houses, but has also composed symphonies, concertos, chamber music and keyboard music. His operas often focus on historic personalities such as Savonarola and Gutenberg.

Ekkehard Wlaschiha was a German operatic baritone who specialized in Wagnerian "villains", such as Alberich, Klingsor and Friedrich von Telramund. He performed at the Bayreuth Festival and at the Metropolitan Opera, and left many recordings.

Catherine Foster British opera singer

Catherine Foster is an English operatic soprano, who has appeared internationally, mostly in European opera houses. Her repertoire has focused on dramatic soprano roles in stage works by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner, such as the title role of Elektra, and Brünnhilde in Der Ring des Nibelungen, a role which she performed at the Bayreuth Festival in 2013 for Wagner's bicentenary.

Eric Halfvarson is an American operatic basso. He made his professional debut in 1973 with the Lake George Opera as Don Basilio in The Barber of Seville. Since then he has specialized in the repertoire for the basso profundo, singing such roles as the Grand Inquisitor in Don Carlos, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier and, in the Wagner repertoire, Heinrich (Lohengrin), Hagen (Götterdämmerung) and Hunding as well as Claggart in Billy Budd. He has sung in many theaters including The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, La Fenice, Teatro alla Scala Milano, Wiener Staatsoper, Deutsche Oper and has taken part in the Bayreuth Festival.

Gabriele Schnaut is a German classical singer who started her operatic career as a mezzo-soprano in 1976 and changed to dramatic soprano in 1985. She has appeared internationally and performed at the Bayreuth Festival from 1977 to 2000. She recorded works by composers of the 20th century and appeared in the premieres of operas by Wolfgang Rihm and Jörg Widmann.

Hannelore Bode is a German operatic soprano. She performed at the Bayreuth Festival from 1968 to 1978, including Elsa in Lohengrin, Eva in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and several parts in the 1976 Jahrhundertring, including Sieglinde in Die Walküre. She performed internationally and recorded operas with conductors such as Eugen Jochum, Silvio Varviso and Pierre Boulez.

Nadine Secunde is an American operatic soprano. She studied and performed in Germany, singing at the Bayreuth Festival the leading parts of Elsa in Lohengrin and Sieglinde in Die Walküre, and made an international career. A specialist for the works of Wagner and Richard Strauss, she has also performed contemporary operas.

Siegfried Köhler (conductor) German conductor

Siegfried Köhler was a German conductor and composer of classical music. He worked as general music director of opera houses such as Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and the Royal Swedish Opera. Köhler conducted premieres of works by Hans Werner Henze and Volker David Kirchner, among others, and revived rarely performed operas. He also composed music for the stage and taught at universities of music in Cologne and Saarbrücken.

Marie-Louise Gilles is a German mezzo-soprano in opera and concert, also a professor of voice and stage director of opera.

Gerd Nienstedt was a German and Austrian opera singer, bass and bass-baritone. After an international career at major opera houses and the Bayreuth Festival, he was also a theatre director, stage director and academic voice teacher.

Trudeliese Schmidt was a German operatic mezzo-soprano who had an international career, performing at major opera houses and festivals in Europe. The singer with a remarkable stage presence excelled in trouser roles such as Cherubino, Idamante, Hänsel, Octavian and the composer in Ariadne auf Naxos. She performed in premieres of operas by Isang Yun and Manfred Trojahn.

Lance Ryan is a Canadian operatic tenor, who has worked from Germany since 2005. He is known for singing Siegfried in Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, which he performed at opera houses in Europe including the Bayreuth Festival. He performed the tile roles of Verdi's Otello and Britten's Peter Grimes.

Johannes Martin Kränzle is a German baritone in opera and concert who has made an international career. For years a member of the Frankfurt Opera, he was chosen as Singer of the Year in 2011 after creating the leading role in Wolfgang Rihm's Dionysos at the Salzburg Festival. He made his debut at the Royal Opera House as Don Alfonso in Mozart's Così fan tutte, and at the Bayreuth Festival as Beckmesser in Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in 2017.

Liane Synek was an Austrian operatic soprano. She made a career based in Germany, at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Staatsoper Berlin and the Cologne Opera, and appeared at international major opera houses and festivals, such as the Bayreuth Festival. She appeared mostly in dramatic roles such as Beethoven's Fidelio, and Wagner's Sieglinde, Brünnhilde and Isolde. She also performed in contemporary operas, creating the role of Countess de la Roche in Zimmermann's Die Soldaten in Cologne in 1965, conducted by Michael Gielen.

Marc Piollet is a French conductor. After positions at the Staatstheater Kassel and Volksoper in Vienna, he was Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) at the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden from 2004 to 2012.

Hans-Peter Lehmann German intendant and music director

Hans-Peter Lehmann is a German opera and artistic director.

Bent Norup was a Danish operatic heldenbaritone. He was a member of the Royal Danish Theatre and opera houses in Germany, and appeared internationally, especially in stage works by Richard Wagner, including his signature role Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. He performed also in contemporary opera, and in concert. He was appointed a knight of the Order of the Dannebrog.

Hans Günter Nöcker was a German operatic bass-baritone who made an international career, based at the Bavarian State Opera for decades, performing in several world premieres including Aribert Reimann's Lear.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Eike Wilm Schulte" (in German). Bayreuth Festival . Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Eike Wilm Schulte" (in German). Hamburgische Staatsoper. Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  3. La Bohème (in German). Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. 4 October 1978.
  4. Hoffmnns Erzählungen (in German). Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. 13 January 1980.
  5. Mosè (in German). Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. 28 January 1982.
  6. "Eike Wilm Schulte" (in German). Bayerische Staatsoper . Retrieved 28 March 2014.
  7. "Götterdämmerung / Besetzung 1998" (in German). Bayreuth Festival . Retrieved 5 March 2014.
  8. Richard Wagner: Lohengrin, from the Festspielhaus, Bayreuth. Copyright 1991 by Unitel. Catalog number 440 070 536-3
  9. Richard Wagner: Die Meistersinger von NürnbergDeutsche Oper Berlin Opera d'Oro, catalog number OPD-112
  10. "Theaterleitung" (in German). Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden . Retrieved 24 March 2014.