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Thomas Laske

Thomas Laske was born in Stuttgart and received his initial training as a singer during his ten years as a member of the Stuttgart Hymnus Boys Choir. After receiving a degree in audio-visual engineering, he studied singing with Brigitte Dürrler and Lied interpretation with Ria Goetze in Dusseldorf as well as with Andreas Schmidt and Otto Edelmann. In 1997 he won the First Prize in the Richard Strauss Competition in Munich.

On the concert podium Thomas Laske has performed with many well known conductors including Karl-Friedrich Beringer, Georg Christoph Biller, Riccardo Chailly, Mariss Jansons, Ton Koopman, Peter Neumann, Krysztof Penderecki, Hellmuth Rilling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and international ensembles such as the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Deutsche Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, WDR Symphony of Cologne, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Thomaner Chor Leipzig and the Windsbacher Boys Choir.

Thomas Laske has broadcast a wide selection of his repertoire on radio and made many CD recordings including the Bach Passions, Mahler’s „Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen“ “Kindertotenlieder“, and Schubert’s "Winterreise“ amongst others. The most recent release is a CD of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Windsbacher Boys Choir.

Thomas’ operatic repertoire includes Figaro in the Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva and Figaro in Marriage of Figaro, the title roles in Don Giovanni and Eugene Onegin, Escamillo in Carmen, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Sharpless in Madame Butterfly and Valentin in Faust. He was a member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf-Duisburg and the Wuppertal Opera. He has appeared as a guest singer with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Opera, Cologne Opera, the Lucerne Festival and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.

 

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