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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 voice 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 well known conductors including Karl-Friedrich Beringer, Georg Christoph Biller, Riccardo Chailly, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Mariss Jansons, Ton Koopman, Peter Neumann, Krysztof Penderecki, Hellmuth Rilling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and international ensembles such as the Bamberger Symphoniker, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundunks (BRSO), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO), Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Dresdner Kreuzchor, Thomanerchor Leipzig (St. Thomas Choir of Leipzig) and the Windsbach Boys’ Choir.

Concert tours have led him to Belgium, China, Danmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, Iran, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
In addition, Thomas Laske is a thought after lied performer.

The baritone has broadcast a wide selection of his repertoire on radio and took part in numerous 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 about 50 roles including Figaro in the Barber of Seville, Count Almaviva and Figaro in The 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 soloist with the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Frankfurt Opera, Cologne Opera, the Lucerne Festival and the Schwetzinger Festspiele.

Engagments in 2017 and 2018 include: J. S. Bach’s Mass in B-Minor with the Windsbach Boys Choir on a tour to Spain, Bach’s St. John Passion with the Thomanerchor and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Danilo in Lehár’s The Merry Widow at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing under Thomas Rösner, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under Enoch zu Guttenberg at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica Madrid, at the Philharmonie am Gasteig, Munich and at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory as well as Bach Cantatas at the International Herrenchiemsee Festspiele and at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. At Hamburg Elbphilharmonie he also appears in Mendelssohn’s ‘Die erste Walpurgisnacht’ and Handel’s Acis and Galathea in the rarely performed arrangement by Felix Mendelssohn with Concerto con Anima. Again with the Windsbach Boys Choir and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (AKAMUS) he will perform Handel’s Messiah in Munich, Eindhoven, Nuremberg and Ansbach.

Since 2010, Thomas Laske teaches voice at the Robert Schuman University in Duesseldorf.

 

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