Kammersänger OSKAR HILLEBRANDT, baritone, was born in Schopfheim, Germany.
He studied voice with Josef Metternich at the Conservatory of Music in Cologne.
After his debut at the opera in Stuttgart, Germany, he performed at all major
opera theatres in Europe: Milan, Torino, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples, Paris,
Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille, Geneva, London, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona,
Valencia, Lisbon, Antwerp, Oslo, Copenhagen, Athens, Bucharest, Tbilissi and
the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Engagements in Germany/Austria/Switzerland led him to the German Opera Berlin
(a.o. Mandryka in „Arabella“ with Lucia Popp under the direction of Giuseppe
Sinopoli, Hans Sachs in „Meistersinger under the direction of Christian Thielemann),
the State Opera Berlin (a.o. “Brautwahl” under the direction of Daniel Barenboim),
the National Theatre Munich (a.o. Alberich in “Rhinegold”, Mandryka under the
direction of Wolfgang Sawallisch, “Ritorno d’Ulisse” under the direction of Hans
Werner Henze), the State Opera Hamburg (a.o. Hans Sachs under the direction of Ingo
as well as Stuttgart, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bonn, Mannheim, Zurich and
since 1991 the State Opera Vienna (a.o. Wotan in „Valkyrie“ with Domingo and
Wanderer, Telramund, Kurwenal, Amfortas, Dutchman, Alberich,
Oskar Hillebrandt also sang at many opera and concert houses outside of Europe. He
appeared frequently at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires as well as in Santiago de
Chile, Tokyo, Melbourne, Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington. Further engagements
led him to Montreal (“Parsifal” with Jessye Norman), Ottawa, Seattle, Cleveland
(Kreon and Messenger in Stravinsky’s “Oedipus Rex”), and the Carnegie Hall in New
York City (the Chosen One in Schönberg’s “Jacob’s Ladder”).
In Japan he sang the bass solo in Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphonie in Tokyo, Nagoya,
and Osaka (London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinopoli). With the German Opera Berlin
(Thielemann) he sang Telramund in Tokyo, Pizarro with the Vienna State Opera in
Yokohama, and Alberich in the Ring at the New National Theatre in Tokyo.
Mr. Hillebrandt was invited to many international festivals, too. In Bayreuth he
sang Telramund under the direction of Antonio Pappano, in Glydbourne he gave
Mandryka, with the Bayreuth Festival under the direction of Sinopoli he sang again
Telramund in Taormina, Sicily, and in Bregenz he sang the Flying Dutchman.
At the Festspiele Munich he sang “Gurrelieder” by Schönberg under the direction
of Sinopoli. Gustav Kuhn at the Tyrolean Festival Erl, Austria, invited him for
Hans Sachs, Dutchman, and Telramund. With Adam Fischer he sang several roles
in Wagner’s Ring at the Budapest Festival. At the Northwest Pacific Festival in
Seattle he performed Alberich ? and Kurwenal; he also sang Klingsor at the Spoleto
Festival in South Carolina. In Linz, Austria, by the Bruckner-Festival he sang
and Kurwenal. In Athens, Greece, he sang Jochanaan in
„Salome“ at the Herodes Atticus Amphitheatre, and in Spain he performed at the
festivals of Cuenca and Santander, and at the Tyrolean Festival Erl, Austria,
under the direction of Gustav Kuhn he sang Hans Sachs, Holländer, Telramund and
others. His performance in The Flying Dutchman 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, led
to his nomination of Australia’s best singer of the year.
Oskar Hillebrandt teaches at the International Music Seminar in Vienna, Austria;
since a few years, he also coaches at the Tyrolean Festival Erl. In Neubeuern,
Germany (in between Munich and Salzburg) he will teach belcanto-singing in his