baritone Manuel Walser studied voice under Thomas Quasthoff at the Hanns Eisler
School of Music in Berlin and finished his studies in July 2015 with distinction.
In addition to Thomas Quasthoff, some of his most important mentors and
teachers are Brigitte Fassbaender, Frédéric Gindraux, and Wolfram Rieger. At the Das Lied International Song Competition
in Berlin he received both 1st Place and the Audience Award in 2013. He is also
a laureate of the Stella Maris International Song Competition and received the
Armin Weltner Foundation Award in May of 2014.
2015/16 he has been a member of the Ensemble of the Wiener Staatsoper, where he
has performed Harlekin/ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, Masetto/DON GIOVANNI, Schaunard/ LA
BOHÈME, Publio/LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Christian/UN BALLO IN MASCHERA,
Marullo/RIGOLETTO, Antonio/ LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Hunter/RUSALKA, Dominik/
ARABELLA, Fiorello/IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Alessio/LA SONNAMBULA.
Walser has had an extensive and active concert career. A special highlight was
his performance of Christ in Bach’s MATTHÄUS-PASSION at the Verbier Festival in
the summer of 2015, under the musical direction of Thomas Quasthoff. Further
highlights of the 2014/2015 season were his performance in Händel's ISRAEL IN
EGYPT with the Concentus Musicus under Christopher Moulds, and in a musical
comedy titled SALOMONS REISE with Mozart arias conducted by Rubén Dubrovsky at
the Baroque Days in Stift Melk. In 2018 he will perform Bach’s MATTHÄUS-PASSION
under Ton Koopman at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.
Manuel Walser is
passionately dedicated to the art of Lied. He can regularly be heard in
recitals with Anano Gokieli, Alexander Fleischer, Malcolm Martineau, Alejandro
Picó- Leonís, Wolfram Rieger, Jonathan Ware, and Justus Zeyen. He has given
recitals at the Oster Festival Bayreuth, the Schubertiade Hohenems, the
Berliner Philharmonie, and at the Lucerne Festival. He performed with Malcolm Martineau
at the Haus für Mozart at the Salzburger Festspiele 2014. This opportunity
resulted in a Schubert recital at the Oxford Lieder Festival together with Kate
Royal and Malcolm Martineau. A recital with Thomas Quasthoff and Justus Zeyen
took Manuel Walser to the Paris Philharmonic for the first time. In August 2015
he sang Schubert’s WINTERREISE at the Schubertíada in Vilabertran, to great
acclaim, as well as at the Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, accompanied by
Wolfram Rieger. Another important debut took place in December 2015 at the
Wiener Musikverein. He made his debut at the Wigmore Hall in March 2017.