Otto Katzameier, Baritone
Otto Katzameier first studied flute and later singing in his hometown of Munich. His most important teachers were Hans Hotter and Josef Metternich, as well as Ilja Karapetrov in Bulgaria.
Very early on he won prizes at the ‘Bundeswettbewerb Gesang’ Berlin, ‘Meistersängerwettbewerb’ Nürnberg, ‘Mozartwettbewerb’ Würzburg, ‘Wettbewerb des Deutschen Musikrates’ Bonn, ‘Hugo-Wolf-Wettbewerb’ Stuttgart.
As a concert singer he has sung parts in things such as Elias, Brahms „Requiem”, Verdi’s „Requiem”, „The Messiah”, „St. Matthew Passion” etc. and as an opera singer, roles including Don Giovanni, Leporello, Alfonso in „Cosi fan Tutte”, Alidoro in „La Cenerentola”, or Mustafa in „Italiana in Algeri”, as well as in roles in contemporary operas like the title role of „Macbeth” by Salvatore Sciarrino or the Prospero in vUn Re in Ascolto” by Luciano Berio. He has made guest appearences on many international stages including Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna, Graz, Lucerne, Rome, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, New York and for festivals like Schwetzinger Festspiele, Musikfestspiele Lucerne, Rheingau Festival, steirischer herbst, Biennale Munich, Spoleto Festival, Festival D’Automne Paris, Maggio Musicale Florenz, Lincoln Center Festival New York and the Bregenzer Festspiele.
In the season 2004/05 Otto Katzameier sang in the world premiere of Salvatore Sciarrinos’ „Quaderno di strada” conducted by Beat Furrer and Sylvain Cambreling together with Klangforum Wien in Graz and Vienna, Madrid, Paris and Venice. A CD with this work dedicated to Otto Katzameier by Sciarrino was released in September 2005.