Critics and audiences around the world agree that Thomas E. Bauer is one of the most fascinating vocal artists of our time. Reviewers of his numerous orchestral concerts rave about the “sheer virile force” combined with “unusually precise diction, emotional intensity, and rare beauty in his baritone sound” (Das Opernglas).
As a concert vocalist, Bauer made recent guest appearances at Beethovenfest Bonn, singing Beethoven’s cycle An die ferne Geliebte, with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Musik Podium Stuttgart in Mendelssohn’s Paulus, with Chorwerk Ruhr, Ensemble Pygmalion, and Anima Eterna. The BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels featured Bauer as artist-in-residence for a series of concerts. He has appeared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Concentus Musicus, the Filarmonica della Scala, Leipzig Gewandhaus, the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich. He has collaborated with Sir Roger Norrington, Iván Fischer, and Sir John Eliot Gardiner, among other eminent conductors. Recently, under the baton of Ingo Metzmacher, he appeared in Schubert’s Lazarus at the Salzburg Festival as well as in Schoenberg’s Jakobsleiter at the Berlin Philharmonie, and sang the world premiere of Jörg Widmann’s oratorio Arche conducted by Kent Nagano for the inauguration of Hamburg’s spectacular new Elbphilharmonie (released in 2018 on ECM).
On the operatic stage, Thomas E. Bauer’s recent performance in Zimmermann’s Die Soldaten (Alvis Hermanis/Ingo Metzmacher) at La Scala in Milan was warmly received. Bauer has sung several opera world premieres and has been awarded the prestigious Schneider-Schott Music Prize. He also collaborates closely with the renowned Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.
Thomas E. Bauer’s CD productions have received a number of prestigious awards. His latest award-winning releases include Jörg Widmann’s Arche (Nagano/Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, on ECM, 2018) and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Otto/Mainz Bach Orchestra, on Naxos, 2018).