Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Birthday to Erwin Schrott.

Bass Baritone Erwin Schrott (a.k.a. Mr. Anna Netrebko) turns 37 years old today... or 34, depending on whom you believe.

So, who is this Erwin Schrott?

I came across him 4 years ago when I was studying for a Dulcamara in L'Elisir D'Amore. I found his Dulcamara with the Macerata Opera Festival to be fun in a very quirky kind of way. It was nice to see a young and blithe Dulcamara instead of the usual older, buffo type.

Since that 2002 whimsical L'Elisir he has transformed his image from goofy baritone to ... well ... read for yourself:
With his onstage charisma and matinee-idol looks, it’s no surprise that the European press has dubbed Erwin Schrott “the Brando of opera.” Since winning Plácido Domingo’s Operalia competition in 1998, the Uruguayan bass baritone has established himself as one of the premier interpreters of Mozart’s operas in roles ranging from Figaro to the Count, Don Alfonso to Don Giovanni.
The transformation has worked rather well for him.
In particular, his compelling portrayals of Don Giovanni and Leporello in Don Giovanni and in the title role of Le nozze di Figaro, together with his dark, chocolaty, sensuous bass-baritone voice, have created a frenzy amongst critics and audience alike. He has now appeared at the world's most prestigious opera houses including the Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Metropolitan Opera; Vienna State Opera; Royal Opera, Covent Garden; Opéra National de Paris; Washington Opera; Teatro Colón, Buenos Aires; Théâtre Royale de la Monnaie, Brussels; Teatro Comunale, Florence; Los Angeles and many others.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Schrott. Whether you're 34 or 37 - doesn't truly matter - we wish you continued success.

[Quotes provided by the Met Opera website and by Mr. Schrott's online biography. Photos - Top: Mr. and Mrs. Schrott at the CulturArte de Puerto Rico festival. Bottom: for DECCA by Uli Weber.]

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