© Barbara Aumüller
© Barbara Aumüller

Liviu Holender

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Austrian baritone Liviu Holender discovered his love of opera at an early age being a member of the Opera School for Children at the Vienna State Opera, where he performed, among other roles, as the Shepherd in Tosca. He received his extensive musical training in his hometown of Vienna, where he studied clarinet at the University of Music and Performing Arts and piano at the Conservatory. From 2013, he took voice lessons with Karlheinz Hanser at the Vienna University of Music. In addition, he completed his master’s degree in law.


Besides roles as Olivier (Capriccio), Peter Besenbinder (Hänsel und Gretel), the Count (Der Ferne Klang) and Sharpless (Madama Butterfly), which he debutes as part of his engagement at Oper Frankfurt, highlights of the upcoming season will be two Fledermaus engagements as Dr. Falke at the Teatro Carlo Felice Genoa under Fabio Luisi and at the Musikverein Graz (concertante). At the Vienna Konzerthaus, he sings Jesus in Bach’s Matthäus Passion with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst. 


From 2017 to 2019, he was an ensemble member at the Munich Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz, where he sang such roles as Count Eberbach (Der Wildschütz), Papageno (The magic flute), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Schaunard (La Bohème), and Hans Scholl in Udo Zimmermann’s Die weiße Rose. He has been a permantent member of the Frankfurt Opera’s ensemble since the 2019/ 2020 season. There he has already appeared in the leading role of Henrik in Carl Nielsen’s new production Die Maskerade, as well as Marullo (Rigoletto) and Marco (Gianni Schicchi), Conte Almaviva (Le nozze di Figaro), Leone (Tarmerlano), Steuermann (Tristan und Isolde), Moralès/Dancaïro (Carmen) and Masetto (Don Giovanni).


Guest engagements took him to the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, where he debuted in the role of Silvano (Un ballo in maschera), and to the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, where he appeared as Dr. Falke (Die Fledermaus) under the musical direction of Zubin Mehta and as Harlequin in a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos conducted by Daniele Gatti. He made his debut in the role of the Heerrufer (Lohengrin) at the Tokyo Spring Festival (conductor: Marek Janowski). He also took on the role of Conte Almaviva at the Latvian National Opera in Riga, which he also sang alongside Silvio (Pagliacci) at the National Opera Bucharest. At the 2019 Bregenz Festival he appeared on stage as Marullo.


In addition to his activity on the opera stage, Liviu Holender is also an increasingly sought-after concert singer. Highlights of his concert career include Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra under Frederic Chaslin and the Brahms Requiem with the Basel Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski. He also dedicates himself to the Lied. Being scholarship recipient of the Lied Academy of the Heidelberger Frühling in 2021 he sang – as part of the Royaumont Lied Académie Paris –  recitals at the Philharmonie de Paris, Radio France Musique, the Festival Royaumont, the Auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay and the Opera de Lille.

August 2022 – For a most recent biography, please contact Florian Schadhauser