The Red Rocks Music Festival continues Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at the Sedona Creative Life Center with a special program featuring Met Opera star tenor soloist Gerhard Siegel, with pianist Gabriel Dobner, James Madison University piano professor, Virginia.
“The Great Romantics of German Lieder” will feature works by Hugo Wolf, Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler.
Dobner has recorded for Ottavo, MDG and Hänssler Klassik Profil. His debut recording for MDG, featuring songs by Liszt, Dvorák and Mahler with mezzo-soprano Cornelia Kallisch, won praise from BBC Music Magazine, Fono Forum and West German Radio Cologne, referring to Dobner as a “master among Lieder pianists”. .” Dobner’s first recording with Metropolitan Opera tenor Gerhard Siegel was released in fall 2015 through Haenssler Klassik Profil, a program featuring songs by Richard Strauss, Arnold Schoenberg and Kurt Hessenberg.
The Duo released a second recording in the fall of 2019, also on the Haenssler label with songs by Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner. Dobner also made numerous recordings for radio broadcasts, including those of St. Paul Sunday, Bavarian Radio, Southwest German Radio, Middle German Radio, and Chubo-Nippon Broadcasting Company in Japan.
1993 marked the beginning of Dobner’s nine-year life in Germany, after he received a German University Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) to study Lied in accompaniment in Munich with Helmut Deutsch. The following year, he won the special prize for collaborative pianist at the international Hans Pfitzner Lieder competition held in Munich.
While living in Augsburg, Dobner quickly established himself as a sought-after Lieder pianist, performing regularly with notable singers such as Cornelia Kallisch, Gerhard Siegel, René Kollo, Christiane Oelze, Alexandra Petersamer and Kevin McMillan, among others. . These musical collaborations have led to performances in many major concert halls around the world, including the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea.
German tenor Gerhard Siegel began his musical career as an instrumentalist and composer. After completing his vocal training with Liselotte Becker-Egner at the Augsburg Conservatory, he became a member of the Stadttheater Trier ensemble. Here, the stage version of Heinrich Heine’s “Deutschland – ein Wintermärchen”, for which he composed the music, had its world premiere.
In 1995 Gerhard Siegel won the international Hans Gabor Belvedere singing competition in Vienna. After an engagement as a dramatic and lyrical tenor at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau and guest performances in Germany, Bulgaria, Holland and Spain, he was engaged in Augsburg in 1997. In 1998 he made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera from Munich.
From 1999 to 2006 he was under contract at the Nuremberg Theater, where he was mainly able to expand his repertoire in the field of dramatic and heroic tenor. He sang Parsifal, Bacchus, Herod, Florestan, Laca (“Jenufa”) and Sergej (“Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district”), but also Mephistopheles (“Doctor Faust” by Busoni), Tom Rakewell and Alfredo. He was particularly acclaimed for his debut as Stolzing (“Meistersinger”) and in the title role of “Siegfried”.
As a freelance singer since 2006, Gerhard Siegel has made guest appearances as Max in the new production of Weber’s “Freischütz” at the Comic Opera Berlin, in Hindemith’s “Nusch-Nuschi” conducted by Gerd Albrecht and as Max in “Jonny spielt auf” in Cologne, as Florestan at the Granada Festival, as Weill’s “Protagonist” at the Bregenz Festival, as Herod at the Montpellier Opera and the Vienna State Opera, in Hauptmann (“Wozzeck”) at the Teatro Real Madrid, at the Opéra Bastille in Paris, at Covent Garden London and at the Met New York, in “Traumgörge” by Zemlinsky at the Deutschen Oper Berlin and in Sellem in “The Rake’s Progress” at the Theater an der Wien, “Lulu” in Geneva and Madrid, Schuiskij in “Boris Godunow“ in Munich.
Today, a central role in his repertoire is mime in “Rheingold” and “Siegfried”. He sang the role in his debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, at the Bayreuth Festival and at Covent Garden in London, in the “Ring” directed by Jeffrey Tate at the Cologne Opera, as well as at Covent Garden in London and under Jun Markel in Tokyo.