With a voice of “warm, noble timbre and great flexibility” (Forum Opéra), German bass-baritone Christian Immler is a multifaceted artist whose career ranges widely across the worlds of lieder, oratorio and opera, “a technically, musically and stylistically consummate interpreter, with a truly grounded bass capable of tenoral splendour, exemplary diction and emotional urgency coupled with a deep intellectual textual understanding.” (Klassik Heute) His artistry is strongly centred in the baroque and early Classical repertoire, but with a versatility that extends through the 19th century recital and orchestral tradition and into contemporary works.
Recent highlights include Rocco in Beethoven’s Leonore with René Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester, widely acclaimed recordings of the St Matthew and St John Passions with Bach Collegium Japan and the cantatas of Bach, Werner and Albrechtsberger at Müpa Budapest, as well as recordings of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the Minnesota Orchestra, Haydn’s Stabat Mater and Salve Regina with the Kammerorchester Basel, Mozart’s C minor Mass with Ensemble Pygmalion, and Weber’s Der Freischutz with both the Insula Orchestra, and the Freiburger Barockorchester.
His operatic experience has ranged from Monteverdi’s Seneca and Charpentier’s Achis in David & Jonathas conducted by William Christie, and Jupiter in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux with Raphaël Pichon at the Opéra Comique, through to Pharnaces in Zemlinsky’s Der König Kandaules at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and roles in Fenelon’s JJR, Citoyen de Genève and Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland at the Grand Théâtre de Genève.
A keen recitalist, Christian has performed at Wigmore Hall in London, the Frick Collection in New York, the Paris Philharmonie, the Salzburg Mozarteum, and the Tonhalle Zurich. He enjoys a long-time partnership with pianist Helmut Deutsch, with whom he released his album “Modern Times” which was awarded both the “Diamant d’Opéra” and the prestigious “Diapason Découverte”. Their latest project, devoted exclusively to newly discovered lieder of Hans Gál and displaying Christian’s particular interest in 20th Century “Emigré Composers” was released in 2021. Most recently, he has released a disc of Jorg Widmann’s song cycle “Das Heisse Herz” and Schumann lieder on Alpha Classics, with pianist Andreas Frese.
Following early training as a boy alto soloist in the Tölzer Knabenchor, Christian Immler studied with Rudolf Piernay at the Guildhall School of Music in London. Much in demand for worldwide masterclasses, Christian is Professor of Voice at the Kalaidos Fachhochschule in Zurich, has taught the Lied and Oratorio class at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum Salzburg on several occasions and has served on several jury panels, including at the International Nadia et Lili Boulanger Competition in Paris, from which his own victory launched his career.
His more than 50 recordings have been awarded prizes such as a 2016 Grammy Nomination (Steffani’s Niobe), the Echo Klassik, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Gramophone Award, and France Musiques’ Enregistrement de l’année.