The Swiss baritone Manuel Walser has been studying singing since October 2008 with Thomas Quasthoff at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin. Apart from Quasthoff, his most important mentors and teachers have been Brigitte Fassbaender, Frédéric Gindraux and Wolfram Rieger. He won both the first prize and the audience prize at the 2013 International Song Competition ‘Das Lied’ in Berlin and also won two jury prizes at the Stella Maris International Song Competition and an award from the Armin Weltner Foundation.
Current as of June 2014
As part of his busy concert schedule, Manuel Walser is particularly fond of the lieder repertory and gives regular recitals with Anano Gokieli and Alexander Fleischer. In 2010 he sang Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and in 2012 performed Bach’s Cantata Ich habe genug at the Verbier Festival with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra. In September 2012 he made his debut at the Hohenems Schubertiade performing Dichterliebe and night songs by Schubert with Anano Gokieli and in September 2013 he sang Schubert songs with the Salzburg Camerata in Bad Gastein, where he also gave a lieder matinée. In autumn 2014 he will make recital debuts at the Lucerne Festival and at the Oxford Lieder Festival.
On the operatic stage Manuel Walser appeared in Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari’s children’s opera Aschenputtel at the Berlin State Opera in 2011. During the 2013/14 season he held a scholarship with the Vienna State Opera and sang various small parts there, including Fiorello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Marullo (Rigoletto).
As a member of the Young Singers Project he will be heard at the 2014 Salzburg Festival as Brutamonte in Fierrabras and as Pasha Selim in Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Children.
*Member of the Young Singers Project