Tobias Berndt

Guest of the National Theatre Opera.He began his musical training with the Dresden Choir of the Church of the Holy Cross. He studied with Hermann Christian Polster at the University of Music and Theatre Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy in Leipzig and continued his training with Rudolf Piernay at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts. During further studies and master’s courses, he worked with Theo Adam, Wolfram Rieger, Norman Shetler, Irwin Gage, Axel Bauni, Julia Varady and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Accredited with multiple scholarships, he was a prize winner at the National Song Contest Berlin 2004, the International Song Contest at the Hugo-Wolf Academy in Stuttgart 2007, the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum in Salzburg 2008 and the International Contest “Franz Schubert und die Musik der Moderne” in Graz 2009. His most recent accolades include winning 1st prize at the International Johannes-Brahms Contest in Pörtschach 2008 and at the Cantilena Song Contest in Bayreuth 2009, as well as winning the Thomas Quasthoff initiated contest “Das Lied – International Song Competition” in February 2009 in Berlin. Important points in his singing career have included concerts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, The English Concert, L’arpe festante, the Thomanerchor Leipzig choral group, the Saxony Vocal Ensemble and the MDR Radio Choir. He has sung under renowned conductors (P. Schreier, H. Rilling, H. Arman, L. Güttler) and could be heard at international festivals such as the Salzburg Festivals, the Prague Spring, the Leipzig Bach Festival, the Händel Festivals in Halle, the Dresdner Music Festival Concerts, the MDR Music Summer and the European Music Festival Stuttgart. Operatic engagements have taken him to venues such as the Rheinsberg Palace Theatre and the Gera Theatre. He has worked here with exceptional baroque specialists, for example with Howard Arman in 2008. In addition to baroque operas from Telemann, Piccinni, Traetta and Händel he was also to be heard in the dramatic scenes from Mozart and Salieri by Rimsky-Korsakow in the roll of Salieri, and in Eduard Künneke’s operetta The Cousin from Nowhere as the 2nd stranger.Update: September 2010.