Biography

The Austrian Tenor Alexander Kaimbacher works as a free-lance singer equally in Opera and Concert. He was member of the Ensemble of Wiener Staatsoper from 2007 untli 2010. Performances have brought him to theatres and concert halls all over Europe Volksoper Wien, Luzern, Bari, Ravenna, Naples, Rome, Zurich, Teatro alla Scala, Gasteig Munich, Wiener Musikverein, Teatro Monumental Madrid, ACF New York & Washington, to the festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz, Grafenegg, KlangBogen and Festival Israel.

His wide repertoire reaches from Mozarts lyrical Tenorparts to the Character parts of Wagner and Strauss. He is a specialist in contemporary music. Alexander Kaimbacher has worked with conductors such as Marcello Viotti, Silvain Cambreling, Walter Kobera, Martin Haselböck, Manfred Honeck, Alfred Eschwé, Andres Orozco-Estrada, Gustav Kuhn, Christian Thielemann, Stefan Soltesz, Ulf Schirmer, Kirill Petrenko, Franz Welser-Moest, Omer Meir Wellber and Seiji Ozawa.

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Detailed Biography:

Born

  • December 26, 1969, in Villach, third child of a railway worker’s family

Education and training

  • 1976 – 1989 primary school and grammar school in Carinthia
  • 1989 military service (Lutschonigkaserne Villach, guardsman)
  • 1990 commencement of studies in Vienna
  • Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts (voice) 1990/91 KS Hilde Roessel-Majdan
  • Goetheanistisches Konservatorium 1991 – 1998, vocal training with KS Hilde Roessel-Majdan
  • 1990 – 1996 dramatic training at “Goetheanistisches Konservatorium Wien“
  • Private singing lessons with Bernhard Adler (Munich)
  • 1990 – 1996 studies at the University of Vienna: musicology, dramatics, German philology
  • Waldorfpaedagogische Akademie (Waldorf teacher, eurythmy, speech formation) 1992 – 1996 training as a Waldorf teacher at the “Waldorfpaedagogische Akademie Wien“

Master classes

  • 2001 – 2004 master classes with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Nicolai Gedda

Awards

  • 2001 Armin Weltner Foerderpreis, Zurich opera house

Work with persons with special needs

  • 1995 work with severely disabled children at “Comeniusinstitut Wien”, and
  • 1996 – 1997 at “Comeniusheim Techelsberg, Carinthia”

Publications

  • 1994 collaboration in the publication of and symposium on “Private schools as an economic factor”, Educational Council of Vienna
  • 2005 collaboration on the subject of “Sustainability in art and culture“, Europahaus Burgenland

Teaching activities, lectures

  • Seminars 1995 – 2009: seminars on acting, elocution, eurythmy
  • Lectures 1998 – “On the trail of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas“
  • Lectures 1999 – “From Bangkok to Sydney“
  • Primary school teacher 1990 – 1996, dramatic training at “Goetheanistisches Konservatorium Wien“
  • Senior high school teacher 1995 – 1998, classes of ethics and computer sciences at “ORG Rudolf Steiner Wien”
  • Community college 1994 – 1998 adult education classes at Volkshochschule Wien Meidling
  • 2007 – 2008 “Internationale Chorakademie Krems“

University seminars

  • 1992 – 1998 board member of “Kuratorium fuer kuenstlerische und heilende Paedagogik“
  • 2000 – 2006 lectures on “art and culture“, using the example of “The Creation“ by Joseph Haydn at Paedag Eisenstadt
  • 2004 – 2008 theater work with and for children: “The Magic Flute for children“
  • 2006 collaboration, including release of a CD, in the project “Haydn’s “Creation” for children“

Acting

  • 1992 – 1996 appearances in productions of Faust, Don Carlos, The Learned Women (Epidaurus Theatre Group)

Stage direction

  • 1993 – 1997 director with the “Epidaurus” theatre group, (Epic of Gilgamesh, Leonce und Lena, Haeuptling Abendwind, The Magic Flute, etc.)

Ensemble membership

  • Vienna State Opera – 2010 member of the ensemble

World Premieres

  • 2003 Bregenz Festival, “Die Schoene Wunde“ (Haas/Kafka)
  • 2006 Zurich Opera House “Der Herr Nordwind“ (HK Gruber/hc artmann)
  • 2007 Stadttheater Klagenfurt “Jedem das Seine“ (Turrini/Hassler/Neuwirth)
  • 2010 (cover) Vienna State Opera, “Medea“ (Reimann/Grillparzer)

Engagements as a singer (stage: opera, operetta)

  • Free-lance opera and concert singer since 1998Orpheus in der Unterwelt/Orpheus – Stadttheater Baden 1/1998Marco Polo/Rustichello- Neue Oper Wien 3/1999Platee/Thespis – Wilhering 8/1999

    Ester/Achaschverosch – Festival Israel 4/2000

    Candide/Candide – Neue Oper Wien 5/2000

    Albert Herring/Albert Herring – Neue Oper Wien 7/2000

    Mozart und Salieri/Mozart – Carinthian Summer 8/2000

    A Night in Venice/Caramello – Wiener Kammeroper 12/2000

    Candide/Candide – Neue Oper Wien 4/2001

    A Midsummer Night’s Dream/Lysander – Volksoper Wien 5/2001

    Bettelstudent/Symon – Bad Hall 6/2001

    Der Vierjährige Posten/Duval – Carinthian Summer 7/2001

    Die Zwillingsbrüder/Anton – Carinthian Summer 7/2001

    Zarewitsch/Zarewitsch – Langenlois 8/2001

    Lo Speziale/Mengone – Haydntage Eisenstadt 9/2001

    La Canterina/Apollonia – Haydntage Eisenstadt 9/2001

    Night Banquet/Ghou Zhou – Taschenoper Wien 11/2001

    A Night in Venice/Duke – Stadttheater Baden 1/2002

    The Abduction from the Seraglio/Belmonte – Frauenthal 7/2002

    Franziskus/Tomaso – Carinthian Summer 8/2002

    The Magic Flute/Tamino – Stadttheater Koblenz 9/2002

    Wozzeck/The Fool – Neue Oper Wien 10/2002

    Der fidele Bauer/Stefan – Stadttheater Baden 11/2002

    Albert Herring/Albert Herring – Neue Oper Wien 1/2003

    Cosi fan tutte/Ferrando – Stadttheater Nuernberg/Fuerth 3/2003

    Orpheus in der Unterwelt/Orpheus – Graz Opera House 3/2003

    Bettelstudent/Simon – Staatstheater Kassel 5/2003

    Die Schoene Wunde/Groom – Bregenz Festival 8/2003

    Falstaff/Fenton – Staatstheater Meiningen 9/2003

    Cosi fan tutte/Ferrando – Stadttheater Bamberg 11/2003

    The Abduction from the Seraglio/Belmonte – Schleswig-Holstein 2/2004

    Don Giovanni/Don Ottavio – Schloßtheater Potsdam 5/2004

    Der Kuhhandel/Juan Santos – Bregenz Festival 8/2004

    Don Giovanni/Don Ottavio – Theater Brandenburg 10/2004

    Gantenbein/Max Frisch – Stadttheater Luzern 11/2004

    Orfeo/Orfeo – Neue Oper Wien 4/2005

    Der Herr Nordwind/Geppone – Zurich Opera House 6/2005

    The Knot Garden/Dov – Klangbogen Wien 7/2005

    Der junge Lord/Lord Barrat – Stadttheater Klagenfurt 10/2005

    The Merry Widow/Camille de Rosillon – Balzers, Liechtenstein 1/2006

    The Magic Flute 06/Tamino – Neue Oper Wien, MQ 3/2006

    Die Schuldigkeit des 1. Gebots/Christengeist – Carinthian Summer7/2006

    Sissy/Thurn und Taxis – Stadttheater Baden 1/2007

    Jedem das Seine/Gandolf – Stadttheater Klagenfurt 3/2007

    Wozzeck/Andres – Stadttheater Klagenfurt 4/2007

    Triptychon/Pierre – Neue Oper Wien 7/2007

    Der Freischuetz/Kilian – Salzburg Festival 8/2007

    Tea/Prince- Neue Oper Wien 9/2007

    Wozzeck/Andres – Teatro dell’opera, Rome 10/2007

    Parsifal/1st  knight – Teatro di San Carlo, Naples 12/2007

    Salome/2nd jew - Vienna State Opera 1/2008

    Die Meistersinger/Kunz Vogelgesang – Vienna State Opera 1/1008

    Parsifal/3rd knave – Vienna State Opera 3/2008

    Ariadne on Naxos/Dancing master – Vienna State Opera 3/2008

    Manon/Guillot – Vienna State Opera 3/2008

    The Magic Flute/Monostatos – Vienna State Opera 5/2008

    Fidelio/Jacquino – Reinsberg 8/2008

    Ariadne/Dancing Master, Brighella – Vienna State Opera 9/2008

    The Flying Dutchman/Steersman – Vienna State Opera 9/2008

    The Merry Widow/San Brioche – La Scala of Milan 10/2008

    Salome/1st jew - Vienna State Opera 11/2008

    Tosca/Spoletta – Vienna State Opera 12/200

    The Magic Flute/Monostatos – Vienna State Opera 12/2008

    Manon/Guillot – Vienna State Opera 1/2009

    Manon Lescaut/Edmondo – Vienna State Opera 1/2009

    Salome/1st jew – Vienna State Opera 2/2009

    Eugen Onegin/Triquet – Vienna State Opera 3/2009

    Die Tote Stadt/Victorin – Vienna State Opera 3/2009

    Parsifal/3rd knave – Vienna State Opera 4/2009

    Fledermaus (Ballet)/Tenor – Vienna State Opera 4/2009

    Fidelio/Jacquino – Vienna State Opera 4/2009

    Passion/Pilatus – Carinthian Summer 7/2009

    Manon Lescaut/Edmondo – Vienna State Opera 9/2009

    Madame Butterfly/Goro – Vienna State Opera 9/2009

    Eugen Onegin/Triquet – Vienna State Opera 10/2009

    Tosca/Spoletta – Vienna State Opera 10/2009

    Le Nozze di Figaro/Don Curzio – Vienna State Opera 10/2009

    Salome/1st jew - Vienna State Opera 11/2009

    Ariadne on Naxos/Dancing Master, Brighella – Vienna State Opera 11/2009

    Manon/Guillot – Vienna State Opera 1/2010

    Tosca/Spoletta – Vienna State Opera 2/2010

    Moses und Aaron/Soloist – Vienna State Opera 3/2010

    Parsifal/3rd knave – Vienna State Opera 4/2010

    Rosenkavalier/Valzacchi – Vienna State Opera 4/2010

    Puenktchen und Anton/Robert – Vienna State Opera 5/2010

    Manon/Guillot – Vienna State Opera 5/2010

    Eugen Onegin/Triquet – Vienna State Opera 6/2010

    Parsifal/3rd knave – Vienna State Opera 6/2010

    Dreimaederlhaus/Schober – Kittsee Summer Festival 7/2010

    Fidelio/Jaquino – Grafenegg 8/2010

    Dantons Tod/Robespierre – Neue Oper Wien 10/2010

    Il postino/Cura – Theater an der Wien 12/2010

    Fidelio/Jaquino – Bolzano 1/2011

    Fidelio/Jaquino – Ravenna 2/2011

    Salome/2st jew – Teatro Petruzzelli di Bari 2/2011

    Mass/Celebrant – Neue Oper Wien, Osterklang 4/2011

    Rigoletto/Borsa – Vienna Festivall, 5/2011

    Rosenkavalier/Majordomo – La Scala, Milan 10/2011

    Fidelio/Jaquino – Turino, 12/2011

    Frau ohne Schatten/Juengling – La Scala, Milan 3/2012

    Zauberflöte/1st Geharnischter – Teatro dell’ Opera4/2012

    Sarah/Pharao – Carinthian Summer 7/2012

    Parsifal/3rd knave – Festival Erl 7/2012

    Dialogue des Carmelites/L’Augomier – Bavarian State Opera/Munich 10/2012

Alexander Kaimbacher is married and lives in Vienna with his wife and his three children.