The young German countertenor Nils Wanderer is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He was a member of its opera course and received a full scholarship under the tutelage of Andrew Watts, Siegfried Gohritz, Edith Wiens and Tobias Truninger.
He has collaborated as a soloist with orchestras such as Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Le Concert des Nations, Staatskapelle Halle and Staatskapelle Weimar, La Folia Barockorchester, Thüringer Bach Collegium, Karlsruher Barockorchester, La Sfera Armoniosa, etc. and has appeared at theatres and festivals including Opéra de Lille, Teatro Massimo Palermo, De Nederlandse Reisopera, Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Theater Bonn, Handel Festival Halle, Festival du Périgord Noir, Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla.Read more
As a Lieder singer, Nils Wanderer has given recitals with accomplished pianists such as Daniel Heide and Marcelo Amaral. He further appeared in concert at London Barbican Centre and, under Kent Nagano, at Berlin Philharmonie. With the complicity of Jordi Savall, he performed Bach’s St Matthew Passion at Paris Philharmonie, Chapelle Royale de Versailles and Barcelona Auditori.
His concert and oratorio repertoire spans from Purcell, Vivaldi, the Bach family, Handel and Pergolesi through Berlioz, Wagner and Elgar to Bernstein and Cage. Several of his concerts have been recorded by the BBC, Bavarian Radio Station, SWR Radio, Arte, Mezzo and Medici.tv.
Nils is the recipient of the First Prize at the Handel Competition in Karlsruhe, the International Anton Rubinstein Vocal Competition and the Mimas Music Festival Competition. He is the first countertenor to reach the finals of the Concours Musical International de Montréal which awarded him the Audience Prize.
He received the Golden Culture Award of Stuttgart for his work as artistic director and conductor of the ensemble Meridies, and as singer of his own festival “Music in Paradise” which he co-founded with the UNESCO World Heritage Foundation in order to celebrate music in difficult times and support artists and their work during the coronavirus pandemic.
Recent and future engagements include Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) in a Laurent Pelly/Guillaume Tourniaire production at Opéra de Lille, Handel’s Messiah under Jordi Savall at Salzburger Festspiele and Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Pastore/Speranza) with David Bates at Staatsoper Hannover.
“Nils Wanderer, contre-ténor avec des registres parfaitement unis et une souplesse surnaturelle dans les phrasés.”
Translation: “Nils Wanderer, countertenor with perfectly unified registers and a supernatural ease of phrasing.”
“Personnage lunaire et inquiétant doté d’une présence magnétique, le contre-ténor Nils Wanderer déploie la ligne séductrice d’une voix longue et souple.”
Translation: “The countertenor Nils Wanderer, a moody and disturbing character with a magnetic presence, deploys the seductive line of a long and supple voice.”
“Le contre-ténor Nils Wanderer prête à Obéron sa belle voix, sombre, veloutée, bien déployée, riche de subtiles nuances. Il déploie une large palette de couleurs au fil de l’action, avec ironie, tendresse, rancœur, autorité, magnanimité, le tout avec une prononciation remarquée et une présence théâtrale magnétique.”
Translation: “Countertenor Nils Wanderer lends his beautiful voice to Oberon, dark, velvety, well-developed and rich in subtle nuances. He displays a wide range of colours throughout the action, with irony, tenderness, resentment, authority and magnanimity, all with a remarkable pronunciation and a magnetic theatrical presence.”