Biography

The bassist, Yorck Felix Speer, obtained his education in singing under Theoder Greß, Hanna Schwarz, and Alan Speer. He was a masterclass student of Brigitte Fassbaender and Andreas Schmidt and is an awardee of the Queen- Sonja- Music- Competition. Speer studied German and theology and, since 1996, works as a freelance concert singer with increasingly frequent engagements in opera as well.
 
Throughout his career, he has worked with such different conductors as Ivor Bolton, Jan Willem de Vriend, Marc Minkowski, Thomas Hengelbrock, Hans- Christoph Rademann, Sir Roger Norrington, Kristjan Järvi, Enoch zu Guttenberg, Carlos Kalmar, Christoph Pregardien, Trevor Pinnock, Phillippe Herreweghe, Howard Griffith, Bernhard Klee, Ebbe Munk, Fredrik Malmberg, Marek Janowski, Manfred Honeck, Charles Dutoit, Christopher Hogwood, Claus Peter Flor, Vladimir Minin, Marcus Creed,  Markus Stenz, Vincent de Kort, Christoph Spering, Peter Dijkstra, Alejo Perez, Stefan Parkman, Philipp Ahmann, Helmuth Rilling, Peter Neumann, Ingo Metzmacher, and Semyon Bychkov.
 
He sang at the Musikverein in Vienna, the Gewandhaus and the Thomas Church in Leipzig, the Philharmonic Hall, the Theatre de Champs Elysees, and the Cite de la Musique in Paris, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Mariinskji- Theater and – Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Herkules- Saal and the Philharmonie am Gasteig in Munich, the Frauenkirche, Kreuzkirche, and Semperoper of Dresden, the Aula Paolo VI in Rome, the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the KKL Lucerne, the Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Berwaldhallen and Konzerthuset in Stockholm, the Festspielhaus Baden- Baden, the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, as well as at the Sala São Paulo in Brazil.
 
Speer gave concerts at the Schleswig- Holstein Musikfestival, the Festival de Beaune, the Rheingau Music Festival, at the Weilburger Schloßkonzerte, the Dresdener Musikfestspiele, the Ansbacher Bachtage, at the Schwetzingen Festival, the Festival of Herrenchiemsee, the Budapest Spring Festival, the Ludwigsburger Schloßfestspiele, the Mozart Festival La Coruňa, the Mosel Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the Russian Easter Festival, the Bonn Beethoven Festival, and the Leipzig Bach Festival.
 
In 2011, he made his debut as Sarastro at Staatstheater Oldenburg, which was followed by engagements at Opera Cologne in Schreker’s “Die Gezeichneten”, as well as his role debut as King Marke in Tristan und Isolde at the Nationale Reisopera Enschede. Furthermore, in season 2016/17 Speer sang in a concert version of ‘Der Freischütz’ under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock on NDR and also made his debut at Staatstheater Kassel as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro.

In this season he is once again a guest at Opera Cologne as Reinmar von Zweter in Tannhäuser, and for the first time at Teatro Petruzzelli in Bari as Daland/The Flying Dutchman, whom he will also sing at the Nationale Reisopera Enschede. Staatstheater Kassel engaged him for the following seasons as Hunding and Hagen in the new RING production as well as for the role of Baculus in Wildschütz.
 
Radio- and CD-productions document Speer’s career. Recent recordings include the role of Räuberhauptmann Roberto in Ferdinand Ries´ opera Die Räuberbraut as well as Wagner’s Das Liebesverbot under Kristjan Järvi with German radio stations WDR and MDR. 

Artist Website

www.felix-speer.de

Management


Artist Manager
 
 
 
 
Natascha van Randenborgh
Associate Director
natascha@orlob.net 
Mobil: +49-173-7 76 88 20

Repertoire

Repertoire Concert

Bach, C.P.E. Magnificat
Bach, J.C. Dies Irae
Bach, J.S. B minor mass
  Christmas Oratorio
  Magnificat
  St. John Passion / Christus + Arias
  St. Mark and St. Luke Passion / Christus + Arias
  St. Matthew Passion: Christus + Arias
Beethoven C major mass
  Christus am Ölberge / Petrus
  Missa Solemnis
  Symphony no. 9
Bernstein Chichester-Psalms
Bloch Avodath Hakodesh / Cantor (only Hebrew)
Bruch Das Lied von der Glocke / Meister, Baß
  Moses
Brahms Requiem
  Vier ernste Gesänge i. Orchesterfassung
Bruckner F minor mass
  Te Deum
Bruhns De profundis clamavi
Brunckhorst Die Weihnachtsgeschichte
Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri
Charpentier Te Deum
von Dohnanyi Szegediner Messe
Donizetti Messa da Requiem
  Messa di Gloria e Credo
Durufle Missa cum Jubilo
  Requiem
Dvorak Biblical Songs
  Stabat Mater
Elgar The Apostles / Judas
  The Dream of Gerontius / Priest, Angel of Agony
  The Light of Life / Jesus
Fauré Requiem
Franck Les Beatitudes / Satan, l´Ange de la mort, Baß 2
Händel Dettinger & Uttrechter Te Deum
  Israel in Egypt / Baß 1
  L´Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
  Messiah
  Salomon / a Levite
  Samson / Manoa, Harapha
  Saul
Haydn Masses
  The Creation
  The Seasons
  The Seven Last Words of Christ
Hindemith When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom´d - A Requiem for Those We Love 
Honegger Une Cantate de noel
Hoffmann, E.T.A. Miserere in b-Moll
  Missa in d-Moll
Keiser St. Mark Passion / Christus
Liszt Christus
Mahler Kindertotenlieder
  Rückert-Lieder
  Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Mendelssohn Die erste Wallpurgisnacht
  Elias
  Lauda Sion
  St. Matthew Passion
Monteverdi Marienvesper
Mozart c minor mass
  Coronation Mass
  Litaniae de venerabilis altaris Sacramento
  Messen
  Messias
  Requiem
  Vesperae solennes de Confessore
Puccini Messa di Gloria
Reger Der Einsiedler op. 144a
  Requiem op. 144b
Romberg Das Lied von der Glocke / Meister, Baß
Rossini Stabat Mater
Saint-Saëns Le Deluge
  Oratorio de Noel
Schein Israelsbrünnlein
Schmidt Das Buch mit sieben Siegeln / Die Stimme des Herrn
Schönberg A surviver from Warsaw
Schostakowitsch 13. Symphonie "Babi Jar"
Schubert Die Messen
  Die Winterreise
  Magnificat
Schumann Dichterliebe
  Requiem
Schütz Magnificat
  Musikalische Exequien
  Psalme
Stravinsky Canticum Sacrum
  Requiem Canticles
Vaughan Williams Dona nobis pacem
  Sancta Civitas - The Holy City
Verdi Requiem
Vivaldi Magnificat
Weckmann Es erhub sich ein Streit
  Wie wüste liegt die Stadt
Wolf Michelangelo-Lieder
 

Repertoire Opera

Beethoven Fidelio Don Fernando
    Don Pizarro
Berlioz La damnation de Faust Brander
  L'Enfance du Christ Herode
    Pere de Famille
Händel Jephtha Zebul
  Ottone Emireno
Mattheson Boris Goudenow Fedro
Mozart Die Zauberflöte Sarastro
    Sprecher
  Don Giovanni Il Commendatore
    Leporello
  Le nozze di Figaro Bartolo
    Figaro
  Thamos, King of Egypt High priest
Liebermann Die Schule der Frauen Arnolphe
Ries Die Räuberbraut Räuberhauptmann Roberto
Schreker Die Gezeichneten Paolo Calvi
Schumann Szenen aus Goethes Faust Böser Geist
    Méphistophélès
    Pater Profundus
Wagner Das Liebesverbot Angelo
  Parsifal Amfortas
    Titurel
  Siegfried Fafner
  Tristan und Isolde King Marke
    Steuermann
Weber Der Freischütz Ein Eremit
    Kaspar
Weill Der Silbersee 2. Bursche

News

From Castle to Monastery
For Yorck Felix Speer a summer of music festivals awaits. Next month he will be performing at the Herrenchiemsee Festival, where he sings the bass parts in Bach’s Magnificat and Mozart’s C Minor Mass under the baton of Enoch zu Guttenberg. The concert takes place on July 20th in the Spiegelsaal of the Herrenchiemsee Castle.

In the following month, Mr. Speer’s path takes him to the Rheingau Music Festival, where on August 24th he will take part in a concert at the Eberbach Monastery. The concert is dedicated to the work of Anton Bruckner, whose 9th Symphony and Te Deum are going to be performed on the evening. Conducting is once again Enoch zu Guttenberg.

In the next season Yorck Felix Speer will be dedicating his time to Wagner when he takes on the role of Reinmar von Zweter in Tannhäuser at Opera Cologne (Premiere: September 24th) followed by the role of Daland in The Flying Dutchman in Bari, Italy.
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