Julian Prégardien

Born in Frankfurt in 1984, Julian Prégardien received his first musical training as a member of the choirs of Limburg Cathedral. After having studied voice in Freiburg and at the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival Academy, he was a member of the soloist ensemble of Frankfurt Opera from 2009 to 2013. In parallel, he pursued an international solo career, particularly in collaboration with conductors specializing in historical performance practice.


Prégardien is now one of the most outstanding young vocalists on the international scene. In recent years he gave his début at Aix-en-Provence Festival, at Hamburg State Opera, at Munich State Opera, and at Paris Opéra Comique. Salzburg Festival has been regularly inviting him for concert appearances since 2015; now he will give his first stage performance in Salzburg in 2018 as Narraboth in Richard Strauss’s Salome, staged by Romeo Castellucci, with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Franz Welser-Möst.

Kent Nagano regularly invites Prégardien to perform with the two orchestras of which he is Music Director: Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Hamburg State Opera. Sharing the stage with his father Christoph Prégardien, Julian also sang the title role in a concert performance of Mozart’s Idomeneo with the ensemble Concerto Köln, likewise with Nagano conducting.

Prégardien is one of the most renowned and sought-after Evangelists in the Passions of J. S. Bach; in early 2019, he will make his second CD recording of the St Matthew Passion (with Bach Collegium Japan and Masaaki Suzuki). In November 2018 he will teach a master class on the subject of the St John Passion in collaboration with McGill University, the Montreal Bach Festival, the Université de Montréal, and the Conservatoire de Musique.

In his career, Julian Prgardien lays particular emphasis on Lied recitals along with chamber music projects. In the course of the 2018/2019 season, Prégardien will perform Lied recitals with pianists such as Kristian Bezuidenhout, Martin Helmchen, Eric le Sage, and Lars Vogt.

Prégardien has launched the media platform P.RHÉI, a multimedia editorial project that throws new light on the performance history and practice of Schubert’s Winterreise. The project includes a recording of Hans Zender’s orchestral version of Winterreise, to be released on the Alpha Classics label in 2018.

In November 2017, Julian Prégardien was appointed Professor of Voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. He is a member of the Schumann Network and a patron of Canto elementar, a programme that actively supports children’s singing activities in Kindergärten.

Daniel Behle

The tenor Daniel Behle is equally successful in the concert, Lied and opera genres and is making a name for himself as a composer as well. His extensive repertoire ranges from Baroque masterpieces, Classical and Romantic works to compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries.

In 2018/19 he will participate in a concert at Versailles with the Wiener Philharmoniker and Franz Welser-Möst, followed by Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” with Aalborg Symfoniorkester under Andreas Spering, Mendelssohn’s “Paulus” with the Warsaw Philharmonic and with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Zender’s “Winterreise” with the WDR Sinfonieorchester and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Le Cercle de l’Harmonie and Jérémie Rhorer. He will sing recitals at the Schubertiade, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Gesellschaft für Kammermusik Basel, Konzerthaus Berlin, Hugo-Wolf-Akademie Stuttgart and the Heidelberger Frühling.

Daniel Behle appears in concert with renowned orchestras, including the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Deutsches Symphonie-orchester Berlin, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Wiener Symphoniker, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Bachakademie Stuttgart. He works with conductors such as Stefan Asbury, Bertrand de Billy, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, James Gaffigan, Thomas Hengelbrock, Pablo Heras- Casado, Marek Janowski, Philippe Jordan, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Jérémie Rhorer, Andreas Spering and Christian Thielemann.

His opera commitments in 2018/19 also demonstrate his versatility: David (“Meistersinger”) at the Bayreuth Festival and at the Bayerische Staatsoper München, Belmonte (“Entführung”) at the Opernhaus Zürich, Max (“Freischütz”) at the Stuttgart Opera, Matteo (“Arabella”) at the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Wiener Staatsoper, and Giacomo (“La donna del lago”) at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

As a composer, his transcriptions for tenor and piano trio have met with great critical acclaim: he has performed “WinterreiseN” (Sony Classical) at the Wigmore Hall London, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and the Alte Oper Frankfurt. With “Mein Hamburg” (Berlin Classics; new compositions and arrangements of famous tenor arias), Daniel Behle pays musical tribute to his home city. Currently, he is working on a Christmas album and on a Belcanto CD together with the Alliage Quintett.

His steadily growing discography comprises well-known song cycles such as “Die schöne Müllerin”, “Dichterliebe” and “Die schöne Magelone” as well as complete opera recordings such as “Die Zauberflöte” (with René Jacobs, harmonia mundi), Vivaldi’s “Farnace” (with Diego Fasolis, Virgin Classics) and Humperdinck’s “Königskinder” (with Sebastian Weigle, Oehms Classics). Gluck’s “Opera Arias” (Decca) and Schubert’s “Arias” (dhm) have been especially well received.