Baritone Valentin Lanzrein, a native of Switzerland, is an active performer with broad repertoire covering nine languages and a large versatility of styles ranging from baroque to the avant-garde. He is the winner of the Association des Suisse Musiciens & Kiefer Hablitzel Stiftung competition and has since toured Europe, Asia, and the US. His passion for the art song has led him to appearances at the Rheingau Musikfestival (Germany), the Aimez Vous Brahms festival (Switzerland), the Verbier Festival (Switzerland) and in the Wednesday at One series at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York City.
Most recently, he performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle as soloist in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. Other recent appearances include Bobby in Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny Songspiel at Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill. There he also appeared in the Milestones Festival Gala concert as soloist in Stephen Jaffe’s Songs of Turning and as soloist with the Carolina Choir in Bach’s B Minor Mass and Brahms’s German Requiem.
Recent operatic engagements include the title role in Telemann’s Don Quichotte auf der Hochzeit des Comacho and Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Staller Center for the Performing Arts, SUNY Stony Brook, and Thierry in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites at The Juilliard Opera Center under the direction of Julius Rudel.
Valentin Lanzrein holds degrees from the Konservatorium für Musik Bern (Switzerland), an Artist Diploma from Oberlin College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from SUNY Stony Brook. He has studied and participated in master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Peter Schreier, Warren Jones, Christine Brandes, Richard Miller and W. Stephen Smith. After nearly ten years of performing, teaching and training in New York City, he joined the voice faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recently, Dr. Lanzrein was appointed Assistant Professor at the DePauw School of Music.